The golf odds are out for the U.S. Open and here are the usual suspects to win it at most sportsbooks with a variance on the betting numbers. (5-Dimes odds)
Dustin Johnson +800
Rory McIlroy +1300
Justin Thomas +1380
Justin Rose +1380
Jason Day +1530
With a golf course like this and a setup made to drive players crazy, anything is possible. Just ask the head pro. When asked about his course at Shinnecock Hills, this is what Jack Druga said: "If it's firm and fast, and we get our normal wind, which is 10 to 15 mph, I don't think the winning score is going to be very many under par. I think 3 to 5 under would be a pretty good score."
Also in the mix are fan favorites Tiger Woods (+2300), Rickie Fowler (+1665) and Phil Mickelson (+3000). This major is set up to test your patience for 18 holes all four days. Make a mistake, expect punishment. Hit the right club in the wrong location, it could cost you two shots. If you par 66 holes and have more birdies than bogeys, you can make golfing history.
Besides betting on who wins, you can make any number of other wagers. Let's look at some of them.
Being Golf Royalty Doesn't Matter Here
Anyone who grew up watching Tiger or Phil would love to see them win this major for old times' sake. Unfortunately, that is not going to happen. It would be hard to pick either in head-to-head matchups unless they were playing at a course perfectly suited to their games at this juncture. With these two, it is best to pass or best against them.
Stick With The Favorites
Two excellent choices on the list of favorites are Johnson and Rose. Johnson won the St. Jude's last week and admitted he expects to do very well, with his confidence high and game in impeccable shape.
Rose is one of the top iron players in the game, which will be a big factor this week. He generally plays his best at the toughest venues and has the patience to stick to the script for 4 1/2 to 5 hours.
What could be a nice prop bet that is being offered is Johnson/Rose/Day to win.
Be Careful With These Players
Jordan Speith opened as the fifth choice to win this event and quickly fell to sixth. His putting has been atrocious (186th) and it seems to have seeped into other parts of his game.
Fowler and Day are just not reliable. Everyone keeps waiting for Fowler to finally come through and he has not -- and won't this week either. Day has not been the same player since going thru injuries and seems to have lost his mental edge, relying on scrambling and making putts.
Jon Rahm has quickly gone from the "next one" to Mr. West Coast. Rahm makes headlines in January and February when the Tour is out West but largely disappears thereafter.
Any of these players could win head-to-head round bets against the right opponent, but against the favorites, for who will have the lowest score at Shinnecock, play against this crew.
Favorite Early Head-To-Head Wagers
Tournament Lowest Score (Odds will vary)
Rose over Day
Rose over Fowler
Speith over Koepka
W. Simpson over B. Watson
1st Round Lowest Score (Odds will vary)
Stenson over Koepka
P. Casey over A. Noren
P. Reed over S. Garcia