For the first time in the history of the U.S. Open, the golf tournament is going to be played in September. Like so many things in 2020, the reason is directly associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, which forced the PGA to move the tournament from its original scheduled date of June 18-21 to the new schedule of Sept. 17-20.
The U.S. Open, which will have no fans in attendance, will be played at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New York. The last time Winged Foot hosted any major tournament was in 2006 when they hosted the U.S. Open. That year, Geoff Ogilvy took the victory.
Winged Foot’s combined East and West courses have hosted the Open five times (1929, 1959, 1974, 1984 and 2006) as well as the U.S. Amateur, the Women’s U.S. Open, the Senior U.S. Open and the PGA Championship (1997). The course has trees lining every hole, and nearly every green is raised with bunkers surrounding the putting surface. There’s a nice collection of par threes that help Winged Foot stand out, especially the 10th hole, which designer A.W. Tillinghast once said was the best par three he had ever built.
Favorites to win the 2020 U.S. Open
The field at the U.S. Open will feature some of the best golfers in the PGA, and the current top two favorites have won the event a combined three times in the past four years.
Dustin Johnson (+1000) currently ranks as the top golfer expected to win the event, though Brooks Koepka (+1100) isn’t far behind.
Johnson last won the U.S. Open in 2016, while Koepka earned victories in the tournament in 2017 and 2018.
Rory McIlroy (+1200) is also no stranger to winning the tournament, though his lone U.S. Open victory came in 2011. Bryson DeChambeau (+1200) has never won the event, though he’s one of the top favorites this year.
Also considered to be in contention are Jon Rahm (+1400), Justin Thomas (+1600), Collin Morikawa (+2000), Tiger Woods (+2000) and Xander Schauffele (+2000).
Underdogs who could win the 2020 U.S. Open
The beauty of golf is that it just takes a player to be on the top of their game to overtake the field and win a tournament. Long shots who have won recent U.S. Opens include last year’s winner, Gary Woodland, who had entered the tournament at +6000 odds. Webb Simpson won the event in 2012 and Graeme McDowell did in 2010, and both entered the tournament with +6600 odds .
For this year’s U.S. Open, there are several contenders who aren’t on top of the odds board. One such golfer is Jordan Spieth (+4000), who won the U.S. Open in 2015. Jason Day (+3300), Hideki Matsuyama (+3300), Daniel Berger (+3300), Tommy Fleetwood (+3300), Tony Finau (+3300), Adam Scott (+4000) and Patrick Reed (+4000) are all contenders worth looking into when making your wagers.