As with any golfing major, there’s a lot of excitement surrounding this week’s 2021 US Open Championship. After being pushed back to September in 2020, the US Open is back on track this year, leaving fans and golfers with a sense of normalcy. As with any major event, there are a ton of betting markets available for novice and expert bettors alike. However, with just how many options there are, it could be difficult to figure where or how to start.
Fortunately, this betting preview guide will push you down the right path.
2021 US Open General Information
This year’s US Open will be held at Torrey Pines Golf Course’s South Course in San Diego, California from Thursday, June 17 to Sunday, June 20. It’s the first time that the tournament is being held there since Tiger Woods won back in 2008. Par is 71 this year and the total prize fund sits at $12.5 million, with the winner getting $2.25 million.
Bryson DeChambeau won last year’s event as he defeated Matthew Wolff by 6 strokes in the final matchup. DeChambeau will enter the 2021 US Open at +1800 odds (5th).
Odds to Win 2021 US Open Championship
Odds via BetOnline as of Tuesday, June 15
- Jon Rahm (+1000)
- Brooks Koepka (+1600)
- Dustin Johnson (+1600)
- Xander Schauffele (+1600)
- Bryson DeChambeau (+1800)
- Jordan Spieth (+2000)
Check out USGS’ full betting preview for the 2021 US Open for complete odds.
US Open Betting Options
Just like any major golf tournament, there’s an endless amount of options for you to wager on. Some people like specific markets more than others, which is fine because betting is all about what works for you. Here’s a look at some of the available markets.
Future markets are some of the more popular betting options when it comes to PGA tournaments. They’re popular because of how easy they are. For example, all you need to do is choose who you think will win the 2021 US Open and you’re good to go.
Another betting option happens to be head-to-head matchups. You’ll be given two golfers to choose between and then you can either bet on the moneyline or the spread. Betting on the moneyline means that you’re choosing the outright winner of a matchup. You can also bet on the spread, which means you’re deciding if a golfer and or can’t win. by a certain stroke margin. For example, Justin Thomas is favored to beat Brooks Koepka by 1.5 strokes. You have to decide whether Thomas can or can’t win by 2 or more strokes.
This is where things get interesting. Prop bets can be fun, unique markets that don’t necessarily reflect the outright result of the 2021 US Open. For example, you can bet on how many players will be under par or even whether or not there’ll be a hole in one on Day 1. You can even bet on the nationality of the winner, which goes to show how diverse the options are.
2021 US Open Betting Strategy
The first thing that you need to do before wagering on the 2021 US Open is signing up for a sportsbook. While USGS has some well-trusted partners, we’re fortunate enough to live in a world where there are dozens of options for everybody. Just make sure to research any potential sites and read reviews to make sure they’re safe. Once you’ve signed up and added funds to your account, you can get started.
When it comes to a better strategy, research is always the most important thing you can do. For example, you may want to see how specific golfers have been performing at their most recent tournaments. You may even want to know how a certain golfer played at the last edition of a tournament. That sort of research is incredibly helpful, especially for a tournament like the US Open, which often changes locations. That’s not to say that you have to know how every single golfer performed. It’s just that spending a couple of minutes researching statistics and trends could make the difference between a major win and a huge loss.
Lastly, you’ll want to have a financial strategy. No matter how good the odds are looking, nothing is a guarantee. You should only be prepared to wager what you’re willing to lose and stop there. Remember, the key to being a good bettor is to be as responsible as possible.