Dustin Johnson to reclaim World No.1 ranking with a win at Shinnecock Hills

The best golfers contest the 118th US Open on June 14 and we have found our best value picks
The best players in the world tee it up at Shinnecock Hills for the 2018 US Open. (A. Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

US Open Golf Preview, Predictions & Betting Tips


The US Open is considered the toughest test in golf and the world's best golfers will tee it up at Shinnecock Hills starting June 14. 

Defending champion Brooks Koepka will be in the field but there are a host of contenders looking to take over his title. Former US Open champion Dustin Johnson recently lost his No.1 ranking to Justin Thomas and he will be eager to impress. 

Rory McIlroy is another past winner of the US Open and despite coming under some scrutiny this season, the Northern Irishman doesn't lack confidence and he's likely to show his best at one of the world's most famous golf courses. 

All eyes will be on Tiger Woods as he looks to claim his first major since winning the 2008 US Open over Rocco Mediate in a drama-filled playoff. Woods, playing with one working knee, was able to score arguably his greatest career win and fans are hoping he can recapture his magic. 

We look at the best betting chances for the 118th US Open in what should be another enthralling tournament. 

Dustin Johnson is the current favourite for the US Open. (Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

Dustin Johnson 11/1: The former world No.1 hasn't been victorious since winning at Pebble Beach in January but his game has shown good consistency. He will be vying to recapture his best form at Shinnecock Hills and channel his form which saw him winning the 2016 US Open at Oakmont Country Club.

His game has always flourished in tough conditions and with the wind likely to blow in New York, Johnson's impressive driving and underrated short-game should come to the fore. He's a good value pick at the odds and we would be surprised to see him finish outside of the top 10. 

Rory McIlroy 11/1: We're not sure that Rory McIlroy deserves to be on the same line as Dustin Johnson but the 2011 US Open champion has experience to call upon. The Northern Irish golfer has struggled to find his best swing since taking on the Tiger Woods gym routine, which has limited his flexibility, but we're not going to doubt the talented player. 

He's tough to stop when he gets on a roll and his ability to quickly put five shots on the field is incredible. He will need to play some creative shots at Shinnecock Hills and that's not his forte, but ruling McIlroy out would be a mistake. 

Justin Thomas 14/1: The 25-year-old has played incredibly over the last two years and his rise to become the best player in the world happened quickly. Thomas recorded his best US Open finish when finishing in a tie of ninth in 2017 and his form this year has been solid. 

He won the Honda Classic in a playoff over Luke List before playing again the week following and losing in a playoff to Phil Mickelson at the WGC-Mexico Championship. His ability to load up on his drives and pump out big distances is impressive and he can handle the pressure of the big stage. 

Tiger Woods 16/1: All eyes will be on Tiger Woods as he looks to claim his first major victory since winning the US Open in 2008. It has been a lengthy comeback for Woods, but he has played well this season. He hasn't won because of his inability to finish off his rounds. 

That will come with time and Tiger fans need to allow him time to shake off the rust. The 16/1 is a touch short of what we would have liked for Tiger and odds around 25/1 would have attracted more tournament betting interest. 

Rickie Fowler is a popular US Open pick. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

Rickie Fowler 18/1: Always a popular pick in the majors, Rickie Fowler looks destined to win one soon. The 29-year-old Californian has been knocking on the door of a major victory for some time and he finished second at the 2014 US Open behind Martin Kaymer. Fowler has lacked to killer punch on the final day of the tournament but if there's any player that deserves his name in lights, it's Rickie Fowler. 

Justin Rose 18/1: The experience Englishman is always a threat in majors. The 2013 US Open champion is one of the better ball strikers in the game and he only needs confidence on the greens to excel his game to the next level. Rose has famously struggled to putt well in the big moments but conditions at Shinnecock Hills will bring some familiarity to his game. If the putts go down, Rose is a major player. 

Henrik Stenson 30/1: Bookmakers are offering generous odds for the big Swede. The 2016 Open Championship winner finished fifth at The Masters this year and there's not much that gets to the 42-year-old. He goes about his business, which is a positive when trying to win the US Open and he should attract plenty of experience in the betting.  

Charl Schwartzel 75/1: South African players are always tough to beat in majors and Schwartzel has the makings of a US Open champion. The Johannesburg native finished seventh in the 2015 US Open and his win in the 2011 Masters was class personified. At his current odds, Schwartzel is at least a good trading opportunity as we're expecting him to be around the top of the leaderboard after the opening round. 

US Open Tips: 

Tournament winner: Dustin Johnson @ 12.00 
Tournament winner: Rickie Fowler @ 19.00 
Each way: Justin Thomas @ 15.00 
Each way: Henrik Stenson @ 31.00 
Each way: Charl Schwartzel @ 76.00 
Bill Rosenthal 13 June 2018

US Open Golf Previews & Tips