The US Open is heading back to Pebble Beach this year, which is generally where the tournament is held once a decade. The US Open notoriously has a very difficult setup and I expect this year to be no different. Keeping your ball in the fairway and hitting to the safe spots on the greens will be key this year.
Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy, and Brooks Koepka are the three favourites this week, each with around 9/1 odds to win the tournament. It’s surprising that Koepka isn’t the outright favourite having won the last two US Open’s and 4 of his last 8 majors. Even as a co-favorite it still seems like Brooks is being disrespected given his recent accomplishments.
I’ve given four tournament winner picks below and I’m using the best odds from any of our top rated betting sites listed in the table below.
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Brooks Koepka 9/1 @ Bet365.com
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Koepka should be the outright favourite at every major this year. The guy has shown the ability to take his game to the next level at majors and if anyone else on tour had won 4 of his last 8 majors (as well as a T2 at this years Masters) they would be alone as the favourite heading into the US Open. Not to mention that Koepka’s game has perfectly fit US Open set-ups in the past, having won the last two US Open’s and finishing in the top 20 in his last 5.
I’m going to ride with Koepka at the majors until he gives me a reason not to.
Patrick Cantlay 20/1 @ SportsInteraction.com
Cantlay is playing terrific golf heading into the US Open. He won the Memorial Tournament a couple weeks ago, which included a great 64 on the Sunday to get the W. Prior to that he had T3 finishes at both the PGA Championship and RBC Heritage, while finishing T9 at the Masters.
He has 7 top ten’s this year and he’s simply playing the best golf of his career. He has a very methodical style that should translate well to the difficulty of the Pebble Beach US Open course.
At 20/1 I think you have to ride this hot hand who seems to have as good a chance at the win as anyone this week.
Jon Rahm 31/1 @ SportsInteraction.com
Rahm is the opposite of Cantlay. He’s not played well of late and he’s not had success at the US Open in the past. That said, I still think Rahm has the talent to be one of the best golfers in the world and it’s only a matter of time before he puts it all together and wins a major.
He’s generally been closer to 20/1 in the major tournaments, so I’ll take the extra value this week and hope he figures things out at Pebble Beach.
Kevin Kisner 132/1 @ SportsInteraction.com
My dark horse pick is Kisner at 132/1. He has been in contention in majors in the past, and even though he’s not playing his best golf of late, I think his style could fit the course well this week and if he gets the putter rolling he could find himself in the mix on Sunday.
I generally think one of the stars will win this tournament, but I’ll go with one long shot and pull the trigger on Kisner with a big potential return.