June 17-20 promises to be a feast of golf at the Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego, California. It’s the US Open and one that the host nation has been doing rather well at of late. Will it be a magnificent seven for America at the 2021 US Open? The past six years has seen an American golfer finish top of the leaderboard but there will be tough opposition from the rest of the world this year. Are the odds in favour of another American victory?
Just like the British Open (thankfully back this year), getting into the US Open is a job in itself. Players need to go through qualifying events apart from the lucky ones whose past glories have led to exemptions. Already players such as Ricky Fowler and Padraig Harrington have failed to ensure their place in this Major.
Once the final list is confirmed, we’ll have a tournament that will take one heck of a golfing display to win and with lots of betting opportunities. Let’s look at the top contenders out to win one of the most prestigious tournaments in the golfing world. This is a great tournament to bet on at a sportsbook, picking the winner isn’t an easy job though.
Dustin Johnson is the world number one and during his career has held that position for 133 weeks. Winning the 2021 US Open would be the perfect early birthday present. He turns 37 two days after the final round.
Johnson won the US Open in 2016 with five other top ten finishes since 2010. Last year saw him win the Masters, finish tied second in the USPGA and sixth in the US Open. That consistency needs to be recovered though as he has missed the cut in both the Masters and the USPA this year.
His last tournament win wasn’t even in the USA. He won the Saudi International which rather confusingly is part of the European Tour. He’s not the world number one for nothing though and If getting off to a good start will be a US Open contender. Watch the sportsbook odds plummet if he does that.
Bryson de Chambeau will be defending the title he won by six strokes last year. That was the widest margin of victory since 2014 but few retain the US Open title. Brooks Koepka did in 2018 but before that you have to go back to Curtis Strange in 1989. Not even Nicklaus, Watson or Palmer managed the feat.
Big hitting de Chambeau has won the Arnold Palmer Invitational and had three other top ten finishes this year. Will he have another secret club that might keep him his title? That’ll have the sportsbooks wondering whether or not to cut his odds.
World number four Collin Morikawa has only played in six Majors but won the USPGA last year and was eighth in 2021. The 24-year-old American warmed up well for the US Open with a second place at the Memorial last weekend. He’s had six top ten finishes this year and won the WGC. If that magnificent seven is going to be achieved, it may well be Morikawa who does it so betting on him could be a good idea.
There will be plenty of overseas players trying to win this title. Rory McIlroy from Northern Ireland won the US Open in 2011 by eight strokes. Between 2016 and 2018 he missed the cut every year. The last two US Opens have produced top ten finishes for the Irishman.
McIlroy is a former world number one but dropped out of the top ten earlier this year. He’s a battler though and a win at the Wells Fargo Championship has him back in tenth place at present. UK betting experts cannot rule out a second US Open for the resurgent McIlroy.
Tyrrell Hatton has made it all the way to the world’s top ten. With five top ten finishes in Majors since 2016, if he can hit form at the right time, then anything could happen. Face it, when Mickelson can win the USPGA, anything can happen in golf.
Lee Westwood is 48 years old now, but this year has nearly won both the Players Championship and the Arnold Palmer Invitational. He’s never won a Major but has finished in the top ten 19 times. Could the 20th be the time that he finally lifts a Major?
There are plenty other non-US contenders such as Viktor Hovland, Louis Oosterhuizen and perhaps a second Major of the year for Hideki Matsuyama. The US Open is going to be a fascinating tournament for betting on at sportsbooks but can that American dominance be beaten?