U.S. Open Expert Picks: Our Staff’s Favorite Bets for Round 2 at Pebble Beach


Michael Madrid, USA Today Sports. Pictured: Dustin Johnson

Jun 14, 2019, 11:45 PM EDT

The first 18 holes of the U.S. Open are in the book and, judging by the Round 1 leaderboard, this should be a terrific weekend.

Justin Rose is the pace-setter after shooting 6-under on Thursday, but there are several big names in striking distance including Rickie Fowler and Xander Schauffele at 5-under and Rory McIlroy at 4-under.

Here are our staff’s favorite bets for Round 2, which gets underway at 9:45 a.m. ET on Friday.

Jason Sobel

The Bet: Fade Sergio Garcia

You want a Friday fade? I’ve got your Friday fade right here. As reported by Golf Channel’s Will Gray, everything about this exchange is amazing: “After shooting -2 Sergio [Garcia] said he was feeling ‘horrible.’ I asked him to expand. ‘I can say it louder, but not clearer.’ Shared that his game is currently a mess and despite the start he doesn’t believe he has a chance to win this week.”

I mean… what?!

That’s the type of response you expect from a guy who just shot 80, not one who posted a 69 and is only three strokes out of the lead. I usually don’t know what’s going through that man’s head and I have even less of a clue right now, but I know this much: It ain’t good.

Whomever you can get in a matchup against Sergio, who’s MC’d in seven consecutive major starts, take it.

Get the EDGE

Unlock The Action EDGE

Unlock this article + all the EDGE benefits

Get the EDGE
model helps you find edges when betting moneylines and over/unders for the full game
Follow Action Network Staff on Twitter

Top Offers

Odds Boosts
See More >
Odds boosts are simply regular bets offered at enticing odds. They're available to everyone and there's no limit to how many you can bet.
Sportsbook Reviews
See More >
Discover the best online sports betting sites and take advantage of bonus offers from legal sportsbooks.
Expert Picks
See More >
See what plays the Action Network experts are making for all of today's games.
PRO Membership
See More >
Access betting systems and signals to get daily, actionable picks.
Download the App
See More >
Download the Action app to track all your bets in one place. Exclusive data helped you make smarter betting decisions.
See More >
The best sports betting newsletter with trends, insights and news - condensed in a two-minute read.
Live Odds
See More >
See live odds and the best lines for every game.

Follow Us On Social

Top Stories