US Open Betting Guide

Odds, Predictions and Event History

The 2020 US Open was moved from its annual spot on Father’s Day weekend to Sept. 17-20 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. It will still be played at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New York, but is now part of the 2020-21 PGA Tour schedule. It will be the second major of 2020, following the PGA Championship and predating The Masters. The Open Championship was canceled until the summer of 2021. This page will show the latest US Open odds and how to bet on the tournament.

In addition, we’ll look back at some historical achievements at the US Open and break down some ways to get betting action and the top strategies for success against the sportsbooks.

US Open odds 2020

Dustin Johnson and Jon Rahm have both surged over the past few months and they are the favorites heading into the 2020 US Open. Collin Morikawa, who won the year’s first major in the PGA Championship, also finds himself as a top-10 favorite. US Open odds at DraftKings Sportsbook had Johnson at +900 to win the event in early September and he is now +850.

More US Open odds can be seen below.

US Open Winner

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Dustin Johnson
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+850
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+850
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+800
Jon Rahm
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+900
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+1000
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+900
Justin Thomas
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+1400
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+1400
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+1400
Xander Schauffele
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+1500
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+1400
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+1400
Collin Morikawa
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+1700
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+1800
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+1600
Rory McIlroy
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+1800
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+1600
Webb Simpson
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+2500
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+2800
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+2500
Bryson DeChambeau
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+2800
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+2200
Daniel Berger
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+3300
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+3000
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+2800
Jason Day
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+3300
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+3800
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+4000
Patrick Reed
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+3300
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+3400
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+3500
Patrick Cantlay
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+3500
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+2700
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+2800
Tommy Fleetwood
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+3500
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+3300
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+3500
Hideki Matsuyama
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+3500
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+3300
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+3300
Tony Finau
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+4000
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+3300
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+3300
Tyrell Hatton
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+3900
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+4000
Adam Scott
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Justin Rose
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+4500
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+5000
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Tiger Woods
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+4500
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+4500
Paul Casey
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+6000
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+5000
Matthew Fitzpatrick
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Viktor Hovland
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+6500
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Harris English
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Rickie Fowler
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Sungjae Im
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+7000

View US Open odds for all players at DraftKings Sportsbook and FanDuel Sportsbook.

2020 US Open players to watch

Rory McIlroy

McIlroy was initially the betting favorite at each of 2020’s three majors when the PGA Tour had its re-start in June. He’s now outside the top-5 with odds to win at +1800 at both FanDuel and DraftKings. His lone US Open victory to date came at Congressional Country Club in 2011, when he won by eight strokes at a US Open record 16-under par. McIlroy has just one top-10 finish since the PGA Tour restart in June.

Dustin Johnson

Johnson’s lone major victory to date came at the 2016 US Open at Oakmont Country Club. That course, along with Winged Foot, are rated the two toughest US Open venues. Now back to No. 1 in the World Golf Rankings, Johnson is the favorite to win the US Open odds of +850 at both FanDuel and DraftKings. He missed the cut in 2017 but finished third in 2018 and tied for 35th last year. His simulated win percentage is 5.3% at FanDuel’s numberFire quantitative analysis projections. Johnson’s dominant stretch of golf and outstanding play since the PGA Championship is among the very best we have seen since Tiger’s domination in the 2000s. Johnson has two wins and two runner-up finishes his last four tournaments and three wins in his last seven starts.

Jon Rahm

Rahm is still in search of his first major title. But he’s the second favorite to win the 2020 US Open with best odds of +1000 at FanDuel. Rahm finished tied for third (T3) at the 2019 US Open following two missed cuts in 2017 and 2018. But Rahm’s game is in top form having won the BMW Championship in the recently concluded FedExCup Playoffs and he had two other top-6 finishes plus top-15 in the tougher PGA Championship. His other win at Muirfield at the Memorial gives him two wins on two difficult courses. Rahm now No. 2 in the World Golf Rankings, and he’s taking some of the most betting activity to win the US Open at DraftKings. In FanDuel’s golf simulations at numberFire, Rahm has the highest win percentage at 7.5%.

Tiger Woods

There are questions of whether Woods still has the distance and strength to battle the length and thick rough of US Open courses as he tries to chase down Jack Nicklaus’ all-time majors record. Tiger’s best odds to win at Winged Foot is +4800 at FanDuel. Woods missed the cut in the 2006 US Open at Winged Foot – the first time he missed the cut in a major championship as a pro. Woods tied for 21st in last year’s US Open and missed the cut in 2018. Tiger has played just four tournaments since the PGA Tour restart in June with a best finish of T37 at the PGA Championship.

