• Eric Cohen

By Eric Cohen


My favorite golf tournament of the year, the U.S. Open is this

week…but wait, it’s September, during football season!? The year

of oddities continues, but in this case, I’ll be honest, I’m more

excited to watch golf this weekend than football (2020 might be

the first and last time I’ll ever admit that).

What makes the U.S. Open so much fun is how difficult it usually

plays. With the exception of 2019’s scoring fest at Pebble Beach,

this tournament routinely produces winners close to or above par.

That’s what I want to see when watching a major golf tournament!

It’s what made the BMW Championship three weeks ago so

fascinating.

From what I’ve heard thus far, the rough will be as thick and

dangerous as any tournament in recent memory. If so, a winning

score around +3 wouldn’t shock me. Pars will be a good thing this

weekend…just like any of us recreational golfers feel on a normal

18 hole course.

By virtue of going all-in on Bud Cauley’s top-20 finish, I’ve

increased my lead in our betting challenge…but maybe one of the

other three pickers can nail a longshot winner to narrow the gap?

Once again the rules for our challenge:

Each week, Harry, Parlay Kid, Producer Michael and I will get a

simulated $200 to bet…$100 on golfers to win that week’s

tournament and another $100 to be spread amongst top-5, top-

10, top-20, and other prop bets. We’ll track the progress to see

who does the best and whether we can produce positive ROIs.


Here are this week’s plays for The U.S. Open:

(Odds courtesy of Draft Kings Sportsbook)

Eric:

Last Week’s Results: +$175

Total ROI: +$1797.50 (through 12 weeks)

$30 to WIN: Xander Schauffele (+1600)

$20 to WIN: Patrick Reed (+3300)

$20 to WIN: Patrick Cantlay (+3500)

$20 to WIN: Tommy Fleetwood (+4000)

$10 to WIN: Tyrrell Hatton (+4000)

$50 on Top-5: Xander Schauffele (+350)

$50 on Top-10: Tommy Fleetwood (+350)


Michael (Best Bet Corner Producer)

Last Week’s Results: +$6.25

Total ROI: -$81.25 (through 7 weeks)

$25 to WIN: Justin Thomas (+1400)

$25 to WIN: Xander Schauffele (+1600)

$25 to WIN: Collin Morikawa (+2000)

$25 to WIN: Daniel Berger (+3300)

$50 on Top-10: Collin Morikawa (+200)

$30 on Top-10 After Round 1: Justin Thomas (+350)

$20 on To NOT Make Cut: Tiger Woods (+185)


Parlay Kid

Last Week’s Results: -$200

Total ROI: -$976.25 (through 11 weeks)

$25 to WIN: Collin Morikawa (+2000)

$25 to WIN: Webb Simpson (+1600)

$25 to WIN: Bryson DeChambeau (+2800)

$25 to WIN: Patrick Cantlay (+3500)

$50 on Best Round of the Tournament: Justin Thomas (+1600)


$50 on Will there by a playoff?: Yes (+400)


Harry

Last Week’s Results: -$200

Total ROI: -$1523 (through 12 weeks)

$40 to WIN: Collin Morikawa (+2000)

$20 to WIN: Rory McIlroy (+1800)

$20 to WIN: Bryson DeChambeau (+2800)

$20 to WIN: Matthew Wolff (+8000)

$50 on Top-30: Matthew Wolff (+138)

$20 on Top-10: Sebastian Munoz (+900)

$20 on Top-10: Chesson Hadley (+1800)

$10 on Top-10: Will Zalatoris (+1200)


Find more of Eric’s sports opinions and predictions on Twitter at

@CohensCornerAZ.