The US Open is fun to bet on for several reasons. It’s one of the most prestigious championships in the sport. It’s also one of the toughest tests for the world’s best players. It’s a true challenge to both professional players and bettors.
Below, get up to speed on US Open betting including the latest US Open odds on top golfers right from online sportsbooks.
US Open betting odds
Below find the current odds on top golfers for the US Open as posted at Canadian online sportsbooks. Use the drop-down menu to select your tournament; click on any odds to open an account and get started.
How to bet on US Open golf
For each and every event on the PGA Tour, online sportsbooks offer a full range of golf odds, from the top finisher from any particular country to bets on who will make the cut to head-to-head matchups between popular golfers.
Regardless how many bets are offered, one market is more popular than the rest:
Betting on an outright winner means picking the US Open champion. Since this market comes with some of the longest odds of any golf bet, predicting the correct golfer means a massive payday. That much is true even when one of the favourites comes out on top. The appeal of that huge payout sees bettors placing outright wagers from long before the tournament begins right up until Sunday afternoon via live odds.
Picking the US Open champion from a field of 156 players is challenging. This is why many bettors prefer finishing position odds, which are offered at all of the top online sportsbooks. Prior to the event, odds are offered for the top five, 10 and 20 finishers. At some sites, you can bet on the top 30 or 40 as well.
The payouts are more modest with finishing positions, but these bets provide some margin for error if the golfer(s) chosen play well but don’t win the trophy. They also give you a rooting interest throughout the whole event.
US Open golf prop betting
For all of the options that sportsbooks give to bettors for your average week on the PGA Tour, the number of markets only increases during a major championship such as the US Open.
Using examples from DraftKings Sportsbook Canada, this is some of what you can expect to see:
- Head-To-Head Tournament Matchups: Pick which of the two golfers will have a better score at the end of the US Open.
- Group Tournament Matchups: Sportsbooks put several golfers into a group, and bettors must choose a group winner. Payouts are bigger than with head-to-head selections.
- Head-To-Head Round Matchups: Bettors choose which golfer which will have a better individual round. Both two-way and three-way moneyline (includes a tie) are available.
- Group Round Matchups: Each day, bettors choose between a group of golfers for one specific round.
- Make/Miss Cut: After the first two rounds, the top 60 golfers (plus ties) make the cut. This bet is on whether or not a golfer will make the cut and reach the weekend.
- Winning Margin: Wager on the exact number of strokes the US Open champion will win by.
- Top Player By Nationality/College: These markets group players all from the same country or college.
- Individual Player Props: Bet on events involving individual players for the entire tournament or just one round (e.g., Justin Thomas Round 1 Score Over/Under 67.5).
- Leader After Round 1: For huge payouts, pick the leading player after the opening round of the US Open.
- Will There Be A Hole In One?: Bet “yea” or “nay” on whether there will be a hole-in-one made at any point during the US Open.
Many sportsbooks in Ontario and throughout Canada will offer these options, but some will vary from site to site.
US Open golf live betting
Unlike other sports, a golf event takes place over the course of four days. This means bettors are offered far more opportunities for live wagering with the PGA Tour than on any other league.
During each round of the US Open, several betting markets are available while players are on the course.
- Individual Hole Scores: Some sportsbooks post odds surrounding a player’s score on an individual hole. On most occasions, the par is the favourite while birdies and bogeys pay out a bit more. That’s true except for Par 5 holes, when birdies are more popular and could be favoured.
- Head-To-Head Matchups By Hole: Golfers will be pitted against their playing partner(s)b and bettors can make head-to-head picks on specific holes. These are usually in the form of three-way moneylines, which include a tie.
- Outright Winner: Bettors can choose a champion at any point throughout the tournament, whether the round is ongoing or play is finished for the day. Odds are always updating and will be available until late in the afternoon on Sunday.
At the end of each round, live lines are also offered for some tournament-long markets, including head-to-head matchups and finishing positions of top five, 10 and 20. These options are not available during the middle of a round.
US Open odds boosts
Many betting sites, including Canada’s online sportsbooks, offer enhanced odds as one of their promotions when a major sporting event arrives. Because golf is a popular sport among the betting public, majors such as the US Open usually include several options for odds boosts. Many sportsbooks customize their boosted odds offerings into unique packages, such as:
- Several Players Grouped Together To All Make The Cut
- Player Outright Winner Odds Boost
- Player Finishing Position Odds Boost
- Outright Winner Without X Players
Who to bet on at the US Open?
The US Open rotates its venue each year, so it isn’t easy to find a fitting list of golfers every time the event comes around. With that said, there are certain players who seem to have success every US Open. Here are just a few.
- Dustin Johnson: He won the US Open in 2016 to cap off three straight top-five finishes (T-4 in 2014, T-2 in 2015). In total, Johnson has six top-10 finishes in the US Open from 2010 to 2020.
