U.S. Open Betting: Public Likes Scheffler, Zalatoris, & McIlroy

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BetMGM Staff @BETMGM Jun 14, 2022, 12:55 PM

Rory McIlroy is looking to win his second straight PGA tournament at the U.S. Open after winning the RBC Canadian Open last weekend. And bettors at the online sportsbook like his chances.

McIlroy successfully defended his 2019 title at the Canadian Open, which took place for the first time in three years after COVID-19 cancellations. After capturing his 21st career PGA Tour win, the Northern Ireland product has the highest current U.S. Open odds at +1100.

U.S. Open Odds

The top three also features Justin Thomas at +1200, who finished third at the Canadian Open, and Scottie Scheffler at +1400, the No. 1-ranked golfer in the world.

Jon Rahm was victorious at Torrey Pines in 2021 to capture the most recent U.S. Open, which will see golfers this weekend tee off from The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts. Rahm is currently tied with Scheffler for the third-best odds to win the tournament at +1400 after opening at +1000.

It will be interesting to keep an eye on some players such as Dustin Johnson, who will compete in the event after joining the LIV Golf Tour. Johnson is currently priced at +4000 after opening at +1400, owning just 1.6% of tickets and 1.8% of the handle.

Players of note that have recently won the U.S. Open include Jordan Spieth in 2015, who owns odds of +2500, along with Brooks Koepka, who won back-to-back U.S. Opens in 2017 and 2018 at +4000. There’s likely some value in Koepka’s number, who’s seen his price fall substantially after opening at +1400. The Florida resident has been struggling of late, but there’s still a lot of juice in that current price point.

There’s been some line movement prevalent near the top as well, with Matt Fitzpatrick opening at +5000 and rising to +2800, along with Cameron Smith seeing his odds increase from +5000 to +2200.

Public Betting

Four players currently boast ticket percentages higher than 5%. That list is led by Scheffler, who owns 6.6% of tickets, Will Zalatoris with 5.4%, McIlroy at 5.2%, and Collin Morikawa at 5%. Rounding out the top five is Smith, who occupies 4.8% of tickets.

Much like the tickets, the money is also relatively spread out in terms of player interest. Scheffler possesses the highest handle percentage at 9.4%, followed by Morikawa at 7.3%, and Smith at 6.2%. McIlroy holds the fourth-highest number at 5.9%, with Shane Lowry and Justin Thomas sitting with 5.7% of the handle.

The biggest liabilities to currently win the U.S. Open are Scottie Scheffler, Collin Morikawa, and Cameron Smith.

Golfer Opening Odds Current Odds
Rory McIlroy 1400 1100
Justin Thomas 1600 1200
Scottie Scheffler 4000 1400
Jon Rahm 1000 1400
Cameron Smith 5000 2200
Patrick Cantlay 2500 2200
Xander Schauffele 2000 2200
Jordan Spieth 1800 2500
Will Zalatoris 4000 2500
Collin Morikawa 2200 2800
Sam Burns 8000 2800
Matt Fitzpatrick 5000 2800
Viktor Hovland 2500 2800

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