This week sees the start of the 2016 US Open, which will be held at the Oakmont Country Club in Plum, Pennsylvania. This will be the first time that the PGA has made a stop here since 2007, and if the last visit there is anything to go by, it’s likely to be a tough 4 days for the field. Back then, it was Angel Cabrera who got the win with an overall score of +5. It’s pretty safe to say that we can expect conditions to be tough again, so don’t be looking for any golfer to shoot a particularly low score. It may well be the golfer who makes the fewest mistakes who lands on top on Sunday afternoon, and that may mean that a dark horse as opposed to a sports betting line favorite is the one who lifts the trophy.
Let’s take a look at some potential winners before making a prediction.
Closer Look at the 2016 US Open Betting Odds and Predictions
The US Open Betting Favorites
As far as the favorites go, there are basically 3 players who are pretty far ahead of the group in terms of odds. It’s no real surprise that Jason Day (+600) would be included in that group, especially since he is currently the number one player in the world. Day has already picked up 3 wins on the PGA Tour this season, and is coming into this event in a rich vein of form. While Day is perhaps best known for his power off the tee, it’s his great work on the greens that has put him on top. Putting is likely to be crucial this weekend, so that certainly puts him in a good position to win.
Rory McIlroy (+600) is, as ever, right there among the betting favorites. The Irishman saw his 2016 season get off to a bit of a slow start, but 4 top-10 finishes in his last 5 starts suggests that he is ready to make a move at the US Open.
Jordan Spieth (+650) rounds out the trio of golfers who are the betting favorites at Oakmont. Spieth is the defending US Open champion, and his superior putting skills are what might well put him ahead of the pack at this incredibly tough Oakmont course. He is another player in good form coming in, and he is always worth a wager at the major tournaments.
The US Open Dark Horse Picks
At number 8 in the world, it seems odd to list Adam Scott (+1900) as a dark horse, but his recent form suggests that he may be just that. The reason why Scott may well be a good bet here is because of his ability to land the ball close to the pin when he is hitting fairways on a regular basis. If he can be accurate off the tee, look out.
Matt Kuchar (+5800) may be the golfer on the best run of form at the moment, as he has 7 top-10 finishes in 16 tournaments this season. His recent form has been magnificent, and it would not be a surprise to see him near the top of the leader board all weekend long.
My US Open Betting Prediction
I don’t particularly like to go with the betting odds favorite in major tournaments, but it is Jordan Spieth who jumps out at me here. He is the one player who seems to have all the necessary tools to handle this tough course.