Vegas Odds US Open 2018
The U.S. Open, the second of golf’s four annual majors, is held in mid-June so that the final round is played on the third Sunday of the month — Father’s Day. The championship was established in 1895 and played on a nine-hole course in Rhode Island. Willie Anderson, Bobby Jones, Ben Hogan and Jack Nicklaus hold the record for the most U.S. Open titles with four each.
The host site for the U.S. Open moves around every year, even though it seems to return to certain courses once a decade.
The USGA, which overlooks the championship, puts a premium on driving accuracy and scoring. Birdies typically don’t come in bunches over the 72-hole event, even though 2011 champion Rory McIlroy and 2017 winner Brooks Koepka hold the U.S. Open scoring record at 16-under par.
McIlroy won his title by eight shots at Congressional in Bethesda, Md., while Koepka captured his first major at Erin Hills in Erin, Wis., by four strokes.
Tiger Woods holds the record for the largest margin of victory when he won his first of three U.S. Open titles in 2000 at Pebble Beach in California by 15 strokes. He shot -12 (272). The rest of the field was over par.
Curtis Strange is the last player to win consecutive Open titles (1988-89), while Phil Mickelson has been a runner-up six times in the national championship.
There are three co-favorites on the Bovada betting board for the 2018 event. Dustin Johnson, currently the No. 1 player in the world, Jordan Spieth and McIlroy all sit at +900 to capture the title.
Mickelson is +5000. Woods, who is fighting to regain his form after numerous injuries and surgeries, is listed at +2500.