The U.S. Open is back in its regular June position with a Sunday finish on Father’s Day. Last year’s tournament was pushed to September due to the ongoing global pandemic.
A field of 156 players tees it up beginning on Thursday, June 17th, with the conclusion of the third major championship on Sunday, June 20th. The winner gets to take home $2.25 million of the $12.5 million purse in addition to numerous exemptions, FedEx Cup and World Golf Rankings points.
Bryson DeChambeau bullied Winged Foot Golf Club in September with a six-shot victory and first major title. DeChambeau, who trailed Matthew Wolff by two shots entering Sunday’s final round, was the only golfer to finish the tournament under par.
Below we focus on prop bets and some enticing lines you do not want to miss out on.
What is a Prop Bet?
Before you dive into placing wagers on prop bets, let’s quickly cover what they are. A prop bet focuses on a specific golfer’s performance for a round or tournament, overall field performance, and notable outcomes throughout the tournament.
Top 10 Finish – Viktor Hovland (+240)
Hovland has performed well in limited showings at U.S. Opens. The 23-year old Norwegian finished T-12 in his first U.S. Open appearance in 2019 and followed that up with a T-13 at Winged Foot in 2020.
Hovland ranks 18th in Strokes Gained: Off-the-Tee and 20th in SG: Tee-to-Green. He is also playing well, logging 17 of 18 cuts made with six top-10s and a victory at Mayakoba in the fall.
The former Oklahoma State Cowboy finished T21 at the Masters and T30 at the PGA Championship last month.
Top 20 Finish – Jason Kokrak (+250)
Kokrak is one of the hottest names in golf, winning a pair of events over the last nine months. The 36-year old hasn’t played since his win at the Charles Schwab Challenge, so he should be well-rested and ready.
Kokrak finished T29 at the Farmers Insurance Open earlier this year and hasn’t missed a cut in his last 13 tries. The big hitter ranked 22nd in driving distance and is considered a dark horse by many to win the tournament.
Top English Player – Matthew Fitzpatrick (+550)
Fitzpatrick is the third favorite behind Paul Casey and Tyrrell Hatton to post the best score amongst English golfers. The 26-year old rolls into Torrey after a T10 last weekend at the Palmetto Championship.
He ranks 14th in driving accuracy and 8th in SG: Off-the-Tee, so the key statistics are in his favor. The 20th ranked player in the world has five top-10s this season, highlighted by a T4 at the RBC Heritage.
Top American Player – Patrick Cantlay (+1400)
The #1 ranked player in the FedEx Cup standings parlayed a top-25 finish at the PGA Championship with his second title at the Memorial Tournament. Cantlay also took home the Zozo Championship in the fall to go along with a second and third-place finish.
Statistically, Cantlay is primed for a solid week, ranking 12th in SG: Tee-to-Green, and 23rd in SG: Off-the-Tee. Cantlay is searching for his first major victory, and he has an excellent chance to take home the title.
Will Phil Mickelson Make The Cut – Yes (-145)
Lefty tees it up, searching for the elusive U.S. Open title to complete the major grand slam. Mickelson surprised everyone with his victory at the PGA Championship, making him the oldest golfer to win a major.
Mickelson is preparing accordingly, “I’ve kind of shut off all the noise. I’ve shut off my phone. I’ve shut off a lot of the other stuff to where I can kind of focus in on this week and really give it my best chance to try to play my best. Now, you always need some luck, you always need things to kind of come together and click, but I know that I’m playing well, and I just wanted to give myself every opportunity to be in play at my best.”
Phil might not win the U.S. Open, but expect the six-time major champion to give us a show on the weekend. Consider betting on the veteran golfer at BetUS Sportsbook as a value-oriented long shot.