US Open First Round Leader

The course this week looks a tough test in many regards, not least around the greens where the rough appears to be unplayable in many parts. Missing greens here will no doubt cost shots and there may even be more of a premium on hitting greens here than what there was at Southern Hills. Despite some rain, the course is drying out and the significance in getting an early tee time in round one may be crucial in the first-round leader market. 

Adam Scott at 100/1 (Six Places)

Adam Scott didn't perform well with the driver last time out but if he can improve that department he could prove a threat throughout this week. His short game has its problems right now which is a shame as he looked to have ironed out a lot of those issues earlier in the year. Nevertheless, it's worth noting that despite a 67th spot at the Memorial he finished 2nd that week on SG Approach. His short game and putting were woeful though and contributed to the majority of that low finish.

His season has been littered with hugely impressive performances with the irons and I'm prepared to take the chance it could translate to a first-round leader tilt in the near future. An early tee time and quotes of 100/1 are enough to get me interested in this Aussie taking the headlines off the other.

0.5pt each-way A.Scott 100/1 (1/5 6)

Adam Scott - 0.5pts e/w @ 100/1

Kurt Kitayama at 150/1 (Seven Places)

In one of the first few groups out on Thursday, Kurt Kitayama has to be respected at a top price of 200/1. The American arrives here with his approach play struggling a little but his game off the tee is in fine shape. The reports from the course are that the bigger hitters may have some advantage when flying over dog legs and blind tee shots. To win this event over the four days you'll need a lot more guile than that I suggest, but certainly over 18 holes someone could make significant gains off the tee to capitalise. Kitayama fits that bracket and with two round leads this year posted at the Honda and in Mexico his volatility is there for all to see.

That's exactly what we're looking for in a round one leader bet and Kitayama is long enough in the tooth now not to be phased by making the top of the leaderboard in an event like this. On both those occasions he has held the first-round lead this year he has putted extremely well, something which has been missing most of the other weeks. It's a fickle department the putting game and if Kitayama has a good day he could certainly make the frame at these prices.

0.5pt each-way K.Kitayama 150/1 (1/5 7)

Kurt Kitayama - 0.5pts e/w @ 150/1

Wyndam Clark at 150/1 (Seven Places)

Another who could pick up the baton early is Wyndam Clark. He is another who will benefit from his length off the tee and his short game has been in tremendous nick lately to capitalise on any chance that may arrive. He played extremely well last week in Canada and nabbed the first round there with a sparkling 63 and no errors.

He played well the remainder of the week also finishing in a tie for 7th in the end. That round one magic can hopefully rub off once again this week and I just think the price is a little too big given what he did in Canada. Clark is a quality player and although he lacks experience in closing something like this out, the first 18 holes are well within his reach. 

0.5pt each-way W.Clark 150/1 (1/5 7)

Wyndam Clark - 0.5pts e/w @ 150/1