The testing Shinnecock Hills Golf Course will play host to the 2018 U.S. Open this week, as some of the world’s finest players descend on Suffolk County, New York, in pursuit of one of the biggest prizes in the sport.
Brooks Koepka is the defending champion here, after he clinched his first major title at Erin Hills 12 months ago.
The bookmakers have made 2016 champion Dustin Johnson the early favourite, although the likes of Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Jason Day and Justin Thomas are a selection of players who will rival him for top spot.
Here are the odds for the U.S. Open and a closer look at some of the big names expected to challenge at Shinnecock Hills.
Dustin Johnson 11-1
Rory McIlroy 12-1
Jordan Spieth 14-1
Jason Day 14-1
Justin Thomas 14-1
Justin Rose 14-1
Rickie Fowler 16-1
Tiger Woods 20-1
Jon Rahm 20-1
Brooks Koepka 25-1
For the figures in full for the entire field, visit the OddsShark website.
Johnson Favourite in High-Class Field
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With so many players in fine form lately, it has become a difficult task picking winners of the major championships.
What makes it even tougher is the manner in which talented players are taking their chances on the biggest stages for the first time.
As noted by ESPN Stats & Info, Patrick Reed’s recent victory at the Masters continued a trend of maiden major champions:
Rickie Fowler will be hoping that run continues as the Californian has come frustratingly close to glory on many occasions.
At the Masters, he finished second behind Reed, meaning he has now finished runner-up in three of the four majors—he was second at the U.S. Open in 2014—and has a best of third in the other, the PGA Championship.
In the buildup to the tournament, he has had some positive personal news, per For The Win:
The worry for Fowler will be that there are champions all over the top end of the betting.
Johnson is one, and a fine performance at the St. Jude Classic at the weekend proved his game is in excellent order ahead of the second major of the year.
The American conjured some moments of magic in that tournament: