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2020 US Open poses an intriguing betting opportunity

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A pretty good, yet very busy, weekend is in store for sports fans and bettors alike. Of course there’s the NFL and college football in addition to the NBA and NHL playoffs. Don’t forget about MLB as teams keep jockeying for playoff positioning. Last but not least it’s America’s championship on the links as the 2020 U.S. Open will take place at Winged Foot Golf Club in New York.

Winged Foot is a par-70 course that only contains two par-5 holes. It’s a course known for golfers putting up big numbers thanks in part to the final five holes that are par-4’s yet none shorter than 425-yards.

It should be no surprise that Dustin Johnson and Spaniard Jon Rahm are atop the tote boards with odds of +900 on PointsBet to take home the crown ($10 bet to win $90). Johnson, who is ranked first in the world, has been on a tear of late finishing no lower than 2nd place in his last 4 tournaments including a win at the Tour Championship last week.

Rahm is ranked second in the world after winning the BMW Championship last month and finishing 4th in the Tour Championship. Rounding out the top five are Justin Thomas and Xander Schauffele at +1500 and 2020 PGA Championship winner Collin Morikawa with odds of +1800.

3-time U.S. Open winner Tiger Woods is listed at +5000. A fourth victory for Woods would tie him for the most U.S. Open titles with Jack Nicklaus, Ben Hogan, Bobby Jones and Willie Anderson. However, the 50-1 odds don’t seem too far-fetched considering his best finish in the restart is tied-37th in the PGA Championship. Winged Foot is also the venue where Woods missed his first cut in a major as a pro back in the 2006 U.S. Open. Woods’ odds to make the cut are at -200 ($20 bet to win $10) while to miss it are +150.

 

Woods isn’t the only golfer who fell victim to Winged Foot. In that very same 2006 U.S. Open Phil Mickelson needed a par on 18 to win the championship. It would have been his first U.S. Open crown but instead double-bogeyed giving Geoff Ogilvy his only major victory. Mickelson has been a runner-up six times and odds are not in his favor for this weekend (+9000 - $10 bet to win $900).

For those that don’t want to back a particular golfer, perhaps backing the good old USA is an option. An American golfer to win the event is at -154 followed by an Englishman at +700 and Spaniard at +750.

Coverage of this weekend’s events can be found on NBC’s Golf Channel and NBC10 beginning Thursday.