- Rory McIlroy: Like Johnson, McIlroy has spent extended time as the No. 1 ranked golfer in the world. The Northern Ireland native captured his first major victory at the 2011 US Open and has three other top-10 finishes, including 2019 and 2020.
- Xander Schauffele: Some of the best US Open performances in recent years have come from players who haven’t won, and Schauffele is an example. The Californian has always brought his best to this event, notching four top 10s, including three top fives in his four trips.
US Open Golf 2024
Here are the key details on the next edition of the US Open.
- Dates: June 16-19, 2022
- Location: The Country Club in Brookline, MA
- Course: Par 71, 7,033 yards.
- Prize Pool: $12.5 million
- Broadcast: TSN
US Open betting trends
If we use recent history as a guide, we can help you decide who to put your money on when the week of the US Open arrives. Consider the following US Open golf betting trends:
- Debutants don’t have much chance: Every US Open winner from the last decade had played in the event before. Many of them previously posted a top-25 finish as well.
- Winners are in form: Over the past 10 years, nearly every US Open winner has placed in the top 10 in one of their three previous events. Don’t expect to see a player who’s searching for his game just show up at this major and win.
- The biggest favourites tend not to win: Many majors are won by elite players, and that means you need to be looking at the top of the odds board. But not too high, as the biggest favourites usually don’t win the trophy. Most of the recent winners have come from odds of 21.00 or above.
Top 3 US Open final rounds ever
The US Open was first played in 1895, so there are plenty of choices when it comes to picking the best final rounds, which contain many of the tournament’s most exciting moments. The list includes but is not limited to the following:
- Jack Nicklaus (1962): Jack would go on to win 18 majors, but at this point, he had never even won a professional tournament. In a true heavyweight bout, Nicklaus competed with the legendary Arnold Palmer in his own backyard at Oakmont. The Golden Bear surged on the back nine to force a playoff, where he beat Palmer by three strokes to become the youngest US Open champ since Bobby Jones in 1923.
- Tiger Woods (2008): Woods battled Rocco Mediate late in a true David vs. Goliath matchup. What made this win an especially impressive one for Woods was the fact that he was playing with a fractured tibia and a torn ACL. It was one of his gutsiest performances ever. Woods made a birdie on 18 to force an 18-hole playoff, which also resulted in a tie. Tiger then won in sudden death to secure his 14th major victory.
- Bryson DeChambeau (2020): Winged Foot was an imposing challenge during the 2020 US Open, but one man was able to tame that beast. On a Sunday when no golfer managed to shoot under 70, DeChambeau shot 67 to finish at -6. No other player finished better than even par for the week. DeChambeau is at the forefront of a recent PGA Tour arms race to gain power and distance. And that day marked a truly dominant showing for one of the game’s biggest stars.
Bet on Brooke Henderson at US Women’s Open
Canada boasts many talented golfers in both the men’s and women’s games. One is Brooke Henderson, one of the top-ranked LPGA Tour players in the world.
Henderson, a native of Smiths Falls, Ontario, has won 10 times on the LPGA Tour, including the 2021 Hugel-Air Premia LA Open. She regularly resides near the top of the betting odds board when the US Women’s Open comes around, and her best finish is T-5th in 2015. Most Canadian online sportsbooks, including DraftKings, will have odds for the US Women’s Open. Canadians will be able to bet on Henderson taking home this major for the first time.
US Open betting FAQ
Who has won the most US Opens?
There have been several four-time winners at the US Open: Jack Nicklaus, Ben Hogan, Bobby Jones and Willie Anderson. Tiger Woods is just behind with three titles at this event.
Who hit the last hole-in-one at the US Open?
The last time a player hit a hole-in-one at the US Open was during the 2020 event at Winged Foot. Actually, it was two players on the same hole during the same round. On Thursday, Patrick Reed aced the par-3 7th hole. Then, just six hours later, PGA Tour rookie Will Zalatoris hit a hole-in-one at the 7th.
Which Canadians have won the US Open?
Unfortunately, no Canadian players have won the US Open to this point. With that said, Canadians have had success in the event. Mike Weir, possibly the best Canadian-born PGA tour player ever, has three top-10 finishes and eight top-20 finishes at this event. All the top 20s came between 2000 and 2009, with his best performance being a T-3rd in 2003.
Is the US Open harder to win than other major events?
Yes and no. Similar to the PGA Championship and The Open Championship, the US Open rotates its venue every year and returns to the same course only once every decade or so. In that way, these three tournaments are all on par. Despite The Masters having a smaller field of players, it is probably the toughest of all the majors to win because of the challenges presented by Augusta National. Masters odds will reflect that, with a narrower group of players given lower odds.
But there’s an argument to be made for the US Open being the toughest and most relatable to fans because the United States Golf Association takes pride in setting up the course to make the best in the world struggle. On many occasions, a good chunk of the field fails to score better than even par.