Betting Tips: 119th U.S. Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links
There's plenty of storylines setting up for a memorable U.S. Open this week: Brooks Koepka has the chance to win his third title in a row, Tiger Woods could edge ever closer to Jack's total of 18 majors, Phil Mickelson could complete the grand slam, and plenty of other players could end their major droughts - or get their maiden win.
After his victory at last week's RBC Canadian Open Rory McIlroy has cemented himself as the most consistent player of the year while he searches for his first major since 2014 - and currently tops the list of bookies favourites with defending champion Brooks Koepka.
But who should you back this week? Below, we've taken a look at the players we think have a real chance of contending for the title this week...
2019 US Open: Betting Tips
Brooks Koepka: 8/1
• Best Result in US Open:: WIN ('18, '17)
• Ranks: 5th for scoring and birdie average, 10th GIR, 11th SG: Approach and 12th SG: Tee to green
Brooks Koepka is hoping to become the first man since Peter Thompson to win the same major championship three times in a row when he tries to defend the U.S Open for a second consecutive time this week. Koepka took 15 days off from golf before a T50 at the RBC Canadian Open last week, and did really struggle during the last round of his PGA Championship victory –but betting against him in a major is something we don't advise for anyone. Last time he played at Pebble Beach was in 2016 (T8), and his results in U.S. Open's speak for themselves. Oh, and he's got some extra motivation after being left out of a U.S. Open preview advert on FOX Sports.
Rory McIlroy: 8/1
• Best Result in US Open:: WIN ('14)
• Ranks: 1st SG: Off the tee and SG: Tee to green, 3rd scoring average, 5th SG: Approach the green, 9th GIR and birdie average.
Playing the most consistent golf of anybody on Tour this year. At the start of the season his ability to close out tournaments was questioned in regard to his Sunday performances, but those were definitely put to rest in Canada and at the Players. A near 59 resulted in a record-breaking seven-shot win - his second of the year and 10th top 10. He did miss the cut at Pebble on his debut last year and hasn't made a U.S Open cut since 2015, but he could become the first person since himself to win a PGA Tour title and major back-to-back.
Dustin Johnson: 9/1
• Best Result in US Open:: WIN ('16)
• Ranks: 1st scoring average, 3rd SG: Off the tee, 4th SG: Tee to green, 11th birdie average, 13th GIR, 14th SG: Putting and 16th SG: Approach
A two time winner (’10,’11) and two time runner-up (’14,’18) at Pebble Beach, DJ returns hoping to secure a second major title. The world No.2 hasn’t missed a cut since the Open last year, and finished runner-up at both the Masters and PGA Championship to complete his runner-up grand slam in 2019. Has three further top 10s and two victories this year, and was T8 when the U.S. Open was held here in 2010.
Tiger Woods: 11/1
• Best Result in US Open: WIN ('08, '02, '00), 2nd ('07, '05), top 10 ('10, '09, '99)
• Ranks: 1st GIR, 3rd birdie average, 8th SG: Around the green, 9th SG: Tee to green and 11th scoring average.
After his Masters victory Woods returned to a very different Bethpage Black than when he won his U.S Open in 2002 for the PGA Championship, and although he struggled there, bounced back with a top 10 at Memorial. He won the U.S Open by 15 shots at Pebble in 2000, and is vying for his 16th major title this week. Certainly has a great chance to do it, and finished T4 here in 2010.
Jordan Spieth: 16/1
• Best Result in US Open: WIN ('15)
• Ranks: 3rd SG: Putting, 18th birdie average, 32nd scoring average
With a red hot putter and three consecutive top 10s coming in to this event, Jordan Spieth’s game is back on track and he’s returning to a place where he won his ninth PGA Tour victory in 2017 and has two further top 10s (but was T45 this year). If he can keep his driver in play, has a real chance. Since his 2015 U.S Open win though, Jordan has gone T37-T35-MC in this tournament.
Patrick Cantlay: 16/1
• Best Result in US Open: T21 ('11)
• Ranks: 9th Scoring average, 15th SG: Putting
Another player in excellent form, who followed three consecutive top 10s (including the Masters and PGA Championship) with a two-shot victory at Memorial. Has a best of T9 in three appearances at Pebble. Was leading amateur in the U.S Open in 2011, finished T41 in 2012, and didn't make another appearance until a T45 last year - but has since more than proven his metal on the big stage.
Justin Rose: 20/1
• Best Result in US Open: WIN ('13)
• Ranks: 9th Scoring average, 15th SG: Putting
Justin Rose followed up his win at the Farmers with top 10s at the WGC Dell Match Play, Players Championship and Wells Fargo, but missed the cut at the Masters. Having parted with his long-term caddie 'Fooch' due to health concerns, he went on to be 13th in his last start at Memorial. Best of T6 at Pebble Beach in 2016, won the 2013 U.S. Open and three other top 10s.
