The 2019 U.S. Open is just a couple of weeks away and the fever is on.
This year’s tournament is scheduled for June 13-16, 2019 at the Pebble Beach Golf Links in Pebble Beach, California and the world’s top golfers are expected to be on hand for the event.
We already wrote our early predictions for the 2019 U.S. Open last month. You can read it by reading it here. Since then, a couple of Major tournaments have happened with other PGA events in between. Because of those, there have been movements in the odds board that we want you to be aware of.
Here are the latest odds to win the 2019 U.S. Open. Odds were taken from BetOnline.ag as of 5/28/19:
Changes In The Favorites
Brooks Koepka was a +1600 when we wrote our earlier U.S. Open preview last month but after winning the 2019 PGA Championship at Bethpage Black last May 19th in a wire to wire victory, he has vaulted on top of the odds board as the top golf betting favorite to win the 2019 U.S. Open. The win was Koepka’s fourth major title and it made him the only golfer other than Tiger Woods to win back-to-back PGA Championships since it went to stroke play in 1958. The victory also put him at #2 in the FedEx Cup rankings and won him back the title of world’s #1 golfer in the Official World Golf Rankings.
Koepka has been dominant the past two years as he also has won back-to-back U.S. Opens wins, winning his second in a row last summer. He is the first golfer to have two back-to-back wins in a major at the same time. His victory at the PGA Championship last year was the first wire to wire win since Hal Sutton in 1983. Now he’s made it two straight wire to wire wins in the PGA Championship, another first.
Dustin Johnson not only yielded the #1 ranking to Brooks Koepka after the 2019 PGA Championship, but he also lost that tournament to Koepka in an exciting finish. Koepka had lost all but one of his record seven-stroke lead on Sunday with four straight bogies but just as when DJ was closing in, Koepka delivered the important shots while Johnson faded with a pair of bogeys. Despite that heartbreak and despite losing the #1 ranking, Johnson finished second in that tournament. DJ was also a T2 in the 2019 Masters which was won by Tiger Woods so there’s no surprise he’s still high on the odds board at this point in time.
Tiger Woods won the 2019 Masters, his first Major win in over a decade so he’s also kept his spot at 3rd in the odds board despite missing the cut at Bethpage Black in his last outing. However, Tiger’s win at Augusta moved his price from +1200 before his Masters’ win to +1000 as of May 28th or as of this writing.
Heading to the Masters, Rory McIlroy had a string of seven straight Top 10 finishes including a win at THE PLAYERS championship so he was second in the odds board last month at +1200. But his run of Top-10 finishes ended in Augusta where he was just a T21. However, McIlroy has bounced back to finish 8th in the Wells Fargo Championship and also 8th in the PGA Championship to retain his price of +1200 although he moves in the odds board from #2 to #4.
Jordan Spieth was tied for 7th in the April odds board at +2000. He’s moved up to +1400 in the latest odds after a strong T3 at the 2019 PGA Championship and a T8 finish in the just-concluded Charles Schwab Challenge which was won by Kevin Na. Spieth missed the cut at the 2018 U.S. Open.
Justin Rose was 5th in the odds board last month. He moves one spot down at #6 but at the same price of +1600. The world’s #3 ranked golfer in the Official World Golf Rankings missed the cut in Augusts, placed T3 in the Wells Fargo Championship and then was a T29 at Bethpage Black before T58 at the Charles Schwab Challenge.
Justin Thomas is at more plus money in the latest odds board. Since our last preview, his only tournament appearance was in Augusta where he finished at T12. He withdrew from the 2019 PGA Championship with a lingering wrist injury. He is slated to return to action in the Memorial Championship later this week and remains to be seen if he will compete at the U.S. Open.
During our previous preview, we mentioned the names of Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson and Justin Rose as our three picks to win the tournament. Since then, a lot has happened on the tour and I would like to add Tiger Woods’ name to the mix. Woods won the 2019 Masters in Augusta last month and you bet Woods’ is looking to inch closer to Jack Nicklaus’ record especially with his stroke back.
Also, we talked about Koepka being in great form this year and he’s even in better form after his win at the 2019 PGA Championship. We talked about nobody winning three U.S. Open titles in a row since 1905 but with the quality of his form right now, Koepka looks every inch the favorite.
I also like Dustin Johnson’s track record at the Pebble Beach Golf Links. And after last year’s collapse in this tournament, you bet he wants this one just as badly. Johnson has also yielded the #1 spot to Koepka and would want that back as well. DJ is also in prime form as he finished second to Koepka at Bethpage Black and he’s having a consistent year as well. Given that Koepka is up against history, I’m picking Dustin Johnson to win the 2019 U.S. Open.