2017 US Open Betting Preview & Picks
The second Major of the year in professional golf gets underway this Thursday with opening round action in the US Open at Erin Hills Golf Club in Erin, Wisconsin. The links-style course is new to the rotation for what is considered to be the toughest test of the season for the world’s best golfers and MyBookie has you covered with a number of ways to bet on all the action.
2017 US Open Best Bet Picks
Picking an outright winner among a field of the golf’s top players in the world is a tall task, especially when you consider the playing conditions of a typical US Open course. This week’s venue could be an even tougher test with gnarly rough and possibly rainy and windy conditions. The best betting strategy could be to focus on any number of prop bets and head-to-head matchups that have also been released in conjunction with the action on the course.
The betting odds favor an American winning this year’s US Open at +110 and I would have to agree. Even though a play on a European at +180 is tempting given this links style of this course, the trio of Dustin Johnson as the +600 favorite, Jordan Spieth at +1100 odds and Ricky Fowler at +1800 odds to win offers some strong value as three of the top six golfers on the future list to win the 2017 US Open.
Australian Jason Day would be the best hope for a play on the +250 odds posted for anyone from the rest of the world winning this tournament as a +1000 second-favorite, but his supporting cast is not all that strong. Fellow countryman Adam Scott’s odds to win are set at +2500 and Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama is listed at +2300 betting odds.
Rory McIlroy has the best odds of any European to win at +1100 followed by Spain’s Jon Rahm at +1600. Another Spaniard, Sergio Garcia is listed at +2000 odds to win his second-straight Major after winning this year’s Masters back in April.
Top 5 Finish
You cannot go wrong with a play of Dustin Johnson in this prop at +130 odds given the credentials he brings into this tournament. Not only is he the reining US Open Champion, he is ranked No. 1 in the world rankings and at the top of the list of earnings on the PGA Tour. He has the game to handle the length and brutal conditions this venue presents and while he may not win back-to-back titles, I still like his chances to be near the top of the leaderboard through all four rounds.
Stretching the odds a bit for this prop, I really like Justin Thomas at +550 odds to finish inside the top five this week. At the age of 24, he has already established himself as one of the up and coming young guns on the PGA Tour. With his recent fourth-place finish in last month’s Memorial, he has moved up to fourth on the FedEx money list with close to $5 million in earnings. His lack of experience in a US Open is a bit of a concern, but I still think his overall game is suited to a course like Erin Hills.
Top Head-to-Head Matchup
In a head-to-head matchup between Rory McIlroy (-145) and Jordan Spieth (+115), I am taking the better value on the underdog. Both of golf’s top players have been unable to live up to their lofty expectations the past two years when it has come to Majors, so you already know that the pressure has been dial up for both heading into this one. McIlroy had the edge at Augusta in the Masters with a seventh-place finish verse 11th place for Spieth, but I see things reversed in the second Major of the year.
Spieth’s current form has been a bit more consistent than Rory’s and I still have a bit of concern for McIlroy’s overall health after pulling out of the Memorial with a rib injury.