Justin Thomas

Thomas’ odds to win the US Open are +1400 at both FanDuel and DraftKings. His best result in the last three US Opens is T9 in 2017 when he shot 75 on Sunday. In his last nine rounds in US Open competition, his best score is 70 with his other eight scores 73 or higher. Thomas has been one of the steadiest performers on Tour, and his play has him ranked No. 3 in the world rankings. While Winged Foot doesn’t appear to be best tailored to his game, Thomas does have a 6.5% win percentage at FanDuel’s numberFire simulations.

Webb Simpson

The 2012 US Open champ may have been in the best form of his career from 2019 into the early portion of the 2020 schedule. He won the Waste Management Phoenix Open in February amid a streak of five straight top-10 finishes. Webb has four top-12 finishes in his last five events but was T37 at the PGA Championship. His best odds to win the US Open are +2800 at FanDuel, and he finished T16 and T10 the last two years in America’s championship.

Gary Woodland

The 2019 US Open champion at Pebble Beach had not finished top-35 in his previous five US Open appearances. So longshots can prevail, but Woodland has slipped down the world rankings and the odds board since his victory at Pebble Beach. He was rounding into form before the PGA Tour was suspended, but has not finished top-20 in his last five events. Woodland’s best odds to win the 2020 US Open is +8500 at DraftKings.

Xander Schauffele

Schauffele has been bet down to +1500 to win the 2020 US Open as he’s one of the leaders in total handle at DraftKings. His success in the last three US Opens is elite with three top-6 finishes. Schauffele’s simulated win percentage at numberFire is 4.9%. His form and consistency since the Tour restart has been excellent and he’s finished inside the top-15 in five of seven starts. In the recent Tour Championship, Xander had the lowest 72-hole score at 15-under par and finished second overall in the FedEx Starting Strokes format.

Collin Morikawa

Morikawa has become a star on Tour in very short order. His win at the PGA Championship cut his odds by more than half to win the US Open with FanDuel offering best odds of +1800. His ball striking and SG: Tee-to-Green stats on courses which rate more difficult to hit fairways ranks No. 2 on Tour in his last 24 rounds. He also leads in SG: Fairway’s Gained, which is significant on a US Open course that requires hitting fairways to have success. It’s a very tough challenge around the greens at Winged Foot, but bettors are not backing down as Morikawa is top-5 in number of bets and money bet to win the 2020 US Open at DraftKings.

Bryson DeChambeau

Big bomber Bryson will need to dial it in this week and hit more fairways. He’s +2800 to win at Winged Foot, and DeChambeau did finish T4 at the PGA Championship in early August and won the Rocket Mortgage Classic the previous month. In his last three US Open appearances, DeChambeau T35, T25 and missed the cut in 2017.

Phil Mickelson

The 50-year-old Mickelson has six runner-up finishes in the US Open with his most painful loss in 2006 at Winged Foot when he made double-bogey on the 72nd hold to come up one shot short. Phil is the sentimental favorite this week, and bettors are on board as Mickelson is tied for the most money bet on any player to win at DraftKings while offered at long odds of +10000 to win and complete the career grand slam.

Hideki Matsuyama

Matsuyama’s odds have dropped and he’s now +3500 to win his first major at Winged Foot. A strong Tee-to-Green game and proven ability in big events and on tough courses has bettors getting behind Hideki. He finished T21 at last year’s US Open and T16 and T2 the previous two years. Hideki’s putting problems are well documented, but in his last 24 rounds on Tour, he ranks No. 1 in Strokes Gained: Around the Green. Hideki has six top-25 finishes since July and best T3 at the BMW Championship in the FedExCup Playoffs.

Tommy Fleetwood

Still in search of his first PGA Tour win, Fleetwood has the skills to make his first a major victory. Fleetwood’s best odds to win the US Open are +3500 at BetMGM and DraftKings. His best finish in his last four starts is T29 at the PGA Championship. But he’s done very well at the US Open in two of the past three years finishing T4 in 2017 and then solo second at 2-over par in tough scoring conditions in 2018.

Tony Finau

Finau’s remarkable run of top-10 finishes continues and he leads the Tour with 32 since 2017. That includes fourth at the PGA Championship and fifth late last month at the BWM Championship. Finau has just one PGA Tour win, and his odds of +4000 to get a victory at Winged Foot are best at DraftKings. Finau missed the cut at last year’s US Open and he finished fifth in 2018 on a tough Shinnecock Hills course.

