The favorites to win the 2019 U.S. Open aren’t difficult to identify but which dark horses could surprise us all with a win at Pebble Beach?
The U.S. Open has a storied history at Pebble Beach, where it will take place in 2019. America’s major championship has been played at the California course on five different occasions throughout history, the most recent occurrence happening in 2010. That year, Graeme McDowell weathered the storm and earned the only major championship victory of his PGA Tour career.
As the best golfers in the world head to Pebble Beach for the 2019 U.S. Open, the favorites to win the tournament are no doubt dominating the storylines. Brooks Koepka enters this tournament having won three of the last five majors and as the back-to-back champion at this tournament. Going for a three-peat at the U.S. Open would be an unbelievable achievement. With the way he’s performed in majors, though, it’s not hard to see why he’s one of the favorites.
Also in that group of favorites is Rory McIlroy, who is coming off of a blistering finish to the RBC Canadien Open that got him the victory last week. Meanwhile, Dustin Johnson is always a threat to get atop the leaderboard, as is Jordan Spieth, especially considering that Spieth has really seemed to recapture his groove as of late.
Then, of course, there is Tiger Woods. The all-time great in the game of golf not only won The Masters earlier this year but he’s been great in his career at Pebble Beach. He put forth perhaps the most impressive U.S. Open (or major championship) performance ever with a 15-stroke margin of victory in 2000 and also finished tied for fourth in 2010. He’s in a position to make a big move.
While these big names are dominating the narrative coming into the third major of the PGA Tour season, though, there are always dark horses that emerge and try to make a run at a win. With that in mind, don’t sleep on these five players at the 2019 U.S. Open, all of whom have below 30-1 odds to win.
Note: All odds are courtesy of Bovada, via Odds Shark.