US Open 2015: Day 1 Overview & In Play Betting Advice
The 115th US Open got underway yesterday, amid plenty of anticipation about how the players were going to cope with the challenging Chambers Bay course. Some of them didn’t cope very well at all, including 14 time major winner Tiger Woods, but 25 players managed to get around in under par. This suggests that perhaps the course is not going to play as hard as was expected.
The conditions may well play a significant role in how the next three days pan out though. They were very favorable in the morning before deteriorating during the day. That was evident in that most of the top scores came from players who went out in early groups. A few players bucked that trend though, including the Australian Jason Day. He shot an opening round 68 to sit nicely poised on two under par.
In this post I’m going to do a very quick overview of some key points from yesterday, including a look at how my original selections got on. I’ll then have some in play betting advice for you. In play betting is something you should always be considering when betting on golf tournaments, and particularly the majors.
Day 1 Overview
One of the biggest talking points yesterday was the state of the greens. A number of players were keen to express their opinions, including Sergio Garcia. He said that they were “as bad as they look”, before adding on Twitter: “A championship of the caliber of the US Open deserves better quality green surfaces.”
Colin Montgomerie, who rolled back the years to shoot a competitive one under par, weighed in too, describing the greens as “extremely poor” and suggesting that they would “take away the consistency of the putts.”
The world number 1 also had his say. McIlroy was perhaps understating things a little when he said “They are not the best I have putted on.” He finished the day two over par after an opening round of 72.
Franco Molinari might disagree though. He holed a monster 60 foot putt on the 12th, which he followed up with a 40 footer just four holes later. One of the clubhouse leaders, Henrik Stenson, was also happy enough too. He said “I hit some beautiful putts and managed to slip a few in there.”
Another player who seemed to have no problem with the course was Dustin Johnson, who is joint first with Stenson after a five under par round of 65. One of our selections for the week, he looks in great shape and will surely like his chances if he can keep his form up.
The threats to Stenson and Johnson include Patrick Reed, who is in outright third position. He carded a four under par 66, and is set to make an impression on a major for the first time in his career. Jordan Spieth, winner of the Masters earlier this year and another one of our three selections, is not too far away on two under. Perennial US Open runner up Phil Mickelson is just one shot further back at one under, along with 11 other players.
Our third selection, Rickie Fowler, didn’t have such a great day. I expected him to at least be close to contention, but he had a disastrous first round 81. That’s one bet well and truly gone, but at least the other two are very much live.