For golf fans, Father’s Day is more than just a holiday designated for honoring and celebrating all the great dads out there. Barring any type of weather delay, it also happens to be the day that is annually reserved for the final round of the second major championship of the PGA Tour season, the U.S. Open.
This year marks the 116th playing of the U.S. Open. And this year’s venue, Oakmont Country Club in Oakmont, Penn., projects to be one of the most difficult courses in tournament history. Due to its length, treacherous greens, and frightening bunkers, many pundits say the links-style course at Oakmont will be the toughest test any of the golfers in the field will ever face.
In fact, longtime PGA Tour member Paul Azinger said that Oakmont is “seen as the most prestigious place to win a U.S. Open.” Given the difficulty of the course, there is a good chance that we will see a winning four-day score that is over par, and a champion who nobody saw coming. With the tournament set to begin this morning, here is a look at the six players the oddsmakers in Las Vegas feel have the best chances at winning the 2016 U.S. Open.
Justin Rose – 30/1
Justin Rose is no stranger to success at the U.S. Open, as the Englishman captured the 2013 title at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Penn. However, the No. 10-ranked golfer in the world hasn’t played in a tournament since suffering a back injury at The Players Championship in mid-May. He recently said that he is back to 100% healthy heading into Oakmont, but if he shows any signs of rust, Rose will have a difficult time staying in contention over the weekend.
Phil Mickelson – 25/1
Phil Mickelson is entering the week at Oakmont with one goal in mind: winning the 2016 U.S. Open to complete the career Grand Slam. At 45 years old, Mickelson’s chances of claiming a U.S. Open title is running out; he has finished as the tournament’s runner-up six times. If “Lefty” is able to push his recent legal issues aside and focus on golf, he has the skill set to be one of the top contenders to come away with a victory this weekend.
Dustin Johnson – 12/1
Will this be the weekend that Dustin Johnson finally gets the major championship monkey off his back? We — and the oddsmakers in Vegas — think that could very well be the case when Sunday afternoon rolls around. The course at Oakmont plays right into his strengths, and when it comes down to it, Johnson is currently the most talented player on the PGA Tour.
Jordan Spieth – 17/2
Simply put, you have to consider Jordan Spieth one of the top contenders any time a major championship tournament comes around. He will enter the week at Oakmont as the defending U.S. Open champion and No. 2-ranked player in the world. While he has experienced an up-and-down 2016 PGA Tour season — by his standards — there is no denying that Spieth shines on golf’s biggest stages.
Rory McIlroy – 15/2
Rory McIlroy won the first major championship of his career at the 2011 U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md. He will enter the week at Oakmont ranked as the No. 3 golfer in the world.
While he has yet to win a tournament in 2016, McIlroy does have five top-10 finishes in 11 events. When it comes to this year’s tournament, the Northern Ireland native’s playing style should give him a distinct advantage over most of his peers at Oakmont.
Jason Day – 13/2
Jason Day will enter the 2016 U.S. Open ranked as the No. 1 golfer in the world — and it’s easy to see why. There are times during the current PGA Tour season when the Australian looks unbeatable, and he has proven that he is hands down one of the most complete players on the Tour.
When it comes to Oakmont, Day has the physical ability to excel. Knowing this, we wouldn’t be the least bit surprised to see him claim the second major championship of his career on Sunday afternoon.
Odds courtesy of Sportsbook.ag.