The 2022 PGA Championship concluded in dramatic fashion and players now turn their focus to the third major championship of the year.
The U.S. Open is set to take place at the Country Club at Brookline just outside Boston, Massachusetts. A historic venue in the game of golf, it will serve as the stage for what will be yet another exciting major championship in the men’s game.
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For the first time in a long time, Scottie Scheffler, the world No. 1 and a four-time Sportsbook on the PGA Tour this season, does not top the oddsboard at Sportsbook.
Drifting to +1400, the Texan will look to capture his second major championship of the season, but it is RBC Canadian Open champion Rory McIlroy who commands the top spot at +1000. He is followed closely by PGA Championship Sportsbook Justin Thomas at +1200.
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Patrick Cantlay To Win +2500
The 30-year-old has had a disappointing record in major championships, but now with expectations low, he should have a great week of preparation ahead of the U.S. Open.
Cantlay’s best finish to date in a major came in New York at Bethpage Black in the 2019 PGA Championship, a tournament that played fairly similar to a U.S. Open.
I believe his experience there will help him in Massachusetts as Cantlay has been one of the best players on the PGA Tour this year. He arrives off a T-3 finish at the Memorial Tournament and before that had posted a victory, two playoff losses and three additional top-10 finishes on the season.
Tony Finau To Win +3300
The former member of the U.S. Ryder Cup Team is beginning to find his form at the perfect time. In his last five starts on the PGA Tour, Finau has two runner-up finishes as well as a top-five effort.
For a man who has struggled for the majority of 2022, the improvement both on and around the green has paid dividends in a short amount of time.
He has a fantastic U.S. Open record, having finished in a tie for eighth at Winged Foot, solo fifth at Shinnecock Hills and tied for 14th at Chambers Bay. Finau possesses the complete game and if there is a major championship he will break through at, it will be the U.S. Open.
Max Homa To Win +5000
The California kid has climbed the ranks and become one of the best players on the PGA Tour. Coming off a strong start at Muirfield Village, Homa’s inclination to play well in difficult conditions will serve him well at the Country Club.
Twice a Sportsbook already this season, Homa has added close calls at Riviera, TPC Sawgrass and Bay Hill Club and Lodge. These courses could very well host a major championship and having played well at Southern Hills, where he captured a top-15 finish, Homa’s game is perfect for this week’s test.
Sungjae Im To Win +5000
The South Korean has now put together five consecutive finishes of T-21 or better with his last finish being a T-10 at Muirfield Village. Im has contended at major championships in the past and fits the profile of a first-time major Sportsbook.
He is long and straight off the tee, proficient with his irons and has a short game to bail him out if needed. He was the first-round leader at Augusta National only to fall off the eventual pace, but he has proven he is a name to reckon with in fields of this caliber.
Is There Another Mito Pereira Lurking?
While Justin Thomas proved victorious at Southern Hills, the leaderboard heading into the final round of the PGA Championship was littered with relatively unknown names.
Mito Pereira possessed a three-stroke lead at the 54-hole mark and one has to wonder if there is another rookie or unproven player on the PGA Tour who could compete at the U.S. Open.
The likeliest candidate is the man who played in the group in front of Pereira on Sunday, Cameron Young. The PGA Tour rookie has three runner-up finishes already this season as well as a third-place result.
He is from the New York area and has to be familiar with the ins and outs of golf in New England as it is an acquired taste.
Young has been one of the best tee-to-green players in the world over the last three months and a return to this region of the country could push him over the edge.
The Country Club will be one of the shorter U.S. Open venues in recent memory, but the Wake Forest product’s game can travel to any sort of golf course.
Phil Mickelson Set To Appear In U.S. Open; No Tiger, Though
Tiger Woods, the 15-time major champion, had to withdraw from the 2022 PGA Championship following his third round at Southern Hills. Woods was in visible pain at the second major championship of the year and with a quick turnaround for the U.S. Open, he has decided to forgo action at the Country Club in lieu of preparation for the Open Championship at St. Andrews.
The 46-year-old was able to play himself into the weekend in the first major championships of the year and was an amazing feat to behold.
As for Woods’ biggest rival the last two decades, 2021 PGA Championship Sportsbook Phil Mickelson surfaced last week in London for the first event of the LIV Golf Series Invitational. He is on site at the Country Club and will look to complete the career grand slam.
Will A First-Time Major Champion Break Through?
For the vast majority of the PGA Championship, it appeared yet another first-time major champion would be crowned. Between not only Pereira and Young but Will Zalatoris and Matt Fitzpatrick, it begs wondering if a player will be able to claim his first major title at the U.S. Open.
Those mentioned above will certainly factor, especially Fitzpatrick, who won the U.S. Amateur at the Country Club while in college. Cameron Smith, Patrick Cantlay, Viktor Hovland and Sam Burns are the four players inside the top 10 of the Official World Golf Rankings who are currently without a major championship.
Smith appears likeliest to break through as he captured the Players Championship, a tournament many consider to be the fifth major on the calendar, in March. The Australian also contended at the Masters before a poor back nine on Sunday left him incapable of catching Scheffler at Augusta National.
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Zalatoris has ascended to No. 14 in the world without a victory on the PGA Tour, proving not only how well he is playing but also how consistent he is.
If you were to remove his 2018 U.S. Open appearance as an amateur and his Open Championship performance last season when he had to withdraw due to injury, the 25-year-old’s major championship resume is unbelievably impressive.
Zalatoris has collected five top-10 finishes in only six major championship starts. Among those five results, the Wake Forest product has twice finished as the runner-up, including his latest close call at the PGA Championship where he fell in a playoff to Justin Thomas.
He possesses the statistical profile to win a U.S. Open given the consistency with which he finds fairways and greens in regulation.
There have been many poor putters to win major championships in recent memory and Zalatoris’ glaring weakness on the greens should not hold him back.
In fact, the putter has looked cooperative over the last two months and if he brings the same prowess to Boston, he should once again contend.
Zalatoris is an elite talent who is just missing a trophy on his mantel, and one should not be surprised if his first championship title is a major championship triumph.
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