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Not to be confused with the tennis major that goes by the same name, the US Open is the second major of the golfing season and arrives on our schedules in mid-June every year. There is as much drama and tension at this multi-course event as any of the other three standout tournaments. the ghost course this year is Shinnecock Hills in New York State. 

The US Open is such a searching examination of all aspects of golf that the all-round stats rankings are critical. The standings that combine all aspects of the game are usually a reliable guide to who can be expected to play well. Dustin Johnson  (8/1 with Ladbrokes) is at number two in the all-round ranking and only Justin Thomas is above him. Justin Rose is at number four one place below Rickie Fowler and Tommy Fleetwood is fifth. 

Johnson won last week on the PGA Tour which could be a blessing or a curse. No US Open champion has won in the previous week but Johnson is playing well enough to break that trend. He ranks first or tied first for scoring on the par 3s, 4s and 5s. Basically he is the best player on any length of hole.  

Thomas (14/1 with William Hill) does have some good and bad memories from last year. He recorded a score of 63 in the third round which is a record for the championship but dropped out of contention on the Saturday when he finished tied ninth. However, since then Thomas has taken his game to a new level and he should contend. 

Rose won the US Open in 2013 and he is playing well enough to win the title again. He had a great win at the Colonial tournament last month and was then tied sixth at the Memorial on his last start two weeks ago. JUSTIN ROSE  (16/1 with Betfair) is second on the tour for adjusted scoring so he has the game, form and temperament to win another US Open. You can see more information about the 2018 US Open.

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What should I use my US Open free bets on?

As ever the winners market is the most popular and most talked about amongst fans of the sport but is often the most difficult one to call with a free US Open bet so many contenders for every tournament on the calendar, including the majors.

There will be plenty of tips knocking around in the build-up to the US Open but at we'll be sorting the wheat from the chaff and helping you when you're betting for free on the US Open and pick a bet that will retun you some winnings.

The each-way option is always a popular choice in major tournaments given the difficulty of picking the overall winner. Some bookmakers will offer differing numbers of places for each-way bets so it is well worthwhile keeping an eye on to keep up to date with the best offers ahead of the US Open.

An extension of the each-way punt is the top 10 finish market which the vast majority of players will still be odds-against for at the start of the tournament. If you have an inkling on a long shot it can often be worth backing them to finish in the top 10 rather than go for glory and accept a smaller but still attractive profit.

Most bookmakers will also offer you a market on the best placed player from each nationality involved in the tournament which can often be an interesting gamble. The highest placed Brit will create plenty of debate as ever with Rory McIlory now often the favourite to do just that but there are always plenty ready to shoot him down.

Of course there are markets on each round of the tournament as well so if you fancy someone to perform well at the start or the weekend at the competition then it can be profitable to use your free US Open bet to back someone per round.

2017 US Open Result

1st Brooks Koepka 50/1

T2nd Hideki Matsuyama 20/1 

T2nd Brian Harman 66/1

4th Tommy Fleetwood 100/1

T5th Xander Schauffle 250/1

T5th Bill Haas 100/1

T5th Rickie Fowler 25/1

8th Charley Hoffman 100/1

US Open Trends Since 2000 

  • Tiger Woods (3 wins) and Retief Goosen (2 wins) are the only multiple champions.
  • No back-to-back winners this century.
  • The score is US wins 9, ROW wins 9.
  • Four European winners, all from 2010 to 2013.
  • No winners from Asia.
  • Under par winners – 12, Over par winners – 4, Level par winners – 2.
  • Winning score range from 5 over to 16 under.
  • Average winning score of 4 under.
  • 8 winners with 280 shots or more.
  • All overseas winners have played in the President’s Cup
  • Jordan Spieth (2015) and Tiger Woods (2002) won the US Masters in the same year.
  • Tiger Woods also won the Open Championship and PGA Championship in 2002.
  • No other player were multiple major champions in their winning years.
  • Nine winners have only won one major to date. 

Gimme some US Open betting options now

As with the norm for any major sporting event, the outright winner market is the big betting option for the US Open. The big names such as Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth will feature heavily in that market so it's well worth keeping an eye on their form ahead of the tournament.

The closer we get to the tournament, more markets will become available. There sure to be plenty of different options to use your US Open Free Bets on including:

  • Longest drive
  • Most birdies
  • Most bogies
  • Nationality of winner
  • Top American
  • Top European
  • Top 5 finish
  • And loads more

How to use your free bet on the US Open

There are always plenty of options coming into a major golf tournament in terms of betting so take your time making a selection before you get your wallet out. Having said that there is always plenty of money to be made at the majors with even the favourites going in comfortably odds-against and only five or six men down the betting list being around 30/1, so pick the right bet and the bank balance could be significantly improved.

