US Open favorites to fade (Don't bet on defending champion, Matt Fitzpatrick)

Apr 23, 2023; Avondale, Louisiana, USA; Matt Fitzpatrick reacts to a tee on the second hole during
Apr 23, 2023; Avondale, Louisiana, USA; Matt Fitzpatrick reacts to a tee on the second hole during / Andrew Wevers-USA TODAY Sports

The US Open heads to Los Angeles Country Club for the first time and while you're deciding who to bet on this week, a good strategy is to first decide which golfers you're NOT going to place a wager on.

That's what I'm here to help you out with.

Let's take a look at three golfers who I'm recommending you stay far away rom at this week's US Open.

Golfers to fade at US Open

Patrick Cantlay

Patrick Cantlay is listed at 16/1 to win this week and I have no idea where that confidence comes from. He has never contended at a major championship, and even the four times he has finished in the top 10, they were backdoor top 10s. He has also never finished inside the top 10 at a U.S. Open.

Not only that, but he is coming off one of his worst starts of the season, placing T30 at The Memorial Tournament. He lost -0.75 strokes putting per round on the field, which is a bad sign.

If you want to fade him this week, you can take Viktor Hovland in a head-to-head matchup.

Max Homa

Max Homa is competing at his home course, having grown up in Los Angeles and attending the University of California. As a result, Homa is a popular bet to win this week. But, I'm here to tell you not to do it.

If you think Cantlay has been bad at Majors, just look at Homa's results at the big events. He has one finish inside the top 30 at a major and it was last year's PGA Championship. In his four U.S. Opens, he has gone missed cut, missed cut, missed cut, and T47. Not good.

Stay far away from betting on him this week until he proves he can compete at a major.

Matt Fitzpatrick

It may seem crazy to fade the defending champion, but that's exactly what I'm doing with Matt Fitzpatrick.

He hasn't been nearly as good this season as he had been last year, specifically with his approach game. In fact, there has only been one event all year where he gained more than 1.5 strokes on the field with his approach game, and that was the RBC Heritage, which he won.

He missed the cut at the PGA Championship and I think him missing the cut is more likely than him successfully defending his title.

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