The United States Open Championship, commonly known as the US Open, is the annual open golf tournament of the United States. It is the second of the four major championships in the golf calendar, and is on the official schedule of both the PGA Tour and the European Tour. It is staged by the United States Golf Association (USGA) in mid-June, scheduled so that, if there are no weather delays, the final round is played on the third Sunday, which is Father’s Day in America.
The U.S. Open is staged at a variety of courses, specifically set up in such a way during the tournament to ensure that scoring is very difficult. The aim is to place a premium on accurate driving and short game. US Open play is characterized by tight scoring at or around par by the leaders, with the winner usually emerging at around even par. A US Open golf course needs, therefore, to be particularly challenging, and in fact there have been many over-par wins, in part because par is usually set at 70, except for the very longest courses. Normally, an Open course is quite long and will have a high cut of primary rough, undulating and challenging greens, and pinched fairways.
The Golfing Challenge
Golf is an internationally popular sport, and players take part in many tournaments and competitions held in every country in the world. The USA is a world leader in the sport of golf, and the tournaments held there are among the most prestigious in the sport. Golf has its own philosophy and etiquette, and a vocabulary that is all its own. There is a huge number of people who play golf, whether professionally or as a hobby or pastime, and also a huge number of people who follow all the tournaments and competitions, and who watch them on live broadcasts.
The US Open in 2016
The US Open in 2016 will return to the difficult Oakmont, Pennsylvania course, nine years after the championship was last played there. Oakmont has hosted more major tournaments than any other golf course in the United States, and has crowned as champions many of golf’s great legends.
The development of golf betting into the predominant sports betting activity it is today is relatively recent. Online sports books are still pretty selective with the tournaments that they offer wagering opportunities on. The majors will of course be included, as these huge events like the British Open, the Masters, the PGA and the US Open are some of the largest sporting events in the world.
Wagering on Golf
Generally however, the golfing enthusiast who would like to place a bet can do so. Golf wagering is also done online and at mobile betting sites, and makes watching live television coverage of the games a lot more interesting and fun, especially when a major tournament such as the US Open is being played.
Good sports betting is most mostly performed in conjunction with good knowledge of the sport. Betting on the US Open is no different, for, with golf being difficult to bet on at the best of times, at major competitions the wisdom required is even greater.
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