U.S. Open Expert Picks: Our Staff’s Favorite Bets for Round 2 at Pebble Beach
Michael Madrid, USA Today Sports. Pictured: Dustin Johnson
The first 18 holes of the U.S. Open are in the book and, judging by the Round 1 leaderboard, this should be a terrific weekend.
Justin Rose is the pace-setter after shooting 6-under on Thursday, but there are several big names in striking distance including Rickie Fowler and Xander Schauffele at 5-under and Rory McIlroy at 4-under.
Here are our staff’s favorite bets for Round 2, which gets underway at 9:45 a.m. ET on Friday.
The Bet: Fade Sergio Garcia
You want a Friday fade? I’ve got your Friday fade right here. As reported by Golf Channel’s Will Gray, everything about this exchange is amazing: “After shooting -2 Sergio [Garcia] said he was feeling ‘horrible.’ I asked him to expand. ‘I can say it louder, but not clearer.’ Shared that his game is currently a mess and despite the start he doesn’t believe he has a chance to win this week.”
I mean… what?!
That’s the type of response you expect from a guy who just shot 80, not one who posted a 69 and is only three strokes out of the lead. I usually don’t know what’s going through that man’s head and I have even less of a clue right now, but I know this much: It ain’t good.
Whomever you can get in a matchup against Sergio, who’s MC’d in seven consecutive major starts, take it.