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When you think of the PGA majors, The Masters probably springs to mind first and foremost. But there’s another tournament that is not only potentially more challenging to play, but also offers up the largest prize pool of them all. That tournament is the US Open.
With a 2020 prize pool of $12.5 million and $2.25 million going to the winner, there’s no doubt why it’s attractive to the pros. For bettors, however, it can be a bit more challenging than most golf tournaments.
That’s because some players take to the US Open quite easily, while others look as though they are experiencing a golf nightmare.
We’ve assembled this guide to help you bet on the US Open using the best legal and regulated online and mobile sportsbooks. Read on for more information.
2021 US Open golf odds
When it comes to betting the US Open, the first thing you need to know is what kind of online sportsbook odds you’re facing.
Below you will find our exclusive 2021 US Open odds feed. It is automatically updated with the most current US Open betting odds available, so you never have to worry about missing important details.
If you click on the odds below, the link will take you directly to the online sportsbook so you can place a bet.
How to bet on the US Open
There are numerous ways you can bet on the US Open, but the absolute best way to bet on golf in Arizona is through online and mobile sportsbooks. They are easy to use, convenient, and they allow 24-hour access to your accounts.
When the tournament is set to begin, you’ll have access to multiple different bet types. Before then, however, the most readily available wager will be in the futures market.
Futures bets are wagers placed on events or outcomes yet to take place. As a bettor, you are basically trying to predict what the future will hold. It’s not easy, especially when the tournament is still far off on the calendar.
That happens to be when betting is potentially the most lucrative, but also the most risky. Trying to choose who might win a tournament without even knowing if the player you are considering is going to be invited is a bit daunting. But the right amount of news consumption and staying informed on how the season is shaping up can help you gain an edge.
Making your wager long before the next US Open comes into view will offer up the greatest odds for those looking to make a huge splash on a risky wager. If that’s you, consider making your bets earlier than some might expect.
Can US Open betting odds shift?
They can indeed. In fact, it’s quite common, especially in futures betting on an event like the US Open.
With so much attention on the majors, it’s not surprising that odds fluctuate from their starting points. Especially in the world of futures, odds tend to change as more information becomes available. Maybe a particular golfer is playing the best of their career, or the event is at a course historically dominated by one of the golfers attending. Injuries, trends, and even personal news can impact the odds.
Another reason odds will shift is because of public betting. When Arizona online sportsbooks see a lot of wagers on a particular outcome, they start to worry. That imbalance leaves them in a precarious position when it comes to making money. What if the vast majority of bettors simply win outright on that imbalanced market? Sportsbooks don’t allow themselves to lose that way.
To offset that, the oddsmakers change the line to make the other potential outcomes more attractive with better odds.
This incentivizes betting in those other directions and reduces the potential loss for the sportsbook in case the heavily favored wager does indeed come up a winner.
Live betting on US Open golf
If you’ve never heard of live betting—also known as in-game betting—then you’re in luck. It’s one of the most popular sectors of gambling today.
Live betting, which requires the use of an online or mobile sportsbook to participate, allows you to make wagers on an event while the action is unfolding. You can wager on things like whether a particular golfer is going to make par on their next hole or if there will be a hole-in-one during a specific round.
Live betting allows a level of engagement with the US Open that hasn’t been previously available to the majority of bettors. It gives you a reason to stay tuned, stay interested, and get in on the action when you choose to.
If you’re wondering about why you need an online or mobile sportsbook, the truth is, retail and commercial sportsbooks just can’t keep up with the quickly changing odds of live betting. Online books, however, have the luxury of being connected at all times. They can instantly edit the odds while you’re live wagering.
When and where is the 2021 US Open golf tournament?
The US Open doesn’t stay at a single golf course like The Masters does. In fact, it shifts around to some of the most difficult courses on the PGA Tour.
In 2021, the US Open will be played in California at the South Course at Torrey Pines. That course is also the host of the Farmers Insurance Open and is a public course.
The last time the US Open was played there in 2008, Tiger Woods beat Rocco Mediate via a playoff to take the title. It was the third US Open win of Woods’ career.
