Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth Favored to Win U.S. Open
Jordan Spieth has put together an excellent 2015 campaign with six top-five finishes through his first 16 events of the year. Spieth will try to add a second major title to his 2015 resume this weekend at the U.S. Open as one of the betting favorites.
With the U.S. Open set to get underway on Thursday, Spieth is going off at 8/1 odds to win the event according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. Included in Spieth's six top-five finishes this season are runner-up results in the Valero Texas Open, Shell Houston Open and Crown Plaza Invitational and wins in the Valspar Championship and the Masters.
Spieth shot 18-under in his win at the Masters, including an 8-under-par 64 on Thursday.
Despite Spieth's recent success, Rory McIlroy is still the betting favorite to win the U.S. Open at 7/1. McIlroy finished the Masters in fourth place shooting 12-under, and picked up two tournament wins in May at the WGC Cadillac Match Play event and the Wells Fargo championship. McIlroy won the British Open Championship and the PGA Championship in 2014.
In the Masters era, only five golfers have completed the career grand slam of winning all four major tournaments. Phil Mickelson is just a win in the U.S. Open away from becoming the sixth with three Masters wins, one British Open Championship and one PGA Championship under his belt. Lefty finished second at the Masters shooting 14-under and has two top-five finishes in his last three events. Mickelson is going off at 16/1 to win the U.S. Open at the sportsbooks.
Dustin Johnson (18/1 to win the U.S. Open) is currently ranked seventh in both the FedExCup standings and the official world golf rankings, but he has never won a major championship. Johnson had a strong showing in the Masters finishing in sixth place, and has a win this season in the WGC Cadillac Championship.
Justin Rose (18/1), Rickie Fowler (18/1), Henrik Stenson (25/1), Hideki Matsuyama (28/1), Adam Scott (28/1), and Bubba Watson (28/1) are also expected to be in the mix at the U.S. Open this week. Tiger Woods is set as a 50/1 long shot to win his first major since 2008.