When you are comfortable with your selection and have chosen the bookmaker you want to register with then click on the link on the right of this page to head over to the bookie’s homepage. Once there you just need to follow the simple steps that are provided there to sign-up with that bookmaker. This should take no time at all and just involves you filling in your basic details.

Once registered head to the sportsbook and then onto the golf page, once there you can find your market, click on the odds related to it and this will add it to the betting slip. Follow the instructions there and you will be able to claim your free bet.

Sum up the US Open for me quickly

The famous old competition is played at a different venue across the United States every year and each is set up to be almost as challenging as it can possibly be. More so than any other major the winning score is likely to be up and around par with over-par scores winning the event with surprising regularity. In back to back years in 2006 and ’07 the US Open title was claimed by a score of five-over by Geoff Ogilvy and Angel Cabrera showing just how tough this tournament can be.

The difficulty of the competition is clear to see all the way to its conclusion as it is the only major to include a full 18-hole play-off if there is a tie for the lead after the final round on the Sunday. This was last played in 2008 when Tiger Woods and Rocco Mediate were forced to play a whole round on the Monday, which they again tied. This took the contest into a sudden death play-off which Woods won.

Unlike the The Open Championship or The Masters, The US Open is staged at a variety of courses, set up in such a way that scoring is very difficult with the advantage led towards the big drivers, like Tiger Woods. The winner usually emerges with a par score, making the US Open one of the hardest of all the majors.

Who has bossed the US Open?

Like at most of the tournaments around the world Tiger Woods has been the most successful of any player at the US Open in recent years having won the event three times. The last man to win his third US Open title was Hale Irwin back in 1990 and although Woods has not dominated the tournament, his three wins in nine years between 2000 and 2008 is a fabulous achievement.

It is local competitors that have tended to do well at the US Open with American golfers winning the vast majority of the tournaments held since the first all the way back in 1895. However, since the turn of the millennium there has been success for numerous foreign entrants with the likes of Rory McIlroy, Retief Goosen (twice), Justin Rose and most recently German Martin Kaymer all getting their hands on the trophy.

But the stats don't lie; since 1950, only six players from countries other than the United States have won the US Open, most notably South Africa, which has won five times since 1965. Between 2004 and 2007 there was a streak of four non-American winners, which was the first time that had happened for almost 100 years.

The Europeans have struggled historically. When he won in 2010, Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell became the first European player to win since Englishman Tony Jacklin in 1970. Since then fellow Europeans Justin Rose and Martin Kaymer have added their names to the roll of honour but the last two editions have both seen American victors, with Jordan Spieth in 2015 and most recently Dustin Johnson.

US Open Former Winners

Year – Player – Country – Course – Shots – Score 

2017 - Brooks Koepka - United States - Erin Hills - 272- 16 under 

2016 - Dustin Johnson - United States - Oakmont Country Club - 276 - 4 under

2015 - Jordan Spieth - United States - Chambers Bay - 275 - 5 under

2014 - Martin Kaymer - Germany - Pinehurst Resort - 271 - 9 under

2013 - Justin Rose - England - Merion - 281 - 1 over

2012 - Webb Simpson - United States - Olympic Club - 281 - 1 over

2011 - Rory McIlroy - Northern Ireland - Congressional Country Club - 268 - 16 under 

2010 - Graeme McDowell - Northern Ireland - Pebble Beach - 284 - Even

2009 - Lucas Glover - Bethpage Black - United States - 276 - 4 under

2008 - Tiger Woods - United States - Torrey Pines - 283 - 1 under

2007 - Angel Cabrera - Argentina Oakmont Country Club - 285 - 5 over

2006 - Geoff Ogilvy - Australia - Winged Foot - 285 - 5 over

2005 - Michael Campbell - Pinehurst Resort - 280 - Even

2004 - Retief Goosen - South Africa - Shinnecock Hills - 276 - 4 under

2003 - Jim Furyk - United States - Olympia Fields - 272 - 8 under

2002 - Tiger Woods - United States - Bethpage Black - 277 - 3 under

2001 - Retief Goosen - South Africa - Southern Hills - 276 - 4 under

2000 - Tiger Woods - United States - Pebble Beach - 272 - 12 under

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