Rory McIlroy moved ahead of Justin Rose and up to No. 3 in the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) with his victory at last week’s RBC Canadian Open. The win was his second of the season and first since The Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass in mid-March.
The Canadian Open was Rory’s fourth of 16 PGA Tour wins in his career to come by a margin of at least seven strokes over the runner-up finisher. It came over a field that was one of the strongest the event has ever seen as it was rescheduled to be the final tuneup for the 2019 US Open.
Rory was listed at +1400 at both FanDuel Sportsbook and DraftKings Sportsbook prior to his win in his Canadian Open debut. The 30-year-old is now a co-favorite with Brooks Koepka and Dustin Johnson to win the 2019 US Open at +850 at FanDuel. McIlroy moved ahead of Koepka and sits behind only Johnson at +850 at DraftKings to win the year’s third Major. A win would be his first Major victory since the 2014 PGA Championship and his first at the US Open since beating the field by eight strokes at Congressional Country Club in 2011.
What about the two-time defending champ?
Brooks Koepka put up an uninspired T50 finish at the Canadian Open. It was his first event since winning his second consecutive PGA Championship at Bethpage Black last month. He’ll now turn his full attention toward tying Willie Anderson’s more than 100-year-old record of three straight US Open titles when he tees off at Pebble Beach Golf Links this week.
The 29-year-old is one of just four players to win both the US Open and PGA Championship in the same calendar year. He has the chance to do it for the second consecutive time.
The major chase and other US Open storylines
Reigning Masters champion Tiger Woods is the fourth favorite for the US Open at both FanDuel and DraftKings at +1000 and +1200, respectively. His 15-stroke victory at Pebble Beach in 2000 is one of the most impressive of his 81 career PGA Tour wins.
McIlroy and Koepka enter the week tied with four Major victories each, ranking third behind Tiger (15) and Phil Mickelson (5) among active golfers on the career Majors list. Johnson, a regular contender, is tied with a large group of golfers who’ve won only one Major.
Mickelson remains in search of his first career US Open title, the only Major keeping him from joining a group of five golfers to have won the career grand slam in the Masters era. He won the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am played at Pebble Beach GL, Monterey Peninsula Country Club and Spyglass Hill Golf Course in February.
Recency bias from the Canadian Open leaderboard is seen throughout the US Open odds. The numbers for co-runner-ups Webb Simpson and Shane Lowry have also dropped at both sportsbooks. Simpson, ranked No. 19 in the OWGR, now has the 14th-best odds (+3000) at DraftKings to win at Pebble Beach. Simpson and Lowry (No. 32 in the world) are tied for 17th at FanDuel with the likes of Bryson DeChambeau, Matt Kuchar, and Mickelson.
Graeme McDowell, who claimed his only career Major title to date the last time the US Open was played at Pebble Beach in 2010, secured his spot in the 2019 Open Championship at Royal Portrush in his hometown in Northern Ireland with a T8 finish at the Canadian Open. His odds dropped to +7000 at FanDuel for his defense of Pebble Beach in an attempt for his second career Major victory.