U.S. Open, the second major championship of 2017, begins Thursday. The tournament is being played at Erin Hills in Erin, Wisconsin for the first time. Unlike normal tour events, only the top 60 and ties will make the cut this weekend. Who are the favorites to win and what trends should we know?
Dustin Johnson (+665), the No. 1 golfer in the world, is the favorite entering the tournament. DJ is the defending champion but the last player to repeat at the U.S. Open was Curtis Strange in 1989. Since 2003, only one favorite (Tiger in 2008) has won the tournament.
Rory McIlroy is the second favorite at +1205. Rory won the U.S Open in 2011 and set records for the lowest score after 54 holes and 72 holes. He finished 16-under par.
Six of the last seven winners of the U.S. Open had recorded at least four top-10 finishes on the season before winning the tournament. There are 33 golfers in the field that meet this qualification including the three favorites.
Jon Rahm, the 22-year old Spaniard, is tied for first with 7 top-10 finishes on tour. Rahm has the fifth best odds at +1755.
Sergio Garcia won the Masters earlier this year, his first major championship. Sergio is +2235 to win the U.S. Open but only six golfers have managed to win both tournaments in the same year.
Other trends to keep in mind, each of the last ten champions were 37-years old or younger and had played in the U.S. Open at least once.
2017 U.S. Open Betting Odds (5Dimes)
Note: all other golfers have odds of +10000 or longer