How to bet on the U.S. Open

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What is the U.S. Open?

The U.S. Open is one of four majors on the PGA TOUR, as well as a tournament that drives heavy betting traffic every year. It is the third major on the golf schedule following the the Masters and the PGA Championship, and will next be played at Los Angeles Country Club in Los Angeles, California, on June 15 to 18, 2023. Famous courses such as Pebble Beach Golf Links in California and Baltusrol Golf Club in New Jersey have hosted the event in years’ past. 

Having been held annually since 1895, the U.S. Open is unlike the other majors, as it is open to both amateur and professional golfers. It is also open to other tours as well, as players from the European and Asian professional tours play in it. It is also the only major to have a two-hole playoff format. If players are still tied after two holes, they will then move to a sudden death format. These types of differences makes the U.S. Open an attractive tournament for bettors from all over the world.  

A premium is placed on accurate driving, as the U.S. Open is one of the more difficult events to win  with the way the course is set up. The winners are usually around even par, and there have been some over-par winners in its history. Similarly to the other golf majors, it awards a $17.5-million purse.

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How can I bet on the U.S. Open?

The U.S. Open and other golf majors are open to bet on at most sportsbooks months in advance, and therefore the odds are constantly moving. Whether you are looking to place a wager on the outright winner, someone to make the cut, or place in the top 10, shopping around for value and looking at how a player has recently performed is the best way to go about it.   

The most common wager for any major is the outright winner. You can bet on a golfer to beat the field in a given tournament, and you can also bet on the player to win the rounds. These wagers come with the longest odds, so it’s best to diversify your bets for any given major. Long shots under this category can go as high as +5000 (and sometimes higher), meaning strategies where you bet on two or three favorites and one long shot is always a smart wager.  

Other bets include head-to-head wagers, where you bet on one player to outperform another on either a given round or throughout the entire tournament. These odds are usually close to even. Prop bets are also popular for the U.S. Open and there are hundreds to bet on, including who the winning golfer will hand the U.S. Trophy to or hug first.

U.S. Open betting tips

Make sure to check the course, who has played it well, and a golfer’s particular form before placing your wager. Since this is the first time the Los Angeles Country Club will host the U.S. Open, you might want to take a look at which golfers have experience on the course.  

You should also check the FedEx Cup standings to see who has played well in the tournaments leading up to the U.S. Open, and which long shot might have the best opportunity to make a charge come Sunday. Remember, this is a tough course and the setup will be incredibly difficult, so stay with who has been the most accurate off the tee and with their approach shots if you are placing an outright winner or placement bet. 

Where is the U.S. Open played?

The U.S. Open will shift to the Los Angeles Country Club for the first time ever in 2023. The club occupies some of the most valuable real estate in the world sitting next to Beverley Hills, where it moved to in 1911.  

While this is the first time the Los Angeles Country Club is hosting a major, it has hosted several USGA tournaments before. Collin Morikawa, Scottie Scheffler, Cameron Champ, and Will Zalatoris were on the USA side that routed a Great Britain and Ireland squad in 2017 during the Walker Cup.

This means the group might be a solid place to start for your wagers, since these players know the course well. 

The course is a 7010-yard andpar-70 played on Bermuda grass. If you need to learn more about Bermuda grass and how it can affectgolf tournaments, check out our futures page. It is a shorter course on TOUR, so it may be beneficial to take a deep look at who is long off the tee. 

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Who won last year's U.S. Open?

Matt Fitzpatrick won the 122nd U.S. Open at The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts in 2022, becoming just the 13th player to win both the U.S. Open and the U.S. Amateur, which he claimed nine years ago, and just the second to accomplish this feat at the same venue. 

Defeating Will Zalatoris and Scottie Scheffler, Fitzpatrick joined Hall of Famer and 18-time major champion Jack Nicklaus as the only golfers to have won the USGA’s two oldest championships at the same venue.  

A Canadian has never won the U.S. Open.  

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