US Open Odds: Who will win the third golf major of 2019?

US Open Odds: Who will win the third golf major of 2019?

US Open 2019 Betting Odds

It doesn’t seem two minutes since the PGA Championship came to a conclusion, but we’re already set to move on to the third major golf tournament of 2019 with the US Open set to take place this weekend.

The venue will be the famous Pebble Beach Golf Links course in California, and it will be the sixth time that the tournament has been held there. Last time the US Open was played here was in 2010 when Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell who won with a score of 284 (even par).

Players will be competing for the trophy and a hefty $2.25 million first place prize, as well as the chance to write their name in golfing history.

The last four US Open titles have gone to American golfers and unsurprisingly the majority of favourites with the bookmakers to win it this year are from the USA. We have taken a look at the odds to see which specific players are being tipped for success in California.

Dustin Johnson & Rory McIlroy favourites to win US Open

Perhaps predictably, the two names with the shortest odds to win this year’s US Open are Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy with both being priced at 8/1 with bet365.

DJ is a former winner of this event, claiming the title in 2016 at the Oakmont Country Club, and has been extremely consistent at the tournament in general. Indeed he finished T4 in 2014, T2 in 2015 and 3rd in 2018, with his only weak performance being when he missed the cut in 2017.

He has played well in both majors so far in 2019 too, finishing second at the Masters and PGA Championship and will hope to carry that form into this one. Pebble Beach is a course which he enjoys, he has finished in the top eight in nine of his 13 appearances there so this could present him with a brilliant opportunity to double his tally of major titles.

As for McIlroy, he comes into this tournament full of confidence following an exceptional performance at the Canadian Open last weekend. The Northern Irish star won that tournament and almost managed to shoot 59 in his final round, but ultimately bogeyed the final hole. It was as a result of that win that his odds dropped as he was not originally one of the outright favourites.

He is also a former US Open champion having lifted the title in 2011, but in truth has failed to perform well ever since. In the seven times he has played at the competition following victory he has missed the cut on four occasions, and has finished in the top 10 just once (2015, T9). With that in mind, odds of 8/1 may be a little short for him to win it this year despite playing well last week.

Rory McIlroy US Open

Rory McIlroy arrives at the US Open in good form after winning the Canadian Open.

Brooks Koepka looking for third straight US Open win

Another man considered a strong contender is Brooks Koepka, who is the third favourite to win with odds of 9/1.

The 29-year-old has become something of a major specialist of late, winning three of the last five he has played at whilst also claiming a second place finish at the Masters earlier this year. The US Open is a tournament he has particularly enjoyed though, as he has won it in each of the last two years.

Koepka is the best player on the planet right now due to his record in the big tournaments. However, this course may not suit his game as much as the four on which he has won his major crowns on.

If he manages to claim the title this again year, he would become the first golfer in over 100 years to win the US Open three times in a row. Will he continue his fine form in this tournament, or will the pressure of achieving the three-peat prove too much for him?

Tiger Woods and Jordan Spieth amongst other US Open contenders

Looking further down the betting market, Tiger Woods could also be a contender with odds of 12/1 for him to win. The 43-year-old is a three-time former winner at the US Open, with his last victory coming back in 2008 but his last four appearances haven’t been memorable ones for him after missing the cut twice and finishing T21 and T32 on the other two occasions.

However it was not the same Tiger during that time, but he is now back to his scintillating best. He won a first major tournament in 11 years when he finished first at Augusta earlier in 2019, a result which cost one bookmaker $1.2 million,  and also recently secured a solid top 10 finish at the Memorial in preparation for the US Open so he is in good nick.

Pebble Beach is also a course which holds lots of good memories for Woods. He won the US Open at this venue in 2000 with a record score of 15-under par and most agree that it is one of, if not the best performance at a major tournament in history with Woods himself admitted he has “never played four days of golf like that.”

He will certainly be a contender.

Tiger Woods US Open

Tiger Woods won the Masters earlier in 2019, can he win a second major of the year at the US Open?

Jordan Spieth is a name that is going under the radar, but could offer real value with odds of 22/1 available for the American to win. Whilst the 25-year-old has recently endured a pretty poor 18 months on the PGA Tour, his form does look to be coming back and he has recently finished third at the PGA Championship and recorded two top 10 finishes at the Fort Worth Invitational and Memorial Tournament.

When at his best, Spieth is one of the best golfers in the world and already has three major wins to his name including at the 2015 US Open. His putting is arguably better than anyones and it is starting to return to the level of two years ago, which makes him a major threat at Pebble Beach.

US Open 2019 odds:

(All odds taken from bet365)

Dustin Johnson – 8/1

Rory McIlroy – 8/1

Brooks Koepka – 9/1

Tiger Woods – 12/1

Patrick Cantlay – 18/1

Jordan Spieth – 22/1

Justin Rose – 28/1

Xander Schauffele – 28/1

Rickie Fowler – 28/1

Jon Rahm – 30/1

Justin Thomas – 30/1

Adam Scott – 33/1

Hideki Matsuyama – 35/1

Jason Day – 35/1

Tommy Fleetwood – 35/1

Francesco Molinari – 40/1

All other golfers – 45/1+

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