“I love California, it’s where I grew up. I feel very comfortable here. And I really like Pebble Beach. It’s a golf course I’ve played multiple times, and I feel really comfortable around there.”

When looking for reasons to back a specific player to win in the US Open tournament winner betting, few more encouraging words will be spoken in the build up than those offered by Patrick Cantley.

His love affair and dedication to the Golden State can be acknowledged by his gesture at last year’s Hero World Challenge, where he donated over $10,000 to victims of California wildfires after registering 22 birdies and an eagle in the event.

There’s no better location for him to record a maiden major victory and Cantlay can be backed at 18/1 in the US Open tournament winner betting.

More than most, Pebble Beach is a course where some prior experience and expertise is extra critical. This is good news for Cantlay, who has featured in the Pebble Beach Pro-Am on three occasions, with form figures of ninth, 48th and 35th.

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Cantlay’s pre-US Open form

The 27-year-old couldn’t be in better form ahead of Pebble Beach following his victory in the Memorial Tournament on his most recent start.

His closing-round 64 was especially noteworthy. It’s the lowest total ever achieved by a Memorial champion over their final 18 holes.

This adds to his strong showings in the opening two majors of the year, finishing tied ninth at the Masters and then in a share of third at the PGA Championship. He is one of only three players to be -10 or better across the two majors.

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Cantlay – what the stats say

Fast and firm conditions, among the smallest greens in professional golf, narrow fairways and potential challenging wind conditions. Course management and patience will be required in spades to threaten at Pebble Beach.

Just how challenging the rough may play can be seen through Cantlay’s Instagram video shot during a Pebble Beach practice round:

In terms of statistics, the current world number eight leads the PGA Tour for par-four scoring, bogey avoidance and scrambling, while sitting second in strokes gained tee to green and approach shot proximity from the fairway.

These statistics look especially useful at Pebble Beach, given the demand for accuracy and the potential for unreceptive greens.