Shinnecock Hills is the venue, the US Open title is the prize. With a total purse of $12 million up for grabs, the very best players in golf will be heading to Long Island for this week’s major tournament.
Twelve months ago, American Brooks Koepka claimed his first and only major title to date, beating Brian Harman and Hideki Matsuyama by four strokes. The 28-year-old is now ranked eighth in the world and plenty of punters will be backing the repeat at 22/1.
Dustin Johnson moved back to the top of golf’s world rankings after claiming victory in the St. Jude Classic last weekend and he is now as short as 7/1 to prevail this year.
The 2017 US Open champion is usually there or thereabouts at major events and he looks a sure-fire bet to finish in the top 10; 888sport customers can back the American at 10/11 to do just that.
Next up in the betting we have Rory McIlroy. The four-time major champion has struggled in this event in recent times; missing the cut in each of the last two years.
However, a tied-fifth placed finish at the Masters in April has boosted his confidence ahead of the US Open and it would take a brave man to write Rory off. 16/1 to win the event is well worth considering but 15/8 for a top 10 finish is where the main value is at.
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For example, if you place a bet on Justin Rose to win but McIlroy claims victory, you will receive a free bet up to the value of your stake – terms and conditions applying.
Rose and Justin Thomas are 16/1 to emerge victorious at Shinnecock Hills – and plenty of punters will be keeping a close eye on both players.
The former won this event in 2013 and has been playing some superb golf in recent years whilst Thomas is the world number two and he will be looking to add to his 2017 PGA Championship crown. Both players could be prominent on the leaderboard this week.
Jordan Spieth has been inconsistent at best this year and bettors may want to steer clear of the young Texan. A gallant third at Augusta National back in April, Spieth failed to make the cut in his most recent appearance and those struggles could continue this weekend.
He has slipped down in the betting and Spieth is now available at 20/1. At his brilliant best, he could shine but this may be a stretch too far for the 24-year-old.
English golf fans will be looking forward to watching Tommy Fleetwood in action and with good reason. Now ranked 12th in the world, Fleetwood has been getting better and better and he could be set for a big effort this weekend.
13/8 for the Englishman to finish in the top 20 should be snapped up and Fleetwood fans will also fancy the 33/1 for a first major success.
Johnson heads to this year’s US Open in red hot form and he is difficult to oppose. But with 888sport’s promotional offer in mind, it might be wise to look further down the betting.
The sensible choice here is Justin Thomas – he will be determined to regain his status as world number one and 16/1 represents solid value. Whatever happens, it should be a thrilling four days of top class golf.
*Odds subject to change - correct at time of writing*