Rickie Fowler: 22/1
• Best Result in US Open: T2 ('14), Top 10 ('17, '13)
• Ranks: 9th Scoring average, 15th SG: Putting
Still searching for his maiden major victory, and comes in after a T14 at Memorial. Has a victory and three other top 10s in 2019 (including the Masters), and three top 10s in his last six U.S Opens, as well as a T20 last year.
Xander Schauffele: 25/1
• Best Result in US Open: Top 10 ('18,'17)
• Ranks: 15th for scoring average and birdie average, 17th for SG: Off the tee and SG: Tee to green, 23rd for GIR.
Schauffele has a T6 and T5 in two U.S Open appearances over past two years, and has both a victory and runner-up at the Masters on his CV for 2019 - so it's clear he has the ability to perform in major championships. In his last start on Tour, Schauffele finished T14 at Memorial after a short dip in form.
Justin Thomas: 25/1
• Best Result in US Open: T9 ('17)
• Ranks: 1st birdie average, 4th GIR, 5th SG: Tee to green, 7th scoring average and SG: Approach, and 9th for SG: Around the green.
After a T12 at the Masters Thomas took some time out with a wrist injury (likely the reason for 25/1 odds), before returning with a MC at Memorial followed by a T20 in Canada. He says it is now a non-issue, and with the competitive rust now gone, Thomas could definitely be a threat. Hasn't teed up at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am, but T9-T25 in his last two U.S Open starts, and has four top 10s this year.
Tommy Fleetwood: 28/1
• Best Result in US Open: 2nd ('18)
• Ranks: 4th SG: Off the tee, 8th SG: Tee to green, 16th scoring average.
Fleetwood was battling illness when he finished T8 at the British Masters, and then struggled in the week immediately after at the PGA Championship to a T48 thanks to posting 72-78 on Saturday and Sunday. Still, Fleetwood ran Koepka close to finish in second at last year's U.S. Open, and has three top 10s this year.
Adam Scott: 30/1
• Best Result in US Open: Top 10 ('15,'14)
• Ranks: 7th SG: Tee to green, 8th Scoring average, 15th SG: Approach the green, 17th SG: Around the green, 18th birdie average and 21st SG: Putting.
Scott has missed the cut in his last two U.S Open’s, but had back-to-back top 10s in ’14 and ’15, and comes in to this event in great form: He followed up a T12 at the Players with a T18 at the Masters, T8 at the PGA Championship, and runner-up finish at the Memorial. Looking for his second major this week.
Webb Simpson: 35/1
• Best Result in US Open: WIN ('12)
Simpson could really be a dark horse this week. The 2012 US Open champion finished T10 last year, and was the runner-up to Rory McIlroy last week in Canada for his second top 10 in his last five starts - the other a T5 at the Masters. His other results were two top 20s and a T29. The only drawback is that in five starts at Pebble Beach, Simpson's best finish is T26.
Phil Mickelson: 40/1
• Best Result in US Open: T2 ('13, '09', '06, '04, '02)
• Ranks: 24th birdie average
40/1 is a great price for Phil Mickelson this week given his record at Pebble Beach. He won here earlier in the year for his 5th Pro-Am victory, and has two further runner-up finishes on this track. If he could put together a win this week, he would complete the grand-slam, but he has gone MC-T71-MC in his last three starts on Tour, and T48-MC-T64 in his last three US Open's. That being said, he is a five-time runner up, was T4 here in 2010, and did miss the cut at the Phoenix Open before this year's win, too. Let's just say this: If there's any hope of him completing the grand slam, it's here.
Brandt Snedeker: 40/1
• Best Result in US Open: T8 ('15,'10), T9 ('17, '14, '08)
• Ranks: 2nd SG: Around the green, 8th SG: Putting
Missed the cut at Pebble this year but was the champion in both 2015 and 2013, and was 4th during the Pro-Am in 2017. A T4 last week at the RBC Canadian Open was his second of the year, and followed consecutive top 20s at the PGA Championship and Charles Schwab Challenge. Three top 10s in his last five U.S Open's makes Snedeker a great underdog to win this week - especially given that he finished T8 when the last Open was held at Pebble Beach.
Matt Kuchar: 40/1
• Best Result in US Open: T6 ('10)
• Ranks: 3rd GIR, 6th scoring average, 9th SG: Approach the green, 13th birdie average and 15th SG: Tee to green.
Has two wins already this season and six further top 10s in 2019 – including a T4 last week in Canada and a T8 at the PGA Championship. Kuchar is still looking for his first major title, and has a best of T6 at the US Open (at Pebble Beach in 2010), and has been consistently up there in majors over the past two years. But while he is in form, it is historically his weakest major in terms of performances.