Daniel Berger

Berger’s rise and top level play has been very impressive. He’s been a consistent contender since the restart, winning the initial event at Colonial and he finished top-3 in two other events. He also finished T13 at the PGA Championship, and his odds to win events have dropped including at the US Open where he’s now +3300 at DraftKings. Berger finished T49 at last year’s US Open but tied for sixth in 2018 at Shinnecock Hills in tougher scoring conditions.

Tyrrell Hatton

Hatton is +4500 to win his first major at FanDuel, and he had a solid Tour Championship while moving up the leaderboard to finish in T7. In his last two US Open appearances, the Englishman has finished T21 last year and T6 at Shinnecock in 2018 after a poor opening round. His form is solid and he enters off a 7th place finish at the Tour Championship.

Patrick Cantlay

Cantlay is +3500 at DraftKings and he had a solid return from the PGA Tour restart with T11 and T7 finishes before continuing to make cuts. His Strokes Gained stats in his last 24 rounds don’t support strong play of consistent results, though, and his US Open results have been T21 and T45 the last two years.

Justin Rose

Rose won the 2013 US Open for his lone major win, and he finished T3 last year at Pebble Beach and T10 in 2018 at Shinnecock. Rose is +5000 at FanDuel and has the patience and proven profile of what it takes to challenge in the biggest and toughest events. His putting is a strength, but the rest of his game has been off since finishing 9th at the PGA Championship. That followed three straight missed cuts and another missed cut to open the FedExCup Playoffs.

Jason Day

Day has finished in the top 10 of a major championship 14 times including eight top-5s and a PGA Championship win. He’s a former No. 1 player in the world who has won 12 times on Tour and is currently +4000 at BetMGM to win at Winged Foot. Day’s game and results were superb with four straight top-6 finishes earlier this summer, but he performed poorly in the FedExCup Playoffs. Still, his overall game – especially on and around the greens – is solid and he’ll try to win and contend again at the US Open as he did in 2013 to 2016 with four straight top-10 finishes including a runner-up. His health was a factor in recent seasons missing the cut twice and finishing T21 at last year’s US Open.

Adam Scott

Adam Scott is ranked No. 12 in the world but he has not finished top-20 on the PGA Tour since winning back in February at the Genesis event. Scott did take time off from the Tour during the pandemic and made his return at the PGA Championship where he finished T22. He’s currently +5000 to win at Winged Foot, and he finished T7 at last year’s US Open but missed the cut in 2017 and 2018.

Patrick Reed

Reed is +3400 to win at FanDuel and his overall Strokes Gained stats have been solid which has kept him very competitive since August with a T13 at the PGA Championship and two other top-10 finishes. Reed finished T32 at last year’s US Open and T13 in 2017 with a best finish of fourth in 2018.

Paul Casey

The 43-year-old Casey is ranked No. 19 in the world and is still trying for his first Major win. The Englishman was challenging hard on Sunday at the PGA Championship last month before finishing T2. Casey is +7000 at FanDuel to win the US Open but has no other top-10 finishes on Tour since finishing 5th in the Tour Championship last year.

Matthew Fitzpatrick

Here’s a young Englishman with lots of talent still shooting for his first PGA Tour win. Fitzpatrick is +6000 to win at DraftKings and he has three top-6 finishes in his last five PGA Tour events. He’s also missed two cuts in that stretch and his stats are steady but not spectacular.

Viktor Hovland

Hovland tied for 12th and was the Low Amateur at Pebble Beach last year. His tee-to-green game remains strong with top-tier ball striking, and he’s been a pretty consistent contender and also won on Tour in February. Hovland’s odds to win at Winged Foot have risen and are +6500 at FanDuel.

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US Open odds: How to bet the US Open

The main betting draw to any golf tournament are the odds to win outright. For majors such as the US Open, these are often released nearly a full year in advance in the form of futures bets. US Open odds have been available for the past few months, dating back to the PGA Tour re-start in June.

Initial US Open odds will reflect the previous year’s leaderboard, the OWGR at the time of the odds release, and public favorites. Tiger will never have odds reflecting his true likelihood of winning due to the sheer number of wagers that’ll be placed on him either way. Outright odds for a standard field of 156 golfers can range from as low as +500 for a favorite to long shots as high as +100000. These odds would return profits of $50 and $10,000, respectively, on $10 bets.

Odds will be routinely updated and altered through the year to reflect golfer performance, injuries, changes in the OWGR, and public betting action. The more wagers placed on any one golfer, the lower their odds will drop as the books hedge against large payouts.

Much closer to the beginning of the tournament, many more betting options will become available. These can include Top-5, Top-10, and Top-20 placing bets which feature lower odds than the odds to win, but they provide a safety net for a top finish and allow bettors to cash multiple tickets. 18-hole, 36-hole, and 54-hole leader bets can see higher odds for the tournament favorites than their outright odds.

