US Open Golf

The United States Open Championship, commonly known as the US Open, is one of four major Championships held each year in Golf - and is one of the biggest events for betting on golf. Established in 1895, the US Open has been staged at various courses and venues throughout the United States over the years, and is typically held in mid-June. Succeeding the April Masters Tournament as the second major of the year, the US Open is contested in advance of the July Open Championship and the final major of the year, August's PGA Championship. The US Open is watched closely, enjoyed and scrutinised by millions of Golfing fans each year from across the globe, and is contested by a field exceeding 150 professional and amateur golfers who meet the tournament's qualification levels. Aside from the prestige of winning one of the biggest majors of the year, and joining a roll-call of the best golfers to ever play the sport, the US Open has a purse that has naturally grown over the years, from a winners share of only 0 in the tournaments established year (1895), the present winners are awarded with almost .5 million, along with automatic invitations to the US Open for the next ten years, along with entry into the three other majors for the next five years, as well as the Players Championship.

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Betting on the US Open Golf

Online bookmakers have reported increased popularity and interest in golf betting markets, in particular, a heightened interest in betting on the US Open. Golf betting in general is a specialised area which involves plenty of research and dedication for a profitable punting experience. The US Open is traditionally known as one of the hardest tournaments to win, and can on occasions, become tournaments favoured by course specialists. As the tournament is held at a different venue each year, it's important before considering using one of our Monsterbet free bets on the US Open, to research as many of the participating players as possible, to ensure you know the golfers that are suited to the course and it's specialised layout, as well as having the experience of handling the testing conditions that they may occur during the tournament. This can be tricky as you may not be as familiar with the novice amateurs competing in the US Open, compared to the high-profile professionals who participate year-in-year-out, however there are plenty of useful websites with dedicated history and records, and its advisable to build up a list of sites to visit prior to the US Open, and consider keeping your own database and spreadsheets of players individual performances during tournaments. Other key factors to consider include:

Current Form: As well as the aforementioned course form and experience, as with any sporting bet, its key to evaluate a golfers current form, and form an idea on how they will perform in the US Open based on performances in recent tournaments or qualifiers. Specialist golfing bettors and form-students recommend paying close attention to a golfers form in the previous three weeks leading into the US Open, and attempting to spot a player that is progressively improving and is ready to hit 'peak' form at the competition, as well as golfers who appear to be high in confidence with their own game.

Course Layout: Again, its back to the all-important course. Some courses are favourable to shorter hitters for example, and other course's may be a disadvantage to certain 'type' of players. Visit the official website of the course prior to the tournament, to find out all the information you can, to get that extra advantage against the bookmakers.

Weather Conditions: US open betting has a similarity with Cricket Betting, as the weather conditions can play a huge factor in a golfer's performance. Certain players are affected and are unable to handle windy conditions, where as others thrive and relish the blustery conditions. Once more, do your research and find out the weather forecasts heading into the US Open, and the conditions expected in the period your player is due on the course, and how this will likely affect their performance.

Value Betting: A general rule of betting is 'getting the value', none more so than when it comes to betting on Golf and the US Open. We'll use our favourite term again, research. Bookmakers just like us punters have opinions, and these opinions may vary from bookmaker to bookmaker. If you've formed the opinion a golfer should be 12/1 in the outright betting market for the US Open, and plenty of online bookmakers agree, shop around as there is sure to be a bookmaker that has taken an opposite view, and is possibly offering greater odds. This will fall into the category of a 'value bet'.

It's also important to look carefully at the place terms offered by each bookmaker, as these vary. Typically in the US Open, bookmakers offer the place terms of top-5 at ¼ of the odds, however certain bookmakers may run special concessions, for example, offering the place terms for the top-6 finishers.

For a break-down of the most popular Golf and US Open betting markets, take a look at our dedicated Golf Betting section.

US Open Golf History & Facts

The first ever US Open tournament in 1895 was held at the Newport County Club course in Newport, Rhode Island, and was considered far less significant in the Golfing calendar than it has been in the modern era. Clashing with the America’s Cup yacht race, the tournament was put back a month and players didn't make it onto the nine-hole course until the start of October (4th). The field that made it to the Newport course consisted of 10 professionals and a single amateur, who played for the title over 36 holes in a single day. The first winner of the US Open golf tournament was England’s 21-year-old Horace Rawlins, shooting a 91 and 82 to secure the title.

The popularity and prevalence of the tournament was spread internationally from the outset, and this is clear to see by looking at the record-books. For 16 consecutive years since the tournament's inception, the winner came from international shores, with three winners from England, one from Jersey and a collection of 12 Scottish born winners. It wasn't until 1911 that the US Open was won by a golfer from the United States. This honour fell to the youngest ever champion of the tournament to this day, 19-year-old John McDermott. McDermott would go on to win his second consecutive US Open in 1912, and this was the first and only Open course to feature a par 6. The American would play the 606-yard 10th hole at six-under par for the tournament.

From 1922 and the proceeding years, the popularity of the US Open boomed, as the 1922 tournament was the first time spectator tickets were sold for the event, and this time frame also coincided with an amateur golfer from Georgia winning the tournament on four occasions. Bob Jones won the US Open in 1923, 1926, 1929 and 1930. The popularity from golfers across the word wanting to participate in the US Open also soared, meaning sectional qualifying was introduced in 1924.

1938's US Open was witness to the worst single hole score in the tournament's history. This unwanted title belongs to Ray Ainsley, when after hitting his ball into a creek on par-4 16th, he was made to keep swinging and hitting his ball down stream, and posted a massive 19 when the ball was finally in the hole.

The tournament would be held in similar fashion annually at a different course, with a largely unchanged format for 79 years. In 1964, United States golfer Ken Venturi's win in Bethesda Maryland, would signal the end of the tournament being decided on a single Saturday with 36 holes, as the competition changed it's format to the structure currently used, and was played over a Saturday/Sunday schedule thereafter.

The 2005 US Open was the first time international competitors could qualify without playing in the United States. Various tournament's were staged in England and Japan, and Michael Campbell of New Zealand was one of nine to qualify from the England, and went on to win that year's US Open in North Carolina.

In 2007, for an unprecedented eighth time, the Oakmount Country Club, Pittsburgh, Penn., became the course to hold more US Open Championship's than any other course, as well as being the course to host more majors than any other in the United States.

Last Five Winners of the US Open


2015 (University Place, Washington)

Jordan Spieth - United States 275 (-5)


2014  (Pinehurst, North Carolina)

Martin Kaymer - Germany 291 (-9)


2013 (Ardmore, Pennsylvania)

Justin Rose - England 281 (+1)


2012 (San Francisco, California)

Webb Simpson – United States 281 (+1)


2011 (Bethesda, Maryland)

Rory Mcllroy - Northern Ireland 268 (-16)


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