Preview and prediction for the Open
With the recent headlines involving the PGA Tour, it’s now time to go back to the links. It’s the third major tourney of the season, as the 123rd U.S. Open invades Southern California.
It will begin Thursday, June 15th, at the par-72 Los Angeles Country Club’s North Course.
This is the event which tends to provide the biggest challenge to the best golfers each year.
There will be 156 players at the first tee Thursday (though not all at once). Here is a look at some of the current odds to win the Open, as well as our choice to win.
Pair of Favorites
Of late, it seems there are always two clear betting favorites in a tournament. It’s no different heading into the U.S. Open. Scottie Scheffler and Jon Rahm lead the board here, according to U.S. Open odds.
Scheffler is the betting favorite heading into Los Angeles, listed at 6-1 (+600). Rahm is sitting at 10-1 (+1000) as the second choice.
Rahm was the winner of the U.S. Open in 2021. Scheffler finished tied for second last season, one shot behind Matt Fitzpatrick.
Plenty of Contenders
Trying to beat Scheffler and Rahm isn’t easy, but it’s been done in the last few weeks. Picking against that pair is intriguing, but here are some of the odds listed to some others.
Fitzpatrick has to be included, as the defending champion (Brookline, MA) at this event.
Koepka was the winner of the PGA Championship (Rochester, NY) and is always a threat in the biggest events on the calendar. He will play well again this time.
McIlroy is seemingly in the mix at every tournament. The two get reacquainted as they part of the same opening threesome, along with 2021 Masters champ Hideki Matsuyama.
There is always a solid group of contenders in this event, leading to interesting head-to-head wagers, as per U.S. Open prop bets.
McIlroy the Choice
Rory McIlroy continues to be one of the best golfers in the world, while mired in controversy over the last few weeks. He’s been outspoken in a big way against the LIV Tour, including the newly-created merger of that tour and the PGA.
It’s difficult betting against Rahm or Scheffler, but McIlroy, priced at +1200, figures to be contending. He is motivated to get this win.
It is going to be a tight race to the finishing hole, but we're taking McIlroy to get the job done.