The 122nd U.S. Open Championship tees off this week (June 16-19) from The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts, starting with Thursday’s opening round.
One of the many golf betting options this week is on the first-round leader. U.S. Open golf odds have Rory McIlroy as the betting favorite at +1800.
Here’s how the betting breaks down as of Wednesday.
Highest Ticket Percentage – Cameron Smith & Rory McIlroy (4.8%)
Australia’s Cameron Smith is no stranger to strong opening-round performances. The World No. 6 leads the PGA Tour in Round 1 scoring average (67.73) and has held the 18-hole lead this season at both the Memorial and the Sentry Tournament of Champions.
Smith’s penchant for quick starts certainly has bettors’ attention as the 28-year-old is tied with tournament favorite Rory McIlroy (more on him soon) with 4.8% of all tickets. Smith is scheduled to tee off at 1:25 p.m. in a group that features two-time U.S. Open Champion Brooks Koepka and 2022 Masters winner Scottie Scheffler.
"No golfer in the field is better than or even close to (Cameron) Smith in combined SG: Approach, Around the Green and Putting this season."
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— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) June 14, 2022
Other Notable Ticket Percentages:
Jordan Spieth (4.2%)
Will Zalatoris (4.2%)
Collin Morikawa (3.3%)
Highest Handle Percentage – Rory McIlroy (13.6%)
Taking in a convincing 13.6% of the handle is 2011 U.S. Open Champion Rory McIlroy. The Irishman is 16th on tour in first-round scoring average (69.11) and enters the tournament in great form following last week’s triumph at the RBC Canadian Open.
McIlroy has 32 career first-round leads to his name, including two this season at Bay Hill and Southern Hills – notoriously difficult courses. The 33-year-old has also held the opening-round lead five times in a major, one being his aforementioned U.S. Open victory, where he went wire-to-wire.
Throw in the usually favorable early morning conditions (7:40 a.m. tee time), and McIlroy has as great a shot as anyone to add another 18-hole lead to his golfing resume.
Other Notable Handle Percentages:
Jordan Spieth (7.8%)
Jon Rahm (7.3%)
Justin Thomas (5.9%)
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