View this post on Instagram Entering the third major championship of the year, it seems foolish to put your money on anyone other than Brooks Koepka (15/2), who has won four majors in the last two years and is going after a U.S. Open three-peat this weekend at Pebble Beach.However, several other marquee names are playing well and should garner your attention and, if you’re the gambling type, your wagers. Betting tips for the 2019 U.S. OpenWhich metric means the most when forecasting U.S. Open success?Aside from its breathtaking views, Pebble Beach is a relatively short course known for its miniscule greens. So it doesn’t matter if you can hit a golf ball a country mile if you can’t dial in your second shot and land it on putting surfaces barely big enough to park a car on.“It’s virtually impossible to win a U.S. Open without being among the field leaders in greens in regulation,” Ray told Omnisport, mentioning the often brutally difficult setups used by the USGA for this event. “Each of the last four winners were in the top five that week in greens hit, and the average rank in greens hit for the last 20 champions is about 7.0. Winners typically hit 13 percent more greens in regulation than the field average.”YearU.S. Open championGIR %Tournament rank2018Brooks Koepka68.14th2017Brooks Koepka86.11st2016Dustin Johnson76.41st2015Jordan Spieth76.4T-5th“That mirrors trends of Pebble Beach Pro-Am winners in recent years, too,” Ray added. “Each of the previous eight winners of that tournament were ranked in the top 10 in the field in greens in regulation.“Iron play is always significant in championship golf, but that trend should be exacerbated a bit at Pebble Beach.”Patrick Cantlay posted a video on Instagram last week showing just how much trouble a player can find himself in if his approach shots lands off the greens. U.S. Open 2019: Jack Nicklaus tabs Tiger Woods as his favorite to win at Pebble Beach U.S. Open 2019: 5 storylines to follow at Pebble Beach U.S. Open 2019: Odds for Tiger Woods, favorites to win at Pebble Beach “Three players are a combined double-digits under par through the first two majors of the year: Koepka, Dustin Johnson and Patrick Cantlay,” Ray said. “He’s second in strokes gained tee to green and scoring average, first in scrambling and first in bogey avoidance. His win at Memorial was big, but I think he might have an even bigger breakthrough to come this summer.”Full 2019 U.S. Open oddsPlayerOddsBrooks Koepka15/2Dustin Johnson8/1Rory McIlroy8/1Tiger Woods9/1Jordan Spieth16/1Patrick Cantlay16/1Justin Rose22/1Jon Rahm25/1Rickie Fowler25/1Xander Schauffele25/1Francesco Molinari28/1Jason Day28/1Justin Thomas28/1Adam Scott33/1Hideki Matsuyama33/1Tommy Fleetwood35/1Tony Finau35/1Bryson DeChambeau45/1Matt Kuchar45/1Brandt Snedeker50/1Paul Casey50/1Phil Mickelson50/1Shane Lowry50/1Henrik Stenson55/1Gary Woodland66/1Marc Leishman66/1Webb Simpson66/1Martin Kaymer75/1Sergio Garcia75/1Bubba Watson80/1Louis Oosthuizen80/1Matt Wallace80/1Patrick Reed80/1Graeme McDowell90/1Ian Poulter100/1Emiliano Grillo125/1Haotong Li125/1Jim Furyk125/1Keegan Bradley125/1Kevin Kisner125/1Kevin Na125/1Matthew Fitzpatrick125/1Tyrrell Hatton125/1Aaron Wise150/1Alex Noren150/1Billy Horschel150/1Branden Grace150/1Byeong-Hun An150/1C.T. Pan150/1Cameron Smith150/1Charles Howell III150/1Danny Willett150/1Erik Van Rooyen150/1Jason Dufner150/1Jimmy Walker150/1Lucas Glover150/1Luke List150/1Rafa Cabrera Bello150/1Rory Sabbatini150/1Si Woo Kim150/1Zach Johnson150/1Daniel Berger175/1J.B. Holmes175/1Thomas Pieters175/1Kiradech Aphibarnrat200/1Lucas Bjerregaard200/1Scottie Scheffler200/1Thorbjorn Olesen200/1Aaron Baddeley250/1Abraham Ancer250/1Chez Reavie250/1Jhonattan Vegas250/1Kyle Stanley250/1Viktor Hovland250/1Justin Harding300/1Luke Donald300/1Matthew Jones350/1Anirban Lahiri400/1Brian