US Open: Who are the favorites going into this weekend?

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Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, looks at his shot out of a bunker on the 17th green during the third round of the Memorial golf tournament Saturday, June 4, 2022, in Dublin, Ohio. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Nick Taylor won the Canadian Open in euphoric fashion this past weekend, draining a 72-foot putt in the midst of an intense playoff to become the first Canadian to win the event since 1954. That excitement rolls perfectly into this weekend which sees the second major of the season, the US Open, taking place from Los Angeles Golf Club.

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How to bet on the US Open

Whether you’re an avid bettor or just looking to get your feet wet, there’s nothing quite like betting on a Golf major. You can of course bet on the outright winner of the event, but there are also plenty of other prop markets including 1st round leader, the highest-placed Golfer from a particular nation, bogey-free rounds, and so much more.

A lot of sportsbooks will have enhanced odds due to the densely populated fields, often giving bettors 8-12 places each-way. This means if a Golfer is +500 to win, you can split your bet in half. A $5 bet would see $2.50 placed on them to win at +500, and $2.50 placed on them to finish inside the top-10 at odds 1/5th of the price. This is offered on every PGA Tour event, but usually only for the top-3 places. It definitely makes sense to take advantage of those extra places!

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The US Open favorites

Scottie Scheffler+650
John Rahm+900
Brooks Koepka+1200
Rory McIlroy+1400
Patrick Cantlay+1600
Xander Schauffele+1800
Viktor Hovland+1800
Tyrell Hatton+3000
Jordan Spieth+3000
Cameron Smith+3000

Scottie Scheffler unsurprisingly comes into the US Open as the leading favorite. Despite his putter going ice cold in recent weeks, he’s still somehow been able to finish inside the top-12 in EVERY event this year. Scheffler has won two PGA Tour events this season and even in the weeks he’s started poorly, has found a way to surge up the leaderboard on Sunday. It’s hard to look past him at this stage.

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Scottie Scheffler hits from the gallery onto the second green during the third round of the Charles Schwab Challenge golf tournament at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas, Saturday, May 27, 2023. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

John Rahm and Brooks Koepka come into the US Open just behind Scheffler, with Koepka having already won a major this year and Rahm seeking the second of his career. One would like to think that Koepka will be playing with a certain level of swagger after the events of last week, but on that same note, we all know that a hungry Rahmbo is borderline unstoppable.

Rory McIlroy is always an interesting name. He’s still one of the best golfers in the world and has silenced some of the critics who assumed his performance may wobble in wake of the LIV & PGA Tour merger. But with that said, he hasn’t won a Major championship in nine years. Still, he’s finished inside the top-10 in 17 of the 32 majors that have evaded him and at the very least should be a lock to be in the mix on the final day.

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Rory McIlroy speaks to the media about the deal merging the PGA Tour and European tour with Saudi Arabia’s golf interests at the Canadian Open golf tournament in Toronto on Wednesday, June 7, 2023. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)

Viktor Hovland could be an intriguing play. After narrowly losing to Koepka in the PGA Championship, the youngster bounced back with a win of his own. Still chasing his first major, Hovland is playing brilliantly right now. He is officially the best player out of the rough according to the PGA Tour site, and the US Open featured some excruciating long stuff to navigate. He’s primed for a strong run here.

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AP Photo/Darron Cummings