When COVID shut down the PGA Tour back in March it also took three major championships with it. The reimagined schedule placed two of golf’s premier events on the new season slate with the first of those taking place this week. Three months after its originally planned date, the 120th U.S. Open tees off from Winged Foot Golf Club in New York. It also gives bettors a chance to make up for lost action due to the shutdown. And what’s a major without Tiger Woods? The Big Cat struggled this season, but we saw something similar ahead of the 2019 Masters and look what happened. There will be plenty of action this week on Tiger, hell some shops have a group of props dedicated to him.
The betting markets run deep this week with 144 of the world’s best golfers ready to attack one of the toughest courses out there. There are, of course, the standard pick-the-winner and matchup bets. But the major championships unleash a host of additional wagering opportunities. If you’re looking for a little side action, BookMaker is the right place. Let’s take a look at some of the prop bet options and find out where you can make additional coin while wagering on the U.S. Open.
U.S. Open Prop Bets at BookMaker.eu
You really need to keep an eye on the scores this week. Well, obviously you should do that, but when props are involved they become more important. And there are a number of side bets pertaining to the scores. Why is that you ask? The West Course at Winged Foot plays nearly 7,500 yards at par 70 and is a punishing beast with tight fairways and brutal greens. Only one of the previous five U.S. Open winners at Winged Foot carded a below par score.
Winning 72 Hole Score 279.5
One prop that looks like a safe bet is the final winning score going OVER 279.5. No professional golfer can break par in a major? Consider that the last major held at Winged Foot, the 2006 U.S. Open, was won by Geoff Ogilvy at 5-over. And as mentioned above four of the previous five U.S. Open winners at Winged Foot scored over par.
Alternate markets are huge betting options that offer value in the right places. If you’re not feeling overly confident about your pick to win the tournament you can throw down on a top-5 or top-10 showing. And if you want in on the action before the weekend there’s a prop for the first round leader.
2020 U.S. Open First Round Leader
Dustin Johnson +2000
Jon Rahm +2000
Justin Thomas +2200
Rory McIlroy +2200
Xander Schauffele +2503
The top five favorites to hold the lead after 18 holes are shown above, but there is a complete list for every betting category available at BookMaker. This is a major and some golfers not expected to win the event can sure put on a show in the early rounds. One who has done that consistently this season is Harris English, who ranks second on Tour with a 68.55 first round scoring average. At +7000 in this market English is worth the risk with his consistent play all season. He also ranks well in the important metrics giving me confidence in the pick.
2019 U.S. Open Top 5 Finish
Jon Rahm +195
Dustin Johnson +231
Justin Thomas +292
Xander Schauffele +295
Rory McIlroy +305
2019 U.S. Open Top 10 Finish
Dustin Johnson +103
Jon Rahm +105
Justin Thomas +154
Xander Schauffele +160
Rory McIlroy +165
Betting these markets is a nice backup plan if you’re hesitant to pick a winner. There are no guarantees – that’s why it’s called gambling – and with such a strong field it’s tough to pick an outright champion. But if you want to hedge your bets you can at BookMaker by wagering on a top-5 and a top-10 finish. Only two players finished better than Dustin Johnson in his last four starts, one of them was Jon Rahm, who has a pair of wins in his last six starts. If they don’t topple the field there’s a good chance they finish near the top of the leaderboard. With six top-10s in his major championship career, Xander Schauffele is a safe wager with a higher payout. If you’re on the Tiger train he can be bought for +1110 for a top-5 and +532 for a top-10.
Tiger Woods To Miss the Cut +140
I will begrudgingly take this bet because we haven’t seen a lot of Tiger since the restart and what we did see wasn’t pretty. I’m hesitant since he showed everyone at the 2019 Masters that they shouldn’t count him out. The field is 12 players light from what it normally is, which helps. But Woods has had a tough time since the restart finishing outside the top-35 in four events. One of a handful of players to participate at Winged Foot in 2006, Woods also missed the cut that week.
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