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Golf US Open Betting Offers 2020

golf-usopenThe second major tournament of the season is being held for the 120th year in 2020. The event, run by the United States Golf Association (USGA), constitutes part of the PGA, Japanese and European Tour events and is held in mid-June with the final round to be played on the 3rd Sunday, barring weather issues.

Since 1950 the U.S. Open has only been won by players from 6 other countries excluding the USA. However, from 2001 to 2014 the event was won on 9 occasions by non-US players suggesting the modern tournament is a truly international open.  Saying that the previous 5 Open’s have been won by Americans, so perhaps another nationality is due this year?

The 2020 Open will be held at the highly rated Winged Foot Golf Club course in New York, the sixth time the venue has hosted the Open, it has also hosted the US PGA. As usual we’ve got the best deals and promotions for the US Open to help you get the best from your wagers as well as history, schedules and more.

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2020 US Open Schedule

Date Time (GMT) Round Coverage
Monday 15th June From 15:00 Practice 1
Tuesday 16th June From 15:00 Practice 2
Wednesday 17th June From 15:00 Practice 3
Thursday 18th June From 15:00 Round 1 Sky Sports 1 & 4
Friday 19th June From 15:00 Round 2 Sky Sports 1 & 4
Saturday 20th June From 15:00 Round 3 Sky Sports 4
Sunday 21st June From 15:00 Round 4 Sky Sports 1 & 4

The US Open Format

Qualifying and The Field

golf ball with American flagThe second golf major of the year also acts as an official tour event on the PGA, European and Japanese Tours. The 2020 US Open has a field of 156 players with around half coming through qualifying and the other half exempt receiving a direct place.

You can receive an exemption for a number of reasons including having been a winner of the US Open in the previous ten years or other major in the last five years.

You will also receive an exemption if you are in the top 60 ranked players in the world. Special exemptions are also given out by the United States Golf Association (USGA).

Players that go through qualifying can enter through two routes. The first route is local qualifying or stage one, this starts with 18 holes placed at more than 100 courses across the US.

Qualifiers from stage one local qualifying then progress to stage two sectional qualifying, this is where most of the rest of the worlds ranked players join. Stage 2 is played at several sites and involves a 36-hole single day game.

Tournament

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Unlike the Masters at Augusta the US Open moves course each year preventing players becoming too familiar with the layout. Courses are often chosen that are long with high grass rough areas giving a focus on precision driving. In general US Open courses are rarely beaten with most winners and leaders scoring around par, in fact in the past there have been many over-par wins.

As with all other majors the tournament is played over 72 holes (four rounds of 18) with a cut at 36 holes. All golfers in the top 60 (including ties) make the cut at the US Open, replacing the rule prior to 2012 that all players within 10 strokes made the cut. The first two rounds are played on Thursday and Friday and the final two rounds following the cut are played on Saturday and Sunday.

Play-off

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Until recently the US Open was the only major golf tournament to retain a full 18-hole play-off if two are more players are tied for the lead at the end of the final round and was played on the Monday should it happen. This last happened to Tiger Woods in 2008 when he defeated Rocco Mediate at Torrey Pines in California.

In 2018 in a consultation with fans, players and the media it was decided by the Golf Association in the US to make the play-off a two-hole aggregate.  If this happens it will be played immediately following the end of the fourth round on the Sunday.

2020 US Open Winged Foot Gold Club Course, New York

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The 2020 Open is the 120th since the tournament began in 1895, the club it will be hosted at is located in Mamaroneck, a town in Westchester Couty of New York state.  It was opened in 1923 by a group from the New York Athletic association, from where it gets its name name and logo.  It was designed by Albert Warren Tillinghast, who also designed a host of other famous courses such as Baltusrol, seven time US Open host, and Bethpage State Park, which has been used twice.

This will be the sixth time the course has hosted the U.S. Open, having first hosted first in 1929, then again in 1959, 1974, 1984 and 2006, and it won’t be the last either given its high rating and proximity to New York City.  Australian Geoff Ogilvy was last to win here in 2006, all four prior tournaments were won by Americans, including four time winner Bobby Jones.

Winged Foot has a very classical feel to it, its clubhouse is iconic, designed by Clifford Charles Wendehack, regarded as one of the best clubhouse designers ever.  The course is fairly long at 7,264 yards long (6,642m) with a par of 70, the longest hole is the 12th, know as Cape at 640 yards with a par 5 and the shortest hole is the 7th, known as Babe in the Woods at 109 yards with a par 3.

Future Venues

Year Venue Location Dates Previously Hosted
2020 Winged Foot Mamaroneck, New York 18th – 21st June 1929, 1959, 1974, 1984, 2006
2021 Torrey Pines San Diego, California 17th – 20th June 2008
2022 The Country Club Brookline, Massachusetts 16th – 19th June 1913, 1963, 1988
2023 The Los Angeles Country Club California 15th – 18th June Never Hosted
2024 Pinehurst No. 2 North Carolina 13th – 16th June 1999, 2005, 2014
2025 Oakmont Pennsylvania 12th – 15th June 1927, 1935, 1953, 1962, 1973, 1983, 1994, 2007, 2016
2026 Shinnecock Hills Southhampton, New York 18th – 21st June 1896, 1986, 1995, 2004, 2018
2027 Pebble Beach California 17th – 20th June 1972, 1982, 1992, 2000, 2010, 2019

Previous US Open Winners

Multiple Champions

Player Nationality Number Wins Years
Willie Anderson Scotland 4 1901, 1903, 1904, 1905
Bobby Jones USA 4 1923, 1926, 1929, 1930
Ben Hogan USA 4 1948, 1950, 1951, 1953
Jack Nicklaus USA 4 1962, 1967, 1972, 1980
Hale Irwin USA 3 1974, 1979, 1990
Tiger Woods USA 3 2000, 2002, 2008

The table above shows players who have won 3 or more US Open titles.

