Fowler Can Break Maiden Major at U.S. Open

Rickie Fowler once again just missed out on his maiden major success at the U.S. Masters earlier this month where he finished second behind Patrick Reed. Fowler now has eight top-five finishes in golf's four big tournaments and has proved to be one of the most consistent players in the sport.

Despite his surge up the leaderboard on the Sunday at Augusta, he was unfortunate that Reed was able to hold his nerve on the closing holes to land the Green Jacket after what proved to be a fantastic week for the American.

Fowler will already have his sights on the three remaining majors in 2018, with the U.S. Open set to be his next chance to land one of the big prizes. The tournament will be held at Shinnecock Hills in New York. The course last held this competition in 2004 when Retif Goosen was successful by two shots with a score of -4.

The world No. 6 won the Honda Classic back in February to prevail in his fourth tournament on the PGA Tour. That victory in Florida proved that Fowler is playing well enough to get over the line on the final day as a round of 71 on the Sunday ensured he finished four strokes clear of the pack.

Fowler can be backed at 16/1 in the golf betting for the U.S. Open. With three top-10 finishes already in this tournament, many people believe this is his best chance of winning a major and it may just come in New York in June.

Mickelson Still Dreaming of Completing Career Grand Slam

Phil Mickelson has won five major championships since turning professional in 1992, the only one of the four big tournaments which has eluded him so far is the U.S. Open. Lefty has gone agonizingly close, with six second-place finishes to his name; his most recent runner-up position coming in 2013.

The 47-year-old has found a resurgence of form in recent months with a tournament success coming in the WGC-Mexico Championship, his 43rd PGA Tour win. That victory will give Mickelson confidence ahead of his latest attempt in the U.S. Open, where he has to be considered as a serious contender again.

Mickelson is available at 22/1 in the outright market for the second major of the year. A victory for the American would be a fairy-tale result for those who are fond of the former world number two, as he will go down as one of the greats when he retires from the sport.

Although it was 14 years ago, Mickelson will take confidence from how well he played at Shinnecock Hills the last time the U.S. Open was held there. Lefty finished second behind Goosen in tough conditions in Long Island as the top two on the leaderboard at the end of the weekend were the only players to be below par.

The action takes place from June 14-17 in what is the 118th edition of the annual national championship.

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