McIlroy the man to beat in Massachusetts

The third golf major of the year takes place this week, with the world’s best players heading to the Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts, for the 122nd US Open.

The US Open used to follow the US Masters as the second major of the year, but a change to the PGA Tour schedule in 2019 ensured it is now the third major of the campaign.

The event returns to the Country Club in Brookline for the first time since 1988, when Curtis Strange beat Nick Faldo in an 18-hole playoff.

Some of the world’s best players will head to the USA for the tournament, and we take a look at the top five in the betting.

Rory McIlroy – 11/1

The Northern Irishman is on the lookout for major number five, and he is playing some of the best golf of his life at the moment.

McIlroy’s final-round 62 helped him defend his RBC Canadian Open title last week, but this week’s course will pose a different challenge.

He has managed to record three consecutive top 10s in the US Open, and it comes as no surprise to see him listed as the favourite.

US Open Betting Odds

Justin Thomas – 12/1

Thomas won last month’s U.S. PGA Championship and comes into this week’s event as the second favourite.

He finished third in Canada last week, but he continues to showcase his skills this season, finishing T8 at The Masters.

Thomas has struggled to maintain his form across four rounds at the US Open, but the signs are at least in his favour.

Scottie Scheffler – 14/1

The world number one made a blistering start to the year, winning four events, including The Masters. He has since finished second at the Charles Schwab Challenge,

He did miss the cut at the U.S. PGA Championship, but if Scheffler finds his groove, he could be in contention on Sunday evening.

Jon Rahm – 14/1

The Spaniard is the defending US Open champion, having lifted the trophy at Torrey Pines in 2021. Not many are able to defend their crown at the US Open, and his recent form does look a little patchy.

Rahm decided to miss last week’s RBC Canadian Open, but the break could have done him the world of good.

Xander Schauffele – 18/1

Schauffele has a sublime record in the US Open, recording five consecutive top-ten finishes in the event. Sadly, he has never got his hands on the prize, but the signs are good since The Masters.

The world number 12 has recorded three top-20 finishes in a row, but he will need to up his game a little to win his first major.

Golf Betting Odds

Author: Paula Allen