|Sei Young Kim||+900
|Jin Young Ko||+1800
|Hye Jin Choi||+2000
|So Yeon Ryu||+2500
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Inbee Park to make the top ten +188 at DraftKings Sportsbook
Brooke Henderson to beat Danielle Kang -118 at BetMGM
|Women’s Open Information|
|What||U.S. Women’s Open|
|Where||The Champions Club, Houston, Texas|
|When||Thursday, December 10 – Sunday, December 13|
|How to watch||Thursday 12.30pm & 7pm ET (Golf Channel), Friday 3pm & 11pm ET (Golf Channel), Saturday 11am, 2.30pm & 11pm ET (Golf Channel), Sunday 11am, 2pm & 10pm ET (Golf Channel). All four days on Sky Sports.|
Bar the traditional silly-season QBE Shootout in Florida, the PGA Tour has closed up for the winter, and attention is, for once, entirely directed toward the U.S. Women’s Open, delayed from June and this week taking place on the two courses at The Champions Club in Houston.
Yes, you did read that correctly, there are two courses in use this week, the only way that 156 players can complete 36 holes on Thursday and Friday with limited daylight hours. It was fortunate that the host has not only the 6,731-yard, par-71 Cypress Creek course (which will be played once pre-cut and then throughout the weekend), but also the 6,558-yard, par-71 Jackrabbit layout.
It also says much for the quality of the club’s options that the U.S.G.A. had no hesitation in going ahead with the rescue plan because there are very few venues with two courses worthy of welcoming the women’s game’s most prestigious championship.
Favorite this week is Korea’s Sei Young Kim who arrives fresh from winning her last two tournaments by five and three strokes. Her veteran compatriot Inbee Park, a two-time winner of the championship, is just behind her in the betting.
The home challenge is always strong in this event and is led by Danielle Kang, a winner this year, and Nelly Korda, whose quest for a first major win is possibly weakened by her return this week from injury.
Like most of us, Jin Young Ko will be happy to wave goodbye to 2020, but she also has an excellent opportunity to do so in magnificent style. As 2019 rushed to a conclusion she was flying high, grabbing four wins on the LPGA which lifted her to the top of the world rankings.
She remains there now, but only as a consequence of so much fine golf in the recent past because she sustained an injury late last year, missed the first half of 2020, and didn’t return to America until last month. Her first outing, following three consecutive top tens on home soil, was a disappointing T34th in Florida, but she reminded the world of her class with tied fifth last week.
Afterward, she said: “I miss this tour. I miss being in contention. I want to win again.” Given that glimpse of form and her undoubted hunger should there really be a minimum of five players rated more likely to win than her?
Last season she won two major championships and was third in another. This week marks her only chance to tee it up in 2020 major and her price looks very tempting.
Whichever way you look at it Inbee Park looks to have a great shot at landing another top ten this week. Her form in 2020? She’s grabbed seven in 12 starts. What about since the return from lockdown? Five from eight.
How about in all major championship golf? She’s gleaned a total of 32 top tens from 59 tournaments. The majors this year? Two from three. And finally what about in the U.S. Women’s Open itself? 13 starts, eight top tens – the best strike rate of them all. In all four instances, she’s registering a top ten over 50% of the time and DraftKings Sportsbook is offering +188 that she’ll do it again.
There’s value in that price and we can also take heart from the words of Houston local Cheyenne Knight, who said that the huge greens on the Cypress Creek Course place high demands on both lag putting and also holing out from a slightly longer distance than is usual.
Inbee Park is acknowledged as not just one of, if not the greatest, putter in the women’s game and possibly the entire sport itself.
The two great North American rivals both boast a player high up in the betting this week and with good reason. Both 23-year-old Brooke Henderson, who flies the Maple Leaf, and 28-year-old Danielle Kang, who represents Uncle Sam, already hold major championship titles and arrive fresh from a good result last time out. But dig deeper and all the cards seem to be in the hands of Henderson.
She arrives in Texas off a run of four consecutive top-six finishes whilst Kang’s second-place finish last week was her first in six starts. And when you look at head-to-heads a real gap emerges: throughout their careers, Henderson leads 74-36 and over the last two years 14-10. But it is in the American majors that the crack widens: Henderson leads 14-4 and in the championship itself she has bettered Kang five times, losing out just once.
Don’t miss BetMGM’s offer of -118 that Henderson claims the honors of this match bet for Canada.
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