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The PGA Tour is one of the best-known professional sports leagues in the United States, and golf betting has become increasingly popular all over the country. Now that Maryland online sportsbooks are taking bets, there’s an even larger portion of the sports betting population getting their action down on the PGA Tour.
Each week, the PGA Tour presents multiple betting opportunities, but some events are bigger than others. Betting volume reaches a new level for any major championship such as the US Open.
The US Open is exciting to bet on for several reasons. For one, it’s one of the most distinguished championships in the sport. It is also notorious for its difficult setup.
In short, the US Open is a sporting event unlike any other. Here’s what you need to know about betting on the US Open at online sportsbooks in Maryland.
US Open betting odds
Below, see the current betting odds for the top 25 players at the next US Open. Click on any US Open odds to go directly to the online sportsbook, claim your bonus or free bets, and start making your bets.
US Open golf betting explained
In the days leading up to every PGA Tour event, Maryland sportsbooks offer a wide variety of golf betting markets. Those choices grow even more for the US Open. Still, the most popular bet is (always and forever) on the outright winner market.
Below is an example of the previous odds for the outright winner of the 2020 US Open, courtesy of BetMGM Maryland sportsbook:
Placing a bet on the outright winner market is simply betting on which golfer will end up the US Open champion.
Trying to predict a winner can come with some pretty long odds, even for athletes near the top of the board. But it’s that potential for a substantial payout on a marquee category that keeps bettors glued to this market.
The US Open has a massive field of 156 players, so you should also keep in mind that picking an outright winner isn’t the easiest way to make a buck. This is why the betting public is becoming more familiar with alternative markets like finishing positions for golf tournaments such as the US Open.
Most betting sites in Maryland offer finishing position odds for spots including:
- Top 5
- Top 10
- Top 20
Some sites show lines for the top 30 and top 40 as well. The US Open golf odds become more modest the further down the leaderboard you go, but these bets can still provide a rooting interest throughout the tournament while adding some margin for error.
US Open prop bets
Compared to land-based casinos, online sportsbooks offer massive rolodexes of betting options. This is the case for any PGA Tour event, but even more so when a major championship comes around. Sites will add more betting markets to the board.
- Head-to-head tournament matchups: A moneyline bet on one of two golfers to record the best score for the entire tournament.
- Group tournament matchups: Sportsbooks link several players into a group, and bettors must choose a group winner. These carry larger payouts than head-to-head matchups, but they’re a tougher wager to win.
- Head-to-head round matchups: Golfers are put head-to-head with playing partners. Bettors must choose which will have the better score for a specific round.
- Group round matchups: Bettors must select one player out of a group to record the best score for a specific round of the US Open. Players may be grouped with playing partners, or sportsbooks could customize groups.
- Make/miss cut: Following the first two rounds, the top 60 (ties included) are eligible to play the weekend. This is called making the cut. This wager is on whether a player will make or miss the cut, and selecting elite players to miss out can pay handsomely.
- Winning margin: A wager on the exact number of strokes by which the US Open champion will win come Sunday.
- Top player by nationality/college: These markets group players by their shared country of origin or college alma mater.
- Individual player props: These prop bets hinge on individual players and can be for the entire tournament or just one round (e.g., Jon Rahm Round 2 Score Over/Under 69.5).
- Leader after Round 1: A longshot bet on which player will lead after the opening round. Many times, it can be an unexpected player or a little-known name that leads after Thursday.
- Hole-in-one prop: A yes or no bet on whether there will be a hole-in-one at any point throughout the US Open.
Most Maryland betting sites will offer at least some versions of the above categories, while other sites such as DraftKings, BetMGM, and FanDuel online sportsbook are known for having the most options. Certain sites will have markets exclusive to that specific sportsbook.
Live betting on US Open golf
Live betting on the US Open is different from other sports because golf is played over four days rather than just a few hours. This gives you even more chances for wagering on in-game events. Potential live bets include the following:
- Individual hole score: Bet on a player’s score for one specific hole. Betting on a birdie or bogey (or worse) will oftentimes lead to a larger payout than par, which is the favorite for many of the holes.
- Head-to-head matchups by hole: Two players in the same group are paired against one another, and bettors select which will win a specific hole. There’s a third option for a tie (both players get the same score), which is the favorite at around even money.
- Outright winner: Sportsbooks will post live odds for the US Open winner throughout the event. Bettors can wager between Thursday and late in the day on Sunday as easily as they can before the tournament begins.
Following each round, some sportsbooks may re-post betting lines for the top-five, 10 and 20 with updated odds based on the leaderboard. This is also the time when head-to-head matchups are posted for the following round.
Tiger Woods odds at US Open
To nobody’s surprise, the legendary Tiger Woods has quite a history at this major championship. Of his 15 major titles, three have come at the US Open. Woods’ first title came in epic fashion in 2000, as he demolished the field by 15 strokes to begin the Tiger Slam, which concluded with his fourth-straight major win at the 2001 Masters. Woods also won the US Open in 2002 and 2008.
The 2008 title came in an exhilarating Monday playoff with Rocco Mediate while Woods was dealing with a torn ACL and fractured tibia. The almost mythical performance at Torrey Pines is one of the most extraordinary of Woods’ famed career.
