Prior to tee-off on the final day of the 116th U.S. Open, some very unfamiliar faces top the leaderboard.
Due to darkness, a lot of golfers didn't get a chance to complete their third rounds on Saturday. As a result, they'll finish those up this morning before starting the final round.
Shane Lowry leads the pack at 6-under entering Sunday, with Dustin Johnson (3-under), Lee Westwood (2-under), Daniel Summerhays (2-under), Branden Grace (1-under) and Andrew Landry (1-under) right behind him.
At Sportsbook, Lowry is a heavy +150 favorite to win the U.S. Open trophy. Johnson (+325), Grace (+800), Westwood (+900) and Jason Day (+1100) are also in the mix.
Far from a household name, Lowry has never won a major tournament before but has all the talent to do so. Johnson, a fellow major-less player, couldn't keep the momentum going from his extremely strong Sportsbook two rounds and struggled on Saturday. I wouldn't be surprised to see DJ's chances come down to the wire again when all is said and done.
After an extremely busy Friday, the U.S. Open at Oakmont marches on as the field prepares for moving day on Saturday.
At Sportsbook, Dustin Johnson is the +250 favorite to win the title. DJ sat tied with Andrew Landry atop of the leaderboard at 4-under after two rounds but could have been leading by at least four strokes if his putter was working.
Lee Westwood (+800), Sergio Garcia (+1000), Jordan Spieth (+1100) and Bubba Watson (+1200) round out the top five at the shop. While Johnson deserves to be the favorite, golf bettors would be wise to take note of this stat: in Johnson's last nine majors, he's 39-under through the first two rounds - the best mark on the tour by 14 shots. In the last two rounds, he's 2-under - tied for 49th in that span.
Despite his high standing, Landry still remains an extreme long shot at +5500. This is his first major tournament, so it wouldn't be a surprise to see him cool off today, but that's a fantastic price for anyone who thinks he can keep it up.
Who are you putting your money on to win the 116th U.S. Open?
Day 1 of the 2016 U.S. Open was a miserable one, as rainy conditions slammed the Pittsburgh area and hindered play to the tune of three separate weather delays. Half of the field didn't even get a chance to tee off, which means the championship round will be played on Monday barring any other weather-related issues.
Heading into Friday, Andrew Landry was leading the pack at 4 under. Lee Westwood (-3), Shane Lowry (-2), Scottie Scheffler (-1), Kevin Streelman (-1), Bubba Watson (-1), Danny Lee (-1), Daniel Summerhays (-1) and Gary Stal (-1) were the only other players under par.
At Sportsbook, Jason Day remains a heavy +600 favorite to win the crown. Day was one of the men who didn't get an opportunity to tee off on Thursday, but he's slated to get underway at 9:50 ET this morning. Westwood (+1000), Dustin Johnson (+1100), Jordan Spieth (+1100), Watson (+1100), and Lowry (+2000) were right behind him.
Despite his great start, Landry is listed as a +4000 long shot to win the U.S. Open. The American is playing in his first-ever major tournament, so it's understandable for the book to believe he won't stay on top of the leaderboard. If you think he can keep it going, however, that's some great value.
Prior to tee-off in the 116th U.S. Open, Jason Day stands ahead of the pack at sportsbooks.
At Sportsbook, Day is a +650 favorite to win the hardware. Rory McIlroy (+750), Jordan Spieth (+900), Dustin Johnson (+1200), Rickie Fowler (+1600), Phil Mickelson (+2500), Adam Scott (+2800), Hideki Matsuyama (+2800), Justin Rose (+2800) and Patrick Reed (+2800) are behind him at the shop.
The book has gone back and forth on which man deserves to be the favorite, with McIlroy sitting as Day's co-favorite earlier in the week. The biggest mover in the last 24 hours is Rickie Fowler, who jumped all the way from +2800 to +1600 prior to the first round.
Rainy conditions are expected to dominate Thursday, but the rest of the week is looking fairly clear. An influx of precipitation will actually help the players, as Oakmont's terrifyingly fast greens will soften up and make things easier on the field.
Twenty-four hours before the 116th staging of the U.S. Open, oddsmakers appear to be set on who they think has the likeliest chance to claim the crown.
