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2018 U.S. Open odds

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Here’s an easy one: Guess who the U.S. Open favorite is. He’s a past U.S. Open winner, has been playing brilliantly, and won in his most recent start. Dustin Johnson, of course, at 9-1, is the betting favorite.

Rory McIlroy (11-1), coming off a pair of top-10 finishes, sits right behind DJ. Jordan Spieth’s balky putter lengthens his odds to 14-1. His SB2K pal Justin Thomas joins him at that number.

With respect to the “stars in their 40s set” Tiger Woods comes in at 16-1; Phil Mickelson, a near winner at Shinnecock in 2004, is priced more attractively at 28-1.

Check out the full list of 2018 U.S Open odds (as of 9:30 a.m., June 11) courtesy of Bovada.

  • Dustin Johnson 9-1
  • Rory McIlroy 11-1
  • Jordan Spieth 14-1
  • Justin Thomas 14-1
  • Jason Day 16-1
  • Justin Rose 16-1
  • Tiger Woods 16-1
  • Rickie Fowler 16-1
  • Brooks Koepka 18-1
  • Jon Rahm 20-1
  • Hideki Matsuyama 28-1
  • Phil Mickelson 28-1
  • Henrik Stenson 33-1
  • Patrick Reed 33-1
  • Sergio Garcia 33-1
  • Branden Grace 40-1
  • Bryson DeChambeau 40-1
  • Bubba Watson 40-1
  • Paul Casey 40-1
  • Tommy Fleetwood 40-1
  • Adam Scott 50-1
  • Alex Noren 50-1
  • Louis Oosthuizen 50-1
  • Marc Leishman 50-1
  • Charl Schwartzel 66-1
  • Francesco Molinari 66-1
  • Matt Kuchar 66-1
  • Patrick Cantlay 66-1
  • Tony Finau 66-1
  • Webb Simpson 66-1
  • Aaron Wise 80-1
  • Xander Schauffele 80-1
  • Brandt Snedeker 100-1
  • Brian Harman 100-1
  • Charley Hoffman 100-1
  • Ian Poulter 100-1
  • Jason Dufner 100-1
  • Jimmy Walker 100-1
  • Kyle Stanley 100-1
  • Peter Uihlein 100-1
  • Adam Hadwin 125-1
  • Cameron Smith 125-1
  • Daniel Berger 125-1
  • Kevin Kisner 125-1
  • Kiradech Aphibarnrat 125-1
  • Luke List 125-1
  • Martin Kaymer 125-1
  • Matthew Fitzpatrick 125-1
  • Rafa Cabrera-Bello 125-1
  • Shane Lowry 125-1
  • Si Woo Kim 125-1
  • Tyrrell Hatton 125-1
  • Zach Johnson 125-1
  • Brendan Steele 150-1
  • Graeme McDowell 150-1
  • Kevin Chappell 150-1
  • Pat Perez 150-1
  • Ross Fisher 150-1
  • Russell Henley 150-1
  • Bill Haas 175-1
  • Chesson Hadley 175-1
  • Chez Reavie 175-1
  • Gary Woodland 175-1
  • Charles Howell III 200-1
  • Danny Willett 200-1
  • Hao Tong Li 200-1
  • Satoshi Kodaira 200-1
  • Braden Thornberry 250-1
  • Doug Ghim 250-1
  • Lucas Glover 250-1
  • Trey Mullinax 250-1
  • Alexander Levy 275-1
  • Matt Wallace 275-1
  • Patrick Rodgers 275-1
  • Roberto Castro 275-1
  • Shubhankar Sharma 275-1
  • Brian Gay 300-1
  • Jhonattan Vegas 300-1
  • Jim Furyk 250-1
  • Ryan Fox 300-1
  • Aaron Baddeley 400-1
  • Brian Stuard 400-1
  • Lanto Griffin 400-1
  • Matt Jones 400-1
  • Michael Hebert 400-1
  • Sam Burns 400-1
  • Sebastian Munoz 400-1
  • Theo Humphrey 400-1
  • Dylan Meyer 500-1
  • Ernie Els 500-1
  • Noah Goodwin 500-1
  • Richy Werenski 500-1
  • Scott Stallings 500-1
  • Shota Akiyoshi 500-1
  • Tyler Duncan 500-1
  • Kenny Perry 600-1
  • Stewart Hagestad 600-1
  • Jacob Bergeron 750-1
  • Michael Putnam 750-1
  • Chun-An Yu 1000-1
  • Cole Miller 1000-1
  • David Bransdon 1000-1
  • Garrett Rank 1000-1
  • Harry Ellis 1000-1
  • Luis Gagne 1000-1
  • Ryan Lumsden 1000-1
  • Tim Wilkinson 1000-1
  • Timothy Wiseman 1000-1
  • Chris Naegel 1250-1
  • Eric Axley 1250-1
  • Ty Strafaci 1250-1
  • Calum Hill 1500-1
  • David Gazzolo 1500-1
  • Sung-Joon Park 1500-1
  • Wen-Chong Liang 1500-1
  • Will Grimmer 1500-1
  • Cameron Wilson 2000-1
  • Chris Babcock 2000-1
  • Franklin Huang 2000-1
  • Matt Parziale 2000-1
  • Philip Barbaree 2000-1
  • Rhett Rasmussen 2000-1
  • Sebastion Vazquez 2000-1
  • Sulman Raza 2000-1
  • Will Zalatoris 2000-1
  • Michael Block 2500-1
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5 things we learned on Sunday of the 2018 U.S. Open

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Opportunity knocked for so many golfers, yet it was the 2017 champion who seized the moment when it was his. Brooks Koepka fired his second sub-par round of the week on Sunday to separate from playing partner Dustin Johnson, and enter the pantheon of multiple major champions. He became the 7th player to defend his title, joining old-school legends like Willie Anderson and John McDermott, mid-century icons like Ralph Guldahl and Ben Hogan, and the last man to accomplish the feat, Curtis Strange. With that introduction, let’s move to the main event, the 5 things we learned on Sunday at Shinnecock Hills.

