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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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