Niall Lyons picks out three final round tips for the US Open 2022.
US Open - Winner
We are sitting in a pretty position heading into the final day having backed Fitzpatrick at 25/1 pre tournament and the Englishman takes his position in the final group on Sunday for the second major on the trot. As I mentioned at the start of the week, the lessons he learned that day could prove extremely valuable having seemingly played himself out of it early doors at Southern Hills that final day, before getting right back in the thick of it the final few holes. The eyewitness to Mito Periera's 72nd hole collapse will also be fresh in Fitzpatrick's mind and all these aspects add up to him having a huge chance of getting over the line this evening.
Will Zalatoris to Win
If someone is to stop him it looks increasingly likely that it will be the other golfer who went close at Southern Hills, Will Zalatoris. Seven of the last eight winners of this event were first or second heading into the final day and I have to say I like the chances of either of the two leaders getting the job done. Much was made at Southern Hills of Zalatoris' putting stroke and on the 70th hole there it did bite him in the butt a little.
Nevertheless, we have seen his putting improve to no end when the major championships come around and this week is no different. He lies 6th in putting for the week and led the putting statistics in round 3 also. He had a shortie last night on the 18th, and his dodgy stroke looked to have been banished to hell where it belongs. Maybe it is fixed, or maybe it'll rear it's ugly head again tonight, but either way I think he is very capable of taking this title now. I'd be surprised if any one of the top three doesn't win this and to be honest, I think the top two should be a little shorter given how difficult it is to come from behind in these majors of late.
Thomas did it at Southern Hills, but the handful who got the experience they needed at Southern Hills at the business end are no atop this leaderboard and a freefall looks unlikely. I'll be adding Zalatoris to my betting slip today in the hope he is the man to lift his maiden tour victory at the US Open if Fitzpatrick fails to deliver the goods.
2pts W.Zalatoris 7/2
Bradley/Rahm 2 Ball
Keegan Bradley to win 2 ball
The only two ball I'm tempted by is Keegan Bradley against Jon Rahm. Bradley has been a staple in the toughest tests this year having been 5th at Sawgrass then runner up at Potomac. Potomac in particular was a grinding week and Bradley has passed these tests with flying colours. This week at the Country Club is similar and I can see him having another good finish today. Him and Rahm have hit the same number of fairways all week (26 of 42) but crucially Keegan's approach play has been a lot more consistent.
He ranks 3rd for the week in SG Approach and on final day Sunday that could prove crucial. He has the backing of the fans behind him and I'd be surprised to see him have a dull day. Rahm has once again let his emotions get the better of him at times, a theme for the year so far with the Spaniard. His mistake on 18 last night may prove very costly and he may be vulnerable with the crowds firmly behind his opponent. 9/5 looks a fair enough price to invest in.
1pt K.Bradley to win two ball 9/5
Lowest Round Score
Joseph Bramlett to Score the Lowest Round 4
Finally, I'll have a small bet on Joseph Bramlett to shoot the lowest final round score here on Sunday. He lies 5th on approach this week and 2nd from tee to green. He sits 40th after three rounds but that is simply down to his usual behaviour with the flat stick. He sits last in the field in SG putting by a considerable margin. Nevertheless, it takes one good day on the greens and he could shoot a tremendous round of golf. His long game rivals the best performers this week and quotes of 125/1 certainly look worth a nibble.
0.5pt each-way J.Bramlett round 4 lowest score 125/1 (1/4 4)