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2019 US Open - Dustin Johnson looks to spoil Brooks Koepka’s bid for history

World’s best golfers tee off at Pebble Beach for the third major of the season
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Dustin Johnson is in fine form and is among the leading contenders to win the 2019 US Open (Getty Images)

2019 US Open Golf Preview, Betting Tips & Live Stream 


Pebble Beach hosts the third golf major of the season this week as the world’s best golfers tee off on Thursday in California. With more than 150 PGA Tour players competing at the US Open, we take a look at the leading contenders for the title, pick a few outsiders to consider, and suggest where some smart money could be made. 

2019 US Open Betting Odds


  • Rory McIlroy (9.00) 
  • Dustin Johnson (9.00)
  • Brooks Koepka (10.00)
  • Tiger Woods (13.00)
  • Patrick Cantlay (21.00)
  • Jordan Spieth (21.00)
  • Justin Rose (26.00)
  • Rickie Fowler (26.00)
  • Xander Schauffele (29.00)
  • Jon Rahm (29.00)

2019 US Open Top Contenders


Rory McIlroy (9.00)

The Northern Irishman was always going to be among the top contenders for the US Open, but his blistering final round to win the Canadian Open by seven shots has seen him surge to co-favourite. Apart from a missed cut two weeks ago at The Memorial, McIlroy has by any standards enjoyed a superb season of consistency and he now has two wins this year. 

However, his performances at the majors have not been as impressive, while three successive missed cuts at the US Open does not bode too well. McIlroy is capable of a runaway win, but at 9.00 there just isn’t enough to tempt me at that price. 

Dustin Johnson (9.00)

If McIlroy should be avoided due to his form at the majors and recent history at the US Open, then these are the very reasons why Johnson deserves our attention. Two runner-up finishes at the US Masters and PGA Championship show a player dialled in on the biggest stages this season, while DJ’s finishes at the US Open the past five years reads: 3rd, missed cut, winner, tied 2nd and tied 4th.

The last time the event was at Pebble Beach in 2010 he finished tied 8th. The American World No. 2 has the form, the pedigree and the game to clinch the title on Sunday. 

Brooks Koepka (10.00)

History beckons for the World No. 1 this weekend should he successfully win the trophy come Sunday. Koepka could become the first player in more than 100 years - since Willie Anderson in 1905 - to win the US Open for three successive years. It is a monumental task that awaits Koepka, but if anyone can do it, it appears he is the best suited. 

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Brooks Koepka defended the US Open in 2018 and is looking to be the first player in more than 100 years to win three straight (Getty Images)

No player on the planet excels at major championships quite like Koepka, so expect his presence at the top of the leaderboard this week. Whether it will be enough to go all the way will only be determined on Sunday evening.

Tiger Woods (13.00)

Forget all the other contenders set to compete at the US Open, all the attention will be on one man as usual. Woods returns to the venue of one of his most iconic performances in 2000 when he won the US Open at Pebble Beach by a record 15-shot margin. 

The last time he competed at this venue for a US Open in 2010 he finished tied 8th. Put simply, there is not player who can navigate their way around Pebble quite like Woods. 

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Tiger Woods won the 100th US Open in 2000 at Pebble Beach, California by 15 shots (Getty Images)

While he missed the cut at the PGA Championship at Bethpage Black - where we expected him to struggle - he is back in more favourable conditions. He should at the very least be towards the top of the leaderboard. 


Patrick Cantlay (21.00)

Two weeks ago at The Memorial I dismissed Cantlay’s challenge. While I understood why his odds were so low, I refused to back him as a potential title winner. Instead he put on a Sunday masterclass to win the title. 

That followed a tied 3rd finish at the PGA Championship and a tied 9th at the Masters. Deservedly the leading contender among the potential first-time major winners, a top 20 finish should be well within Cantlay's grasp. 

Jordan Spieth (21.00)

From looking like he would never win another golf tournament to contending in his past three events, Spieth has enjoyed a hugely encouraging change of form in recent weeks, kickstarted by his T3 at the PGA Championship. 

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Jordan Spieth has enjoyed a timely return to form in recent weeks (Getty Images)

A US Open winner in 2015, at Chambers Bay, Spieth looks to be closing in on a long overdue win. But if he is quite where he needs to be to win the title among such a competitive field still remains to be seen. 

2019 US Open Outsiders


Justin Rose (26.00)

It’s difficult not to consider a player that is so solid in all aspects of his game, particularly at a US Open when the course setup is often the toughest of the season. Rose is a touch short of the mesmeric golf that sent him to the top of the rankings, but he did contend as recently as Wells Fargo last month. Could be set for a mini-revival. 

Rickie Fowler (26.00)

There are few players pursuing a first major title that garner as much support as Fowler. He is yet to truly contend at a grand slam event so far this season, but Pebble Beach could be his chance to end his increasingly long wait. He is flying under the radar, his game should suit the course and he is in good enough form to produce a performance.

Hideki Matsuyama (34.00)

The Japanese player came in for us at The Memorial, and we are backing him to continue his improvements in form. Pebble Beach’s smaller greens should suit this supreme iron player and his odds are too tempting for a high finish. Plus he finished T2 at the 2017 US Open, so has proved he can do well on similar course setups.

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Hideki Matsuyama has the game and the class to excel at the 2019 US Open (Getty Images)

Matt Kuchar (46.00)

The FedEx Cup leader who finished T4 at the Canadian Open, T8 at the PGA Championship and runner-up at RBC Heritage in his past four events - yet Kuchar is still priced at 46.00? Are we missing something? His US Open record is ordinary, but the last time the event visited Pebble Beach in 2010, he finished T6. His price is too good not to consider Kuchar for a high finish. 

2019 US Open Live Stream


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2019 US Open Statistics


  • The 2019 US Open will boast 12 former champions - three of those (Tiger Woods, Brooks Koepka, Ernie Els) are multiple winners
  • Pebble Beach will measure 7,075 yards - since 2010 only one course has been shorter (Merion 2013)
  • Brooks Koepka is aiming to become the first player in 114 years to win the US Open for three successive years 

2019 US Open Betting Tips


Predicting winners in golf majors can return some big profits and I am tipping Dustin Johnson to win the 2019 US Open at 9.00. The American seems to have everything in place to add to his solitary major win. While Brooks Koepka could fall short of a historic third successive US Open title, expect the World No. 1 to still contend. Meanwhile, Matt Kuchar looks a solid bet for a top-20 finish given his largely consistent form this season. Finally, Hideki Matsuyama has the game well suited to Pebble Beach and is improving each week. That is why I'm picking him to place the highest of the 'Rest of the World' players - those not from the United States or Europe. 

Top 10 Finish: Brooks Koepka @ 2.00 at bet365 - 5 Units
Top 20 Finish: Matt Kuchar @ 2.75 at bet365 - 3 Units
Top Rest Of The World: Hideki Matsuyama @ 6.50 at bet365 - 2 Unit
2019 US Open Winner: Dustin Johnson @ 9.00 at bet365 - 1 Unit

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