Golf has been dominating the sporting headlines for the last week and not necessarily for the right reasons. The formation of the LIV tour could change the face of the sport and it’s already claimed a handful of top players. For now, those golfers return for the third Major of the season. Those at the very top haven’t been tempted away so we have the strongest possible field for the US Open 2022, the 122nd renewal of this famous golf tournament.
On Sunday at the Canadian Open we claimed a top ten profit as Shane Lowry converted. It has been a consistent run for us but let’s see if we can claim some longer odds winners at this week’s big event. Read on for our full 2022 US Open preview with predictions and betting picks.
In places, there are no fewer than four joint favorites with the bookies for USA sports betting for the outright win. Jon Rahm, Justin Thomas, Scottie Scheffler and Rory McIlroy can all be found at best industry odds of 13/1.
Rahm arrives as the defending champion while Thomas is the most recent Major winner, having claimed the PGA Championship last month. There has been increased interest in McIlroy following his win in Canada on Sunday while Scheffler is the world number one.
It is tight at the top and those four are worthy and obvious favorites with little to split them. Form and stats are solid in each case and the champion may well come from within these joint favorites.
Behind those four men at the top of the market, Cameron Smith slots in at a top price of 22/1. He was our betting tip for the win in Canada last week, but the Aussie is struggling to put four consistent rounds together.
Elsewhere, Jordan Spieth, Xander Schauffele and Patrick Cantlay can all be found at 25/1 in places. Schauffele is an interesting pick and, in his last five visits to the US Open, his worst result is a tie for seventh.
Moving through the chasers, Sam Burns is starting to find some consistency once again and he is seriously tempting at a best of 30/1. Burns arrives on the back of a tie for fourth on Sunday and he has four wins and three runners up slots in the last 13 months.
Matthew Fitzpatrick can also be found at 30/1 while Collin Morikawa and Will Zalatoris sit on the fringes of this group at 33/1. Zalatoris has made seven starts in the Majors and he has two runners up places among four top 10 finishes.
After a productive week in Canada, Tony Finau heads up the outsiders at best industry betting lines odds of 35/1. Form is good with Finau and he has started to put together a strong short game to back up his notorious power hitting.
Viktor Hovland and Shane Lowry can also be found at a top price of 35/1. Hovland has lost his consistency after starting the season as the Tour’s form golfer while Lowry has been a regular figure in the top 10 finish placings in recent weeks.
Moving through the outsiders, Dustin Johnson and Hideki Matsuyama are quoted at 45/1 followed by Brooks Koepka and Max Homa at 50/1. Koepka won back-to-back US Opens in 2017 and 2018 but has struggled with injury for much of the last 12 months.
This is a Major so there is great depth to the field with a number of interesting, long-odds figures down the list. Justin Rose, who should have carded a sub-60 round on Sunday, is showing signs of the best form that saw him take the US Open in 2013.
Rose is available at 66/1 while other names to consider in this section include Billy Horschel at 60/1, Tommy Fleetwood at 70/1, Abraham Ancer at 90/1, Keegan Bradley at 90/1, Webb Simpson at 90/1 and Bryson DeChambeau at 100/1.
Our Preview’s US Open Predictions, Course & Betting Trends plus Picks
The Country Club at Brookline Massachusetts is the venue for this year’s US Open. It was last used for this tournament in 1988 while some readers will remember the drama here when the venue hosted the 1999 Ryder Cup.
The Country Club is a par 70 but there is some relatively decent length at over 7,200 yards. Trees line the fairways and it is tough to escape once a player strays from the tee. Punishing rough also prevails, so accuracy is the more important stat.
The 2013 US Amateur Championship is the most recent tournament of any relevance. Matt Fitzpatrick won it while Corey Conners, Xander Schauffele and Scottie Scheffler all showed well.
Scheffler is an obvious threat but this preview is looking at Justin Thomas this week. He is finally back to his consistent best and his stats guide is a sound fit for Brookline. JT ranks first on Tour in both the All Around and in Bogey Avoidance and that’s good enough to persuade us.
Justin Thomas for the win, together with three other top 10 finish betting picks are there to set up what should be a thrilling four days. So these are the US Open 2022 predictions for this preview:
- Justin Thomas to win at best odds of +1200 (12/1) with Bovada, EveryGame and BetOnline.
- Top 10 Finish Picks (best odds in brackets): JT (+150 BetOnline), Sam Burns (+280 BetOnline), Will Zalatoris (+275 EveryGame) and Justin Rose (+550 BetOnline).
Matt Harris is a golf and soccer expert for USA Betting. His other area of specialist knowledge is cricket. He is well known in sports journalism and contributes articles to a plethora of big-name websites and media outlets. Titles that he writes or has written for include: Betfair, BetVictor, Unibet & Just Bookies.