We are just a little over a week away from the second major of the season, as the 118th U.S. Open is set to place June 14-17 at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Shinnecock Hills, New York. It’s just a little over 90 miles east of New York City.
It’s the fifth time that Shinnecock Hills has hosted the event. The most recent was in 2014, when Retief Goosen shot a 4-under 276 to finish 2-shots ahead of Phil Mickelson. They were the only two players in the entire field to finish the tournament under par. Jeff Maggert was third at +1, while Shigeki Maruyama and Mike Weir tied for fourth all the way back at +4.
Vegas Odds to Win 2018 US Open: Leaderboard Favorites & Updated Field
|Player||Current Odds||Implied Probability|
|Byeong Hun An||+10000||0.99%|
|Rafael Cabrera Bello||+12500||0.79%|
|Charles Howell III||+12500||0.79%|
|Si Woo Kim||+15000||0.66%|
Here’s a look at the updated early odds to win the 2018 US Open . Typically odds for a golf tournament won’t be posted until the week of, but oddsmakers do a nice job of getting lines out on the major events in advance.
Best Bet? Current Odds on Favorite: Dustin Johnson (+1100)
Not a big surprise here to see Johnson as the odds on favorite to win the second major of 2018. Johnson is the No. 2 ranked golfer in the world right now, behind only Justin Thomas (+1400).
Johnson started the 2018 season in prime form, winning the first tournament of the year at the Tournament of Champions. He was runner-up in his next start at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. He’s gone on to add three more Top 10 performances to his resume, including a T-10th at the Masters and a T-8th at the Memorial.
Unlike many of the top players, Johnson isn’t taking the week prior to the US Open off. Instead, he’s taking part in the St. Jude Classic, so it will be worth watching how he does in that event.
Johnson’s only major win came at the US Open back in 2016 at Oakmont, where he won by three shots over the likes of Jim Furyk, Shane Lowry and Scott Peircy.
Defending Champion: Brooks Koepka (+2500)
Koepka put his name on the map at the 2017 US Open, where he shot 16-under in route to a 4-shot win and his first ever major win. The 16-under he posted tied Rory McIlroy (2011) for the lowest score ever posted at this major. Koepka also performed well in the other 3 majors, finishing T-11th at the Masters, T-6th at the Open Championship and T-13th at the PGA Championship.
Koepka has finished in the Top 25 in each of his last 10 major starts. He did have to miss this year’s Masters, as he wasn’t quite ready to return from a torn tendon in his left wrist suffered in January.
Koepka is also taking part in the St. Jude Classic. In his previous two starts he’s finished T-11th at the Players Championship and was runner-up at the Fort Worth Invitational.
US Open Picks & Predictions: Favorites, Top Contenders & Long Shots Worth Betting
Favorites (25 to 1 or better):
- Rory McIlroy (+1100)
- Justin Rose (+1400)
- Rickie Fowler (+1600)
Contenders/Long Shots (25 to 1 or worse):
- Henrik Stenson (+3300)
- Patrick Reed (+4000)
- Tommy Fleetwood (+4000)
List of the Past U.S. Open Champions
|Year||Player||Venue||Score||# Stroke Victory|
|2017||Brooks Koepka||Erin Hils||-16||4|
|2015||Jordan Speith||Chambers Bay||-5||1|
|2014||Martin Kaymer||Pinehurst (No. 2)||9||8|
|2012||Webb Simpson||Olympic Club||+1||1|
|2010||Graeme McDowell||Pebble Beach||E||1|
|2009||Lucas Glover||Bethpage (Black Course)||-4||2|
|2008||Tiger Woods||Torrey Pines||-1||Playoff|
|2006||Geoff Ogilvy||Winged Foot||+5||1|