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Jon Rahm Deserves a Close Look Among U.S. Open Favorites

Jun 12, 2018 7:08 AM EDT

John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Jon Rahm

We have far more questions than answers at the top of the U.S. Open betting board.

Depending on where you look, the books have decided to put eight guys in that +900 to +1500 range.

Dustin Johnson is a slight favorite in most places after winning the St. Jude Classic in dominating fashion, but he has Justin Rose, Jason Day, Justin Thomas, Jordan Spieth, Tiger Woods, Rickie Fowler and Rory McIlroy all right in line with him in the betting world.

Pictured: Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson. Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports

A lot of the uncertainty comes from the course itself. We haven’t seen Shinnecock host a U.S. Open since 2004. Since then, the course has added 500 yards and widened the fairways by 15 yards in some places. Those changes turned the course from a precision track where shorter hitters such as Corey Pavin and Raymond Floyd won titles to one that seems to favor the bombers (7,445 yards for a par 70).

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