John David Mercer, USA Today Sports. Pictured: Dustin Johnson
- Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods top the betting odds for the 2019 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach.
- Josh Perry breaks down the favorites and makes a case for one big-name player that is slipping through the cracks.
It’s not very often we get a U.S. Open course we’re so familiar with. Pebble Beach is an exception. That gives speculators a leg up on the preparation compared to most U.S. Open weekends.
The course will be set up differently from the AT&T Pro-Am, but success in that event has historically been a precursor to U.S. Open success.
Pebble Beach will check in at a relatively short 7,075 yards for a par 71. The fairways will be tighter and the rough will be thicker than the during the regular tour stop, but it will test the same parts of each player’s game.
The players will need to be completely dialed in with their irons and they will need to be good scramblers and have confidence on the poa annua greens.
Even the best ball-strikers will miss their fair share of greens this week so the ability to minimize damage will be incredibly important.
Since this is a shorter course, bombing it off the tee isn’t a requirement at Pebble Beach. Length will be helpful as it will allow players to club down a bit off the tee on some holes, making it more likely that they’ll keep the ball on the fairway which gives them a better chance of hitting the green.
Everyone is here this week, so we’ll get some pretty good value down the board.
Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka and Rory McIlroy are all essentially co-favorites in that +800 range and each has a reason to feel good about this week.
McIlroy is coming off a dominant victory in Canada; Koepka is the two-time defending champ of the U.S. Open; and Johnson has won here twice and held the 54-hole lead the last time the U.S. Open was here in 2010.
Tiger Woods is next in line at +1000 and will be just as confident at the aforementioned trio. Woods already has a major this year and he’s won a U.S Open at Pebble.
Patrick Cantlay (+1600) is next on the board and has moved up the board over the past few weeks.