Take on the Professor: Bearded genius turns attention to US Open


Our resident sports boffin could quite easily focus his attention on football this summer, what with the Copa America, Women’s World Cup and U21 European Championships all taking place.

But to give mere mortals a chance – and to show off his wide repertoire – The Professor has decided to branch out over the coming weeks.

A dip into rugby league delivered another victory and the chance to enhance his ego while his picks for the recent Monaco Grand Prix had the selected challenger running scared.

This time the bearded calculator is hitting the links and putting himself to the test with the upcoming 2015 US Open his next target.

Hoping to dent our hero’s pride and make off with a £25 FREE BET while he’s at it is @ParkEnder90.

As usual, the format is simple. Each contestant will pick five golfers and their finishing places will be added up. The player with the lowest cumulative total wins!

Let’s see what our profound pair are putting up…


Want to see how the Prof comes up with his picks? Here’s a brief insight into his methods.

Phil Mickelson (1st).  A six-time runner-up at the only major which still eludes him but that’s about to change with a brand new venue. Chambers Bay is ideally suited to the American’s inventive game and particularly his ability to read links-style, undulating greens.

–  Justin Rose (2nd). The Englishman already has one US Open in the bag and his white-hot form places him right in the mix for a second. Since tying for second at the Masters, Rose has recorded a win and two seconds.

Brooks Koepka (3rd). One of the few with first-hand knowledge of the challenging Chambers Bay course having contested the Amateur US Open in 2010. The Floridian finished fourth in this major last year and crucially arrives in great nick off a tie for third in Memphis.

 Byeong-Hun An (4th). The 2009 Amateur US Open champion very nearly defended it a year later at Chambers Bay, so has this course’s number. His record-breaking PGA BMW Championship win at Wentworth recently confirmed he’s no longer just a rising star.

–  Ernie Els (5th). The two-time winner has the requisite, unflappable temperament for majors golf and links in particular. Els’ second Open Championship victory in 2012 showed his affinity for links courses still runs strong, while the South African has recorded three top 10s in his last five US Open starts.

Who do you think will win? Get involved on Twitter and via Facebook and watch out for your chance to land a free bet!

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3. Ladbrokes News Team will then inform the participant of their selections so that both parties are fully aware of what’s been chosen in advance of the first tee off on Thursday 18 June 2015.

4. At the end of the tournament we will add up the finishing positions of each of the 5 players and whoever has the lowest cumulative score wins. For example, if the Professor’s picks finish 1st, 4th, 27th, 64th & 70th, the cumulative score would be 166 in which case the contestant would need to score 165 or less to win.

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William Geldart

Having graduated with a degree in English Literature from the University of Wales, Bangor, William contributed to a number of online football blogs before finally finding his pot of gold at the end of the rainbow alongside the rest of the Ladbrokes News team. Now indulging passions for football, horse racing, greyhounds, boxing and political betting. Supports Wycombe Wanderers and can be spotted at various lower league and non-league grounds across the country.