As one of the four annual golf Majors, the US Open is a hugely popular tournament and offers some of the best and most competitive golf available. It’s also a superb tournament from a golf betting perspective as a consequence, with all the game’s top players in attendance.
The 2018 US Open will be held at Shinnecock Hills in New York from Thursday 14th to Sunday 17th June. It will be held at Shinnecock Hills for the fifth time in the tournament’s history.
As one of the golf ‘Majors’, US Open betting is certain to provide a number of Free Bets and other offers from the bookmakers, with golf betting having become hugely popular over the course of the past couple of decades, with more betting markets now offered than ever before.
The most typical Free Bet is the ‘Welcome Bonus’ that many online bookmakers provide to customers opening new accounts. These can generally be used on any sport and the majority of markets.
Welcome Bonuses, like other free bets, will come with a variety of terms & conditions that customers need to be aware of, such as the value of the Bonus, how to claim the Bonus, the number of times the Bonus needs to be turned over prior to any withdrawals of potential winnings being made, how long the customer has to use the Free Bet and meet the turnover requirements and whether there is any promo code required when initially claiming the Bonus.
Another US Open betting Free Bet that could well be on offer is ‘Enhanced Odds’, in which a player (usually one of the market leaders) will be offered at a significantly bigger price, albeit there will be a limited maximum stake permitted.
Occasionally bookies also offer a ‘No Deposit Free Bet’, enabling the customer to sign-up for a new account and a Free Bet without first having to make any deposit. Here there will usually be tighter terms & conditions with regards to what’s required prior to making any subsequent withdrawal from the account.
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US Open betting for 2018 is very competitive, with relatively little to choose between the odds of all the top players. However, that does mean that there are some decent US Open betting odds available for the very best players.
Dustin Johnson, the 2016 US Open champion, is the market leader going into the tournament, whilst a rejuvenated and fit-again Tiger Woods is also among the leading contenders in the US Open betting. Any player in the list below could definitely be crowned US Open champion 2018.
Backing the winner of US Open 2018 is no easy task in such a high class competitive field.
For those looking to be a little more cautious, options include backing a top-5, top-10 or top-20 finish or, perhaps in the case of an up and coming young player, you might want to back them to simply make the cut.
It’s worth being aware that bookies have differing rules for the each-way market in terms of how many places they pay out to, so ensure you read the details closely should you go down that particular route with your US Open betting.
An increasingly popular golf betting market is the ‘3-ball’, where you select the player to shoot the lowest round of three players drawn to play together. Another US Open betting option would be to back the highest finishing player from a particular country or continent.
It’s an indication of just how competitive the tournament is that the last 10 US Open championships has seen 10 different winners.
Tiger Woods has three US Open titles to his credit (2000, 2002 and 2008).
Brooks Koepka will be trying to retain the title he won at Erin Hills in 2017, but he faces a stern test if he is to do so. Dustin Johnson, the ante-post favourite, is a player with the ability to adapt to any golf course and is clearly a leading contender.
There are also strong cases to be made for the likes of Justin Thomas (currently world ranked number one, who has won the Honda Classic, had a play-off loss in the WGC-Mexico Championship and a semi-final appearance in the WGC-Dell Match Play in recent months), Webb Simpson (the 2012 US Open champion and recent winner of The Players Championship) and Jason Day (winner of the Wells Fargo Championship last month).
Other notable contenders, among others, are Rory McIlroy (who won the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March), Jordan Spieth (not in the best of form of late, but a class act who certainly can’t be discounted), Phil Mickelson (recent winner of the WGC-Mexico Championship), Tiger Woods, Rickie Fowler (widely regarded as the best current player yet to win a Major tournament) and Patrick Reed (winner of this year’s US Masters).
So there are plenty of names in contention, as one would expect in such a high quality field. If looking to narrow it down to a few US Open betting tips, there are a few names that stand out.
Justin Rose recently won the Fort Worth Invitational in impressive style (with Brooks Koepka finishing as runner-up), so comes into the US Open in good shape. An each-way bet at 16/1 with Betway could prove to be a sound investment.
The US Open is the only Major golf championship that Phil Mickelson has yet to win, although he has finished second in the event on a remarkable six occasions, including three times on Long Island. At 35/1 with BetFred, Mickelson could be worth backing to go close again.
Perhaps the best US Open betting tip is Justin Thomas. He looks to be in the best and most consistent form overall though and could be worth backing each-way at 14/1 with bet365*. (*odds correct at the time of writing)