US Open Favorites and Sleepers: Picks for the US Open Golf 2022

After 36 holes of action at the Country Club at Brookline, one familiar face who has succeeded in majors, Collin Morikawa, sits atop the leaderboard co-leading with a surprising Joel Dahmen at -5. 

The loaded leaderboard features defending U.S. Open champion, Jon Rahm and 4-time major winner, Rory McIlroy, sitting a stroke behind the lead at -4. 

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Other heavily bet golfers who will attempt to make a run on moving day are world No. 1 Scottie Scheffler, (-3) Sam Burns, (-2) Will Zalatoris, (-1) Xander Schauffele (-1) and Brooks Koepka (E). 

Below we will showcase both the U.S. Open favorites and sleepers to bet on. Anything can happen especially after the PGA Championship where Justin Thomas came back from a 7-shot deficit to lift the Wanamaker Trophy. 

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Jun 17, 2022; Brookline, Massachusetts, USA; Victor Perez putts on the 12th green during the second round of the U.S. Open golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports/Sipa USA – Photo by Icon sport


Collin Morikawa (+450)

For anyone who grabbed him at his ridiculous +3300 pretournament price, pat yourself on the back. Regardless of if the 2-time major champion wins, he’s in the thick of it as the co-leader so it was certainly a smart bet. 

Morikawa has struggled the second half of the season after starting his first few tournaments hot. Widely regarded as one of the best iron players on the planet, Morikawa’s 69 and 66 have put him in pole position to win his first U.S. Open.

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Rory McIlroy (+450)

After a clean-carded 67 in round 1 with four birdies and only a single bogey, the 2014 U.S. Open winner struggled early on Friday with a double bogey but bounced back strong to card a 1-under 69 which put him a stroke back of the lead. 

Jon Rahm (+500)

Rahm seems to have found his form after his impressive top 10 at the Memorial. The Spaniard ranks first among all players at the U.S. Open in strokes gained off the tee and is also in the top 10 in driving distance (315) and fairways hit (68%).

Scottie Scheffler (+700)

The world’s top-ranked player has shaken off any worries after his missed cut at the PGA with his opening round 70 and 67 on Friday. We’ve seen Scheffler lurk around leaderboards this year and close out on Sundays. 

Scheffler ranks first in strokes gained approach out every golfer in the field and tied for second in fairways hit (75%) with Joel Dahmen. 

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Will Zalatoris (+3300)

There’s something about majors and Will Zalatoris finishing near the top. At 33-1 odds and only four strokes back, the American is a bargain bet compared to his pretournament 22-1 odds. 

The 25-year-old is still looking for his first tour win and major after finishing solo second in the 2021 Masters and losing a playoff to Justin Thomas at the 2022 PGA Championship. 

Xander Schauffele (+3300)

The Olympic gold medalist sits four back and has historically performed lights out at the U.S. Open since 2017 with five appearances resulting in a T5, T6, T3, 5 and T7. If history repeats itself he’ll be right up there come Sunday afternoon. 

Brooks Koepka (+5000)

Despite struggling in the first two majors of the season with a missed cut at the Masters and a T55 at the PGA, (which is uncharacteristic) the four-time major winner sits just 5 strokes back.

It certainly could be worth sprinkling some money on him due to the fact Koepka has only been beaten in his last four U.S. Opens by four total golfers. This converts to him beating 99.4% of opponents during that span. 

Justin Thomas (+5000)

After Justin Thomas made up seven strokes during the final round of the PGA Championship to win, you just can’t count him out. Especially at 50-1 odds compared to his pretournament odds of 13-1 as one of the U.S. Open favorites.

Hideki Matsuyama (+8000)

The 2021 Masters winner sits five strokes behind the lead and with his iron game usually being top of the line, should his putter get hot, anything can happen. 

Jordan Spieth (+150000)

The 2015 U.S. Open winner battled a stomach bug and dehydration the day before the tournament. The Dallas native sits at 2-over, seven strokes off first place. If he’s feeling better and puts together back-to-back good rounds you never know. 

150-1 odds seem a little too high and are great value with him being a U.S. Open betting favorite at 25-1 pretournament.

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Pretournament Picks and Odds

If you’re wanting to compare pretournament odds and picks versus the current live odds take a look at our US Open picks article.