US Open Winners Since 2000

Year Player Nationality Venue Score (Par) Prize Money ($)
2020 ? ? Winged Foot ? $2,250,000+
2019 Gary Woodland USA Pebble Beach 271 (-13) $2,250,000
2018 Brooks Koepka USA Shinnecock Hills 281 (+1) $2,160,000
2017 Brooks Koepka USA Erin Hills 272 (-16) $2,160,000
2016 Dustin Johnson USA Oakmont 276 (-4) $1,800,000
2015 Jordan Spieth USA Chambers Bay 275 (-5) $1,800,000
2014 Martin Kaymer Germany Pinehurst 271 (-9) $1,620,000
2013 Justin Rose England Merion Golf Club 281 (+1) $1,440,000
2012 Webb Simpson USA Olympic Club 281 (+1) $1,440,000
2011 Rory McIlroy Northern Ireland Congressional Country Club 268 (-16) $1,440,000
2010 Graeme McDowell Northern Ireland Pebble Beach 284 (0) $1,350,000
2009 Lucas Glover USA Bethpage Black 276 (-4) $1,350,000
2008 Tiger Woods USA Torrey Pines 283 (-1) $1,350,000
2007 Ángel Cabrera Argentina Oakmont 285 (+5) $1,260,000
2006 Geoff Ogilvy Australia Winged Foot 285 (+5) $1,225,000
2005 Michael Campbell New Zealand Pinehurst 280 (0) $1,170,000
2004 Retief Goosen South Africa Shinnecock Hills 276 (-4) $1,125,000
2003 Jim Furyk USA Olympia Fields 272 (-8) $1,080,000
2002 Tiger Woods USA Bethpage Black 277 (-3) $1,000,000
2001 Retief Goosen South Africa Southern Hills 276 (-4) $900,000
2000 Tiger Woods USA Pebble Beach 272 (-12) $800,000

Stats, Facts and Trivia

Player Number Year(s)
Oldest Winner Hale Irwin 45y 15d 1990
Youngest Winner John McDermott 19y 315d 1911
Consecutive Wins Willie Anderson 3 1903–05
Consecutive US Open’s Jack Nicklaus 44 1957-2000
Biggest Victory Tiger Woods 15 Stokes 2000
Most Under Par Rory McIlroy / Brooks Koepka -16 2011 / 2017
Runner’s Up Phil Mickelson 6 1999, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2009, 2013
Most Used Venue Oakmont Country Club 9 1927, 1935, 1953, 1962, 1973, 1983, 1994, 2007, 2016
Longest Course Erin Hills 7,823 yards 2017
Shortest Course Shinnecock Hills 4,423 yards 1896

History of The US Open

golf ballThe US Open was first played back on the 4th October 1885 at the 9-hole Newport County Golf Club in Rhode Island. The tournament in which 11 people entered (10 pros and 1 amateur) was played over 36 holes all played in one day. The event was won by Englishman Horace Rawlins winning $150 from a total prize pool of $335, he also collected a gold medal and the Open Championship Cup Trophy.

The Open went on to be dominated by players from Britain, Willie Anderson from Scotland won the Cup three years on the bounce from 1903-05, a record that still stands to this day. This dominance continued until John McDermott succeeded as the first American winner in 1911. The tide switched quickly and from 1911 until 1993 the US Open was only won 7 times by non-US players.

Bobby Jones was the youngest ever winner in 1923 and won a further three Opens dominating the 1920’s. The Open was suspended from 1941 to 1946 when the USA entered World War II and it was Ben Hogan who became the star of the 40’s and early 50’s again winning four times. Arnold Palmer won his only US Open in 1960 and Jack Nicklaus won his first of four in 1962, in fact Jack holds the record for the most consecutive appearances, 44, between 1957 and 2000.

South African Gary Player became the first non-US player to win for 40 years when he won the crown in 1965 and Englishman Tony Jacklin became the first brit to win since 1925 when he claimed the title in 1970. Hale Irwin hold the record of the largest range between wins winning in 1974, 1979 and then again in 1990.

South African’s won four titles between 1994 and 2004, with two titles each for Ernie Els and Retief Goosen. Tiger Woods won his first of three in 2000 and his last in 2008 and remains the last US player to dominate until now.

golf us open 2004 course layout at shinnecock hills

The years from 2001 to 2014 saw a far greater diversity of winners with New Zealand’s Michael Campbell (2005), Australia’s Geoff Ogilvy (2006), Argentina’s Angel Carrera (2007), Northern Irishmen Graeme McDowell (2010) and Rory McIlroy (2011), England’s Justin Rose (2013) and Germany’s Martin Kaymer (2014) all picking up titles.

Having said that US players have dominated in recent years with Jordan Spieth winning in 2015 and Dustin Johnson in 2016. The 2017 and 2018 winner Brooks Koepka deserves special mention, becoming only the third man to successfully defend the title since the end of WWII and the first since 1989.  Gary Woodland became the fifth American in a row to win in 2019, with his first major.

2020 is sure to be another fantastic year and with so many new great golfers on the scene.  In 2018, for example, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth and 5 other previous winners missed the cut, this tells you how good the pack is right now.

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