Prop bets pool golfers together based on shared traits such as world ranking, previous tournament wins, and nationality. The odds in these pools are heavily influenced by the caliber of the golfers included and their individual likelihoods of winning the tournament.

Matchup bets pit golfers either head-to-head or in groups of three for each round or the tournament as a whole. These typically carry the lowest odds (-200 to +200) of the bet types mentioned here, but they can be the most predictable and are the best way to hedge against other losses and guarantee at least a modest return on your investment.

Straight Forecast bets are best suited to standard tournaments which feature two or three top golfers against an otherwise weaker field. These require bettors to correctly predict the first- and second-place finishers in order as a parlay to boost their individual odds to win outright.

Each-Way betting is popular when betting long shots. These bets consist of two separate wagers with one for the outright win and a second for a finish within a specified range of top-3 or top-5.

ALSO READ: Golf Power Rankings ahead of 2020 US Open

How to watch the US Open

When: Thursday, Sept. 17 – Sunday, Sept. 20. Tee times will be announced Tuesday, Sept. 15.

Where: Winged Foot Golf Club, Mamaroneck, New York

How to watch: TV: Golf Channel and NBC (Sat-Sun) 

Streaming options:  NBCports.com, NBC Sports Mobile App, USGA Streaming App through USOpen.com, the US Open app for mobile and the USGA apps for TV boxes.

US Open odds: betting strategy

As with anything, research goes a long way to setting yourself up for success, and there are many tools available for golf bettors. The three main areas to look at are always Course History, Current Form, and Key Stats. Course History can be difficult for the US Open – as well as the Open Championship and PGA Championship – as the last event held at Winged Foot was the 2006 US Open. But conditions are often similar across all US Open venues. Courses are long and golfers will need to either be able to avoid trouble or quickly recover, and putting is essential.

Current Form looks at how well a golfer has been playing coming into an event. This can be dangerous as runs of success or struggles can begin and end without any notice. Each course will have a set of Key Stats best associated with success there. Be sure to look into which shot type a course favors and what type of grass is on the greens.

Be sure to closely monitor the futures US Open odds throughout the months and weeks leading up to an event. Take screenshots of the opening odds and always compare against those in order to target favorites who may see their numbers temporarily rise due to a run of poor results or a lack of betting action. Conversely, don’t bet an opening long shot if their odds have fallen too far due to a stretch of strong results. Majors are tough to win, and not everyone can do it. Don’t fall for diminished value.

While the outright odds carry the hopes of the biggest pay days, the safe money is made on the props, matchups and placing bets. Be sure to devote the largest portion of your bankroll here. It’s better to cash multiple tickets at lower odds than bank on a long-shot outright bet only to watch your hopes fade away on the back 9 on Sunday.

US Open fun facts

  • Most wins: 4– Jack Nicklaus, Ben Hogan, Bobby Jones, and Willie Anderson. Tiger has a chance to join them with a win this year.
  • Youngest winner: John McDermott — 19 years, 9 months, 14 days (1911)
  • Youngest Qualifier: Andy Zhang — 14 years, six months (2012)
  • Oldest winner: Hale Irwin — 45 years, 15 days (1990)
  • Highest score on one hole: 19, Ray Ainsley (1938) on the par 4 16th at Cherry Hills Country Club in Englewood, Colo.
  • Best comeback: Arnold Palmer came back from down seven strokes entering the final round in 1960 to top a group including Nicklaus, Hogan, and Gary Player. It was his first and only US Open championship.
  • Amateur winners: Francis Ouimet (1913), Jerome D. Travers (1915), Charles Evans Jr. (1916), Bobby Jones (1923, 1926, 1929, 1939), John Goodman (1933)
  • Most times runner-up: Phil Mickelson (1999, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2009, 2013)

Biggest betting longshots in US Open history

Martin Kaymer (2014) +10000

After taking down The Players Championship five weeks earlier, Kaymer demolished the 2014 US Open field at Pinehurst. It was his second major championship win, but he doesn’t have a victory anywhere in the world since.

Webb Simpson (2012) +5000

Simpson is coming off arguably the most successful year of his career to creep inside the top 10 of the world rankings. He had two professional wins to his name before beating Graeme McDowell and Michael Thompson by one stroke at Olympic Club in 2012.

Graeme McDowell (2010) +6600

McDowell ranked 36th in the world at the time of his lone major victory at Pebble Beach Golf Links. He survived a wave of Sunday collapses which claimed Dustin Johnson and Tiger Woods to beat Gregory Havret by one stroke.

