Play at the 121st U.S. Open begins on Thursday and concludes on Sunday. A field of 156 players tee it up with their sights set on the U.S. Open championship trophy.
There are many ways a golf fan can wager on major championships. One great way to get in on the action is to focus on player matchups versus outright winners.
Past data and course history lend insight into who might have the edge over another player for this week’s action. Below we will cover what a matchup bet online is and which matchups we like this week.
What is a Matchup Pick?
You typically will not find these types of bets in a brick-and-mortar sportsbook. However, they are all over the Internet. The options will be endless and possibly overwhelming for a major tournament, so it is critical to focus your attention on a handful of players.
In a matchup pick, you are selecting a golfer who is going to score better or finish higher than an opponent during the tournament. The rest of the field does not influence the outcome of the bet, so the variance is drastically reduced.
All U.S. Open matchup odds below are provided by the BetUS.com sportsbook.
Brooks Koepka Over Bryson DeChambeau (-105)
If you haven’t heard, these two golfers won’t be sending each other Christmas cards this year. Koepka fans went as far as shouting his name at DeChambeau during the Memorial Tournament.
“I think it’s absolutely flattering what they’re doing,” DeChambeau said at the Memorial Tournament, where fans were ejected for shouting Koepka’s name at him.
DeChambeau is the defending U.S. Open champion, but Koepka has the history to show up in majors and make noise on Sunday. So we’ll take Koepka.
Phil Mickelson Over Adam Scott (+130)
You can get the PGA Champion at plus money as he tries to complete the career grand slam. Mickelson is noted for heading to Torrey Pines extremely focused and teeing it up on a course that is practically in his backyard.
Scott has only played once since missing the cut at the PGA Championship, finishing T-16 at the Memorial. Scott had a nice showing at the Farmers Insurance Open (T-10) earlier this year but give us Lefty in this one.
Hideki Matsuyama Over Justin Thomas (+105)
This choice is tricky because it’s never wise to bet against J.T. This is strictly a play on current form. Matsuyama won the Masters in April and followed that victory up with a T-23 at the PGA Championship in May.
Thomas has had an up-and-down season, cashing in on 15 of 17 starts but not cracking the top 10 since his victory at The Players Championship in March. J.T. logged his best showing at a U.S. Open last fall with a T-8.
Kevin Streelman Over Brian Harman (-105)
Streelman comes into the U.S. Open making cuts in six of his last eight events, with his worst finish at T-33. The 42-year old finished T-8 at the PGA Championship and added a T-13 finish at the Memorial two weeks ago.
Harman is no slouch and secured a T-8 finish in his last outing at the Charles Schwab Challenge. However, the 47th-ranked golfer in the world is one of the shorter hitters off the tee, a statistic you don’t want to have heading to the South Course.