As Brooks Koepka guns for a U.S. Open three-peat, can anybody catch the world’s hottest golfer? With the 119th U.S. Open heading back to one of the PGA Tour’s most scenic courses in Pebble Beach, could legends like Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson make a run at a historic major victory? As we look at this loaded field of golfers this week, which betting odds are the most enticing and which players offer the best value? For a deep dive into the top favorites, value bets, course form and more, then read on for our U.S. Open betting preview.
*Odds provided by FanDuel Sportsbook as of 6/11/19
The Defending 2-Time Champion: Brooks Koepka (+900)
With wins in four of his last eight major appearances, including each of the last two U.S. Opens, Brooks Koepka enters the 119th U.S. Open as (shockingly) the favorite. Koepka shares the best odds on the board along with a pair of former U.S. Open champions in Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy. He won his second consecutive PGA Championship just three and a half weeks ago, and has been in excellent form. Dating back to the Masters, Koepka has finished T2, 4 and 1 prior to last week’s T50 at the RBC Canadian Open. No golfer has won three straight U.S. Opens since (scrolls deep down the list of past champions… REAL DEEP) Willie Anderson way back in 1905. A fifth major before the age of 30 would be downright astounding, but nothing should shock you with this guy considering how “easy” majors are for him. He doesn’t need any added motivation, but being left out of the U.S. Open promo video by Fox may provide all the extra incentive he needs. Sorry, rest of the field.
The 3-Time Champion: Tiger Woods (+1100)
A winner in 2000, 2002, and 2008, Tiger Woods checks in with the fourth-best odds on the board, trailing only Brooks, DJ and Rory. Where did one of those U.S. Open wins take place? You guessed it, Pebble Freakin’ Beach. Tiger authored up the greatest major performance in golf history in 2000, winning the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach by an absurd 15 strokes. Tiger’s still not too far removed from his return to glory at Augusta, and has an excellent chance at winning career major No. 16 at a course he’s won at in dominant style. Since his Masters win, Tiger missed the cut at the PGA Championship before rebounding with a T9 at the Memorial, and will likely be the most bet-on name at plenty of sportsbooks this week.
On the Cusp: Tommy Fleetwood (+3500)
Aside from having the greatest head of lettuce the PGA Tour has seen since John Daly’s mullet, Tommy Fleetwood has come dangerously close to slipping past Brooks Koepka in each of the last two U.S. Opens. The 28-year-old Englishman burst onto the major scene with a solo 4th place finish in 2017, and then surged to a solo 2nd in 2018 with a ridiculous final round 63. Important to note: Fleetwood has made the cut in each of the last nine majors dating back to his 2017 U.S. Open run. He’s got the 14th best odds on the board along with Hideki Matsuyama but is sure to be one of the sexier mid-tier betting options this week given his run of tournament success at this event.
28th Time’s the Charm: Phil Mickelson (+4600)
Back at a venue he’s had tons of success at, but a tournament he’s come agonizingly close at far too many times… is the 28th time the charm for Phil Mickelson at the U.S. Open? Having finished runner-up at the U.S. Open a record six separate times, the now-48-year-old Mickelson has the 18th-best odds on FanDuel Sportsbook. The last seven U.S. Opens haven’t exactly gone well for Phil: finishing T54, T65, T2, T28, T64, CUT, T48… and that T2 came a full six years ago. But Phil won the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am for an insane fifth time back in mid-February. Lefty could be the oldest major champion in history with a win this week, and what a poetic capping off of his career it would be to finally grab that elusive first U.S. Open and complete the career Grand Slam in the process.