The world’s best players head to Winged Foot on Thursday for the right to lift the 2020 US Open.
With two-time champion Brooks Koepka out of this year’s tournament, and Winged Foot one of the US Open’s most notoriously challenging courses, this could be one of the most open majors in years.
Here’s our look at the state of play in the early 2020 US Open golf betting…
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Defending champion Gary Woodland (82/1) will be back to defend the shock title he landed at Pebble Beach last season, one of 10 previous champions in this year’s field.
Of those names, 2016 winner Dustin Johnson (17/2) looks the most likely candidate to add to his major tally, with the current World No. 1 in fine form heading to New York after winning the Tour Championship – a victory that saw him scoop the £11.2m FedEx Cup in the process.
Justin Rose (50/1) enjoyed his finest hour in this tournament at Merion in 2013 and tied third at Pebble Beach last season, while 2011 winner Rory McIlroy (61/4) will be looking to celebrate becoming a father with his first major win in six years.
We could be overdue a non-American winner, with Germany’s Martin Kaymer (120/1) the last man from outside the USA to take this title, back in 2014.
The Venue: Winged Foot
Winged Foot has been waiting more than a decade to host its sixth US Open.
The tournament is returning to Westchester County for the first time since 2006, where Australian Geoff Oglivy claimed his sole major.
This course has produced two of the highest major championship scores in the history of golf, with Oglivy scoring five over par to notch his career best, while +7 proved enough for Hale Irwin to seal this major in 1974. That tournament proved so bruising for so many players it went down in popular folklore as ‘The Massacre at Winged Foot’.
Make no mistake: whoever emerges as the latest major champion on Sunday will have faced a war of attrition.
US Open Golf Betting Tips
Collin Morikawa (51/4) has demonstrated some very positive performances throughout the year and could go close in his search for a second major. He shot a -6 on the final day in the PGA Championship and has shown on more than one occasion this year he is capable of competing with the top players. At only 23, Morikawa has a bright future ahead of him and with the Masters just around the corner, who’s to say he won’t go into that tournament as reigning US PGA and US Open champion?
Tony Finau (35/1) has long been touted as a major winner and consistent performances in 2020 suggest his first might not be too far away. Despite eventually being forced to settle for a 17th place finish after a mixed week at the Tour Championship, there is no denying Finau has the ability to potentially break his major duck this weekend.
Kevin Kisner (95/1) can often go under the radar, but two top-5 finishes in his last four tournaments will give the man from South Carolina some confidence before this week’s event. Whilst his average driving distance could be seen as moderate at 289 yards, he is just outside the top 30 in terms of accuracy (Dustin Johnson is 118th) and with expected long rough and tight fairways, tee to green will be critical.
Odds correct at time of writing but may be subject to change.