U.S. Open Roundtable Predictions and Picks (Outright Winner Picks and Final Score Prediction)

The U.S. Open will tee off on Thursday morning.
The U.S. Open will tee off on Thursday morning. / Ross Kinnaird/GettyImages

The U.S. Open tees-off Thursday morning, and there's no shortage of drama and storylines surrounding this year's edition of the event.

In this article, we're focusing on the BetSided editors' picks to win. We've already received picks from the BetSided Community, so now it's time to give out our own picks.

All of the odds from our editors' picks below are available at WynnBET Sportsbook.

Best U.S Open Editor's Picks

  • Will Zalatoris +2400
  • Jordan Spieth +3000
  • Jon Rahm +1200
  • Matt FItzpatrick +1800

Will Zalatoris +2400

Zalatoris has eight top 10 finishes this season and finished in the top 10 at the Masters and the PGA Championship.

He’s also second in strokes gained from tee to green and first in strokes gained: approach-the-green. Zalatoris ranks just outside the top 20 in birdie average, which will be crucial – especially if he has a slow start.

The 25-year old has consistently in the mix this season and if he can get his putting together, he’ll be done with the close calls and finally reach the top of the mountain.

Exact winning score prediction: -8

-- Donnavan Smoot

I really like Will Zalatoris, who always seems to step up in Majors.

He ended up losing in a playoff in the PGA Championship, but Zalatoris was also T6 at the Masters this year.

Our own Iain MacMillan noted how important it is at the U.S. Open to be good off the tee, and Zalatoris is sixth in strokes gained: off-the-tee this season. He’s not the greatest putter, but he’s also the best player on tour in his approach game.

I like Zalatoris to show up when it matters most once again.

Exact winning score prediction: -9

-- Peter Dewey

Jordan Spieth +3000

Spieth's odds are simply too far down for a player of his caliber, as well as a player in as good of recent form as he's been.

Consider the following...

Spieth ranks tops in this year's U.S. Open field in strokes gained tee-to-green over his last 24 rounds, as well as No. 1 in strokes gained around-the-green with his chipping. Does he have a tendency to get a little wild off the tee? Sure, but Spieth's recent form still holds up amongst the best; ranking 10th in strokes gained off-the-tee.

If it's the putting you're worried about, he's actually gained strokes in three of his last four tournaments, including a full five strokes at The Memorial. That's his best putting performance since last August at the WGC - St. Jude Classic!

The 3-time major champion and 2015 U.S. Open winner is in a great spot flying under-the-radar this week, and I'd be surprised to see his odds remain at 30/1.

Exact winning score prediction: -6

-- Ben Heisler

Jon Rahm +1200

I'm not going to get cute. I'll take the defending champ who has seen his price come off the top choice to closer to the third or fourth. The U.S. Open will be centered around who can get off the tee and keep it in the fairway to avoid the treacherous rough at Brookline, and Rahm is No. 1 in total driving.

With a difficult course, but short par 4's all over, I'm taking someone with pedigree and that can get off the tee and limit the mistakes. Now's the time to buy low on Rahm.

Exact winning score prediction: -6

-- Reed Wallach

Matt Fitzpatrick +1800

I just can't help myself.

Here I am, once again betting on Matt Fitzpatrick to win. Despite not yet getting on a win on North American soil, he virtually has no weaknesses and is statistically one of the best golfers on Tour this season. He ranks 10th in strokes gained: off-the-tee, 25th in strokes gained: approach, and fifth in strokes gained: tee-to-green. He also has a fantastic short game, ranking 18th in chipping and 22nd in putting.

He also has one thing that virtually nobody else in the field has; a win at Brookline. Fitzpatrick won the 2013 U.S. Amateur, which was the last big event hosted at The Country Club. Sure, it was almost a decade ago, but it has to give him at least a little bit of confidence this week.

-- Iain MacMillan

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