PGA Preview: 2020 U.S. Open Odds and Predictions

Last week Stewart Cink came out of nowhere to win the 2020 Safeway Open at age 47. It was a perfect example of how strong golfers that are often overlooked can rise to the top. It was Cink’s first Tour victory in eleven years.

Will lightning strike twice this week at the US Open? Will a longshot surge to the front and take the win? It’s possible – but oddsmakers are seeing a different outcome. This week the field is much stronger than last week – after all, it’s the U.S. Open, but there will be no fans present.

Dustin Johnson comes in as the lone favorite at +750 with Jon Rahm coming in at +900. Johnson won the Open in 2016 when it was held at Oakmont Country Club. Since then Brooks Koepka won the event twice in 2017 and 2018 with Gary Woodland taking home the win in 2019.

Koepka is not in the field as he is allowing more time for his knee to heal and Woodland is at +5000 heading into the opening round.


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Woodland does not break into the top-five favorites to win the 2020 U.S. Open.

Dustin Johnson +750

Jon Rahm +900

Justin Thomas +1200

Rory McIlroy +1200

Xander Schauffele +1400

2020 PGA U.S. Open Preview

Where: Mamaroneck, New York

Course: Winged Foot Golf Club West Course, est. 1923

Par: 72 (70 for PGA Majors)

Length: 7,264

When: Sept 17-20, 2020

Purse: $12 million

TV Coverage: NBC/Golf Channel/NBCPeacock-limited coverage

Winged Foot Golf Club has hosted the U.S. Open six times in its history along with two U.S. Women’s Opens, two U.S. Amateurs, a U.S. Senior Open, as well as a PGA Championship. The venue dates back to 1923 and features an East and West Course. Major renovations have taken place with the latest in 2015 by Gil Hanse. The 2020 Open will be held on the West Course.

The course is relatively flat and difficult. Not because of an abundance of water hazards or sneaky bunkers. Instead, it has tight doglegs, tricky greens, and landing zones that demand a well-hit tee shot. Well played approach shots are gold at Winged Foot.


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Justin Thomas +1200

I’m looking at Justin Thomas as a good bet at +1200 because he was on fire at the Tour Championship. His driver length should match up to landing areas at Winged Foot and his putter can catch fire during rounds. He has thirteen PGA Tour wins at the age of 27 – he can handle the pressure.

Webb Simpson +2500

Webb Simpson should not be overlooked this week. Simpson is first on the PGA Tour in putts per Greens in Regulation (GIR) which is a much-needed stat at Winged Foot Golf Club. He also leads the stat battle in Birdies per Rund and Scoring Average.

Bryson DeChambeau +1800

I’m putting Bryson DeChambeau behind Webb Simpson on my top-three for one reason. I don’t think his overpowering drives will help him too much at Winged Foot. Since his muscle mass gain, DeChambeau has been living on the long ball. If he can remember his finesse game this week he can win the U.S. Open.


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Dustin Johnson - Xander Schauffele – Of course you have to look at the favorite. My only issue with Dustin Johnson is that I’m wondering if he can recapture the fire he had over the last month following a week where he skipped a tournament. Xander Schauffele has moved up the Official World Golf Rankings list and is now inside the top-ten. He’s won the Tour Championship before and has six top-ten finishes in twelve Majors.

