2018 US Open PGA Golf Expert Betting Picks, Odds and Tournament Preview
Thursday, June 14, 2018
by Aengus Moorehead

Second Major on Tap as Players Converge in New York for U.S. Open

2018 US Open PGA Golf Expert Betting Picks, Odds and Tournament Preview

The PGA Tour’s second major is coming to the New York-metro area for the first time since 2009 and will begin Thursday morning at the magnificent Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton New York.

The last time the U.S. Open used Shinnecock Hills as the venue was back in 2004 when Retief Goosen beat out Phil Mickelson to win his second Open in his career.

The USGA stole the show from Goosen after losing control of the greens which led to inflated scores especially in the final in which the average round was 78.7.

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Since that fateful tournament, Shinnecock’s fairways were expanded but 444 yards were added to the now 7,440-yard par 70 venue. The course gives a taste of a Scottish links thanks to its sandy soil, fescue rough, short grass around the greens, ocean breezes and dearth of trees.

There are a slew of elevated tees where the players will be at the mercy of the unpredictable wind with no trees to protect them and will face countless wind directions because the fairways don’t run parallel to each other.

All three winners of the last U.S. Open played at Shinnecock have been 35-years old or older so experience is required and the last two winners were in the Top-10 of the Official World Golf Ranking as well. Justin Rose, who won the event in 2013, is the only Top-10 player older than 35.

Dustin Johnson, who won the St. Jude Classic last week, enters the event as the odds-on favorite at +800 to take his second U.S. Open, according to Bovada Sportsbook. Rory McIlroy +1400, Justin Thomas +1400 Justin Rose +1400 and Jordan Spieth round up the Top-5.

The Pick: Henrik Stenson.

Here are the Odds for the Top Field:

US Open 2018
Dustin Johnson +800
Justin Rose +1400
Justin Thomas +1400
Rory McIlroy +1400
Jason Day +1600
Jon Rahm +1800
Jordan Spieth +1800
Rickie Fowler +1800
Tiger Woods +2200
Brooks Koepka +2500
Phil Mickelson +2800
Branden Grace +3300
Henrik Stenson +3300
Hideki Matsuyama +3300
Bryson DeChambeau +4000
Tommy Fleetwood +4000
Patrick Reed +4500
Marc Leishman +5000
Paul Casey +5000
Sergio Garcia +5000
Matt Kuchar +5500
Francesco Molinari +6000
Louis Oosthuizen +6000
Patrick Cantlay +6000
Adam Scott +6600
Alex Noren +6600
Bubba Watson +6600
Tony Finau +6600
Webb Simpson +6600
Jimmy Walker +8000

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brooks koepka - dustin johnson - jason day - jon rahm - jordan spieth - justin rose - justin thomas - phil mickelson - rickie fowler - rory mcilroy

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