Odds To Win The 2019 US Open
I suppose that it should come as no surprise that Brooks Koepka is the odds-on favorite at Bovada to win the 2019 US Open. Koepka has won four of the last eight Majors. That’s a feat matched or exceeded only by Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods.
The question is: why hasn’t Koepka won more on the regular tour? What is it about his skill set that rises to the top under the extreme pressure of a major? Why doesn’t that translate to regular tour events.
The explanation, according to Koepka, is that in a major, half the field has no chance to win, and half of those psych themselves out. So, he claims is is effectively only playing against half a dozen guys.
Koepka’s frenemy, Dustin Johnson, is in second at 15/2. Dustin offers the opposite sort of question. With twenty wins on the regular TOUR, why does he have only a single major to his name?
Rory McIlory is in third in the odds to win the 2019 US Open at 9/1. He’s an intriguing case right now because of his seven shot win at this past weekend’s Canadian Open. Is he in peak form right now? Will that carry over to the US Open?
And then there’s Tiger. With his win at Augusta earlier this year, I thought he would be the favorite at Pebble Beach, where in 2000, he practically lapped the field. Woods is a “horses for courses” type of player. Half of his wins have come on six courses: Torrey Pines, Doral, Bay HIll, Firestone, Muirfield Village and Augusta. He likes Pebble Beach, so he should play well there.
Rounding out the top ten in the odds to win the 2019 US Open are Jordan Spieth, Patrick Cantlay, Justin Rose, Rickie Fowler, and Justin Thomas.
I don’t get the love affair with Spieth. His game fell off the rails, and he hasn’t really gotten back on track.
Cantlay is interesting. He’s recently won the Memorial, and also was in at T3 at the PGA Championship. Cantlay currently is sixth in the FedEx Cup standings and eighth in the official world golf rankings. Statistically, he’s second in shots gained tee-to-green, thirteenth in shots gained around the green and 29th in shots gained putting. This just might be his year.
I’m a huge fan of Rickie Fowler as a person, but I think I’m off the bandwagon for his chances to win a major.
The complete odds to win the 2019 US Open follow:
|Rafael Cabrera Bello||125/1|
|Si Woo Kim||150/1|
The Odds To Win The 2019 US Open was first published on GolfBlogger on June 10, 2019.