We don’t know if or when Tiger will return to the US Open field, but when he’s in the field sportsbooks will offer plenty of markets related specifically to Woods.
US Open boosts, offers at Maryland sportsbooks
In addition to the huge range of betting markets available for PGA Tour events each week, Maryland online sportsbooks are likely to include promotional offers for a major championship such as the US Open. These include odds boosts, which are common offers from sportsbooks leading up to high-profile sporting events.
Most sites customize their enhanced odds into unique packages, and the offers may include:
- Several players all make the cut
- Outright winner odds boost
- Finishing position odds boost
- Outright winner without ‘X’ players
US Open betting trends and tips
The best tactic for identifying trends is employing recent history as a guide. Try to uncover information to aid your decision-making process. Based on what we’ve seen in the past decade or so, consider the following:
- Recent performance matters: The US Open champion is almost always in form coming into the event. Over the past decade, almost every winner placed in the top 10 in one of his three prior events. Thus, it’s highly unlikely to see a golfer show up to the US Open struggling and walk away with the trophy.
- Don’t back players to win in their debut: Every US Open winner from the last decade had played in the event before. Moreover, most of them posted a top-25 finish in this major. It’s unlikely a debutant will crack the top of the leaderboard and stay there until it’s over.
- Be wary of the odds-on favorite: Most major titles are won by elite players that are fairly high on the odds board when the lines come out. With that said, history tells us that the US Open golf betting favorite is rarely the outright victor. In fact, many recent winners have come from +2000 or higher to win the event.
Top contenders at the US Open
Despite the fact that the US Open changes venues every year, there are certain players you can always expect to be in the mix. The one constant is the difficult course setup. Some players aren’t up to the challenge of a major championship. Among the consistent contenders are the following:
- Dustin Johnson: DJ’s US Open title in 2016 was his first major win and his third-straight top-five finish (T-4 in 2014, T-2 in 2015) at the event. In total, Johnson has six top-10 finishes from 2010 to 2020. He also finished top 20 once again in 2021.
- Jon Rahm: The Spaniard is built for US Open tracks, though his success began recently. After a T-3 finish in 2019 and a T-23 in 2020, Rahm broke through and won the 2021 event at Torrey Pines by shooting 67 on Sunday.
- Xander Schauffele: Even though he hasn’t won, Schauffele has had one of the best US Open resumes in recent years. The Californian has always brought his best to this event, notching top 10s in all five trips and going top five in three of them.
When and where is the 2022 US Open?
The next time we see the world’s best players tee it up at this major will be in 2022 at The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts. The course has hosted three US Opens in the past, most recently in 1988.
The tournament will be held from June 16-19, which is perhaps a perfect time of year in New England. Temperatures should range from the low 60s to the high 70s, so golfing conditions could be ideal.
Fans can catch all of the action on NBC, which has the broadcasting rights until 2027. Action will also be broadcast on both the Golf Channel (owned by NBC).
Most exciting final rounds in US Open history
The US Open has been around for well over a century. In fact, it was first played in 1895. There are plenty of final rounds to choose from when trying to pick the best. We’ve attempted to keep things current, so here are a few of the greatest final rounds in recent history.
- Tiger Woods (2000): Tiger Woods began the now-famous “Tiger Slam” with one of the most dominant major championship performances of all time at the US Open. Woods destroyed Pebble Beach in a wire-to-wire win, finishing at -12 and beating every player in the field by at least 15 strokes. That’s right; the second-place score was +3.
- Tiger Woods (2008): Woods battled Rocco Mediate in a true David vs. Goliath kind of 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. 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 win.
- Bryson DeChambeau (2020): DeChambeau’s place at the forefront of the PGA Tour arms race for distance put him in excellent position to capitalize on a very tough setup at Winged Foot. In fact, Bryson won the event at -6 and was the only golfer to go under par for the week. It was truly a dominant showing on Sunday when DeChambeau shot 67, three shots better than the second-best round of the day.
We’ll give a special nod to “The Golden Bear,” Jack Nicklaus, for his US Open performance in 1962. Before Nicklaus could go on to win a record 18 majors, he needed his first one. He went up against Arnold Palmer in Arnie’s own backyard at Oakmont and surged on the back nine to force a playoff. After winning by three strokes, Nicklaus became the youngest US Open winner since the great Bobby Jones in 1923.
US Open betting FAQ
Who has won the most US Open wins?
There have been several four-time US Open winners including Jack Nicklaus, Ben Hogan, Bobby Jones, and Willie Anderson. Tiger Woods is just behind with three titles.
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, and just hours later, Will Zalatoris recorded an ace at the 7th.
Is the US Open the hardest major?
The answer is up for interpretation. Despite hosting the smallest field and being played at the same venue, The Masters is usually considered the toughest major to win because of the challenge posed by Augusta National. That said, the US Open has a large field and usually has the most difficult course setup of any major throughout the season.
How many amateurs play in the US Open every year?
There is no set number of amateurs, but there are several in the field each year. The 2020 US Open featured 13 amateur players. The 2021 event had just nine.