Golf Odds: Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson Among US Open Betting Favorites

Ruben Hill
June 12, 2019

Koepka doesn't know much about Anderson.

Paul McGinley has welcomed Rory McIlroy's emphatic return to peak form, declaring that the manner in which he "blew away" the top-class field on Monday was exactly what his countryman required as he tries to win his first major in nearly five years at this week's US Open.

"I actually didn't see (the advert) for a long time. What was it, a hundred years [ago]?"

McIlroy won the Canadian Open by seven strokes, the biggest margin in 62 years of the tournament, and the ease and, in his own words, "freedom" with which he pulled clear in a final-round 61 bodes well for his challenge at Pebble Beach.

"I haven't talked to anybody about going three in a row", Koepka said. "I'm not thinking about it". Rory knows he's better than almost everybody in the game and that brings a lot of pressure.

These are always shots in the dark, but Horschel has done well at shorter U.S. Open courses and his game is now in a good spot.

The US Open has been beset by problems in recent years and the USGA admitted they went "too far" with the set-up of Shinnecock Hills last year after only three players broke par in a third round during which Phil Mickelson was penalised two shots for hitting a moving ball as it rolled off the 13th green. The next year, he won by five shots at Glen View Club near Chicago, setting a U.S. Open scoring record with a 72-hole total of 303.

Anderson finished the U.S. Open hat trick back at Myopia in 1905. He hasn't won since 2016, but the Australian is putting extremely well, and a second major for him this weekend isn't out of the question.

"If they're complaining, they're not playing good enough. For that he developed a reputation of being dour".

But the world number one has a fresh chip on his shoulder at Pebble Beach after a blink-and-you'll-miss-it appearance in a television advert promoting the season's third major championship. Koepka also has won the past two PGA Championships, including last month's triumph at Bethpage Black. But he uncharacteristically looked off his game last week at the RBC Canadian Open, firing three rounds of 70 or higher to finish a disappointing 50th.

He features in three other promos for the tournament by the broadcaster.

"I don't know. You guys tell me", Koepka said. "I wasn't on notables after winning?" There's a couple of things where it's just mind's like, really? "Like, how do you forget that?"

"Just for the fact that I was stunned". "Just kind of shocked". They've had over a year to kind of put it out, so I don't know.

"Somebody probably got fired over it, or should have", he added with a smile. "It was just amusing".

"Consistency in a professional golfer is overrated, you want to be a little bit like Brooks Koepka, you want to be all duck or no dinner". He ended up beating Johnson by two. He watched the video, and quickly noticed that he wasn't in it. I could have done a million different things.

"But instead just turned that into, 'I've still got a one-shot lead".

"I don't want to hear it".

"I don't know how many players are in the field, what is it, 150?" he said. "I think that's going to be important going forward". So if you're going to contend, you better be able to hit your irons accurately.

"And from there, pressure, and who's going to play good". So you're down to about a handful of guys. One major concern: He's never played a competitive tournament at Pebble Beach.

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