Summer is here which means we are well into the midst of the golfing Major season. The Masters supplied us with a truly exquisite tournament which saw Spaniard Sergio Garcia take a well-deserved Green jacket and first Major title.
Now the titans of golf travel to Erin Hills as the US Open heads to Wisconsin for the first time in its illustrious history.
Many eyes will be on Masters Champion Garcia, although it was 12 years ago the 37-year-old had his best US Open finish with a tied 3rd trailing home New Zealand victor Michael Campbell at the Pinehurst Resort, North Carolina.
It seems a first US Open title may be tricky for Garcia however he is riding the crest of a wave right now and will draw a few bets at 22/1 with us.
World number one Dustin Johnson is unsurprisingly the favourite for the tournament after a life changing 12 months.
The defending US Open champion has won three times already on tour this year including two World Golf Championship events and will draw a big following from the Erin Hills galleries.
The 32-year-old warrants his tag as favourite at 13/2 with Comeon!
It is often easy to forget that Jordan Spieth is still only 23, however, such is the young mans impact on golf (and somewhat receding hairline), the American appears mature beyond his years especially on course.
After a stuttering end to 2016, Spieth got back on track with a win at February’s AT+T Pebble Beach Pro-Am and will be desperate to add a second US Open title to his tally.
The talent is certainly there and Spieth has a strong record in his country’s national tournament and offers a tempting price to win at 9/1 with us.
Justin Rose is the favourite for a British winner. The 36-year-old has been one of the most consistent performers on tour over the last ten years and appears to still be getting better.
Rose comes into the US Open with a Masters runners up spot to his name in 2017 after losing to Garcia in a play-off, but it is the US Open which holds better memories for Rose.
Champion in 2013, expect Rose to be a contender come the Sunday afternoon over the rolling hills and steep fairways of Erin Hills.
Rose is 20/1 with us to repeat his 2013 feat and march to a second Major title.
American stalwart Phil Mickelson heads to the US Open in the knowledge that so far, his national tournament is the only major to elude his bulging trophy cabinet.
Cruelly, Mickelson has finished runner-up six times (most recently in 2013) in the US Open and is desperate to claim victory and complete the career grand slam.
At 33/1 it is certainly a bet for the romantics, but that said, Mickelson is a wily old fox and despite being only four years away from qualifying to play on the senior’s tour, you can bet your bottom dollar that Mickelson will be sniffing around the top ten come the final day.
If that is the case, then anything could happen.