5) The USGA gave golf a chance

True to its word, the USGA pulled out all the stops in the wee hours of Sunday morn. The course set-up team ensured that enough water was distributed to putting surfaces, that worthy shots would not be punished. Hole locations were assessed and confirmed, also ensuring that multiple opportunities for success were available. As a result, 15 golfers turned in scores under par of 70, highlighted by Tommy Fleetwood’s 7-under stunner. Although many fans, writers and players were quick to assault the organizers for losing control of the course, the USGA reminded us that it always had control of the conditions at Shinny, and that its only mistake was to soar too close to the sun.

4) Captain America ran out of gas

If Patrick Reed had been able to sign his card on the 9th tee, when he stood 5-under on the day and 1-over for the tournament, he would be in a playoff with the eventual champion as I type. Unfortunate for this year’s Masters champion was that 10 holes remained. Reed promptly bogeyed the 9th, added 3 more bogeys on the inward half, and summoned just one birdie toward the end. His fourth-place finish was his best in a U.S. Open, but knowing that victory was in the cards will sting for a while.

3) DJ and Finau gave it a run

Where to begin? How about this: DJ had four bogeys on Sunday. He totaled that many on Thursday-Friday combined. He had birdies, too, but couldn’t find the game that possessed him over the opening 36 holes. Oddly enough, this type of experience won’t be a setback for the 2016 champion. After all, he came back from a career-killer in 2015, when he 3-whacked his way out of a playoff with Jordan Spieth at Chambers Bay. As for Milton Pouhau Finau, aka Tony, the Utah native had never before been in the final group on any day of a major professional championship. He acquitted himself well, standing even on the day and 3-over for T2 at the 18th tee. Knowing that he needed eagle for a playoff might have taken the final winds from his sails, and he limped home with double bogey and solo third. Looking ahead to the final August playing of the PGA Championship, Bellerive near St. Louis might just be his type of course.

2) Tom Terrific nearly made his own U.S. Open history

I’ll write this cautiously, as I’m certain I would have intimated in the 1980s and 90s that Colin Montgomerie and Lee Westwood would have been major champions by now. Tommy Fleetwood ought to win one of these things soon. His record-tying 63 was a short putt away from a record-breaking 62. Eight birdies against a single bogey was the stuff of legend, and if only he had trusted that final putt a bit higher on the break … that’s not fair. Fleetwood right now is the fellow to watch at Carnoustie next month. Bet a few quid or bob or whatever on the Southport native, as he should contend for the title.

1) Brooks cooks up a winning broth

It’s easy to look back and see all the great shots that the defending champion hit over the four days of the 2018 U.S. Open, shots that would win him his second consecutive trophy. Remember that 60-feet bomb to save par on Saturday? Shades of Costantino Rocca. How about the approach shots to within mere feet that earned him 5 birdies on Sunday, including a competition-killer on 16? Koepka was the guy we thought Dustin Johnson would be. Perhaps it was the time off for wrist rehabilitation early this season that gave him the burning desire to win. Out for nearly 4 months, Koepka had plenty of time to ponder what he achieved last June in Wisconsin, and what might lay ahead for him. The begged question is, does the most recent, two-time major winner have the game to acquire more of the game’s cherished trophies?

Related: Brooks Koepka’s Winning WITB from the 2018 U.S. Open

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Wednesday’s Photos from the 2018 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills

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GolfWRX is live from the 2018 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club (par 70; 7,440 yards) in Southhampton, New York. The U.S. Open returns to Shinnecock for the first time since 2004 when Retief Goosen won (he failed to qualify for the 2018 event).

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Phil Mickelson, who has two top-5 finishes at Shinnecock Hills, will seek to fill out his career Grand Slam with a win this week. Also, it’s Tiger Woods’ 10-year anniversary of winning the legendary 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines — that was his most recent major championship victory.

Also in the field are headliners Dustin Johnson (now ranked No. 1 in the Official World Golf Rankings), Justin Thomas (No. 2), Justin Rose (No. 3), Jon Rahm (No. 4) and Jordan Spieth (No. 5).

Brooks Koepka (No. 9) is the defending champion; he won last year by four shots for his first and only major so far in his career.

Check out our photos from Shinnecock Hills below!

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Spotted at Shinnecock: #RVLife, superb staff bags, stellar stampings

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We’re on the famed grounds of Shinnecock Hills Golf Club for the second major of the year. With the U.S. Open returned to such a visually and historically rich venue, it may be a bit tough to focus on equipment.

Nevertheless, we spotted some cool stuff, Tuesday, as the players move ever closer to the second major of th eyear.

Let’s get to the photos.

#RVLife propronent, Jason Day’s putter cover is incredible.

Michael Greller displays an essential caddie skill…

Face of Tiger’s wedge. Do these look like standard TaylorMade MG grooves to you?

Greatest side panel on a bag ever?

Who isn’t happy to see “Woods” on USGA tournament signage?

Shintaro Ban’s unique dot stamping is, well, money.

A look at the Bridgestone U.S. Open staff bag and headcovers.

Kenny Perry: Still gaming R7 irons.

Scott Gregory with some solid wedge stamping.

What is this lead taped and war torn beauty?

All our photos from Tuesday

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