Dustin Johnson is the favourite on the golf odds at the 2020 U.S. Open, which will be played at the challenging Winged Foot Golf Club.
The toughest test in golf is usually the U.S. Open, and that should certainly be the case this week as the second major played this year – but it counts toward the new 2020-21 wraparound season – is held at the extremely tough Winged Foot Golf Club (par 70 at 7,477 yards) in New York state.
The field of 144 is down from the usual 156. The USGA earlier canceled local and sectional qualifying for the tournament because of COVID-19. The U.S. Open was originally scheduled for June 18-21 – it concludes annually on Father’s Day – but the coronavirus postponed it.
Winged Foot hosts this event for the sixth time. It last did in 2006 when Geoff Ogilvy won at 5-over 285. Phil Mickelson, who has finished runner-up a record six times in the U.S. Open, the only Grand Slam tournament he has yet to win, was in position for a victory but imploded on the 18th hole with a wild drive that led to double-bogey. For some reason, Lefty used a driver off the tee. Jim Furyk and Colin Montgomerie also finished second at 6 over – Furyk missed a 5-foot par putt on the 18th to force a playoff.
The U.S. Open used to have an 18-hole Monday playoff but changed that starting in 2018 to a two-hole aggregate playoff with sudden death if still tied after that. The defending champion is big-hitting American Gary Woodland, who finished 13-under 271 at Pebble Beach in California in 2019 and three shots clear of the field. It was Woodland’s first and still only major title. He hasn’t won anywhere since. Americans have won the U.S. Open five straight years.
U.S. Open Betting Odds
Johnson is the No. 1 player in the world and has been playing out of his mind over his past four events, winning the Northern Trust and Tour Championship, thus claiming the $15 million FedExCup prize, and finishing second in the PGA Championship and BMW Championship. Despite a Hall of Fame career, Johnson has just one major title: the 2016 U.S. Open at Oakmont in Pennsylvania. DJ is +800 to win this week.
Spaniard Jon Rahm, ranked No. 2 in the world, has five PGA Tour wins and a handful more in Europe but is yet to win a major. He absolutely will get at least one soon and is +900.
Willie Anderson, Bobby Jones, Ben Hogan and Jack Nicklaus hold the record for the most U.S. Open victories, with four victories each. Tiger Woods (+4000) has won it three times, last in 2008 at Torrey Pines in California in a Monday playoff over Rocco Mediate.
Justin Thomas was named the 2019-20 PGA Tour Player of the Year last week and is +1200 to win his first U.S. Open title. Rory McIlroy is +1600 to win his second – he won in record-breaking fashion in 2011 at Congressional.
Mickelson was the only big-name player to compete in last week’s season-opening Safeway Open, finishing T44, and is +8800 to complete the only career goal he has remaining. Woodland is +9100 to repeat.
Brooks Koepka won the U.S. Open in 2017 & ’18 and finished second to Woodland last year but had to withdraw from this year’s tournament due to some injuries. Knee and hip injuries have bothered him all year and Koepka has struggled with his game.
No Canadian has won the U.S. Open. Dave Barr was one of three runners-up by a shot to Andy North in 1985 outside Detroit. Mackenzie Hughes is +10000 this week with Corey Conners +15000 and Adam Hadwin +20000. None of them played last week.
U.S. Open Predictions
Take Johnson and Tommy Fleetwood for Top 10s, but the winner is Xander Schauffele at +1400. He comes off a T2 at the Tour Championship and hasn’t been worse than sixth in the past three U.S. Opens.