The U.S. Open, short for the United States Open Championship, is one of the most prominent tournaments. In fact, it is among the four majors alongside The Masters, PGA Championship and Open Championship. The U.S. Open began in 1895 under the supervision of the United States Golf Association.
The event moved to 72 holes of play in 1898 and has stuck to the format. The U.S. Open is also open to professionals and amateurs. Golfers must win certain tournaments to become eligible.
Several events have the same host every year. For example, The Masters always takes place at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia. The U.S. Open does not have a permanent host, switching venues almost every year. The Los Angeles Country Club will host the U.S. Open in 2023, followed by Pinehurst Resort & C.C. in 2024.
Starting in 2019, the PGA Championship is annually played on the weekend before Memorial Day. This makes the U.S. Open the third major of the season. It is played in June with the final day of play usually falling on Father’s Day, which is the third Sunday of June.
How Do US Open Odds Work?
U.S. Open odds work like most golf tournaments. BetUS offers future bets with a wide variety of options to select the winner of the tournament. Since the event features 156 golfers, each player’s odds are quite high. For example, Jon Rahm is the current favorite to win the U.S. Open and his odds sit at +800. Of course, predicting the winner can lead to a nice payday, but picking the correct winner among 156 participants is easier said than done.
Prop/special bets are also offered for the U.S. Open. Instead of predicting the winner, this typically focuses on an event taking place. Bettors can predict if there will be a hole-in-one, albatross, playoff or wire-to-wire winner. The list goes on. Another option is picking the over/under for how many golfers will finish under par. Prop bets can be easier in large golf tournaments. The odds are also shorter, which decreases potential winnings.
It is also important to know how U.S. Open odds work. For Rahm at +800, a $100 bet would yield $800 in profit. The lower the number, the more the player is favored. For example, Rahm (+800) is given a better chance to win than Tigers Woods at +6500. Future bets for golf tournaments exclusively feature positive odds. There are far too many players in events to give one participant negative odds. For props, you will see negative and positive odds. An albatross prop will offer a YES/NO choice. No could be -1000 with Yes at +2000. For the -1000, a $1,000 bet is required for a $100 profit.
Various betting strategies can be used for U.S. Open future or prop bets. We can research which golfers have a good history with the tournament. Following the PGA Tour and knowing which golfers are hot is another big help.
Popular US Open Bets
Futures are usually the most popular bet for major tournaments. Predicting who wins the U.S. Open is a simple bet that can yield good profit. For most sport bets, futures are among the most popular wagers.
Some avoid golf futures, as predicting one winner in a field with over 100 participants is difficult. Prop bets can be a more intriguing option with a higher likelihood of winning. For props, hole-in-ones and wire-to-wire winners are quite popular.
Hole-in-ones occur often. In fact, about 30 to 35 hole-in-ones occur every season. Hitting this bet is not a stretch. Predicting a wire-to-wire winner is far more unlikely. The U.S. Open has had seven wire-to-wire winners. Martin Kaymer was the most recent in 2014.
US Open Important Players
According to U.S. Open lines, Rahm, McIlory and Scottie Scheffler are the three favorites for the 2023 tournament. Rahm is in first for the PGA Money List and FedExCup rankings with four wins and eight top-10 finishes. Scheffler has two wins and eight top-10 finishes. He is also in second place in the FedExCup rankings. After winning the PGA Tour last season, McIlroy is off to a slow start with one win and three top-10 finishes.
Koepka has the most success among active players at the U.S. Open with wins in 2017 and 2018. McIlroy won it in 2011, Rahm was the victor in 2021 and Matt Fitzpatrick came out on top in 2022.