The US Open is heading back to Winged Foot this year, which is a course that has held the US Open on five previous occasions. The US Open notoriously has a very difficult setup and I expect this year to be no different. The 2006 US Open at Winged Foot was won by Geoff Ogilvy with a score of +5. Keeping your ball in the fairway and hitting to the safe spots on the greens will once again be key this year.
Dustin Johnson, Jon Rahm, Justin Thomas, Xander Schauffele and Rory McIlroy are the five favourites this week with 16-1 or better odds. Dustin Johnson is the favorite at odds of around 7-1 after his win at the Tour Championship two weeks ago.
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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Xander Schauffele 14/1 @ SportsInteraction.com
Dustin Johnson is getting all the press, and rightfully so, but Xander Schauffele actually shot the best score at the Tour Championship. He was extremely consistent also with all four rounds of 67 or better. Scauffele has been knocking on the door since the break, playing great golf, but not getting a win this season. I think his game translates well to Winged Foot and I fully expect him to be in the hunt on Sunday. Of all the favorites, he’s the guy (along with Morikawa) who I want exposure to.
Collin Morikawa 18/1 @ SportsInteraction.com
Morikawa showed he has the game to win majors when he won the PGA Championship at TPC Harding Park in early August. Morikawa missed the cut at the Northern Trust in his next tournament, which is not surprising after winning his first major championship. He bounced back at the BMW Championship finishing T20 with two 68’s in his final two rounds, and continued to play well at the Tour Championship finishing in 6th place.
Morikawa is still on top of his game and he should be considered a favourite this week. At 18-1 I’ll gladly take a player who limits mistakes, is playing great, and has proven the ability to step his game up at a major championship.
Patrick Cantlay 34/1 @ SportsInteraction.com
Cantlay is the type of player who I think has a great chance at winning a US Open. He’s a very deliberate golfer that works his way around a course, which should help him at Winged Foot.
Cantlay was on fire to start the season, but he’s cooled off a bit coming out of the break. That said, he’s without a doubt one of the best golfers in the world and I do not expect him to beat himself this week.
Last year Cantlay was 20-1 going into the US Open, so I’m happy to take 34-1 and hope that he finds his A-game this week.
Rickie Fowler 67/1 @ SportsInteraction.com
Rickie has been a bit of an enigma this year. He seemed like he was playing good golf coming out of the break, but he missed his first two cuts at the Charles Schwab and RBC Heritage. He then put it together for four rounds and finished T12 at the Rocket Mortgage Classic and T22 at the Workday Charity Open before shooting an 81-68 to miss the cut at the Memorial.
It’s been an up and down year with glimpses of the talent that have made him a perennial contender in big tournaments, but also the struggles that have kept him from winning the elusive major.
Rickie has the game, he just has to put it all together for four full rounds. He’s usually around 30-1 in majors, so I’ll gladly take the 67-1 and see if he can play 72 solid holes.