Well, that was fast. The golf season’s third major championship is already upon us, as the 2021 U.S. Open will get underway this Thursday from the iconic Torrey Pines Golf Course in La Jolla, Calif. This should be fun.
Looking at the top of the odds board for this weekend’s championship, there are countless names we could see holding up the U.S. Open trophy on Sunday afternoon. But the lone name at the top might be a surprise for most golf fans. So, who is the favorite to win the 2021 U.S. Open, and who should you be placing your wagers on this weekend?
Bryson DeChambeau, Dustin Johnson, and Brooks Koepka highlight the top of the odds board
Major championships typically feature the same big names at the top of the odds board, and this one is no different. Reigning champion Bryson DeChambeau comes in at 15/1 odds to repeat at this year’s third major. Alongside him at 15/1, we find World No. 1 Dustin Johnson and Xander Schauffele, who has yet to win a major in his impressive career.
Brooks Koepka falls in behind this group at 16/1. He might be a tad lower down the board than normal because of a missed cut at Congaree last weekend and a lingering knee issue, but bet against Koepka in a major at your own risk. Jordan Spieth, the 2015 U.S. Open champion, slots in behind Koepka at 19/1, and 2011 champ Rory McIlroy finds himself at 21/1.
The next cluster features Patrick Cantlay and Tony Finau at 22/1, and Justin Thomas and Collin Morikawa at +2250. It’s curious to see two non-major winners being priced higher than two major champions and top-five players in the world, but alas.
Viktor Hovland and Patrick Reed (25/1) round out the top group of favorites.
Check out the odds for every player in the field at DraftKings.
Jon Rahm is the betting favorite to win the 2021 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines
Jon Rahm might not be as popular as the DeChambeaus and the Koepkas of the golf world, but he’s been pegged as the betting favorite at this year’s U.S. Open at Torrey Pines. There’s no one even that close to him, either.
Rahm enters the tournament at +1050 odds to win his first career major championship.
If you’re a bit confused, let’s go over what has led to this price. Rahm was forced to withdraw from the Memorial in his last start due to a positive coronavirus (COVID-19) test, but he was well on his way to a dominant victory in one of golf’s most stacked fields. The big-hitting Spaniard held a six-stroke lead heading into the final round before he was informed of the unfortunate news. Rahm has also been rock-solid in majors this year, posting a T5 at the Masters and a T8 at the PGA Championship last month.
In addition to his strong form entering the U.S. Open, Rahm has a sparkling resume at Torrey Pines. In five starts at the course, he’s recorded four top-seven finishes and a win at the 2017 Farmers Insurance Open.
Add it all up, and you get yourself a huge favorite.
Picks to win the U.S. Open
If you’re looking for some action for the third major of the season, look no further.
Let’s start off our outright card with the reigning champ at 15/1. DeChambeau’s game is tailor-made for this version of Torrey Pines, and if he approaches this championship the same way he did at Winged Foot, he’ll bulldoze this field.
Let’s also take a look at DJ at 15/1. Five top-10 finishes in his last seven U.S. Open starts is more than enough to ride the best player in the world this week.
Surfing further down the odds board, let’s throw in Patrick Reed at 25/1, Paul Casey at 45/1, Will Zalatoris at +4650, Jason Kokrak at 55/1, and Matthew Wolff as a huge longshot at 225/1.
Pick your favorite, or throw a few bucks on all of them if you’re feeling naughty. Either way, good luck with your wagers this weekend, and enjoy the U.S. Open!