2018 U.S. Open PGA Prop Bets
Now that we’re just a day away from the 118th U.S. Open we can take much more stock in the weather conditions for the week. And the news isn’t looking good for late starters on Thursday, with wind expected to be at its heaviest of the week in the afternoon. So, with early starters expecting to get the best of conditions on a golf course that can play brutally hard when it blows, backing players in the first few groups for first-round leader looks to be the play. Here are my three choices to lead after round one:
Patrick Cantlay is in excellent form having recorded three T10 finishes in his last five starts. Cantlay also has shot in the 60’s in three of his previous four opening rounds on Tour. Usually excellent in opening rounds, Cantlay sits third for round one scoring average on Tour this season. With a nice early tee time, Cantlay looks value at 55/1 to shoot another good opening round.
Chesson Hadley is another man with an early tee off time and another who can get on hot streaks of birdies. Hadley shot a 61 this season, and his birdie or better percentage is the sixth best on Tour this year. 125/1 is still available and is worth taking on a man that has shot 68 or better in five of his last eight opening rounds.
Scott Piercy enters this event off the back of a missed-cut and a WD. Not ideal to say the least. However, Piercy has been playing solid golf this year. Piercy ranks third this season for strokes gained approaching the green which bodes well on a course that demands accurate approach play. Now for the negative. Piercy is putting absolutely horribly and ranks 196th this season for strokes gained putting. However, at 200/1 and going off in the first group tomorrow morning, he looks value in the hope that he can putt well for just one round.
First Round Leader:
• Patrick Cantlay 55/1
• Chesson Hadley 125/1
• Scott Piercy 200/1