10 Bets I’ve Made For The U.S. Open

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Xander Schauffele hits on the eighth hole during a practice round for the U.S. Open golf tournament at The Country Club, Wednesday, June 15, 2022, in Brookline, Mass.
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Ryan Hannable @RyanHannable Jun 15, 2022, 2:46 PM

The U.S. Open from The Country Club is here, and what a week it will be for golf betting

In addition to betting on the tournament winner, there are plenty of other ways to bet on the event. 

Before Thursday’s first round, U.S. Open golf betting odds will be worth looking at, and there are hundreds of other bets, including props on where players will finish, head-to-head matchups, and much more.

Once the tournament gets underway, there will be opportunities to live bet, which will require looking at live golf odds. These will constantly change over the four days. 

Here are 10 bets I have made before Thursday.

Xander Schauffele Win Outright +2200

Schauffele dominates the U.S. Open. In five events, his worst finish is T-7. His gritty playing style is perfect for this type of tournament where par is always a good score. He hasn’t won an individual event on the PGA Tour since January 2019, so he’s overdue. 

The last six U.S. Open winners have been inside the top 25 of the world golf rankings, and the 28-year-old is currently No. 12. In addition, seven of the past 10 U.S. Open winners had a top-15 finish in one or both of their previous two starts; he finished T-13 at the PGA Championship.

Rory McIlroy Top-5 Finish +200

The 33-year-old comes into the tournament as one of the hottest players in the game following his win at the RBC Canadian Open last week. He’s also on an excellent recent run at this event with three straight top-10 finishes.

While McIlroy is a great pick, it is tough to win back-to-back weeks on the PGA Tour, which is why I am playing it safe. 

Will Zalatoris Top-10 Finish +220

Given his success in majors – five top-10s – I wanted to play Zalatoris outright, but The Country Club demands solid play around the green, which isn’t one of his strengths. Going into the week, he is 81st in Strokes Gained: Around-the-Green.

But, Zalatoris is second in Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green, so he’s still in a good spot to contend. 

Shane Lowry Top-10 Finish +250

Lowry will be a popular pick at next month’s British Open at St. Andrew’s, but I think he’s better suited to win a U.S. Open.

He has two career top-10 finishes at the U.S. Open and is on a great run of late. In his last six tournaments overall, the 35-year-old has five top-25 finishes.

Justin Thomas Top-10 Finish +125

Thomas comes into the week with plenty of confidence following his win at the PGA Championship last month and a third-place finish at last week’s RBC Canadian Open. U.S. Open’s demand a lot of creativity, and he’s one of the best shot-makers in the game. 

He hasn’t had the greatest success at this tournament, as his best finish is a T-8 coming in 2020. Because of this, I will be a little conservative and play him to finish in the top 10.

Brooks Koepka Top-10 Finish +400

It’s crazy to see Koepka at +400 to finish in the top 10 given his recent success at U.S. Opens. The 32-year-old has four straight top-4 finishes at the event (he did not play in 2020).

Why isn’t he among the betting favorites? His recent form. He finished T-55 at the PGA Championship and missed the cut at the Masters. 

I expect Koepka to get back on track this week.

Ryan Fox Top-20 Finish +500

Fox may be an unknown in America, but he’s having quite a bit of success on the DP World Tour with four straight top-10 finishes. 

It’s unlikely he wins, but do not be surprised if he has a solid week.

Tom Hoge Top-20 Finish +450

While The Country Club and Southern Hills are two completely different courses, some similarities exist. I expect the players who played well last month at the PGA Championship to play well this week.

Hoge finished T-9, so +450 to finish in the top 20 feels like a steal.

Patrick Cantlay Miss Cut +320

Cantlay’s lack of success in majors is puzzling because of how talented he is and the fact he’s the defending FedEx Cup Champion.

While Cantlay is 6-for-6 in cuts made at the U.S. Open, he doesn’t have a top-10 finish at a major since 2019 and has three missed cuts in that span. 

Will There Be a Playoff? Yes +350

Back-to-back playoffs at majors may seem unlikely, but the last three U.S. Open’s played at The Country Club have ended in extra holes.

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Ryan Hannable

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Ryan Hannable is a copy editor on the Web Content Team for BetMGM. Previously, he was a New England Patriots beat writer for WEEI in Boston. He also has published a golf book, “The Ultimate Book of Golf Trivia: 600 Questions and Answers.”

Ryan Hannable is a copy editor on the Web Content Team for BetMGM. Previously, he was a New England Patriots beat writer for WEEI in Boston. He also has published a golf book, “The Ultimate Book of Golf Trivia: 600 Questions and Answers.”