If you’re a golf fan like I am, chances are you’re beyond excited for the 116th U.S. Open. Wagering on props in major tournaments is a lot of fun, but it can be overwhelming with so many selections to choose from. All sharp sports bettors know you can find some incredible value in props betting if you choose correctly.
If you’re looking for a full list of options, you can visit our U.S. Open ultimate props page by clicking this link. I decided to dive deeper in order to uncover which props you should consider for the big event.
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First round leader: Dustin Johnson (+1800)
Dustin Johnson, a.k.a. the best player on the Tour who hasn’t won a major championship, is a phenomenal starter when the stakes are at their highest. As far as finishing? Well, that’s another story.
Heading into the 2016 Masters, Johnson has gone a combined -36 in the first two rounds of his previous seven appearances in majors – the best mark of anyone by 10 shots. Through rounds three and four, he was a much more pedestrian -1, which equates to 69th among all players in that regard.
It’s no secret DJ has struggled to close the deal when the pressure is on. But if he can once again get off to a strong start on Thursday, his +1800 price looks incredibly appealing.
Top-5 finish: Jordan Spieth (+225)
Sometimes it’s hard to believe Jordan Spieth is only 22 years old. The Texan has emerged as one of the best players on the Tour in only a few years, but his stardom has taken a brief hit in the wake of his meltdown on the final round at Augusta.
One thing you cannot argue is Spieth is a flat-out beast in majors. After the Masters concluded, Spieth became the first player to record six straight top-4 finishes in a major since Tiger Woods did so in 2005-06. A bet on Spieth at +225 odds to continue that trend looks right to me.
Winning score: 283 and over (+125)
Make no mistake: Oakmont is not for the faint of heart. The course is widely considered the toughest in the world, which led seasoned veteran Phil Mickelson to call it the “hardest course we’ve ever played.”
In the words of the legendary Arnold Palmer: “You can hit 72 greens in the Open at Oakmont and not come close to winning.” In the last staging of the U.S. Open at Oakmont in 2007, the eventual champion Angel Cabrera shot a combined 285. The course is even harder now than it was then, and the common belief among PGA Tour pundits is the man who claims the hardware will be lucky to break even par on the tournament.
Oakmont is a par 72, which means four rounds of par play will net you a 288 result. Need more proof of how mean Oakmont is? Check out this video by Justin Thomas showcasing its incredibly deep rough. Yeah, take the over on this one.
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