With the 2022 PGA Championship in the rearview, the world’s best golfers will take on The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts next month. The Country Club will host the U.S. Open for the fourth time and first since 1988. Tournament play begins on June 16th and concludes on June 19th.
Jon Rahm is the defending champion after capturing his first major victory at Torrey Pines Golf Course last year. Rahm’s six-under par bested Louis Oosthuizen by one shot.
The tournament will be here before you know, but lets look at recent updates and US Open Betting Odds surrounding the 122nd U.S. Open.
Really Early US Open Updated Odds | PGA Tour Betting
Final Qualifying In Progress
The 156-man field is filled with the world’s best but open to those not exempt through qualifiers around the world. Those individuals that move on from local qualifying events will participate in one of the final eleven qualifying events for a chance to earn a spot in next month’s major. Nine of the 11 final qualifying are held in the United States as well as one in Japan and one in Canada.
A field of 8,880 players were narrowed down to 530 that advanced, and final qualifying began the week of May 23rd. Two of those events have concluded with 16 players earning their invite to the U.S. Open. Some of the notables that will be playing next month thanks to qualifying include Mackenzie Hughes, Kurt Kitayama, Matthew NeSmith, Roger Sloan, and Scott Stallings.
Final qualify tournament will continue to through June 6th, with another 61 spots being divided out amongst the remaining nine locations.
Bubba Watson to Miss U.S. Open?
Bubba Watson made some noise during the second round of the PGA Championship, streaking up the leaderboard on Saturday before settling for a T30. It was the highest finish for the two-time major in a PGA Championship since a T21 in 2015.
News surfaced Monday after the tournament that Watson had torn his meniscus, putting his U.S. Open chances at risk. The 43-year-old in an instagram post on his personal page said the diagnosis will leave him sidelined for 4-6 weeks. That timeline would squash all chances of an appearance next month in Brookline.
Updated Betting Odds
Rory McIlroy (+1150) is the early pre-tournament betting favorite for next month’s major. McIlroy got off to a hot start at Southern Hills, firing an opening round 65 (5-under) to be the 18-hole leader. McIlroy won this tournament in 2011 and hasn’t finished outside the top-10 in his last three U.S. Open’s.
Justin Thomas (+1175) trails right behind McIlroy on the odds board. Thomas, now a two-time major winner, is playing elite golf this season with eight top-10 finishes in 13 events. The 29-year-old hasn’t had historical success at U.S. Open’s, but J.T. did grab a T8 at Winged Foot in 2020.
Defending champion Rahm (+1225) rounds out the top three. Rahm made the cut at the PGA Championship but finished T48. The 27-year-old won early this season at the Mexico Open.
Rounding out the top-5 is Masters champion Scottie Scheffler (+1250) and two-time major champion Collin Morikawa (+1550). Scheffler missed a rare cut at Southern Hills while Morikawa has six top-10 finishes in 11 events on the PGA along with an international victory on the DP World Tour.
I have read enough, I need to place my bet now. What to do?