2019 US Open Golf Preview, Predictions & Betting Tips

What is the 2019 US Open?

The 2019 US Open will be the 119th edition of the United States Open Championship golf tournament. It is an annual open national golf championship held in the United States and the second of four major championships in golf. The 2019 US Open is on the official schedule of the PGA Tour and the European Tour. 

US Open Golf History

The first US Open was played in 1895 on a nine-hole course at the Newport Country Club. It was a 36-hole competition contested on a single day between ten professionals and one amateur.

Since 1898 the tournament has been 72 holes of stroke play (4 rounds on an 18-hole course), with the winner being the player with the lowest total number of strokes.

The US Open is held at a variety of courses in the United States which are often tight and difficult. Accurate driving is imperative with the winner traditionally finishing around even par.

The US Open has been traditionally won by players from the United States. Players from only six countries outside the United States have won the tournament since 1950.

Who has won the most US Open Golf titles?

Willie Anderson, Bobby Jones, Ben Hogan and Jack Nicklaus hold the record for the most US Open victories with four titles each.

Tiger Woods has won three US Opens in 2000, 2002 and 2008. A number of players have won twice including Curtis Strange, Payne Stewart, Ernie Els, Retief Goosen and Brooks Koepka won in 2017 and 2018. 

Where is the 2019 US Open being held?

The 2019 US Open will be played at Pebble Beach Golf Links in Pebble Beach, California. It will be the sixth time the US Open has been held at the iconic west coast golf course which is one of the most famous and beautiful golf courses in the world.

The Pebble Beach Golf Links in California will host the 2019 US Open (Getty Images)

Previous US Opens at Pebble Beach were held in 1972, 1982, 1992, 2000 and 2010. Previous champions at the course include Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, Tom Kite, Graeme McDowell and Tiger Woods who stormed to an incredible 15-stroke victory in 2000.

When is the 2019 US Open being played?

The 2019 US Open is scheduled to be played from June 13-16, 2019.

What players will contest the 2019 US Open?

A field of 156 players will contest the tournament with approximately half consisting of players who are exempt from qualifying. Amateur and local club pros are a big part of the tournament. 

Winners of the US Open Championship during the last ten years are invited and include Lucas Glover, Dustin Johnson, Martin Kaymer, Brooks Koepka, Graeme McDowell, Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose, Webb Simpson and Jordan Spieth.

Amateurs feature heavily including the winner and runner-up of the 2018 US Amateur, winner of the 2018 US Junior Amateur and 2018 US Mid-Amateur, winner of the 2018 Amateur Championship and winner of the 2018 men's World Amateur Golf Ranking.

Winners of the other three golf majors - Masters Tournament, Open Championship and PGA Championship - during the last five years are invited to compete which include Sergio García, Patrick Reed, Francesco Molinari, Henrik Stenson, Jason Day, Justin Thomas and Jimmy Walker.

Winners of The Players Championship during the last three years and the winner of the 2018 U.S. Senior Open Championship will compete alongside the 10 lowest scorers and anyone tying for 10th place at the 2018 U.S. Open Championship.

Players who qualified for the season-ending 2018 Tour Championship are invited and include Paul Casey, Bryson DeChambeau, Rickie Fowler, Billy Horschel, Marc Leishman, Hideki Matsuyama, Phil Mickelson, Jon Rahm, Bubba Watson and Tiger Woods.

Almost all the top golfers will be at Pebble Beach with the top 60 point leaders in the Official World Golf Ranking earning a spot at the 2019 US Open.

Who were the recent US Open Golf Champions?

Winning Margin

2018Brooks Koepka United States 281 (+1)1 stroke
2017Brooks KoepkaUnited States272 (-16)4 strokes
2016Dustin JohnsonUnited States
276 (-4)3 strokes
2015Jordan SpeithUnited States
275 (-5)1 stroke
2014Martin KaymerGermany271 (-9)8 strokes
2013Justin RoseEngland281 (+1)2 strokes
2012Webb SimpsonUnited States
281 (+1)1 stroke
2011Rory McIlroyNorthern Ireland268 (-16)8 strokes
2010Graeme McDowellNorthern Ireland284 (E)1 stroke
2009Lucas GloverUnited States
276 (-4)2 strokes
2008Tiger WoodsUnited States
283 (-1)Playoff

What happened in the 2018 US Open?

The 2018 US Open was held from June 14–17 at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in New York. Defending champion Brooks Koepka won his second straight US Open title after shooting 281 (+1).

Conditions were tough during the first round with strong winds and a firm and fast course resulting in a scoring average of 76.47. Russell Henley, Dustin Johnson, Scott Piercy and Ian Poulter were tied for the lead at -1.

Dustin Johnson took control after the second round after a shooting a 67, resulting in a four stroke lead ahead of Charley Hoffman and Scott Piercy, Brooks Koepka five shots behind after a score of 66. Johnson shot a seven-over 77 in the third round with three players joining him on +3 including Daniel Berger, Tony Finau, and Brooks Koepka. 

Koepka got off to a good start in the final round with birdies on three of his first five holes. A score 68 (−2) was enough to finish one ahead of Tommy Fleetwood who shot an incredible 63 but missed an eight-foot putt at the 18th hole that would have forced the a two-hole playoff.

Koepka became the seventh player to win consecutive US Opens and the first player to successfully defend the title in 29 years since Curtis Strange in 1989. 

Brooks Koepka celebrates with the winners trophy at the 2018 US Open at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club (Getty Images)

Who are the favourites to win the 2019 US Open Golf?

2016 US Open champion Dustin Johnson plays his best golf at Pebble Beach Golf Links and leads the early betting market with 2015 champion Jordan Spieth close behind. 

Three time winner Tiger Woods has respect with bookmakers with Rory McIlroy, Brooks Koepka, Jason Day, Justin Rose and Justin Thomas next best.

What are the 2019 US Open Golf Betting Odds?

  • Dustin Johnson - 11.00
  • Tiger Woods - 12.00
  • Jordan Spieth - 15.00
  • Rory McIlroy - 15.00
  • Brooks Koepka - 17.00
  • Jason Day - 17.00
  • Justin Rose - 17.00
  • Justin Thomas - 19.00
  • Rickie Fowler - 21.00
  • Jon Ramn - 23.00
  • Tommy Fleetwood - 26.00
  • Henrik Stenson - 29.00
  • Bryson DeChambeau - 34.00
  • Patrick Reed - 34.00
  • Tony Finau - 34.00
  • Hideki Matsuyama - 36.00

2019 US Open Golf Betting Tips

With one of the biggest fields in world golf, the US Open has caused some huge upsets over the years with one of the biggest boilovers being Lucas Glover’s victory in 2009.

Glover had two top-three finishes in 152 events leading up to the tournament including a win at the 2005 Funai-Disney Classic. However, in 2009 he finished T-3 in the Buick Invitational and T-2 at the Quail Hollow Championship prior to the 2009 US Open which was held at the Bethpage Black Course in New York.

Glover missed the cut in his three previous Opens but received a place in the tournament via sectional qualifying. During a rain-induced Monday finish, Glover ended up at -4 and won by two-shots over Phil Mickelson, David Duval and Ricky Barnes.

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