Unlike the Masters and PGA Championship, the pre-tournament betting favorite came through to win at last year’s US Open. Jon Rahm captured his first victory at a major on June 20. Rahm was +850 at DraftKings Sportsbook to win the morning of the first day of the tournament at Torrey Pines. We now look ahead to the 2022 tournament and the US Open odds. This coming year’s tournament will be held at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass. It will be the first US Open held in Brookline since 1988.
US Open odds
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Course and tournament information
- Course: The Country Club
- Location: Brookline, Mass.
- Date: June 16-19
How the odds are changing
Here we keep track of how the US Open odds change in the days leading up to and during the tournament. Here is a look at how odds looked on Dec. 1.
- Jon Rahm +1000
- Rory McIlroy +1400
- Dustin Johnson +1400
- Bryson DeChambeau +1400
- Brooks Koepka +1400
- Xander Schauffele +1800
- Justin Thomas +1800
- Jordan Spieth +1800
- Collin Morikawa +1800
- Patrick Cantlay +2200
- Viktor Hovland +2800
- Tony Finau +3500
- Patrick Reed +3500
- Louis Oosthuizen +3500
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 months, dating back to the day after the finish of last year’s tournament at Winged Foot.
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.
How to watch the US Open
When: Thursday, June 16, 2022 – Sunday, June 19, 2022
Where: The Country Club, Brookline, Mass.
How to watch: TV: Golf Channel and NBC (Sat-Sun)
Streaming options: NBCports.com, Peacock, 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 long shots 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.
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?
The Country Club in Brookline, Mass.
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.