The third golf major of the year will get underway this week as the world’s greatest players descend on California’s Pebble Beach for the 2019 US Open.
World number one, Brooks Koepka, is aiming to become the first man in more than one hundred years to win a third successive US Open title and inevitably, the American has proved popular in the betting markets. At Compare Betting Sites not only do we search for the bookmakers offering the best odds on all the top players but we take a look at the best US Open offers and promotions available through our betting partners.
Dustin Johnson Redemption
Dustin Johnson heads the betting market with most bookmakers and is commonly available at 8/1. A win for DJ will finally lay to rest the ghost of 2010. Pebble Beach last hosted the US Open nine years ago and back then an in-form Dustin Johnson looked set to win a maiden golf major only to collapse on the final round. Leading for 54 holes, Johnson went into the final round with a three-shot lead over eventual winner, Graeme McDowell. However, a triple bogey on the second hole and a double bogey on the third set the tone for the entire round. Whilst McDowell carded an underwhelming 74 in the last round, Johnson’s last round score of 82 saw him finish tied-eighth.
However, aside from the 2010 US Open, Johnson has a fine record at Pebble Beach. The American world number two has also since claimed that elusive first major, winning the 2016 US Open title. Dustin Johnson has already finished second in both the Masters and PGA Championship this year and after a strong showing in both championships, he is well placed to finally put 2010 well and truly behind him.
Whilst seeing Dustin Johnson right the wrongs of 2010 would be greatly welcomed by the golfing world, it is unlikely that we’ll see a reaction quite like what we witnessed at Augusta earlier this year. Against all odds, Tiger Woods, claimed the green jacket in the 2019 Masters, ending an eleven-year barren spell that has seen Woods struggle with injuries and several high profile off-course problems.
Woods may never rediscover the form that made him the biggest name in sport but he once again looks to be capable of adding to his 15 golf majors. At this stage, it would take a brave man to bet against Woods eclipsing Jack Nicklaus’ record haul of 18 majors.
Woods is commonly available at between 10/1 and 11/1 but if you fancy Tiger to claim a first US Open title since 2008 then you should take advantage of the 12/1 available at Sportingbet.
Best odds on the big guns
As mentioned, Dustin Johnson is the bookies’ favourite to add the 2019 US Open title to the one he earned in 2016. But DJ is developing a reputation as the ‘nearly man’ on golf. Two successive second-placed major finishes this year on the back of a third-place finish in the 2018 US Open has led to concerns over Johnson’s ability to get over the line. One thing’s for sure, Johnson’s backers tend to get plenty of value for money from their bets but often with very little financial gain.
So, if Johnson does fall short once again, who is best-placed to capitalise? Brooks Koepka, winner in 2017 and 2018 leads the charge as he aims to become the first man since Scotland's Willie Anderson in 1905 to win three US Open titles in a row.
Rory McIlroy is another in contention at Pebble Beach. The Irishman’s price was cut considerably following last week’s performance at the Canada Open. McIlroy carded a final round score of 61 to win the Canada Open, prompting many to back him to add to his four major titles. Like Dustin Johnson, McIlroy’s supporters tend to get excellent value for money when backing him. McIlroy has claimed ten top-ten finishes in twelve tournaments on the US tour this year, missing the cut just once.
Both Koepka and McIlroy are as short as 8/1 with some bookmakers to win the 2019 US Open but if you’re looking for value then head on over to BetVictor. Both players are available at 11/1 with BetVictor and that may well be the best price available anywhere.
It may be worth noting that only four of the last sixteen US Open winners were ranked outside of the world’s top 30. However, many bookmakers are paying out for the first eight or ten places in the US Open. Therefore, it is worth looking further down the list for some value. Xander Schauffele could offer excellent each-way value at 25/1.
There seems to be some remarkable inconsistencies in the odds of certain players further down the list so finding the right bookmakers could be crucial. For example, Matt Wallace is available at 66/1 with popular bookmakers, Betfair and Paddy Power. Whilst that price may seem generous for a player who tied third in the USPGA Championship, the Englishman is a massive 125/1 with Betfred and Bet365.
Similarly, Scott Piercy is 66/1 with Unibet and 888sport yet your potential returns would be more than twice as much if you took the 125/1 on offer at Betway.
Whoever you fancy to win at Pebble Beach, we at Compare Betting Sites are sure we’ll have the most suitable bookmaker for you. Head on over to our homepage for all the latest promotions and offers available.