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PGA Tour Expert Picks: 2019 U.S. Open

Justin Thomas U.S. Open 2019

Look, predicting a pre-tournament winner in golf isn’t easy. While it’s true sports bettors can find fantastic value, it’s incredibly frustrating when one of your picks doesn’t even make the cut. That’s why I’m here to help.

Every week I’ll highlight three golfers who have a good chance to win the hardware for the upcoming weekend. This week it’s the third major of the year: the U.S. Open.

For a full breakdown of the tournament, check out my betting preview.

Odds courtesy of Bovada

My favorite pick: Brooks Koepka +900

Call it a boring pick if you want, but Koepka’s domination in majors speaks for itself. The American is looking to win his fifth major in seven tries and will attempt to three-peat at the U.S. Open. Koepka is coming off a triumph at the PGA Championship last month and had a T-2 showing at the 2019 Masters.

I bet Koepka at +1000 to win the PGA Championship and I’ve already locked in my U.S. Open wager for him. He’s become an auto-bet in major championships, and while he hasn’t produced much in non-majors, it’s clear where his priorities lie – winning the biggest tournaments on the PGA Tour.

My second favorite pick: Justin Thomas +2800

Thomas’ +2800 price is considerably higher than normal due to his health, as the 26-year-old was forced to skip the PGA Championship with a wrist injury. Thomas has played only one competitive round at Pebble Beach in his career: a missed cut in 2014.

That’s not exactly going to inspire much confidence in golf bettors, but I’m going against the grain and backing Thomas to win the 2019 U.S. Open. Based off his pre-tournament price, it’s worth the risk given his immense talent.

My third favorite pick: Tommy Fleetwood +3300

Fleetwood has yet to pick up a victory on U.S. soil, yet the Englishman came close a year ago when he fired a 7-under 63 on the final day to finish one stroke behind Koepka.

Fleetwood is an excellent ball striker and Pebble Beach sets up perfectly to reward those who excel in that regard due to the small greens and windy conditions.