Stuard400/1Chesson Hadley400/1Ernie Els400/1Kyoung-Hoon Lee400/1Marcus Kinhult400/1Oliver Schniederjans400/1Adri Arnaus500/1Alex Prugh500/1Collin Morikawa500/1David Toms500/1Dean Burmester500/1Luke Guthrie500/1Nathan Lashley500/1Nick Taylor500/1Roberto Castro500/1Ryan Fox500/1Sam Horsfield500/1Shugo Imahira500/1Chan Kim600/1Andreas Halvorsen750/1Brandon Wu750/1Brendon Todd750/1Carlos Ortiz750/1Chun An Yu750/1Clement Sordet750/1Devon Bling750/1Joseph Bramlett750/1Nick Hardy750/1Patton Kizzire750/1Sam Saunders750/1Sepp Straka750/1Tom Hoge750/1Zac Blair750/1Austin Eckroat1000/1Billy Hurley III1000/1Brett Drewitt1000/1Callum Tarren1000/1Cameron Young1000/1Chandler Eaton1000/1Charlie Danielson1000/1Chip McDaniel1000/1Cody Gribble1000/1Daniel Hillier1000/1Jovan Rebula1000/1Julian Etulain1000/1Justin Walters1000/1Kevin O’Connell1000/1Lee Slattery1000/1Luis Gagne1000/1Marcus Fraser1000/1Matt Parziale1000/1Matthieu Pavon1000/1Michael Thorbjornsen1000/1Mike Weir1000/1Mikimu Horikawa1000/1Renato Paratore1000/1Rhys Enoch1000/1Richard Lee1000/1Rob Oppenheim1000/1Stewart Hagestad1000/1Brian Davis1500/1Connor Arendell1500/1Eric Dietrich1500/1Hayden Shieh1500/1Kodai Ichihara1500/1Matthew Naumec1500/1Noah Norton1500/1Ryan Sullivan1500/1Spencer Tibbits1500/1Odds via VegasInsider.com. Odds updated June 10 at 3:30 p.m. ET.15th Club describes itself as a “passionate team of golf professionals, data experts and software engineers” that provides comprehensive data for professional golfers, brands and media outlets. Follow Justin Ray on Twitter here. Pebble beach going to show its teeth next week💨A post shared by Patrick Cantlay (@patrickcantlay) on Jun 6, 2019 at 9:06am PDTSo, which players should be able to tame these greens and stay out of the thick stuff? You may like the name at the top of this list of tour leaders for 2019.RankPlayerGIR %1Tiger Woods72.92James Hahn72.73Matt Kuchar72.44Justin Thomas72.15Charles Howell III72.0Which metric means the least when forecasting success on this course?Like we said earlier, the most important club in a golfer’s bag at this tournament, and especially at Pebble Beach, is not the driver.“Rough is almost always penalizing at the U.S. Open, but driving accuracy numbers have not been a harbinger of victory in recent years,” Ray said. “The driving accuracy rank of the last 12 U.S. Open winners is about 29. None of the last eight AT&T Pro-Am winners at Pebble Beach were in the top 10 that week in driving accuracy, either. It’s no coincidence that Phil Mickelson – who’s never been one to show restraint off the tee – has won five times at Pebble.”Not that we doubted him, but Ray’s research is sound. Check out the driving accuracy for the last four U.S. Open winners referenced above:YearU.S. Open championDriving accuracy %Tournament rank2018Brooks Koepka64.3T-55th2017Brooks Koepka87.5T-4th2016Dustin Johnson64.3T-18th2015Jordan Spieth62.5T-68thWhich of the betting favorites has a game best suited for Pebble Beach?This is one those questions where you almost have to take Koepka off the table. Ray mentioned he’s 54-under-par in majors since the beginning of 2017 — 21 shots better than any other player in that span. Absurdity.Brooks Koepka is -54 in majors since the beginning of 2017, 21 shots better than anyone else in that span. #USOpen pic.twitter.com/7Ddt07ccnK— Justin Ray (@JustinRayGolf) June 10, 2019But the lurking giant that is Woods, who won the 2000 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach by a whopping 15 strokes, may still have the skillset tailor-made for this weekend.