2018 U.S. Open Betting Odds Preview
The PGA’s best return to Shinnecock Hills for the first time in 14 years this weekend for the 118th U.S. Open.
Entering the second major of the season, the tournament favorite at Bovada Sportsbook is Dustin Johnson at +800. He regained the world No. 1 ranking last week after winning the St. Jude Classic. Johnson already has a U.S. Open win, in 2016.
Following Johnson on the U.S. Open odds are Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas and Justin Rose, all at +1400.
McIlroy won the U.S. Open back in 2011, his first of four major wins. His last two showings at the U.S. Open have been forgettable, as he’s missed the cut the last two years. McIlroy has looked good lately, though, with top-10 finishes in back-to-back tournaments at the BMW Championship and the Memorial.
Thomas is looking to improve on last year’s U.S. Open finish when he tied for ninth place. The 2017 PGA Championship winner tied for eighth at the Memorial two weeks ago and has one win this season at the Honda Classic in February.
Rose captured the U.S. Open in 2013, so far his only major win. He’s had a tough time in the U.S. Open the last two years, missing the cut both times. This season he’s been in contention most weeks with a pair of wins and six top-10 finishes.
Koepka has +2200 odds to repeat at U.S. Open
The defending U.S. Open champion is Brooks Koepka. He won his first major at Erin Hills last season and he’s a +2200 underdog to repeat. Koepka hasn’t recorded a win on the tour since his U.S. Open victory, but he has come close this season with a pair of second-place finishes.
As usual, all eyes will be on Tiger Woods as he goes after his first major win since 2008. The three-time U.S. Open champ is a +2200 underdog to add a fourth title. The last time the U.S. Open was played at Shinnecock in 2004, Woods was among the field and tied for 17th, 14 stokes back of the leader.
That leader and winner of the 2004 U.S. Open was Retief Goosen. He shot 4 under in the tournament and joined Phil Mickelson (2 under) as the only players to shoot under par in the tournament. Goosen, a two-time U.S. Open winner, is an afterthought to win at Shinnecock again and isn’t even getting odds at Bovada Sportsbook.
Mickelson however is, at +3300. Lefty continues to chase that elusive U.S. Open win after finishing second in the tournament six times. He skipped it last year to attend his daughter’s high school graduation and the year before he missed the cut at Oakmont.