The 2018 US Open will take place at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in New York from Thursday, as the world’s best golfers tee off in search of one of the season’s most coveted titles.
Brooks Koepka broke through for his first win at major in last year’s tournament and the US Open has typically offered roughies a great opportunity to either win, or find themselves right in the finish.
There is always plenty of value to be taken in golf major betting and the 2018 US Open is no exception. Currently, world number 1 Dustin Johnson is the $10 tournament favourite from all the usual suspects – Rory McIlroy ($12), Justin Thomas ($13) and Jordan Spieth ($15).
Below you can find our 2018 US Open tips, including the best roughies and players that look to be over the odds.
Dustin Johnson ($10)
Johnson reclaimed the world number 1 ranking from Justin Thomas by strolling to a six-stroke win at the St Jude Classic last week and he looks a terrific bet at $10 to win his second US Open.
His performance in Memphis was highlighted by an incredible 9-iron for eagle on the 18th and ultimately secured a four-under 66, to prove he has returned to the right kind of form to claim a second major. The thirty-three-year-old is clearly playing with a lot of confidence, but he will interestingly need to buck a trend – no player has ever won the US Open a week after winning a PGA Tour event.
Jordan Spieth ($15)
There isn’t a more consistent player on the PGA Tour than Jordan Spieth and the American can fight out the finish at Shinnecock Hills.
Spieth hasn’t won a tournament in the 2018 season and he missed the cut at the Memorial Tournament two weeks ago, but he typically keeps his best golf for the majors and finished third at the Masters back in April. Spieth won the US Open at Chambers Bay in 2015 and should he find himself in the hunt in the fourth round, will be tough to beat.
Branden Grace ($41)
South African Branden Grace has been reasonably inconsistent this season, but he’s produced a number of terrific performances at the US Open previously and could prove to be over the odds at his current price.
While he is yet to post his first win at a major, he is another player who typically keeps his best for tournament’s like this one and became the first player in history to shoot a 62 in a major at last year’s British Open. He tied for third at Byron Nelson in May and a repeat of that performance would surely see him in the hunt at the US Open.
JB Holmes ($101)
JB Holmes is probably around the right price at triple-figure odds, but he’s produced a couple of performances recently that suggest he is not without a hope of something special at Shinnecock Hills.
The American steadily built to the task before shooting a final round of 66 at Byron Nelson, before firing and impressive 6-under 66 in the second round at the Memorial Tournament; eventually finding his way to a tie for thirteenth. His smart form was further cemented when he finished third behind Johnson at the St Jude Classic last week and he is worth consideration for a small bet at his massive quote.