We weren’t able to win back-to-back weeks, but Matt Kuchar and Brandt Snedeker gave +2000 and +4000 odds a realistic shot on Sunday until they ran out of gas and watched Rory McIlroy run away with the title. We’re still in a very good space entering this weeks U.S. Open, which will be played at the Pebble Beach Golf Links in California. While I usually look for dark horses in these articles and surprise guys who can make a run, the US Open has been extremely chalky over the years when you look at winners over the last decade. This may be a week to play things a little safe.
Here are five golfers to consider throwing on your card this week.
Brooks Koepka, +810 - Nobody has won the US Open three straight years since Willie Anderson in 1903-05, so Brooks Koepka is looking to add to his already impressive resume. The fact Koepka isn’t the favorite this week makes him a must play considering he’s done nothing but shine on the biggest stages, finishing either first or runner-up in four of his last five major appearances. Koepka doesn’t have a ton of experience at this course and some would argue his game isn’t a great fit, but that didn’t stop a top-10 finish in the 2016 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Not sure how anybody puts a card together this week and doesn’t include Koepka.
Tiger Woods, +1120 - Tiger Woods got back on track with a top-10 finish at the Memorial and seems rather focused entering this week. Woods not only showed up to Pebble Beach a week before the Memorial, but he was able to sneak in a practice session on Sunday while everybody else was watching McIlroy win in Canada. While he doesn’t have as much experience at Pebble Beach as others, Woods has had some historic performances on this course, which includes winning this tournament in 2000 by 15(!) strokes. Woods has the patience needed to survive what can be some bumpy greens and is mentally tough enough to put together his second major of the year.
Adam Scott, +3000 - After rocky at best form these past several weeks, Adam Scott has quietly put together a top-10 finish in the PGA Championship and a runner-up finish at the Memorial. I think it’s safe to say that Scott is back. Scott has finished inside the top-20 in each of his last four major appearances and has top-10 finishes in four majors since the 2017 Masters. If you’re looking for somewhat of a dark horse and somebody who many won’t mention this week, Scott could be your guy based on his recent turnaround.
Jordan Spieth, +1860 - I mentioned a couple weeks ago that those big odds you were getting with Jordan Spieth weren’t going to last long, and after three straight top-10 finishes, he’s now a top-five favorite to win a major. Spieth has his confidence back and his short game has really picked up to where you can back him confidently down the stretch. Spieth won Pebble Beach in 2017 and has a couple of top-10 finishes here as well. It’s time to jump on the Spieth bandwagon before these odds start to drop into the range they were a couple of years ago.
Xander Schauffele, +2500 - Xander Schauffele doesn’t head into this tournament in the best of form and doesn’t have much experience at Pebble Beach at all. Still, we’re talking about somebody in Schauffele who has finished 20th or better in six of his nine career major appearances. Of course, that includes runner-up finishes in this years Masters and last years Open. Schauffele just finds his way to be in the thick of things on the biggest stages and that reputation makes him worthy of consideration if you’re looking for somebody outside of the popular five names that most will pick to win this week.