Lucas Glover (2009) +15000

Glover has just one professional win since beating Phil Mickelson, David Duval and Ricky Barnes by two strokes at Bethpage Black Course in 2009. He ranked 72nd in the world at the time.

Angel Cabrera (2007) +10000

Cabrera seems to be much better remembered for his 2009 Masters win than for his breakthrough one stroke victory over Tiger Woods and Jim Furyk at Oakmont Country Club. Cabrera rarely played in the United States outside of majors but ranked 39th in the world before his win vaulted him to 17th.

Geoff Ogilvy (2006) +8000

Ogilvy ranked 17th in the world and had two wins under his belt at the time of his first major victory, including the Accenture Match Play earlier in 2006. He beat Mickelson, Furyk and Colin Montgomerie by one stroke at Winged Foot.

Michael Campbell (2005) Not listed, part of FIELD at +600

Campbell had 10 professional wins prior to his two-stroke victory over Woods at Pinehurst but ranked just 80th in the world. He’d go on to win the HSBC World Match Play Championship later in 2005, but hasn’t won since.

Francis Ouimet (1913)

Just 20 years old and playing as an amateur, Ouimet outplayed accomplished British golfers Harry Vardon and Ted Ray to become the second American to win the US Open. Ouimet would go on to win the US Amateur in 1914 and 1931.

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Graeme McDowell at the 2010 US Open

US Open fun facts

  • Most wins: 4– Jack Nicklaus, Ben Hogan, Bobby Jones, and Willie Anderson. Tiger has a chance to join them with a win this year.
  • Youngest winner: John McDermott — 19 years, 9 months, 14 days (1911)
  • Youngest Qualifier: Andy Zhang — 14 years, six months (2012)
  • Oldest winner: Hale Irwin — 45 years, 15 days (1990)
  • Highest score on one hole: 19, Ray Ainsley (1938) on the par 4 16th at Cherry Hills Country Club in Englewood, Colo.
  • Best comeback: Arnold Palmer came back from seven strokes down entering the final round in 1960 to top a group including Nicklaus, Hogan, and Gary Player. It was his first and only US Open championship.
  • Amateur winners: Francis Ouimet (1913), Jerome D. Travers (1915), Charles Evans Jr. (1916), Bobby Jones (1923, 1926, 1929, 1939), John Goodman (1933)
  • Most times runner-up: Phil Mickelson (1999, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2009, 2013)

US Open odds: FAQ

Who qualifies for golf’s US Open?

Anyone with a USGA Handicap Index of 1.4 or lower has a chance. They must make it through both local and sectional qualifying. Additional criteria are as follows:

  • Winners of the last 10 US Opens
  • Winner and runner-up from previous year’s US Amateur and winners of the previous US Junior Amateur and US Mid-Amateur
  • Winner of the previous year’s Amateur Championship
  • Previous year’s Mark H. McCormack Medal winner as top-ranked amateur in world
  • Past five winners of each of the Masters, Open Championship and PGA Championship
  • Winner of the current year’s BMW PGA Championship
  • Winner of the last US Senior Open
  • Players who win multiple PGA Tour events offering 500 or more points to the winner between the previous and current US Opens.
  • Reigning men’s gold medalist is the Olympic golf tournament was held the prior year
  • Top 10 finishers and ties from previous US Open
  • Qualifiers from previous year’s Tour Championship
  • Top 60 from the Official World Golf Ranking as of two weeks before the tournament
  • Top 60 from the OWGR as of the tournament start date
  • Special exemptions selected by the USGA
  • All remaining spots filled by alternates from qualifying tournaments

Where is the US Open this year?

Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New York.

What are the highest and lowest scores to win the US open?

Koepka and Rory McIlroy share the honor for the lowest score ever to win a US Open at minus-16 in 2017 and 2011, respectively. Walter Hagen’s plus-17 in 1919 is the highest winning score of all time. Geoff Ogilvy and Angel Cabrera each shot plus-5 in 2006 and 2007 for the highest winning scores since 1975.

Winning scores at Winged Foot have ranged from Fuzzy Zoeller’s minus-4 in 1984 to Hale Irwin’s plus-7 in 1974.

Ogilvy won at plus-5 in 2006, the last time the US Open was played in Mamaroneck.

Has anyone ever won back-to-back-to-back US Opens?

Brooks Koepka in 2017 and 2018 was the first since Curtis Strange in 1988-89 and seventh all-time to go back-to-back as US Open champion.

Willie Anderson (1903-05) as the only players to win three straight.