US Open betting clues: what some of the top players are saying about Torrey Pines

A round-up of quotes from Memorial after some of the leading stars were asked about their thoughts on this month's US Open venue

Patrick Cantlay emerged as the winner of the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village after edging out Collin Morikawa in a playoff.

The American duo are now very much on the radar of punters looking to place bets on the US Open which starts in just over a week's time.

As, of course, is Jon Rahm. The Spanaird led by six with 18 to play before having to withdraw due to a positive COVID-19 test.

Torrey Pines stages this year's US Open for the first time since Tiger Woods' thrilling win there in 2008.

However, the course is well-known to everyone who likes a bet as it stages the annual Farmers Insurance Open each January.

One notable takeaway when comparing results from that 2008 US Open and the Farmers Insurance is the lack of correlation. The vast majority of those who did well there 13 years ago never performed strongly in the Farmers Insurance either before or after 2008.

At Memorial, plenty of those who chatted to the media were asked about their thoughts on Torrey. Have they played it recently? Did they expect it to be a very different set-up?

Here, Planet Sport Golf rounds up all the relevant quotes.

Patrick Cantlay

Patrick Cantlay is 28/1 with Betfred to win the US Open

Cantlay's form in the Farmers Insurance at Torrey Pines: MC-51-MC

What's your experience and comfort level with Torrey Pines?

"I've played the tournament there a couple times. I don't think I've had great results, but I'm sure it will be much different than -- or it will play much different than it does in January. It will be firm and I'm sure the fairways will be small and the rough will be longer. But I like California golf and I think it will be a good setup for me."

Did you ever attend the tournament as a kid or have success when you played Junior Worlds there?

"I never played Junior World, but I did go to one round maybe Friday or Saturday of the -- I think I maybe went to Saturday of the 2008 U.S. Open. There wasn't one there since then, right? I don't think so. I think I went -- I think I went maybe to a practice round or one day there that week. I remember walking around. I remember walking, seeing Rickie Fowler hit a tee shot and thinking how much older he was than me, and that's funny now."

Along those same lines, because this (Muirfield Village) is such a unique test, difficult test, how much confidence do you take from being able to perform the way you did this week into Torrey Pines? I know they're vastly different golf courses, but similar ideas.

"I imagine that driving the golf ball will be just as key there as it is here and I drove the golf ball really well today. These greens lacked some of the fire they usually have this week just because I think they were playing it safe considering the golf course is brand new. But I like poa annua greens and I like fast greens, fast, firm greens, so I think Torrey Pines will set up well, and obviously it's nice to have some confidence and be playing well going into a U.S. Open."

Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy is 16/1 with Betfair to win the US Open

McIlroy's form in the Farmers Insurance at Torrey Pines: 16-3-5

You played Torrey Pines enough. What are your expectations as far as how you think they're going to set up the golf course?

"You know, I don't, I don't think they're going to -- like, obviously, January's very different to June in San Diego. I don't think they're going to set the golf course up super differently in terms of fairway widths or anything like that. I think the way we played it in January is probably what it's going to be in terms of just -- but the rough is going to be a little thicker, I think the whole course is probably just going to be a little firmer.

"And then they might mess around with some of the tee boxes like they usually do. They, like the TOUR would never put the 14th hole there as a drivable par-4, but they might for a U.S. Open. So they might move around tees and stuff, but like my expectation is it's not, it's going to be a little different than what it is in January, but I don't think it's going to be miles away from what we see every year there."

Are you surprised that 1-under played off the last time with Tiger and Rocco?

"Yeah, I mean, it's a par 71, so obviously the 6th hole is a par-4 instead of a par-5. So that takes four shots out of the week. When you think about whenever -- you know, you break 70 there, even the week of the Farmers, and it's a good score.

"So, and I think with, I mean, looking at the highlights, the greens got super bumpy and fast and that's sort of what happens the weekend of the US Open. Typically if they get like that you're just being very defensive on the greens, you're just sort of 2-putting and going on. So not surprised that much, I guess, I mean, I didn't play, so I can't really comment too much, but it looked firm, it looked fast and the rough looked thick. So it's a good recipe for a high-scoring event."

Patrick Reed

Patrick Reed is 35/1 with bet365 to win the US Open

Reed's form in the Farmers Insurance at Torrey Pines: 1-6-13-23-WD-39

I know you won there earlier this year but in two weeks it's going to be a completely different golf course. So do you take good vibes from what happened earlier this year with you or is the completely different setup change your approach?

"Yeah, no, I mean, I definitely take good vibes from it. Really the only difference I feel like there is, is they have two extra tee boxes that they have. It's a tee box I think they have a longer one on 11 and then the one on 15 that is a bear. Which really, at the end of the day, really for me, at the end of the day, it's go out there and it's Torrey Pines.

"You have to hit the fairway, you have to hit greens, you got to make putts. And any time you're playing a US Open you know how penalising the rough's going to be. So you got to have full control over your golf ball and when I won back there earlier this year it was the same thing, you hit it in the rough you're going to pay a penalty for it.

"So you have to go and hit fairways and have to attack the golf course and I feel like if I do that, then I feel like it would be a good test."

Xander Schauffele

Xander Schauffele is 18/1 with Paddy Power to win the US Open

Schauffele's form in the Farmers Insurance at Torrey Pines: 2-MC-25-MC-MC-MC

Could you tell me the first time you went to Torrey Pines, the first time you played it, and how much have you played it?

"It was my, I played nine holes in high school. That was my home course in high school. Played nine holes there on North and South. This is prior to the North change, obviously, and some of the South changes as well.

"I mean, I remember Tiger in 2008, but I did attend some of the, I think it was called the Buick maybe at one point, the Buick Open, I believe, I did attend it a few times when I was in high school and then played it back then as well.

"So in terms of recently I haven't played it much, I've been kind of waiting for the course to get into tournament shape for the US Open to not get too acclimated to the wrong conditions."

Scottie Scheffler

Scottie Scheffer is 45/1 with Unibet to win the US Open

Scheffler's form in the Farmers Insurance at Torrey Pines: MC-MC

What do you take from this week going into a Major championship in a couple of weeks?

"I feel good about where my game is, few things I need to clean up but overall it was a solid week."

Shane Lowry

Shane Lowry is 66/1 with Unibet to win the US Open

Lowry's form in the Farmers Insurance at Torrey Pines: MC-33-13-7

Last major PGA Championship you had a lovely finish there with Padraig Harrington, finished in the top-5. Next major, US Open, you played well in the past at Torrey Pines but how much are you looking forward to that now?

"Yeah, I'm excited. I'm coming off a decent week at Kiawah and another decent week here, got a week off next week, so I'm excited to go out to Torrey Pines and hopefully, you know, a place that I really like.

"I haven't played there in a while (2018 was his last visit) but I've shot a couple of decent scores there. Obviously that's in the tournament that's there at the start of the year and it's obviously going to be a different golf course when we get there for the US Open, but I know the golf course quite well and it would be nice to be able to go there and kind relax myself into the week and hopefully kind of get off to a good start and hopefully put up another good performance."

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