Intertops U.S. Open Props: Playoff? Hole in One?

SBR Staff

Monday, June 11, 2018 10:10 PM UTC

Monday, Jun. 11, 2018 10:10 PM UTC

The 118th U.S. Open begins Thursday morning from Shinnecock Hills in Southampton, New York. Let’s look at some Intertops specials for the year’s second major.

Last year, American Brooks Koepka won his first-ever major championship by shooting 16 under at Erin Hills in Wisconsin to win the U.S. Open. That course was rendered defenseless because there was little wind. There’s no chance the winner of this week’s U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills in Southampton, New York, finishes double digits under par. When the course last hosted in 2004, only two players were under par: Retief Goosen (4 under) and Phil Mickelson. The par 70 at nearly 7,500 yards measures about 500 yards longer than it did then.

Could there be a playoff this year? Intertops gives odds of +325 for yes and -500 for no. Rather shockingly, the last playoff was in 2008 when Tiger Woods won his 14th and last major championship. He beat Rocco Mediate in 19 holes on Monday.

Should there be a playoff this year, it’s no longer 18 holes on Monday but two-hole aggregate to fall more in line with how it works at the British Open (four-hole aggregate score) and PGA Championship (three-hole aggregate score). Should it be tied after those two holes, then it’s sudden death. Since the inception of the U.S. Open at Newport Country Club in 1895, there have been 33 playoffs.

The favored winning margin is one stroke at +250, followed by a playoff at +325 and then four strokes or more at +333. Koepka won by four last year at Erin Hills and Dustin Johnson by three in 2016 at Oakmont. The last one-shot victory was by Jordan Spieth over Johnson and Louis Oosthuizen in 2015 at Chambers Bay.

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Did you know that no player from Spain has ever won the U.S. Open? Surprised me too. The favorite to be the top Spaniard this week is Jon Rahm at -120 followed by 2017 Masters champion Sergio Garcia at +200 and Rafael Cabrera-Bello at +333. Garcia and Matt Kuchar are the only two players to make the cut in the past five U.S. Opens, which is a stunning statistic.

No Asian player has won the U.S. Open, either. The Intertops favorite for top Asian this week is Hideki Matsuyama at +150, followed by Byeong-Hun An at +450, Kiradech Aphibarnrat at +600 and Si-Woo Kim at +700.

That there’s a hole in one during the tournament is -120 with no the same price. Shinnecock Hills has four par 3s. The first is No. 2 called Plateau, which measures 252 yards. The average score at the hole in 2004 was 3.262 and no one had an ace. No. 7, called Redan, is a par 3 measuring 189 yards. The average score there 14 years ago was 3.413 and no one aced it.

On the back-nine, the first par 3 is No. 11, Hill Head, at 159 yards. The average score there in 2004 was 3.332 and there were no holes-in-one. The last par 3 is No. 17, Eden, at 180 yards. The average score there in 2004 was 3.208 and amateur Spencer Levin had the lone ace with an 8-iron.

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