U.S. Open: PGA Golf Pick, Odds, Preview, Predictions, Dark Horses - 6/14/18
The 2018 U.S. Open
U.S. Open: Thursday, June 14, 2018 at 1:00 pm (Shinnecock Hills Golf Club) See the Latest Odds
After coming awfully close to picking a winner in back-to-back weeks, we bombed last week with only one of our golfers finishing in the top-10. The good news about sports betting is that we get another week to redeem ourselves. This week we head to New York for the U.S. Open, the second major of the season and the biggest prize payout of the season as well. This is the fifth time since 2002 this event will take place in New York. The field is loaded, the top players are in rare form. It’s going to be fun.
Here are five golfers to consider throwing on your card this week.
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Dustin Johnson - Dustin Johnson put on a show last week in the FedEx St. Jude Classic, earning the victory and now producing top-10 finishes in six of his last 10 events. Johnson has finished double-digit strokes under par in each of his last three events, and he’s 10th in driving distance, third in birdie average and first in scoring average. It’s safe to say Johnson is back to the form he was in before the back issue. Johnson has also finished fourth or better in three of his last four U.S. Open appearances, which includes a win in 2016 and a runner-up finish in 2015. Favorite or not, you have to include Johnson on your card this week with +900 odds.
Brooks Koepka - Brooks Koepka could have had a better fourth round to close out the FedEx St. Jude Classic, but we’re not worried about that much heading into this week. Koepka showed enough in the Players Championship and the Fort Worth Invitational to prove his form, and he’s consistently been a threat in majors as of late. Koepka has not only finished 18th or better in each of his last four U.S. Open appearances, which includes a victory last year, but he has top-25 finishes in each of his last 10 majors overall. At just 28 years old, Koepka has become one of the more consistent players on the big stage. Nobody has won the U.S. Open back-to-back years since Curtis Strange in 1988-89, but Koepka is certainly worth a look with +1800 odds.
Patrick Reed - Patrick Reed wasn’t great in the Players Championship or the Memorial, but he did string together six straight top-10 finishes before those two events, which includes a victory at the Masters. In his last two major appearances, Reed has either won or finished runner-up, and he’s finished 13th or better in five of his last seven appearances overall. Reed doesn’t have that breakthrough U.S. Open performance yet, but he has finished 14th or better in two of the last three years. With Reed becoming a big stage player all of a sudden, you can’t go wrong with Captain America and +3300 odds.
Louis Oosthuizen - Louis Oosthuizen has quietly put together a really solid season, as he has seven top-25 finishes in 11 events, which includes a fifth place spot in the Fort Worth Invitational and a third place finish in the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. Oosthuizen has just one PGA victory under his belt, but he’s also shown the ability to rise on the big stage, which includes a runner-up finish in last years PGA Championship and a top-15 finish in this years Masters. Oosthuizen finished runner-up in the 2015 U.S. Open and has three straight top-25 finishes at this event overall. The South African and odds of +5500 is a nice value play this weekend.
Tiger Woods - I haven’t played Tiger Woods in forever, and despite the media hype, there’s really been no reason to. Woods has played in just one major since 2016, and he hasn’t won a PGA event in almost five years. Miss me with the one good round of golf and Tiger is back. However, Tiger has been playing some of his most consistent golf in years, which includes back-to-back top-25 finishes, and he’s sprinkled in some top-10 finishes as well, with a runner-up spot a few months ago at the Valspar Championship. There’s been flashes of hope and those flashes are becoming a little more frequent. He wouldn’t be my pick to win, but you can make a case there’s value with the three-time U.S. Open winner and odds of +1600.