World No. 1 Jason Day remains a +650 favorite at Sportsbook, but Rory McIlroy (+750), Jordan Spieth (+900), Dustin Johnson (+1200) and Phil Mickelson (+2500) are also in the mix. Justin Rose (+2800), Rickie Fowler (+2800), Adam Scott (+3000), Hideki Matsuyama (+3000) and Henrik Stenson (+3300) round out the top 10.
There hasn't been a ton of movement at the shop. Spieth's odds have dropped slightly from +850 to +900, while Mickelson has moved from +2500 to +2800 and Matsuyama's odds are now +3000 after sitting at +3300 on Tuesday.
Two days before the U.S. Open gets underway, a new favorite has emerged at online sportsbooks.
Jason Day is the lone +650 favorite to win the hardware at Sportsbook. On Monday, Day and Rory McIlroy were co-favorites at +700 odds.
In less than 24 hours, Jordan Spieth has seen his odds rise from +800 to +850. In the Texan’s last five major starts, he’s placed first on two occasions, second twice and fourth once.
Dustin Johnson, who was available at +1400 on Monday, has since been adjusted to +1200. Johnson’s unforgettable collapse at last year’s U.S. Open will surely be on his mind this time around, but the talent is there if he can finally put it all together on Sunday at a major.
It’s finally U.S. Open week! As the golfing world prepares itself for what’s sure to be an exciting weekend at Oakmont Country Club, sportsbooks are gearing up for the big event as well.
At Sportsbook, Rory McIlroy and Jason Day are +700 co-favorites to win the hardware. Jordan Spieth (+800), Dustin Johnson (+1400), Justin Rose (+2800), Phil Mickelson (+2800), Rickie Fowler (+2800) and Adam Scott (+2800) are right behind him at the top of odds lists.
Day was a lone +600 fave last week, but the shop has since adjusted those odds to accompany McIlroy. Both men will be well-rested due to their decisions to skip the FedEx St. Jude Classic.
The reigning champion Spieth has been rounding into form lately and will have a big chip on his shoulder in light of his Masters meltdown. I like Spieth’s chances of going back-to-back an awful lot, and his price of +800 seems fair.
Buyers beware: Johnson is far from a safe bet. DJ had the U.S. Open in the bag last year before missing two easy putts in what’s been deemed one of the worst chokes in the history of the PGA Tour. Johnson is widely regarded as the best player in the world without a major title to his name, and I simply can’t back him due to his penchant for falling apart on Sundays when the stakes are at their highest.
Where do you think the value is? Let us know in the comments.
As the 2016 U.S. Open draws closer, sportsbooks are continuing to flip the script when it comes to who’s favored to claim the title.
As of June 6, Jason Day, Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth were co-faves. But as of June 8, Day has once again been given the favorite designation, as the book has tabbed the Aussie with a price of +600 to lead the pack. McIlroy (+650), Spieth (+800), Dustin Johnson (+1400) and Justin Rose (+2000) round out the top five.
The world No. 1 Day is the PGA Tour’s only three-time Sportsbook this season, with his most recent triumph coming a few weeks ago at the Players Championship. The 28-year-old had a poor showing on Sunday at the Memorial Tournament thanks to a final-round of 74.
Golf’s big three of Day, Spieth and McIlroy will not partake in this weekend's FedEx St. Jude Classic, and the decision wasn’t particularly surprising. The majority of the world’s top golfers will normally not play three tournaments in a row before the U.S. Open, which is widely considered one of the toughest events on the Tour.
A week and a half out from the 2016 U.S. Open, sportsbooks continue to make adjustments at the top of odds lists.
At Sportsbook, the big three of Jason Day, Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth are +650 co-favorites to win the title. Heading into the Memorial Tournament, Day was a sole +600 fave, with Spieth coming in at +650 and McIlroy priced at +700.
Dustin Johnson (+1600), Rickie Fowler (+1800), Justin Rose (+1800), Adam Scott (+2000), Phil Mickelson (+2500), Hideki Matsuyama (+2500), Henrik Stenson (+2800) and Bubba Watson (+2800) have the next likeliest chances to emerge triumphant in the marquee tournament.
Johnson had the best showing of the aforementioned players at the Memorial by finishing in third place at 14 under. Day had some major accuracy concerns at the event, shooting a disappointing two-over 74 at Muirfield Village to end up at nine under in a tie for 27th.
