The 2022 U.S. Golf Open goes off this week and we look at the best U.S. Open specials, including the winning nationality and hole-in-one specials.
With Rory McIlroy being the best-backed golfer in U.S. Open betting markets, backing the internationals to win could be the way to go. However, the Americans enjoy winning their home tournament.
Let’s check the latest news, stats, injury reports, and golf odds for the U.S. Open. We’ve plenty of predictions for you to consider.
McIlroy Anchors International Charge
Despite the Americans dominating the more recent editions of the U.S. Open, the internationals are earning respect with bookmakers.
The United States a -140 chance to win at The Country Club of Brookline, Mass., which is a fair price given how many quality players teeing it up. The Americans feature the likes of Jordan Spieth, Scottie Scheffler, Justin Thomas and Dustin Johnson. However, we’re picking an international win and it’s headed by McIlroy.
The Northern Irishman is the +900 favorite to win and bettors also get Jon Rahm, Cameron Smith, Viktor Hovland and Hideki Matsuyama.
McIlroy was quick to leave Canada and fly to Brookline following his RBC Canadian Open success.
“I’ll go straight to the locker room, get all my stuff packed up, if it isn’t already. Give the locker room staff a nice, generous tip for all their help this week. And then get going to the airport,” McIlroy told Yahoo Sports. “My wife and daughter are already on the plane, so [Erica’s] probably trying to keep [Poppy] entertained before I get there.”
We’re prepared to take the -105 with the sportsbook for an international win.
Pick: International (-105)
Betting the Ace
Every golf fans loves watching someone score a hole-in-one. It’s the most exciting shot in the game and we think The Country Club lends itself to an ace.
There have been 46 aces at the U.S. Open, but with golfers getting better, we expect more to fall in the coming years.
Golf betting markets have a hole-in-one being scored over the four rounds this week at -135. It’s a good price for bettors to lock in and the best chances of success come in the opening two rounds.
There are more players in the field, so we’re hoping to cash on Thursday or Friday.
Pick: Hole-in-one to be scored (-135)
Sizable Winning Margin
Not every golf tournament is decided by a close margin and we think there could be a tear-away winner.
Bryson DeChambeau won in 2020 by six strokes and he was the fourth player in the last 10 years to win by four strokes or more.
Bookmakers have options for the winning margin, including a playoff or by one, two, three or four strokes or more. We imagine a golfer setting a sizable lead after the second round and pulling away over the weekend.
It could be McIlroy, who torched the field in 2011 when winning by eight strokes at Congressional. Martin Kaymer has since won by eight and Brooks Koepka won the first of two consecutive U.S. Open titles in 2017.
More famously, Tiger Woods won by 15 strokes in 2000, so we’re happy with the +325 for the winning margin of four shots or more. There is value in that price and it’s a much better wagering option than taking one shot at +220.
Pick: Four shots or more +325