US Open Golf Odds, Picks, Predictions 2021
- Big-hitting but out of form Bryson DeChambeau defends his title
- Championship returns to Torrey Pines
- Memories revived of Tiger Woods’ famous triumph in 2008
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US Open 2021 Odds
|Jon Rahm||+900 |
|Dustin Johnson||+1600 |
|Brooks Koepka||+1800 |
|Bryson DeChambeau||+1800 |
|Xander Schauffele||+1800 |
|Jordan Spieth||+2000 |
|Rory McIlroy||+2000 |
|Justin Thomas||+2200 |
|Collin Morikawa||+2200 |
|Patrick Cantlay||+2500 |
The US Open Picks and Predictions
- Jon Rahm is the outright pick at +1050 with DraftKings
- Charley Hoffman can land a top 20 at +300 with bet365
- Back Xander Schauffele over Justin Thomas in their match bet at -125 with bet365
US Open 2021 Our Picks
Jon Rahm in the outright +1050 with DraftKings
Charley Hoffman top 20 +300 with bet365
Xander Schauffele over Justin Thomas -1250 at bet365
How to Watch US Open
|Tournament||The US Open|
|Location||South Course, Torrey Pines, San Diego, California|
|Time||Thursday, June 17 – Sunday, June 20|
|How to watch||Thursday 6am, 12.30pm & 10pm ET (Golf Channel), Friday 6am, 12.30pm & 9pm ET (Golf Channel), Saturday 6am & 9pm ET (Golf Channel), Sunday 6am & 8pm ET (Golf Channel). And all four days on Sky Sports.|
Thirteen years after Tiger Woods completed his sensational victory in the US Open – hitting, walking, and wincing on a fractured leg – the championship returns to the South Course at Torrey Pines.
What a week that was: Woods defied appalling pain to force a play-off against the unlikeliest of foes, the veteran Rocco Mediate who refused to budge and even squared Monday’s 18-hole decider before Woods eventually triumphed at the first extra hole.
Just the small matter of the 91st hole the great man played that week!
No Tiger Woods this week, of course, and we’ll be exceptionally fortunate if we get anything like as much drama as in 2008, but we can expect a decent week with plenty of potentially explosive storylines.
How will the field deal with a course they all know so well? It hosts the annual Farmers Insurance Open, but it plays very soft in January and is already fiery and fast this week.
Will Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau face off at any point?
The authorities tried to pair the two new rivals together over the first 36 holes, but DeChambeau, the defending champion, was having none of it.
Is World No. 1 Dustin Johnson on the road to recovery after last week’s top 10 finish, his first since February?
Can Rory McIlroy win his first major championship since 2014?
Could San Diego native Phil Mickelson pull off his greatest trick and finally win a US Open after finishing second six times?
There’s even the possibility of the newly married Lee Westwood celebrating his honeymoon in style – he finished third behind Woods and Mediate back in 2008.
And what of Jon Rahm, the favorite? Well, let’s see …
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Rahm Can Bounce Back in Style
It’s been a peculiar year for Spain’s Jon Rahm.
A two-time winner last year he would have entertained big hopes of taking aim at a first major championship success this year, but his preparation for the Masters was knocked off-kilter by the arrival of a first child.
Nonetheless, he carded a final round 66 to grab a share of fifth. Perhaps that would provide the kickstart he needed?
But his form actually went backward and it was only with tied eighth at the PGA Championship that he finally began to look more like himself again.
Whereupon he carded brilliant rounds of 69-65-64 at Muirfield Village to assume a six-shot lead as he departed the final green on Saturday evening where he met an official who told him he had tested positive for Covid and had to withdraw.
A crushing blow, but one he’s got over and he’s also managed to both avoid any unpleasant symptoms and twice test negative, permitting him to tee it up this week.
The first time he played at Torrey Pines he won the Farmers Insurance Open and he’s contended for the title in each of the four times he’s returned.
Perhaps he plays well there because the coastline is very special to him and his wife Kelley.
In fact, it is where he proposed and he can continue his love affair with the region by claiming the trophy this week. He’s priced a standout +1050 with DraftKings.
The Hoff Can Take it Home
Charley Hoffman has done us a few favors in recent weeks, such has been the regularity with which he’s recorded quality finishes.
In fact, since the middle of February, he’s teed it up 11 times and eight times ended the week inside the top 20.
Frequently during that run he’s notched career-best tournament or course efforts and to do that with a fair degree of regularity really rubber-stamps what an excellent state his game is in.
Now he heads home because The Hoff is a San Diego native and he’ll be desperate to put on a show for the town.
That said, although he is very experienced on the course, he did have early struggles in the Farmers Insurance Open.
However, once he settled on the PGA Tour, that form improved and he’s tallied four top 20s in his last 15 completed starts.
That’s not a runaway ratio, but he’ll have a little more knowledge about how the course plays in summer and that, allied to the form, could be key.
Take him to land another top 20 at +300 with bet365.
Make it Three Local Connections
So we’ve backed one man with a soft spot for the area and another who was born there – let’s add another in San Diego’s Xander Schauffele.
He’s been matched up against Justin Thoms by bet365 and there looks to be an argument to say that this is a little lob-sided.
Over their careers, there is no doubt that Thomas holds an advantage, but since the start of 2019 Schauffele leads the head-to-heads 21-19, it rises to 15-11 since the start of 2020 and is 6-3 this year.
That makes sense because Schauffele has landed eight top 20s in 11 starts in 2021 (73%) whilst Thomas has five in 13 (38%).
But in the US Open Schauffele is unbeaten: he’s started four championships and finished ahead of Thomas every single time.
That’s the clincher. Back him at -125 to maintain that dominance.
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Matt Cooper has been a sports journalist since 2009 with his work appearing at ESPN, Sky Sports, NBC, Sporting Life and the Planet Sport Network among many others, in addition to guest appearances on the BBC and CNN. Although a specialist in golf, who has traveled the world to cover the sport, Matt has also covered rugby, cricket, football and the Olympics. Email: [email protected]