U.S. Women’s Open 2020 at Champions Golf Club Betting Preview

December 7, 2020 by Ryan Knuppel

U.S. Women's OpenThe 2020 U.S. Women’s Open is set to take place on December 10-13 at Champions Golf Club in Houston, Texas, where some of the best women’s golfers will compete for the largest slice of a $5.5 million purse.

The weekend event will mark the 75th running of U.S. Women’s Open and the fourth and last Major Championship of the year.

Initially, the 2020 U.S. Women’s Open was supposed to be hosted by Champions Golf Club in Houston at the club’s Cypress Creek course in June, but the COVID-19 pandemic forced the organisers to reschedule the championship to December.

That brought with it an additional issue of a shorter window of daylight, which ushered in the decision for the U.S. Women’s Open to be held on two courses in the 6,731-yard (6,155m) Cypress Creek and 6,558-yard (5,997m) Jack Rabbit.

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With this change, the competitors will play one round on each par-71 layout which will ensure the opening 36 holes will be completed before the weekend. After the cut, the surviving players will duke it out on Cypress Creek for the remainder of the championship.

The courses will offer two different challenges for players. The Jack Rabbit is known to be a lot tighter course with plenty of runoffs, whereas Cypress Creek’s defining quality is its massive greens which are rather large (average of 10,000 square ft ) in comparison to a typical golf course.

Now let’s take a look at our picks and predictions for the 2020 U.S. Women’s Open, where we take a look at two favourites and two outsiders that should be considered by any bettor looking to place a wager on the fourth LPGA Major Championship of the season.

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The Odds

* Odds have been provided by BetOnline and are accurate as of 07/12/2020

The Favourites

Sei Young Kim

Sei Young Kim

It should not surprise anyone to see Sei Young Kim as the odds-on favourite to win the 2020 U.S. Open.

She enters the last Major Championship of the year on the heels of two consecutive first-place finishes at KPMG Women’s PGA Championship and Pelican Women’s Championship, where she won by five and three strokes respectively.

The 27-year-old Korean golfer now holds 17 professional victories, 12 of which came on the LPGA Tour and is currently ranked second in the LPGA World Rankings with 7,378 points, only 414 behind her compatriot Ko Jin-young.

Odds to win: 11.00

Inbee Park

Inbee Park

Inbee Park is travelling to Champions Golf Club on the heels of a T2 finish at the Volunteers of America where she came only two strokes short of catching up to Angela Stanford.

It marked Park’s second consecutive T2 finish after Women’s PGA Championship and her sixth top-five finish of the year after she already claimed T2 at Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions, won the Women’s Australian Open, finished fourth at Women’s British Open and ended the Portland Classic tied for fifth.

Park has won the U.S. Women’s Open in 2008 and 2013 and will now hope to keep the momentum going into the season’s final Major.

Although there are plenty of exceptional golfers that will stand in her way, Park has shown exceptional form at Volunteers of America where she let everyone know she will be out for blood this weekend.

Odds to win: 12.00

So-Yeon Ryu

So-Yeon Ryu

Another player who has impressed this week is So-Yeon Ryu, who has finished in a tie for second.

Although finishing in second was a somewhat bittersweet achievement for the 30-year-old Korean, she did not disappoint with her consistency in the latter stages of the event.

What makes her performance this week even more impressive is the fact that Ryu only recently returned to the LPGA Tour after she has spent the last few months competing in Korea.

Ryu also won the Korean Women’s Open in summer and already holds a U.S. Women’s Open title from 2011.

Odds to win: 56.00

Dark Horse: Angela Stanford

Angela Stanford

Angela Stanford may be 43 years old, but if her performance this week has proven anything it’s that age really is just a number.

Stanford has credited her success at the Old American Golf Club to passion and her dedication to improving herself, which shows a great deal of confidence heading into U.S. Open.

By winning the Volunteers of America, Staford became the first player at or over 40 years of age to win on Tour since Cristie Kerr who was 40 when she won the 2017 Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia and Catriona Matthew who won the 2011 Lorena Ochoa Invitational at 42 years.

Although one victory alone does not necessarily guarantee success, it’s worth noting that Stanford has also finished T6 at Pelican Women’s Championship in November, so it’s fair to say she is in good form and a serious threat for another solid finish. Winning the U.S. Open might be a tall order for the veteran but at 71.00, she is worth a shot.

Odds to win: 71.00

Our Prediction

It’s hard to argue with the bookmakers who have priced Sei Young Kim and Inbee Park as two of the main favourites to win the 2020 U.S. Women’s Open, however, there is some value in backing the aforementioned outsiders.

There might be some question marks above So Yeon Ryu considering she was not involved in the LPGA Tour since her T34 finish at Women’s Australia Open, however, it’s also hard to look past her exceptional performance this week. Similarly, it would not be wise to look past Angela Stanford and her current form.

Out of the two favourites, we like Sei Young Kim better, largely because she is slightly overpriced at the current odds. She has won two back-to-back events, making it very difficult to say she can’t do it again. As for the outsiders, both Ryu and Stanford are in great form and should be considered as a solid e/w bet.

Ryan Knuppel

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Ryan (aka Knup) has been writing sports betting content for over a decade now. He covers anything and everything related to United Stats sports including football, basketball, baseball, golf and more. He has finished first place in several gambling related contests over the years which gives him instant credibility in the betting world. Ryan is a die-hard St. Louis...

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Sylvia Popov. Why not? She is still playing well and if she gets a lead, she keeps it.