US Open Odds 2023 – Who Are the Main Favourites to Win the Tournament?

US Open Odds 2023 – Who Are the Main Favourites to Win the Tournament?
Jun 13, 2023; Los Angeles, California, USA; Brooks Koepka talks during a press conference for the U.S. Open golf tournament at Los Angeles Country Club. Mandatory Credit: Michael Madrid-USA TODAY Sports/Sipa USA - Photo by Icon sport

With the start of the 2023 US Open fast approaching, there are plenty of tips and predictions being thrown around in relation to who people believe will walk away on Sunday with the famous trophy. As far as major tournaments go, this is notoriously the most difficult to win due to how difficult each host venue makes its course for the event.

With that in mind, to win the US Open you have to be a very special golfer. Even some of the best golfers in history have found the event difficult, including the likes of Phil Mickelson who has never won it despite being a six-time major champion. With the first tee shot fast approaching, here are the main favourites for the tournament with UK bookmakers.

Scottie Scheffler – 6/1 (7.0)

Going into the tournament at LA Country Club this weekend, Scottie Scheffler is unsurprisingly the favourite with the bookmakers. After finishing in a tie for second at the PGA Championship last month, Scheffler returned to the top of golf’s world rankings and he has remained there ever since.

Although Jon Rahm has won the most trophies on tour this year, Scheffler has been by far the most consistent golfer in the world and deserves his status as number one in the world. You have to go as far back as October 2022 for the last time the 26-year-old finished outside the top 12 in a tournament and he has two wins to his name this year, with his best performance coming at the Players Championship.

It’s almost a guarantee that Scheffler will be in contention over all four days in Los Angeles which makes him a worthy favourite going into the event.

Jon Rahm – 10/1 (11.0)

While Scheffler has been staggeringly consistent, Rahm’s peak this season has been on another level. He was a man on a mission at the start of the year, determined to return to the top of golf’s world rankings and for more major success. After winning the Masters in April, he had achieved both in just the fourth month of the year.

Aside from the Masters, Rahm has won another three tournaments this year and will be a threat once again this week. His form may have tailed off slightly since picking up his first green jacket but he has had a rest in recent weeks and should be fit and ready to go here as he seeks his second major of the year.

Brooks Koepka 11/1 (12.0)

Before the Masters in April, Brooks Koepka was incredibly 66/1 to win the title despite being a four-time major champion at the time. The theory was that his move to LIV Golf had taken away the competitive edge that made Koepka such a demon in major tournaments. On this occasion, the theory was most definitely wrong with Koepka pushing Jon Rahm all the way around August National over four days.

The 32-year-old followed that performance up with an even better one at Oak Hill which resulted in his fifth major championship and third PGA Championship. Koepka is quite open about the fact that he only really care about the majors as that is what he will be remembered for which makes him a huge threat once again this week at the US Open.

Rory McIlroy 12/1 (13.0)

Incredibly, it is nine years since Rory McIlroy last won a major golf tournament, something that seems impossible given the talent and reputation of the Northern Irishman. Despite that, there was a feeling at the start of this year that he would end that major drought thanks to his excellent performances at the back end of 2022.

Unfortunately for McIlroy, his form tailored off at the wrong time which saw him put in a hugely disappointing performance at the Masters in April. After missing the cut at Augusta, McIlroy performed better at the PGA Championship in May and finished in a tie for 7th.

In preparation for the US Open, McIlroy played at the Canadian Open last weekend and secured another top-ten finish which indicates his game is moving in the right direction once again. If he can find his best game in Los Angeles then he will be a force to be reckoned with.

Viktor Hovland 16/1 (17.0)

Viktor Hovland has slowly but surely become more of a threat in recent years and has performed well so far this season on the PGA Tour. At the age of 25, his best years are still ahead of him but the Norweigan has still managed to rise to number five in the world rankings and many people believe that a major triumph is just around the corner.

Hovland has performed well at both majors so far this season, finishing in a tie for 7th at the Masters and then in a tie for 2nd at the PGA Championship. As he is usually a quick starter, that price of 16/1 could rapidly shorten across the opening couple of days in LA so it’s certain to tempt more than a few.

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