The last amateur golfer to win the U.S. Open was Johnny Goodman in 1933 at North Shore Country Club. It doesn’t happen often, but it’s not out of the realm of possibility.
There are 10 amateurs in the field at Torrey Pines this week, including names we could see on the PGA Tour in the coming years.
The likes of Charles Osborne, Joe Long and Pierceson Coody feature in the field. The online sportsbook isn’t favoring them to win, but every golfer has a chance at the U.S. Open, which is why we love the format.
Charles (Ollie) Osborne (+40000)
The Reno native burst onto the scene when finishing second in the U.S. Amateur Championship to Tyler Strafaci. It was a huge improvement in form considering he finished 110th in the Californian Amateur.
Although Osborne hasn’t been able to follow it up with much, including an 82nd in the D1 Championship last month, he has experience in majors.
He competed in the 2021 Masters at Augusta where he missed the cut but was awarded low amateur after beating Joe Long and Tyler Strafaci, who has since turned pro.
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Shooting 76, 76 at a course like Augusta should give Osborne plenty of confidence and he’s good enough to handle Torrey Pines.
Osborne has a relationship with fellow SMU alum Bryson DeChambeau, who has offered advice throughout his career.
“He’s taught me a lot how to go about this week and kind of take it all in and have fun with it and kind of how to do my best, too,” Osborne told Golf Digest. “It’s hard to treat it like a regular week, of course, but kind of go back to hitting those putts that you do every day, those five-footers and kind of moving back and forth between that.”
Pierceson Coody (+40000)
Currently ranked the second best amateur in the world, Pierceson Coody is framed at +40000 with golf betting markets.
He has been one of the more consistent amateurs and he has experience playing in pro tournaments. He missed the cut at the AT&T Byron Nelson, but having that experience puts him above the amateurs that don’t.
Coody produced five consecutive top 10 finishes this year, including a win at the George Hannon. That form is good enough to move towards becoming a professional, so he’s on the verge.
The Texan has a chance of causing a big upset if he can get off to a good start on Friday.
Joe Long (+100000)
The Brit is a well-credentialed amateur golfer who also has professional tournament experience.
He competed in the Masters, The Memorial and two South African tournaments. He missed the cut in all four tournaments, but his amateur career is glittering.
Tyler Strafaci (USA) beat Joe Long by 2 Holes to win the 23rd Georgia Cup at The Golf Club of Georgia yesterday. Joe will now move on to the main tournament at Augusta in two weeks time. (Photo credit: The Golf Club of Georgia) pic.twitter.com/QwssghDcjD
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Long scored wins in The Amateur Championship at Royal Birkdale and the conditions won’t be too different to Torrey Pines. He also recorded a third placing in the European Amateur Championship and South African Amateur.
It’s a long list of achievements and he might have gone under the radar. He is +6600 to be Top Englishman, and although he has the likes of Tyrell Hatton and Paul Casey to get past, he could be in with a shot.
Cole Hammer (+50000)
Looking to bring the hammer down on the U.S. Open field is Cole Hammer, who is the former world’s best amateur.
Now ranked 17th, Hammer is looking to rebound after a couple of disappointing events. However, he finished 73rd at the Byron Nelson and that’s quality professional experience.
He owns four amateur titles in the last two years, including Big 12 Men’s Championship in April. Hammer also won the South Beach International last year.
There are more high profile golfers at the U.S. Open, but Hammer knows how to win and that’s a good asset. He only made the field when Mikko Korhonen withdrew, but his coach believes he’s in good form.
“Cole made some really good decisions in the fall,” Texas coach John Fields said. “He was really struggling with his golf swing. He went back and worked with Bruce Davidson, and went back to his home base at River Oaks, and started working through things.
“He was in a bit of a slump for almost 18 months, but I really think he has righted the ship. He had a few putting issues — and he’s a really good putter — but he’s hitting the golf ball as well as he ever has.”
Matthias Schmid (+75000)
The German has had plenty of pro experience when competing at The Open, European Open and the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
He has yet to have any success against the pros, but his amateur record stands out. Schmid rarely plays a bad tournament, including a win in the 2020 European Amateur.
He reached number 12 in the rankings and his recent form is good enough to beat the other amateurs. Top 30 finishes in his last five tournaments read well and he owns 18 top 10 finishes throughout his career.
Matthias Schmid is paying astronomical odds of +75000 to win, but he’s in with a chance.