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Women’s US Open Preview & Tips by @RH_G0LF

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After all the ups & downs of the Match play last week its now onto the 2nd Major of the year with the Women’s US Open at Pine Needles Lodge & golf club. This week players will play for the biggest prize in women’s golf as well as their names in etched in history. A whopping £1,800,000 going to this year’s winner & a combined purse of $10 Million which is more than double what you would get for the PGA & Evian Championship.  

The oldest of the ladies’ majors looks set to be another great test of golf with the USGA keen to keep scoring to a single figure under par winner. The last 20 years have Only seen double digits winning 3 times. Will the Asian domination continue in this event? The last 15 winners has seen just 4 winners that aren’t national’s based in Asia

Last week’s Recap

Before previewing the US Women’s Open. Last week saw the Bank of Hope Matchplay play out in Las Vegas at Shadow creek which saw Ji Eun Hee winning the final against Ayaka Furue. That win got her into the field this week as she was set to miss out after her 10-year major status had now expired & she didn’t progress through qualifying earlier in the season. If she hadn’t of won last week, she would be at home watching on the tv but that’s golf for you.  

From a betting perspective, it wasn’t the best of weeks on the LPGA, I tried to pick out a player from each quatre of the draw in the small hope they would all meet in the Semi-finals, but nobody progressed from the group. All finishing 2nd or 3rd & Megan Khang managed to not progress even though she was unbeaten. Hopefully our fortunes will change like the last men’s major when I had 4 missed cuts the previous week before landing the Winner the following week.

Course

Name – Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club

Location – Southern Pines, North Carolina, USA

Established – 1928

Designed by – Donald Ross & renovated in 2018 by Kyle Franz

Par – 71

Length – 6638

1. Par 3s – 4 Measuring between 131 & 204 with an average of 174

2. The Par 4s – 11 Measuring between 351 & 440 with an average of 400

3. Par 5s – 3 measuring between 502 & 524 with an average of 513

Greens – Bermuda

Fairways – Bermuda

Water – in play on 3 holes

Bunkers – 68

Events hosted

2019 US Senior Women’s Open – Helen Alfredsson +1

2007 US Open – Cristie Kerr -5

2001 US Open – Karrie Webb -16

1996 US Open – Anika Sorenstam -6

RH_G0lf Selections:

Lexi Thompson 13-1 6 Places Boylesports 2 PTS

Value Play 14-1 6 Places Paddypower 2 PTS

Lexi is the best hope America has of keeping the US open on home soil this week. The world no 6 is in some great form & looks set to peak this week for the win her form is deserving of. In just 6 starts this year she has a worst finish of 38th. In her other 5 starts she has finished 2nd twice, 4th, 6th & 13th.  Lexi leads the Strokes Gained total on tour which backs up her great form this season. She will be able to rely on her fantastic iron play this week with hitting the green in regulation vital to keeping errors off the scorecard, Lexi leads the tour for greens in regulation with 76.8%. The 27-year-old also leads the tour for most rounds under par (average) with 19. Over the last few years, she has made every cut in the events she has played not missing a cut since the 2020 US open 29 starts ago which just shows how constant she has become. I thought she would have been lower in the betting maybe even singe figures so at 14-1 I’m happy to double my staking plan with her.

Key Stats:

Tee to Green – 13th

Off the Tee – 3rd  

Approach the Green – 20th  

Around the Green 136th  

Putting – 4th  

Greens in Regulation – 1st (76.81

Scoring Average – 2nd (69.26)

Attaya Thitkul 28-1 6 Places Boylesports

It’s been a Stellar start to the LPGA for Attaya picking up her 1st win at the JTBC Classic & rounding that off with four top 10s in just eleven starts. Thitkul has shown she plays with absolutely no fear flag hunting each time she tees it up, she has the highest number of birdies this season with 172 & sits 3rd in most eagles with 6. The current rookie of the year leader is also 7th for scoring average with 69.67. This will be the 1st time she has playing in a US Open having already picked up a top 5 finish at the Evian Championship & at 28-1 I feel she like Lexi should have been a lot shorter this week

Key Stats:

Tee to Green – 7th

Off the Tee – 6th

Approach the Green – 17th

Around the Green 47th

Putting – 65th

Greens in Regulation – 23rd (72.79)

Scoring Average – 7th (69.67)

Mao Saigo 50-1 6 Places Boylesports

Mao Saigo 50-1 6 Places Boylesports

Mao will be looking to replicate fellow now Japanese National Yuka Saso by winning this week & earning LPGA status. Yuka had no playing privileges last year when she turned up to the US Open but won & now is one of the best players on the LPGA. Saigo will start this week with plenty of eyes on here especially given what Yuka did & how incredible her form on the JLPGA has been this year. She has won five yes Five times this year in just ten starts, to go with this there are also two 2nd places & another top 10. Incredible form & I honestly can’t believe she is 50-1 this week, first autobet of the week. Her form has seen her quickly rise to world no 18 & if she carries on, she will be up there with the likes of Jin Young Ko & Lydia Ko fighting for top spot.

Key Stats (Taken from JLPGA)

Fairway Accuracy 34th (70.47%)

Scrambling 1st   

Total Driving 5th

Ball Striking 4th  

Scoring Average 1st (70.133)

Maja Stark 50-1 6 Places Boylesports

Value play 66-1 6 Places Unibet

Maja was in contention in the last 2 US Opens when she was still an amateur finishing 13th & 16th in 2020 & 2021 respectively. Since turning pro in august 2021 she has already picked up  four Ladies European tour titles. The swede also has two 2nd , one 3rd  & four more top 10 finishes so there is clearly a bright future ahead for Maja. She is the current race to Costa del Sol leader & a good week here could almost tie the title up with half the year still to go.

Key Stats (Taken from LET)

Greens in Regulation – 77.85%

Driving Accuracy – 63.3%

Scrambling – 63.16%

Putting Average – 29.72

Scoring Average 69.12

Yuna Nishimura 150-1 6 Places Boylesports

Another player from the JLPGA but bookies have given her a much higher price than most JLPGA & KLPGA players. Her form shows she is 100% worth an each way shot this week. The world no 44 has had five top 10 finishes with two 2nd & one 3rd. Yuna was a three time winner last year & had a total of sixteen top 10 finishes & has only missed two cuts in two years. I’m very optimistic she can bring that form over to the states for this week’s US Open & at 150-1 she is the long shot for the week.

Key Stats (Taken from JLPGA)

Fairway Accuracy 12th (74.40%)

Scrambling 13th

Total Driving 47th

Ball Striking 36th  

Scoring Average 4th (70.77)

Other notables

Madelene Sagstrom – 40-1 – she’s in great form as of late with 4 straight top 10s. I will probably have a side bet on her, but she isn’t in my main plan. It was a very tight call between Attaya & Sagstrom.

Hae Ran Ryu -66-1 – Similar to Mao Saigo on the Korea tour. The 21-year-old has had five top 10s in her last six stroke pay starts which includes a win & two 3rd place finishes, one to keep an eye on.

All odds correct as of 09:00 31/5/22

Good Luck with all Bets

Ryan Hamilton