The 116th U.S. Open gets underway on June 13.
At this point last year, Jordan Spieth was taking the golfing world by storm. Fresh off his first career major victory at the Masters, Spieth kept the good times rolling by winning the U.S. Open. 2016 has not been as kind to the Texan, but it appears he's turning it on at the right time.
Perhaps you can call it a sophomore slump, but the hard truth is Spieth has not been able to duplicate his past success. The 22-year-old had the 2016 Masters in the bag before sinking two balls in the water on the 12th hole on Sunday, effectively handing the green jacket to Danny Willett.
But Spieth bounced back in a big way by emerging triumphant at the Dean & Deluca Championship, and his odds to win the U.S. Open are on the rise as a result. Spieth has jumped up from +750 to +650 at Sportsbook, however, he still trails Jason Day, who leads the field at +600.
Rory McIlroy (+700), Dustin Johnson (+1600), Rickie Fowler (+1800) and Justin Rose (+1800) are also in the mix at the top of odds lists.
If you're hesitant to back Johnson, I don't blame you. DJ held the lead on the 18th hole at the 2015 U.S. Open and hit two beautiful shots on the final par-5 at Chambers Bay.
Johnson proceeded to miss a 12-foot putt to win the tournament including an error on a four-foot putt to force a playoff with Spieth. The mishap was one of the worst chokes in PGA Tour history, and it further established Johnson was the best player in the world without a major title under his belt.
The 116th U.S. Open gets underway on June 13.
With the second major tournament of the PGA Tour calendar drawing closer, a new favorite has emerged in U.S. Open futures.
World No. 1 Jason Day is now a +600 favorite to win the event at Sportsbook, surpassing Jordan Spieth in the process. Spieth was favored as of May 12 but has since seen his odds fall from +550 to +750.
Rory McIlroy (+700), Dustin Johnson (+1600), Rickie Fowler (+1800), Justin Rose (+1800), Adam Scott (+2000), Phil Mickelson (+2500), Hideki Matsuyama (+2500) and Henrik Stenson (+2800) round out the top 10 at the shop.
Day, who leapfrogged Spieth in the rankings earlier in the year, will be seeking to claim his second major title after triumphing at the PGA Championship in 2015. The Australian is playing the best golf of his life right now, and the price looks right for him in this scenario.
Spieth took some time off after his monumental collapse on the final round at the Masters, but the extra rest hasn't helped. The 22-year-old missed the cut at the Players Championship and shot a 4-over 74 on Sunday at the Byron Nelson to free-fall down the leaderboard and finish out of contention.
The 116th U.S. Open gets underway on June 13.
As the top golfers across the globe get set to take their talents to the Oakmont Country Club for the 2016 U.S. Open, sportsbooks in Vegas and offshore are expecting a familiar face to put on a dominating performance.
At Sportsbook, defending champion Jordan Spieth is a +550 favorite to take home the hardware. Rory McIlroy (+600), Jason Day (+800), Rickie Fowler (+1600), Adam Scott (+1600) and Dustin Johnson (+1600) are directly behind him on the odds lists.
If Johnson is going to win, he’ll have to exorcise some major demons. DJ had the tournament in the bag last year at Chambers Bay after hitting two brilliant shots on the 18th hole in the final round, but missed a 12-foot putt and a 4-footer to hand Spieth the title. Johnson’s meltdown is widely perceived as one of the worst chokes in PGA Tour history, and it added on to his dubious distinction as the best golfer in the world without a major championship to his name.
Fresh off an epic back nine collapse at the Masters, Spieth will have no shortage of motivation to repeat at this event. The Texan gracefully handled the defeat, but it was cringe worthy watching him slip the green jacket on the eventual champion Danny Willett.
Speaking of Willet, the Englishman has been tabbed with a +3300 chance to go back-to-back. Books have clearly started to respect Willett, as he was a +7000 long shot entering the first round at Augusta.
On April 25, Tiger Woods officially registered for the U.S. Open. Woods hasn’t played on the Tour since the Wyndham Championship in August of 2015.
Woods, who’s been suffering from a litany of back issues, finished one stroke behind Angel Cabrera for the title in 2007, the last time the tournament was set in Oakmont. The former world No. 1 has a +3300 opportunity to win his first major since 2008.
The 116th staging of the U.S. Open gets underway on June 16.