Dustin Johnson on follow through

U.S. Open Outright Odds (As of June 12)

Brooks Koepka: 9.00
Dustin Johnson: 9.00
Rory McIlroy: 9.00
Tiger Woods: 11.00
Patrick Cantlay: 15.00
Jordan Spieth: 17.00


Brooks Koepka went wire-to-wire to win the PGA Championship last month, and he’s among the favourites for the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links this week.

The bettors certainly backed him last month and were ultimately rewarded, despite a fourth round from Koepka that certainly wasn’t his sharpest.

This week, however, the bettors appear partial to Johnson, which isn’t much of a surprise given his history at Pebble Beach over the years. He’s a two-time winner of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am and he has a number of top-5 finishes at that same tournament to supplement those victories.

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Johnson was certainly consistent at the PGA Championship. He shot in the 60s in all four of his rounds but didn’t go any lower than a three-under par, 67. Had he been able to go any lower in any one of the four rounds, it could’ve been a different story at Bethpage Black. In the end, Johnson finished all alone in second place. 

When it comes to the U.S. Open outright market at PlayNow.com, about 20.5 per cent of money wagered is on Johnson to win. That’s just above Koepka. About 17 per cent of money is on Koepka to win at Pebble Beach this week and defend his U.S. Open title.

Koepka finished T50 at the RBC Canadian Open this past weekend, going two-under par for the entire tournament. Johnson finished T20 at seven-under par.

Which brings us to another contender at the U.S. Open.

We’re referring to Rory McIlroy. No one was catching Rory this past weekend at Hamilton Golf and Country Club. He finished seven shots clear of the field and capped it all off with a ridiculously dominant final round of nine-under par, 61, on Sunday.

Despite running away with the Canadian Open the week out from a major, the interest from bettors hasn’t quite been as high on Rory as other big names in the field this week at Pebble Beach. Only 6.2 per cent of money staked on the U.S. Open outright is on Rory to win.

He currently has odds of 9.00 to win. If he shows the same form at Pebble Beach as he did at the RBC Canadian Open – look out.

And then we come to Tiger Woods.

Woods winning the Masters in April is one of the major sports stories of the entire year and the bettors were on board for his triumph at Augusta National.

Pebble Beach is one of the courses that will always come to mind when discussing the dominant days of Tiger Woods – when he was far and away the best golfer in the world.

It’s hard to believe we are 19 years removed from Tiger’s 15-shot victory – 15 shots!! – at Pebble Beach in the 2000 U.S. Open. After what he showed at Augusta, can Tiger draw upon similar magic once again at Pebble Beach?

He currently has odds of 11.00 to win the U.S. Open this week, while only 9.4 per cent of money wagered is on Tiger to tame Pebble Beach once again for another major.

Following his win at the Masters, Tiger missed the cut at the PGA Championship – going almost a full month without playing in tournament competition – and finished tied for ninth at the Memorial earlier this month.

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