2020 U.S. Open Sleeper Bets: Our Favorite Longshot Picks for Golf’s Second Major of the Year
Octavio Passos/Getty Images. Pictured: Martin Kaymer.
- Looking for a longshot to add to your U.S. Open betting card? Our staff breaks down their favorites.
- We're targeting a pair of Euros and two elite ball-strikers to contend in golf's second major of 2020.
Anything can happen at the U.S. Open.
All reports from Winged Foot are that the course is set up to play extremely difficult and the winning golfer will be the one who is able to grind through the weekend and avoid big mistakes.
Narrow fairways, thick rough and fast greens should keep scoring low and that could open the door for a sleeper to crash the party.
Chaos always helps the underdog. And the USGA loves chaos.
Here are our favorite longshot bets for the 2020 U.S. Open:
Thomas Detry +20000 ($10 bet wins $2,000)
I wasn’t sure if Tony Finau or Matthew Fitzpatrick or even Chez Reavie were sleepy enough to be considered a sleeper, so I’m going deeper here.
Somehow, the 27-year-old big-hitting Detry is playing just his first career major this week, but I don’t see him being too intimidated by it. A strong guy just like fellow Belgium native Thomas Pieters (another player I like this week), don’t be surprised if Detry opens with a solid score and lingers on the leaderboard for a few days.
I like him for top-20 props, in DFS lineups and as a first-round leader bet, which could be a juicy payout on a guy who’s posted scores of 67 or better in three of his last four starts.
Corey Conners +20000
Conners is one of the most complete ball-strikers on TOUR, and with the U.S. Open rough looming off these tight fairways, his precision both off the tee and with the approach makes him a viable longshot.
The short game is always the issue for Conners, so we’ll see if he can make enough par-saving putts to climb the leaderboard. Even so, I think this course should set up well for the Canadian.
Erik van Rooyen (+16000)
EVR’s missed cut at the Safeway Open may work in his favor, getting to upstate New York a couple of days earlier than expected. He brings with him a solid off-the-tee game gaining strokes in five straight with his drives.
A top-three finish at WGC-Mexico earlier this season along with a top-22 at Memorial should give us confidence he can contend in strong fields.
Van Rooyen has two top-20s in past majors and a top-eight in the 2019 PGA Championship at Bethpage Black, another long par 70 with poa annua greens.
Martin Kaymer (+12500)
Martin Kaymer is coming off of a second-place finish at the Andalucia Masters (European Tour), in an event that played very difficult. The week prior he finished third at the UK Championship. This flash of form is all I need to see from the former World No. 1 to take a shot at him at this price.
Kaymer won the 2010 PGA Championship and the 2014 U.S. Open (by 8 shots!). While he isn’t the same golfer he was back then, we know he has what it takes to get it done in a major championship.