“If I had to pick one for course fit alone – I’m taking Tiger,” Ray said. “He’s arguably the best iron player on the planet right now – his greens in regulation percentage is the highest it’s been entering the U.S. Open since 2008. As we saw at Augusta National – and even to an extent last summer at Carnoustie – master tactician Woods is still a strategic force to be reckoned with.”Where Tiger ranks in 2019StatPGA Tour rankGreens in regulation1stStrokes gained: Approach to green13thStrokes gained: Tee to green9thStrokes gained: Around the green8thWho’s someone we’re not talking about who could surprise us and be near the top of the leaderboard Sunday?The most surprising name to some near the top of betting boards is Cantlay at 16/1. But Ray thinks that’s right where he belongs after winning the Memorial Tournament and finishing in the top 10 in both the Masters (T-9) and PGA Championship (T-3). Can Rory McIlroy (8/1) follow his record-breaking performance in Canada with another masterpiece? Can Phil Mickelson (50/1) finally tame the U.S. Open and complete the career grand slam? And, possibly most intriguing, can Tiger Woods (9/1) continue his incredible comeback with another major?To help us answer these questions and better allocate a bit of capital, we’ve enlisted the help of Justin Ray, Head of Content for the golf analytics company 15th Club. Related News
The No. 1 overall pick has yet to play in his first regular season game. Williamson is still recovering following arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn lateral meniscus, and the the Pelicans are being (understandably) cautious about his return date.If Williamson is somehow available on Christmas Day, the 10:30 slot suddenly becomes a lot more intriguing. If he’s out as expected, this should be nothing more than a comfortable Nuggets win.FINAL SCORE: Pelicans 112, Nuggets 100 (Double oops!) MORE: Remembering when Kawhi had no time for Christmas cheerNBA Christmas schedule 2019: What games are on today?GameTimeChannelCeltics vs. RaptorsNoon ETESPNBucks vs. 76ers2:30 p.m. ETABCRockets vs. Warriors5 p.m. ETABCClippers vs. Lakers8 p.m. ETABCPelicans vs. Nuggets10:30 p.m. ETESPNLIVE SCORES: Keep up with Christmas Day actionNBA Christmas TV channels, live streamCeltics vs. RaptorsTime: Noon ETTV channel: ESPNLive stream: Watch ESPNWorth watching: Which rising forward will stand out?There is a lot of young talent on the wing here.Pascal Siakam quickly emerged as the Raptors’ leading scorer with Leonard gone and has a strong case to win yet another Most Improved Player award, but he will miss Wednesday’s game with a groin injury. OG Anunoby has bounced back after missing Toronto’s 2019 championship run following an appendectomy, averaging double-digit points and shooting around 37 percent from 3-point range.In Boston, both Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum are regularly posting 20-point games and working well alongside Kemba Walker. It’s clear Brown and Tatum could be All-Stars multiple times over the next decade.This Atlantic Division matchup could ultimately be decided by one of these forwards, particularly if they are assigned to guard each other.FINAL SCORE: Celtics 118, Raptors 102Bucks vs. 76ersTime: 2:30 p.m. ETTV channel: ABCLive stream: Watch ESPNWorth watching: Can the Sixers’ size slow down Giannis Antetokounmpo?”The Greek Freak” will face plenty of competition for the MVP trophy before season’s end, but it wouldn’t be a shock to see him go back-to-back. Antetokounmpo has improved his scoring, rebounding and outside shooting, which is incredible considering his level of play in 2018-19. The Bucks are a juggernaut in the Eastern Conference, and Antetokounmpo is the biggest reason why.Philadelphia is built about as well as any team to slow him down. The Sixers can throw massive size at Antetokounmpo with Ben Simmons, Al Horford and Joel Embiid. Who will coach Brett Brown choose to be Antetokounmpo’s primary defender?FINAL SCORE: 76ers 121, Bucks 109Rockets vs. WarriorsTime: 5 p.m. ETTV channel: ABCLive stream: Watch ESPNWorth watching: Will James Harden