Pebble Beach is hosting the U.S. Open for the sixth time — and the first time in nine years — as the fabled golf course celebrates its centennial in 2019. Brooks Koepka is the two-time defending U.S. Open champion and is going for the three-peat, although Dustin Johnson, who was the runner-up at the Masters and PGA Championship earlier this year, is high on the odds list as well. Tiger Woods, who won the Masters but missed the cut at the PGA Championship, is another favorite, and the resurgent Jordan Spieth has climbed the list as well. Rory McIlroy is part of the conversation as well, after having won the RBC Canadian Open by seven shots last week, shooting a tournament record -22 for the event. In 2014, McIlroy won the PGA Championship a week after winning a lesser tournament the week before. Can he do it again? We have your golf odds for the field as well as our thoughts about some golfers to put on your wager cards.
PGA 2019 U.S. Open Odds & Betting Preview
- When: June 13 – June 16
- Where: Pebble Beach Golf Links, Pebble Beach, CA
- TV: FOX / FOX Sports 1
- Live Stream: Golf Channel
Contender Odds to Win the 2019 U.S. Open
- Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy +900
- Tiger Woods +1100
- Patrick Cantlay +1800
- Jordan Spieth +2200
- Xander Schauffele +2500
- Jon Rahm, Justin Rose, Justin Thomas, Rickie Fowler +2800
- Adam Scott, Jason Day, Tommy Fleetwood +3300
- Francesco Molinari, Hideki Matsuyama +4000
- Matt Kuchar, Phil Mickelson, Webb Simpson +4500
- Brandt Snedeker +5000
- Paul Casey, Tony Finau +5500
- Bryson DeChambeau, Shane Lowry +6600
- Gary Woodland, Henrik Stenson +8000
- Marc Leishman +9000
- Kevin Na, Martin Kaymer, Matt Wallace, Patrick Reed +10000
It has been 114 years since anyone won three consecutive U.S. Opens, when Willie Anderson pulled off the trifecta in 1903-1905, so if Brooks Koepka can pull this off, the accomplishment would be heroic. Koepka would win his fifth major in his last seven attempts if he wins, including four straight finishes of either first or second in majors. He does not have a lot of experience at Pebble Beach, but he did make it into the top ten here in the 2016 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. It’s hard to leave Koepka off your card this week.
What about Tiger Woods? He finished in the top ten at the Memorial after missing the cut at the PGA Championship, and he played practice rounds at Pebble Beach the week before the Memorial and on Sunday, while the RBC Canadian Open was in its final round. He won the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach in 2000 by 15 strokes, finishing at -12 while the runner-up was at +3. The grass on these greens can be a little bumpy, but Woods has the tenacity to fight through.
Schauffele is an interesting dark horse candidate for this week. He has not been playing all that well lately, and he has scant experience at Pebble Beach. However, in his nine career major appearances, he has six top-20 finishes, including second-place finishes at the 2019 Masters and the 2018 British Open. The ability to be right there on Sunday in a major is a rare one, ans Schauffele seems to have enough of it to make a play worthwhile.
Spieth has seen his moneyline shrink since the opening lines were announced for the U.S. Open, thanks to three consecutive top-ten finishes. The putting that had left Spieth high and dry after his early run of majors appears to be back, as his mental strength has returned. He won at Pebble Beach in 2017 and has two other top-ten finishes on this course here too.
Scott is another dark horse for you to consider. He finished second at the Memorial and cracked the top ten at the PGA Championship. In his last four majors, he has four top-20 finishes and has four top-ten finishes in majors since the Masters two years ago. If you’re looking for someone to come out of nowhere and when, Scott might be the one.