2020 U.S. Open Betting Odds

Dustin Johnson +750

Jon Rahm +900

Justin Thomas +1200

Rory McIlroy +1200

Xander Schauffele +1400

Collin Morikawa +1600

Bryson DeChambeau +1800

Patrick Cantlay +2500

Webb Simpson +2500

Daniel Berger +2500

Jason Day +3300

Hideki Matsuyama +3300

Tony Finau +3300

Tommy Fleetwood +3300

Adam Scott +3300

Patrick Reed +3500

Tyrrell Hatton +3500

Justin Rose +3500

Tiger Woods +4000

Matthew Fitzpatrick +4000

Rickie Fowler +4500

Paul Casey +5000

Viktor Hovland +5000

Gary Woodland +5000

Matthew Wolff +5500

Harris English +6600

Louis Oosthuizen +6600

Jordan Spieth +6600

Abraham Ancer +7500

Sungjae Im +7500

Phil Mickelson +8000

Sergio Garcia +8000

Kevin Kisner +8000

Billy Horschel +8000

Shane Lowry +8000

Brendon Todd +8000

Matt Kuchar +10000

Martin Kaymer +10000

Bubba Watson +10000

Cameron Champ +10000

Joaquin Niemann +10000

Si-Woo Kim +10000

Marc Leishman +10000

Ian Poulter +12500

Alex Noren +12500

Danny Willett +12500

Henrik Stenson +12500

Lee Westwood +12500

Matt Wallace +12500

Bernd Wiesberger +12500

Rasmus Hojgaard +12500

Thomas Pieters +15000

Cameron Smith +15000

Kevin Na +15000

Byeong-Hun An +15000

Brandt Snedeker +15000

Will Zalatoris +15000

Chez Reavie +15000

Jason Kokrak +15000

Mackenzie Hughes +15000

Tom Lewis +15000

Erik Van Rooyen +15000

Sam Horsfield +15000

Corey Conners +15000

Zach Johnson +15000

Ryan Palmer +15000

Joel Dahmen +20000

Graeme McDowell +20000

Lanto Griffin +20000

Kevin Streelman +20000

Thomas Detry +20000

Andy Sullivan +20000

Branden Grace +20000

Robert Macintyre +20000

Keegan Bradley +20000

Charles Howell III +20000

Matthias Schwab +20000

Brandon Wu +20000

Michael Lorenzo-Vera +25000

Sebastian Munoz +25000

Adam Hadwin +25000

Tyler Duncan +25000

Danny Lee +25000

Mark Hubbard +25000

Ryan Fox +25000

Christiaan Bezuidenhout +25000

Rafael Cabrera Bello +25000

Sami Valimaki +25000

Victor Perez +25000

Lucas Glover +25000

Michael Thompson +25000

Paul Waring +25000

Romain Langasque +25000

Justin Harding +25000

Max Homa +25000

Sung Kang +25000

Renato Paratore +25000

Eddie Pepperell +25000

Brian Harman +25000

Jimmy Walker +30000

Troy Merritt +30000

Richy Werenski +30000

Adam Long +30000

Kurt Kitayama +30000

Takumi Kanaya +30000

Adrian Otaegui +30000

Connor Syme +30000

Taylor Pendrith +30000

Chesson Hadley +35000

Ryo Ishikawa +40000

Shugo Imahira +40000

Andrew Putnam +40000

Davis Riley +40000

Lucas Herbert +40000

Steve Stricker +40000

Jazz Janewattananond +40000

Lee Hodges +40000

Curtis Luck +40000

Matt Jones +40000

JT Poston +40000

Chan Kim +50000

Jim Herman +50000

Shaun Norris +50000

Stephan Jaeger +50000

Chun-An Yu +50000

JC Ritchie +50000

Cole Hammer +50000

Eduard Rousard +50000

Scott Hend +50000

Paul Barjon +50000

Sandy Scott +75000

Ricky Castillo +75000

John Pak +75000

Greyson Sigg +75000

Lukas Michel +75000

Daniel Summerhays +75000

Andy Ogletree +75000

John Augenstein +75000

Dan McCarthy +100000

James Sugrue +100000

Ryan Vermeer +100000

Danny Balin +100000

Marty Jertson +100000

About the Author

Kent Whitaker is an award-winning author, culinary writer and sports writer. Whitaker's books range from BBQ, Grilling, Tailgating and additional culinary titles to WWII history books, books about NASCAR and racing and titles for kids.

Whitaker, known as “the Deck Chef,” has a culinary, history and journalism background. He credits this for his cookbook writing style. “My books are people based. I interview, gather recipes from real people and sources – and combine the recipes with back-stories. My cookbooks are slices of culinary history.”

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Whitaker has covered NASCAR, IndyCar, ARCA Racing, The NFL, SEC Football, Professional Golf and more. His books include:

·      Great American Grilling – Ultimate Backyard Barbecue and Tailgating

·      The Gulf Coast Seafood Cookbook

·      Smoke in the Mountains - The Art of Appalachian Barbecue

·      Checkered Flag Cooking - Tailgating Stock Car Racing

·      The Hometown Cookbook Series; The Tennessee Hometown Cookbook, as well as Georgia, Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana, South Carolina, West Virginia, Alabama, and Florida.

·      The USS Alabama - The History of the Mighty A

·      Talladega Superspeedway

·      Bullets and Bread - Feeding the Greats and Grunts of WWII

·      Big Mo's Tennis Ball Hunt

·       Why Are the Mountains Smokey?

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Kent and his wife Allyson live in Tennessee and have one ARMY Strong son, Macee. You can visit him online at www.thedeckchef.com and Twitter/Instagram @thekentwhitaker.