try to score a million points?Yeah, you might be napping during this one considering the state of the Warriors. However, you should at least keep an eye on Harden’s stat line.The seven-time All-Star already has games of 59 and 60 points this season, and he didn’t play more than 38 minutes in each game. If this contest stays relatively close — or the Rockets just want revenge for past playoff eliminations — Harden might be within range of his career high (61).FINAL SCORE: Warriors 116, Rockets 104 (Oops!)Clippers vs. LakersTime: 8 p.m. ETTV channel: ABCLive stream: Watch ESPNWorth watching: How often will we see LeBron vs. Kawhi?Davis and George will play significant roles in the outcome of the fight for Staples Center supremacy, but there is nothing quite as exciting as watching James and Leonard go one-on-one. In the season opener, the Los Angeles crowd was buzzing any time the superstars stood face-to-face.Ever since the Clippers took that game, the Lakers have been rolling through the rest of the league with the Clips not far behind. This is quickly turning into a fun rivalry, and LeBron and Kawhi are right at the center of it.FINAL SCORE: Clippers 111, Lakers 106Pelicans vs. NuggetsTime: 10:30 p.m. ETTV channel: ESPN Live stream: Watch ESPNWorth watching: Will Zion Williamson be in the lineup?Don’t think so. The NBA’s annual Christmas Day tradition continues with a full slate of five games, including a primetime Western Conference matchup between the Clippers and Lakers. But before LeBron James and Anthony Davis battle Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, there should be plenty of entertainment available as some of the league’s top stars face off.Here’s the full NBA schedule for Christmas Day, including channels, tipoff times and what’s worth watching in each game.
Pattaya Destroyers team members celebrate with the trophy after winning the Gulf of Siam Ice Hockey Classic at Harbor Mall in Pattaya, Saturday, May 19.The Pattaya Destroyers won the second annual Gulf of Siam Ice Hockey Classic, staged over the weekend May 18-19 at The Rink, on the 5th floor of the Harbor Mall on Pattaya Klang Road. The 4-on-4 competition proved to be a thrilling format for fans and players alike.Four teams competed in the tournament: the hometown Pattaya Destroyers; Jellonas, a team filled with predominately Finnish expats; a joint Phuket/Hong Kong squad; and the Bangkok Flying Farangs featuring organizers Scott Whitcomb and Adrian Meyers from Jogsports.Samuel Pekkala was voted the tournament’s MVP.Pattaya stormed out of the gate to win their first two games on Friday by big scores of 10-2 over Jellonas and 15-2 over the Phuket-Hong Kong Hitmen. It looked they would cruise to the championship, but late on Saturday afternoon they met a very determined Bangkok squad, who because of their round-robin overtime loss to Jellonas had to beat Pattaya to advance to the final, and that they did so with a 5-2 triumph over the Destroyers.That result set up a rematch for the championship game between the Flying Farangs and the Pattaya squad. The Destroyers, led by captain Michael Nakvachara, regrouped in their dressing room determined to make up for their mistakes in the final round robin game. Before that rematch, the consolation final was held with the Phuket-Hong Kong Hitmen defeating Jellonas 10-6 to take third place overall. It was the Hitmen’s first victory in the tourney and Michael Azipnikov led the way with five goals while James Cox minded the twine for the Hitmen en route to victory. Tuomas Kylama had two goals for Jellonas who lost their starting goalie Jason Cotsmire to injury early in the tourney and had to borrow Pattaya’s back-up goalies.The championship game was up next and started much the same way as the final round-robin game with Bangkok taking an early 1-0 lead