Professional golf continues to find itself in the headlines as some of the top players in the world have left the PGA Tour to compete in the LIV Golf Invitational Series, which is offering more money in their three-day events than the PGA Tour is over their four-day tournaments.
This weekend’s U.S. Open is one of the four major tournaments of the year, run by the USGA instead of the PGA, so all golfers will be eligible for the event. The tournament is making a return to The Country Club in Brookline Mass., which has not hosted the event since Curtis Strange won in 1988.
LIV Series members include Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau and Phil Mickelson, but none of them are favored to win this weekend. That distinction belongs to Rory McIlroy, who is coming off a win at the RBC Canadian Open.
He is listed as the 10-1 consensus favorite in the U.S. Open futures market, sitting slightly ahead of World No. 1 Scottie Scheffler (12-1), defending champion Jon Rahm (12-1) and PGA Championship winner Justin Thomas (12-1).
Scheffler has already won four events this season, including the 2022 Masters in April, and he finished in a tie for seventh at last year’s U.S. Open. He has taken the most action of any golfer at BetMGM, with 9.4 percent of the handle and 6.6 percent of the tickets on him, according to Scott Cullen of SBR.
McIlroy, Thomas and Rahm are each drawing about five percent of the handle. The Northern Irishman has won four major tournaments, including the 2011 U.S. Open. He also has five additional top 10s under his belt, with three of those coming in the last three years.
Thomas now has two majors on his resume, which both came at the PGA Championship. He has a pair of top 10s at the U.S. Open and is coming off a third-place finish behind McIlroy in Canada.
Rahm broke through with his first major win at last year’s U.S. Open, so he will be tasked with defending his title. He has seven PGA Tour wins and tied for third in the 2019 edition of this tournament.
One golfer who has been taking a lot of action at BetMGM is Collin Morikawa, who is priced at 28-1. He is on five percent of tickets and accounts for 7.3 percent of the handle—he has already won two majors in his short career.
Four of the last five U.S. Open winners have been priced at 30-1 or longer going into the tournament, including Gary Woodland as a 110-1 long shot in 2019.
One other note in the golf betting world: FanDuel announced partnerships with PGA Tour golfers Abraham Ancer, Will Zalatoris and Harold Varner III. They join Jordan Spieth as active golfers who have inked agreements with the sportsbook.