The rescheduled golfing calendar means that the new season continues with some momentum as the second major of the year comes into view. The US Open 2020 is at Winged Foot this year with 144 qualifiers set to do battle across four days of drama.
Here USAbetting gives our US Open predictions with full golf tournament preview, odds and concluding betting picks.
After a fascinating climax to the 2019/20 campaign, Dustin Johnson finished as the FedEx Champion and that momentum has seen him take a clear lead at the top of this week’s outrights.
Johnson will go off on Thursday at average odds of around 15/2 (+750) following a brilliant run of form across the last few weeks. DJ has won three tournaments since the end of June and even shook off injury concerns to close out the FedEx series.
He is a former US Open Champion too, having taken the title at Oakmont Country Club in 2016. That’s his only Major success to date but form and momentum means there may never be a better time for Johnson to double that tally.
Next in the US Open betting from the American odds makers comes Jon Rahm whose late season form saw the Spaniard claim the world number one slot. Most sportsbooks have Rahm listed at 9/1 (+900) and that is a price that would make him favorite for most tournaments.
Out at an industry best of 14/1 is Justin Thomas who was our pick for the final event of 2019/20. JT almost overhauled Dustin Johnson’s huge lead and he is another man in solid form coming into Thursday. Thomas won three times on Tour last season but, despite taking out the PGA Championship in 2017, his overall record in Majors isn’t great with just two top ten finishes.
Next up is Rory McIlroy who was a long term favorite for all three remaining Majors as golf went into its hiatus. It has been a mixed year for the 2011 US Open Champion but no-one can rule him out.
Also showing in the chasing pack are Xander Schauffele and current PGA Champion Collin Morikawa who can both be found at 16/1. Slightly further back is Bryson DeChambeau whose own form has tailed off after his power hitting briefly threatened to run away with the FedEx series. DeChambeau is the longest hitter in the field and that could be a definite advantage but The Scientist needs to tighten up in other areas if he is to claim his first Major.
A long list of outsiders includes a number of former US Open Champions including Tiger Woods and Justin Rose who are both available at 40/1 in places. Neither has shown any consistent form this year but as Major winners they know how to get over the line.
One man listed at similar odds in the betting lines is Tony Finau, who ticks a lot of boxes this week. We know he can get distance off the tee but he also ranks highly in Strokes Gained: Tee to Green and he has a solid record in Majors.
Two young players who have enjoyed consistent seasons are Matthew Wolff and Viktor Hovland and, with Collin Morikawa’s win at the PGA Championship, we have seen that inexperience is no barrier to claiming a Major.
There is so much depth of quality to any Major and there’s no exception here. Other contenders at longer prices of 50/1 and above include Adam Scott, Harris English, Gary Woodland, Louis Oosthuizen and Rickie Fowler. It’s going to be a tough call so let’s see what it will take to win this week.
Our Preview’s US Open Golf Picks & Predictions Verdict with Course & Betting Trends
The Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck New York hosts the US Open for the first time since 2006. Only 11 players remain from that tournament including Phil Mickelson who endured something of a horror show on the final day. It can be treacherous as Lefty discovered and par may well be a good score over the four days.
It is a par 70 but, with yardage coming in at a fraction under 7500, there is some advantage for the power hitters in places. Accuracy is vital however and it is widely predicted that this year’s winner will likely lead the field in Strokes Gained: Tee to Green.
For us, the player with the best all-round game is Jon Rahm. It will surely only be a matter of time before he claims his first Major and all the stats are pointing in his favor this week. Form is sound and he may just be peaking at the right time to deliver on those relevant factors including the pivotal Strokes Gained: Tee to Green. As second favorite, USAbetting had hoped for longer odds but we had already identified the Spaniard as a key contender and will therefore stay with that pick.
Take Rahm for the win and, with top 10 finish markets widely available for the US Open, there should be some value further down the field. So these are our US Open predictions and picks:
- Bet on Jon Rahm to win at +950 with Bovada. Next best is +900 with BetOnline and Intertops.
- Back these players for top 10 finishes: Rahm (best odds of evens with Bovada, Intertops, BetOnline), Webb Simpson (+270 Bovada), Collin Morikawa (+180 Intertops) and Tony Finau (+300 Intertops, 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.