2017 U.S. Open Expert Preview & Betting Odds

Posted by Ted Merrick on June 13, 2017 in

Last year at the U.S. Open, Dustin Johnson finally shook that monkey off his back and won a major tournament; now he sits as the odds-on favorite to repeat, as the Open shifts to Wisconsin’s Erin Hills. Even though he missed the cut at Memorial earlier in June — and even though he has not cracked the top ten this month — he still sits as the favorite. This probably means that a lot of people will be looking closely at the next few people down the list, such as Jason Day, Jordan Spieth or Rory McIlroy. Let’s look at the field and go over some betting suggestions for you as you put your golf betting together for the rest of the week.

2017 PGA U.S. Open Odds and Betting Preview

Odds for the 2017 U.S. Open

  • Dustin Johnson 6/1
  • Rory McIlroy 9/1
  • Jordan Spieth 10/1
  • Jason Day 11/1
  • Jon Rahm 16/1
  • Hideki Matsuyama 20/1
  • Justin Rose 20/1
  • Sergio Garcia 22/1
  • Rickie Fowler 22/1
  • Henrik Stenson 25/1

Why is Johnson still the favorite? Well, bettors do like to pick people to repeat — and he came in second at the U.S. Open in 2015 and tied for fourth in 2014 — before winning in 2016. Erin Hills (7,741 yards) is a course that is well suited to Johnson’s driving average.

Rory McIlroy finished in a tie for seventh at the Masters, six shots behind Sergio Garcia. In the first two rounds, McIlroy finds himself with Justin Rose (the Masters runner-up and Jason Day – definitely a power threesome if there is one. McIlroy is dealing with the aftereffects of a rib injury, but he feels like he is ready to attack the Open at 100%. He does have one U.S. Open trophy already, which he won at Congressional back in 2011.

2017 U.S. Open Expert Preview & Betting Odds

Day took Billy Horschel to a playoff at the AT&T Byron Nelson before finishing second (at 268, 12 under par), and then he finished 15th at the Memorial. Spieth won the 2015 title at Chambers Bay. He has not done anything spectacular since that major run in 2015, but he is always a threat to walk away with a title. Rose has only one major title, and it is the U.S. Open, which he won at Merion in 2013. He took Sergio Day to a playoff at the Masters before settling for second place. Garcia took fifth place at the 2016 U.S. Open, but he has only cracked the top 20 in one of his three tournaments since snagging that green jacket. Martin Kaymer, who sits way down the odds table, did win in 2014, and he did finish fourth at the Honda Classic back in February.