With over 150 players set to tee off at the US Open this year, backing each-way could well prove a decent safety net for punters fancying a player outside of the favourites to reign supreme at Merion this year.
The last decade has thrown up its fair share of underdog winners, even if the victories of the likes of Michael Campbell, Geoff Ogilvy and Angel Cabrera were not total bolts from the blue.
And backing each-way could prove an even more profitable strategy this year as Ladbrokes are paying out on the top-six finishers this year, rather than the expected top five.
One player that is certainly worth considering in this regard is Brandt Snedeker, despite a recent run of below-par form, which has seen him miss the cut in his final two preparation events before the US Open, which were at the Memorial Tournament and the St Jude Classic.
This form may result is some punters deeming Snedeker to be too short in the US Open odds at 25/1, but in fact this preparation is not dissimilar to that of Webb Simpson before he won the major 12 months ago.
Simpson arrived at Olympic Club last year on the back of two missed cuts.
What could be significant towards Snedeker’s chances is that prior to his latest blip, his seasonal form is quite impressive, with six top-10 finishes to occupy third spot in the FedEx Cup standings, which includes a victory.
In terms of PGA Tour statistics, his driving accuracy position of tenth could be significant on a course where the driver is likely to be pulled out the golf bag more than normal, while he sits fourth in the general All-Around Ranking.
Furthermore, he has finished in the top 11 in three of his last four US Open appearances.
A nagging rib injury could be partly to blame for Snedeker’s latest drop in form, but he is taking injections in a bid to increase bone mass in this area to ease the problem.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.