Rob Schumacher, USA Today Sports. Pictured: Phil Mickelson
The third major of the golf season has arrived.
The 2019 U.S. Open begins on Thursday (9:45 a.m. ET) live from Pebble Beach in California.
To prepare for the tournament, the Action Network’s brightest golf minds got together to provide tournament outlooks for 60 golfers, starting with two-time defending champion Brooks Koepka.
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- Perry: Which Favorites Are Worth Investing In at Pebble Beach?
- Sobel: The Profile of a U.S. Open Champion
- Perry: The Longshots Who Can Contend This Weekend
- How to Bet on Golf
Brooks Koepka 2019 U.S. Open Odds
- Odds to Win U.S. Open: 8-1
- DFS Pricing: $11,600 DraftKings; $12,300 FanDuel
- Tee Times: 4:47 p.m. ET Thursday; 11:02 a.m. ET Friday
Depending on your viewpoint, Koepka is going to peel off 10 more majors in the next half-decade or the markets are severely overreacting to his recent run.
Either way, it’s tough to bet against a guy who is now a two-time defending champion of two different major championships, including this one, as he looked unbeatable at Erin Hills and Shinnecock.
A top-10 wager on Koepka at a major might be the best bet in golf, but it’s hard to believe he’ll keep winning at his current pace. At least, I think it is. — Jason Sobel
Dustin Johnson 2019 U.S. Open Odds
- Odds to Win U.S. Open: 8-1
- DFS Pricing: $11,300 DraftKings; $12,200 FanDuel
- Tee Times: 11:13 a.m. ET Thursday; 4:58 p.m. ET Friday
Of the many courses Johnson has dominated over the years, Pebble Beach is near the top of the list. He owns two wins at the AT&T Pro-Am and led the U.S.
Open here by three entering the final round in 2010, only to post an 82 and lose by five. Despite his 20 career PGA Tour wins, he still isn’t immune to Sunday blunders, but DJ is a more mature player now than he was back then.
Expect him to be right in the mix this week, too. Not only does he own runner-up finishes at each of the year’s first two majors, his last five U.S. Open results are an eye-popping 3-MC-1-2-4. — Sobel
Tiger Woods 2019 U.S. Open Odds
- Odds to U.S. Open: 10-1
- DFS Pricing: $10,700 DraftKings; $11,900 FanDuel
- Tee Times: 5:09 p.m. ET Thursday; 11:24 a.m. ET Friday
Which Tiger will we see this week: The one who triumphantly claimed the Masters in dramatic fashion or the one who disappointingly missed the cut one month later at the PGA Championship?
It feels safe to say this rendition will rest somewhere in the broad middle between them, though the educated guess is that he’ll perform much better than he did at Bethpage.
It remains to be seen whether Woods can channel anything from his historic 15-stroke win here from 19 years ago, but one constant endures: Once again, he ranks amongst the best ball-strikers in the world. — Sobel
Rory McIlroy 2019 U.S. Open Odds
- Odds to Win U.S. Open: 10-1
- DFS Pricing: $10,500 DraftKings; $11,800 FanDuel
- Tee Times: 10:51 a.m. ET Thursday; 4:36 p.m. ET Friday
He’ll be the beneficiary of recency bias after his runaway win at the Canadian Open this weekend.
On more than one occasion, though, McIlroy has given thanks to preferable conditions at Congressional in 2011, which led to his lone victory at this event by a landslide, including when he told me with a laugh a few years ago, “I’m just glad I’ve won a U.S. Open, put it that way.”
He’s missed the cut in each of the last three editions of this one, prompting a new strategy this time around, as he competed in each of the previous two PGA Tour events. That was the secret formula for last week, at least, though the law of averages states that it’s tough to believe he makes it 0-for-4 this week. — Sobel