2020 U.S. Open Golf Betting Picks: Our Staff’s Favorite Prop Bets at Winged Foot
Stacy Revere/Getty Images. Pictured: Adam Scott.
Prepare for madness.
The 2020 U.S. Open has arrived and judging from reports at Winged Foot, the host of this year’s second Major Championship, it’s going to be an absolute grind out there in Mamaroneck, N.Y.
Narrow fairways, thick rough and fast greens should keep scoring low and that could lead some serious chaos and that, in turn, could lead to some great betting opportunities. Which players can take advantage of the tough conditions and climb into contention? Which players aren’t built for this kind of tournament and may struggle to make the weekend?
The GolfBet team shares their favorite props for the 2020 U.S. Open:
Jordan Spieth to Miss the Cut (+105)
I was on Taylor Zarzour’s show “The Starter” on U.S. Open Radio on Monday morning and he began a question about Spieth with, “If it wasn’t for a final-hole double-bogey on Friday, he would’ve only missed the cut by a few shots…”
That’s not a good sign for a player struggling with his game at the Safeway Open, one who’s looking to find it at the U.S. Open. Judging by the pained expression on Spieth’s face from first thing Thursday morning, there’s clearly something wrong right now — and it’s hard to believe he’ll be able to fix it in time for this one.
At plus-money to miss the cut, I’m fading him here.
Tony Finau Top-20 Finish (+140)
Finau’s game just fits major championships. He’s finished inside the top-20 in nine of his 16 career starts, including two of four at the U.S. Open.
The added emphasis on ball-striking at Winged Foot will only help Tony hang around near the top of the leaderboard and his form has been good. Finau has finished inside the top-20 in five of his last seven starts, including a fourth at the PGA Championship last month.
Brendon Todd Top-20 Finish (+300)
We could debate on what skillset or stat is most important at a major, but it’s undeniable the guys need to have a modicum of accuracy off-the-tee, an ability to scramble and have a solid week putting to do well here. Todd ranks 12th in scrambling, seventh in putting and first in fairways gained since the restart.
Todd shouldn’t fit the description of someone who should do well here but he’s finished no worse than 22nd at the three hardest courses since the restart (Memorial, PGA Championship, BMW Championship) with a top 10 at Olympia Fields.
Adam Scott Top-10 Finish (+400)
At the BMW Championship, Adam Scott found himself in the mix on Sunday without necessarily playing all that well. This is a positive sign for his prospects at a very difficult U.S. Open.
I prefer Scott when he doesn’t have to make a bunch of birdies to keep pace at the top of the leaderboard. His ability to play steady golf and hit fairways and greens while avoiding big numbers should suit him well at Winged Foot.
Scott also has some great history at Northeast courses including a 5th at the 2019 Northern Trust (Liberty National), 8th at the 2019 PGA Championship (Bethpage Black), 5th at the 2018 Northern Trust (Ridgewood CC), 4th at the 2016 Northern Trust (Bethpage Black), and a win at Liberty National (Barclays) in 2013.
His high floor makes him a strong top-10 play this week (I would strongly consider a bet to win also).