PGA Tour 2022 US Open Betting Update: Three Early Predictions

PGA Tour 2022 US Open Betting Update: Three Early Predictions

The 122nd US Open tees off on June 16th and the field is nearly set with the “longest day in golf” taking place on June 6th at the nine Final Qualifying locations across North America. A large portion of the field is made up of players who qualify for the tournament through the USGA qualify process that includes both local and final events.

With the field nearing its completion, it’s time to dive into predictions for the upcoming major and what we expect to take place during the four days at The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts. 

Without further ado, let’s take a look at our first three pre-tournament US Open Betting predictions for the third major tournament of the year.

Early Week US Open Predictions | PGA Tour Betting

The US Open winner will be decided in a playoff

It has been 14 years since Tiger Woods took down Rocco Mediate in an 18-hole playoff on a Monday following four days of intense competition. Now, the USGA has gone away from the 18-hole format and turned to a two-hole aggregate playoff to decide the winner.

We saw the PGA Championship end in a playoff between Justin Thomas and Will Zalatoris, and with the talented field on tap for Brookline, there is a high probability that the US Open will have to be decided after 72 holes. 

There have been 33 US Opens decided by a playoff in the tournament’s history, and it’s been far too long since the last one.

A first-time major winner will take home the U.S. Open Trophy

The last three US Open winners were first-time major champions, and we have a feeling that this year will keep the trend going. There are a handful of favorites atop betting boards that are still searching for their first major title. Players like Cameron Smith, Xander Schauffele, Patrick Cantlay, and Viktor Hovland are all featured on the front page of the odds list and have the talent and game to take it home.

Like Gary Woodland (2019), Bryson DeChambeau (2020), and defending champion Jon Rahm (2021), the winner of the US Open will become a first-time major winner.

The US Open champion will be an international talent

Americans have dominated the US Open over the last decade, winning seven of the ten tournaments. After six in a row by American golfers, Rahm broke the trend last year to become the first Spaniard to win the title. Rahm was the first international golfer since Martin Kaymer (Germany) and Justin Rose (England) went back-to-back in 2013 and 2014.

International players like Rahm, Smith, Hovland, and Rory McIlroy are early favorites but don’t count out other notable international favorites like Shane Lowry, Matthew Fitzpatrick, and Joaquin Neimann. 

The United States owned the US Open tournament through the late 2010s, but as the game of golf continues to grow so does the talent around the globe. Don’t be surprised if the winner of the US Open is handed to one of the international players we listed above on Sunday evening.


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