- When: Thursday, June 17, 2021
- Where: South Course at Torrey Pines in San Diego, California
- Average temperatures: 72 degree highs and 62 lows
- How to watch: You can stream it through the Golf Channel, via fuboTV, YouTube TV, Hulu Live, Sling TV and ATT Now
US Open golf 2021 players to watch
All the big names in golf will hit the course at Torrey Pines hoping for a piece of that massive $12.5 million purse. But which golfers are expected to compete for the top position?
First and foremost, you can’t count Rory McIlroy out. Sure, he hasn’t had the greatest run over the past couple of years, but McIlroy is a champion and knows what it takes to win. Expect a solid performance from him in this year’s Open. He’s currently one of the favorites to take home the title at +1200 on the DraftKings app.
Xander Schauffele may be only 27 years old, but he sure plays like an old pro. He won Rookie of the Year in the PGA in 2017 and has collected more than a few career victories. Out of his 15 major championships starts, Schauffele has finished in the top 10 a whopping eight times. DraftKings has him listed at +1400 odds.
Justin Thomas already owns 14 PGA Tour wins at just 28 years of age. His trophy case includes two World Golf Championships, a Players Championship in 2021, and the 2017 PGA Championship. The US Open might be his next big win. He has +1200 odds, according to DraftKings Sportsbook.
Finally, we can’t count out the 2020 US Open champion, Bryson DeChambeau, who has +1200 odds for this year’s event. He hasn’t been one of the big names for long, but over the past couple of seasons, DeChambeau has made it clear he plans on contending in every tournament he plays.
US Open golf 2021 underdogs
Sure, the guys who are considered favorites are always fun to talk about, but what about the players who have a chance but are being overlooked a little?
Well, that list is still pretty impressive when it comes to pure golf talent. Patrick Reed and Hideki Matsuyama both sit at +2500 at DraftKings Sportsbook. They might be underdogs for this tournament, but they are capable of winning just about any day they step on the course.
Reed is ranked eighth in the world and Matsuyama is ranked 14th. They have plenty of wins to their names, nine for Reed and six for Matsuyama, and they have fared well at Torrey Pines in the past.
Reed won the Farmers Insurance Open this year at the course (albeit under some controversy) and knows how to play every hole at Torrey Pines. Matsuyama tied for third at the 2019 Farmers Insurance Open with a 272 (winner Justin Rose shot a 267) also at Torrey Pines.
If you’re looking for underdogs who aren’t crazy longshots, give those two some consideration.
US Open golf FAQs
Will Tiger Woods play in the 2021 US Open?
If you didn’t know, Woods was involved in a car accident that required intensive surgery to his legs. He is not expected to compete in the near future.
Who is the favorite to win the 2021 US Open?
DraftKings has Jon Rahm listed as the current favorite (as of early June 2021) with +800 odds.
When does the 2021 US Open start?
The 2021 US Open is slated to begin Thursday, June 17, 2021, at Torrey Pines golf course in San Diego, California.
What TV Network covers the US Open?
Find it on both NBC and the Golf Channel.
How many players compete in the US Open?
The field for the US Open is capped at 156 players and is open to both professionals and amateur golfers.
Who gets an automatic invite to the US Open?
If you’re looking for an automatic invitation to the US Open, you must land yourself on some very select lists. Here is the list of those who get automatically invited to the US Open golf tournament each year:
- Winners of the US Open for the last 10 years
- Winners of the Masters Tournament, Open Championship (British Open) and PGA Championship winners for the last five years
- Winner and runner-up from the previous year’s US Amateur and winners of the previous year’s US Junior Amateur and US Mid-Amateur
- Winner of the previous year’s Amateur Championship
- Previous year’s top-ranked amateur golfer in the world
- Winner of the US Senior Open
- Winners of the last three Players Championships
- Winner of the current year’s BMW PGA Championship
- In the year after the Olympic golf tournament, the reigning men’s gold medalist
- The top 10 finishers (including ties) from the previous year’s US Open