- The US Open tees off Thursday, June 13th
- Can Koepka win yet another major or will McIlroy make it two straight wins?
- We’ve narrowed down the golfers with the best chance of emerging victorious
The third major championship of the season is already here with the US Open heading back to famed Pebble Beach Golf Links. Having won the PGA Championship last month and the last two US Opens, it’s no surprise that Brooks Koepka is the betting favorite.
He’ll have a slew of other top notch players to contend with, namely Rory McIlroy who just blitzed the field at the RBC Canadian Open, Tiger Woods who won the 2000 Open by 15 strokes at Pebble, and Dustin Johnson who’s been runner-up in the year’s first two majors.
2019 US Open Odds
|Golfer||2019 US Open Odds at Sportsbook 1||2019 US Open Odds at Sportsbook 2|
*Odds taken 06/09/19. Follow the link in the table above to see all betting options.
Before Koepka won the PGA Championship, Tiger Woods was sporting the best US Open odds.
Expect Tiger Woods to Play Well at US Open
Tiger Woods has been very unpredictable at the first two majors this season, winning the Masters but then surprisingly missing the cut at the PGA Championship at Bethpage Black, a venue he won at before.
Front nine for @TigerWoods Sunday:
7/7 fairways hit. pic.twitter.com/bpziPw1kAU
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) June 3, 2019
Woods is coming off a solid T-9 showing at the Memorial, where he hit every fairway and green on the front nine of a tournament for the first time in a decade. He’s striking the ball well, which bodes well for Pebble. The potential issue is a putter that is scalding hot sometimes and then ice cold others.
Tiger Woods Strokes Gained Ranks This Season
|Total Strokes Gained||7th|
|Around the Green||8th|
|Tee to Green||9th|
|Approach the Green||13th|
|Off The Tee||71st|
Don’t bank on a repeat performance of a missed cut at a major by Woods. Only in 2015 (when he was dealing with injury issues) has he missed multiple cuts in a row at the majors.
Tiger Woods is a worthwhile bet this week at +1100.
Will Brooks Koepka Ever Stop Winning Majors?
Brooks Koepka has been on an unbelievable tear, racking up four majors in the last eight he’s teed it up in. Without question, he’s an auto bet again this week, despite the really short odds that aren’t overly enticing.
— Golf Channel (@GolfChannel) June 10, 2019
His only start after winning the PGA Championship was at the RBC Canadian Open, where he underwhelmed, finishing 50th.
Don’t get caught up in the result, however, because he admitted that he didn’t care how he did in the tournament as long as he worked on some aspects of his game heading into the US Open.
Brooks Koepka’s Last 8 Majors
|2019 PGA Championship||WIN|
|2018 PGA Championship||WIN|
|2018 Open Championship||T-39th|
|2018 U.S. Open||WIN|
|2017 PGA Championship||T-13th|
|2017 Open Championship||T-6th|
|2017 U.S. Open||WIN|
If you want to reference history to explain how Koepka won’t win the US Open, you can point to the fact that only one other golfer in the history of the game has won three straight US Open’s (Willie Anderson 1903-05).
But bet against Koepka at your peril, because it’s unfathomable that he won’t be at least in the mix come Sunday.
Rory McIlroy Coming Off Sizzling Victory in Canada
Rory McIlroy dominated the field at the RBC Canadian Open to the tune of his fourth career PGA Tour victory of at least seven strokes.
He flirted with a 59 before a final hole bogey ended those hopes, but he’s in complete control of his game a week after missing the cut at the Memorial.
— Rory McIlroy (@McIlroyRory) June 10, 2019
After two good-not-great results in the majors this year, it seems that Rory will at least be in the battle come Sunday.
Keep in mind, however, that if he doesn’t start quickly he won’t win, at least historically. Of his four career major titles, he hasn’t shot worse than 5-under in the opening round.
Last 5 US Open Champions
2019 PGA US Open Best Value Picks
- Tony Finau (+3300): Four top ten finishes in last six majors. Contending in the big events more and more the last few years and has solid all around game fit for Pebble Beach.
- Brandt Snedeker (+4500): Two-time winner at Pebble Beach (2013, 2015) who is coming off a strong T-4th result at the RBC Canadian Open. Second in strokes gained around the green & 8th in putting this season.
- Graeme McDowell (+8000): Winner the last time the Open visited Pebble (2010). Has a victory on tour this season in the Dominican and coming off a T-8th finish at the RBC Canadian Open. 5th in putting this year.
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