on a goal by Mike Wilson. But then the tide turned and Pattaya scored four unanswered goals, with John McHugh netting two markers and Sebastien Verdy and Aaron Vuorma adding singles.The final score was 4-1 to Pattaya and the tourney MVP was young Finnish goalie Samuel Pekkala who was outstanding in the final game, turning aside 20 of the 21 shots he faced, including four penalty attempts. In this tournament, if players drew penalties, instead of their team going shorthanded for two minutes, the opposing team was immediately awarded a penalty shot.The Flying Farangs defend as the Destroyers pile on the pressure in the final.The Bangkok squad featured Scott Whitcomb, Adrian Meyers, and Scott Murray from last year’s Jogsports Jerseys winning squad. They also had Siam Hockey League (SHL) captains Brad Wilson (the Sukhumvit Spitfires) and Mike Wilson (Expedia), so they were a force to be reckoned with. But all credit to the Pattaya Destroyers for coming back and winning their hometown tourney. The Destroyers had Oleg Kabokov in their line-up who played in the KHL with former NHL star Jaromir Jagr.The tournament was organized by Asia Ice Events, with co-sponsors Jogsports and SWOT. The Pattaya team practices every Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights from 8:45-10:15pm at the Rink, Harbor Mall.
Thai golfer Jazz Janewattananond (center) poses with his parents as he holds the trophy following his victory in the Asian Tour Queen’s Cup at Phoenix Gold Golf and Country Club in Pattaya, Sunday, July 1. (Photo/Asian Tour)Young Thai talent Jazz Janewattananond took advantage of a hot streak to close with a four-under-par 67 to seal a solid four-shot victory at the Asian Tour endorsed Queen’s Cup in Pattaya last Sunday.After trading one birdie against two bogeys to turn in 37, Janewattananond fired five straight birdies from the 10th to pull away from the pack before reeling in four closing pars for a winning total of 19-under-par 265 at the Phoenix Gold Golf and Country Club.Janewattananond, who was trailing by one shot at the turn, sparked his hot run with a chip-in birdie from 11 yards on the 10th. The 22-year-old Thai bounced back from a wayward tee shot on the next with a brilliant approach from the trees which left him a one-footer for birdie.He went on to make a seven-footer on the 12th, drain a long 24-feet uphill putt on 13th and nail an eight-footer on 14th to cap five birdies in-a-row en route to winning the US$300,000 event, which celebrated its 10th straight edition on the Asian Tour. Janewattananond made up for the disappointment of finishing runner-up last year with this victory which saw him take home a winner’s prize purse of US$54,000 and receive a total of 14 Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) points.India’s Gaganjeet Bhullar battled to a 71 to take second place while American Sihwan Kim and Pavit Tangkamolprasert of Thailand shared third place on 270 following respective rounds of 70 and 71.“I got off to a slow start today. I was a bit shaky, made some bogeys there. The turning point came after I chipped it in on the 10th hole,” said Janewattananond. “I felt like my game just came back after that. It wasn’t easy out there today. I am just happy to come out on top. It feels very good to win at home and with my parents watching me win as well.”Janewattananond will be making his Major debut at The Open at Carnoustie later this month. He earned the coveted spot after finishing tied-fourth at the season-opening SMBC Singapore Open in January, which was part of The Open Qualifying Series.“I came here with the mindset of putting my game in good shape for The Open later this month. I did more than that. To be able to win this week is a bonus. It has definitely helped to boost my confidence,” said the young Thai star.(Source: Asian Tour)