I HAVE to say I’m still feeling gutted. I thought that when my US Open selection Dustin Johnson went three ahead midway through the final round at Chambers Bay he would hold on to the finish.
He could have beaten Jordan Spieth to land his first Major title on the last if he had converted a 12-foot eagle putt but of course he missed.
So it was odds on an 18-hole play-off the next day but he fluffed the three-foot return putt for birdie and Spieth had his second Major of the season.
Even I could have holed that one and such is mrfixit’s putting he’d have probably holed the 12-footer! At least Johnson gave me a place but it could have been so different.
This week the US Tour travels to Connecticut for the Travelers Championship at the River Highlands Club. My first-choice is South African Louis Oosthuizen who had a superb US Open.
After a horror first-round 77 he bounced back to hit 66, 66 and 67 and that was brilliant. He birdied six of his last seven holes to almost earn a play-off and if he continues that form or anything like it at the Travelers I can’t see past him.
Brandt Snedeker is also on a bit of a run at the moment. In his last three tourneys he’s finished T2, T6 and had that great final round last weekend to finish T8. Whether the punishing Chambers Bay course has taken a lot out of him we’ll have to wait and see but he looks a good bet.
Snedeker is 14-1 second favourites behind Bubba Watson who has won the tournament and finished in the top six four times. Whether he’ll be refreshed after missing the cut at Chambers Bay or on a downer after a Major disappointment is up for question. Bubba is a biggest 14-1 with the likes of Betfred and Coral.
On the European Tour the BMW Open is being played at the flat tree-lined course of Munchen Eichenried. Henrik Stenson, Martin Kaymer, Shane Lowry and Joost Luiten are all flying over from the west coast of America to play here but with the travelling and the gruelling test that was Chambers Bay I’m leaving them out of my selections.
German Maximilian Kieffer has three top-10 finishes in his last five tournaments and the way he has been playing is in with a chance. With driving accuracy of around 65% and GIR of 71.76% his stats stack up so I’m taking him.
Rafa Cabrero-Bello did us a good turn a couple of weeks ago at the Lyonness Open when he finished second and I expect the Spaniard to have another good week here. He’s 10th on the European Tour in GIR stats which could come in handy here.
Louis Oosthuizen 2pts ew (25-1, bet365, William Hill)
Brandt Snedeker 1.5pts ew (14-1, general)
Maximilian Kieffer 1.5pts ew (33-1, 888sport, Betfred)
Rafa Cabrera Bello 1.5pts ew (25-1, Coral)