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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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Brandt Snedeker shoots 59 after bogeying his first hole at the 2018 Wyndham Championship

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Brandt Snedker started his first round of the 2018 Wyndham Championship at Sedgefield Country Club on the 10th hole with a drive way left off the tee, leading to a bogey. He didn’t make his first birdie until his fourth hole, actually, but from there, the flood gates were open. Snedeker birdied four holes in a row — hole nos. 13, 14, 15 and 16 — to go out in 32 (3 under).

He then SCORCHED his back nine, shooting an 8-under 27 including 6 birdies and an eagle. Certainly knowing it was for 59, Snedeker rolled in a 20-footer on his 18th hole (the course’s 9th hole). Watch the putt below.

It was by far the longest birdie putt he made on the back nine, probably because he was sticking everything to within 5 feet.

Notice the “0 feet” putt above? Yea, because he didn’t have to putt after dunking his second shot.

Where does Snedeker’s 59 stand in terms of the history books? He’s the 9th player ever to shoot 59 on the PGA Tour, and the FIRST to do so starting the round with a bogey.

Remember, even if you start with a bogey you can shoot your best round ever. Maybe not a 59 like Snedeker on Thursday of the Wyndham Championship, but don’t let that first-hole bogey get you down; there’s 17 more opportunities to make birdie — and Snedeker nearly did just that.

If you’re curious to hear what Snedker has to say about his 59, check out the Tweet embed below, or click here.

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Brooks Koepka, a machine built to win majors

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Brooks Koepka is your 2018 PGA Champion. Of his 4 PGA Tour victories, 3 have come at major events, all of which have come in the past 14 months. He has won a U.S. Open that played like a PGA (Erin Hills), a U.S. Open that played like a British Open (Shinnecock) and now, a PGA that played like a PGA, at Bellerive in St. Louis. What do we make of this 28-year old, born and bred Floridian, who doesn’t appear to win often, but makes it count when he does? That depends on the units with which you choose to measure his performance. Have a look at his most recent performance, a 2-shot win over Tiger Woods at the 2018 PGA Championship.

  • Birdies: 22 in total, 13 on the front nine
  • Bogeys: 4 total, 2 on each nine
  • Double Bogeys: 1
  • Eagles: 0

Out of 72 holes, it might be said, Koepka made 5 mistakes that counted. That’s not a lot. He made two consecutive mistakes on the front nine on Sunday, but countered those two holes later, with three consecutive birdies. Koepka also bogeyed consecutive hole in round three, on the inward half. Similarly, he made a birdie soon after, to regain momentum. On Thursday, when he made double bogey on the par-3 5th hole, he made all pars before and after, until the 11th. From that point on, it was 3 birdies and 5 pars. What we see from him is an incredibly precise performance, where mistakes are minimized and opportunities, maximized.

Koepka is no fool. He knows his initial strength is distance off the tee, and he utilized it to perfection at Bellerive. After round two, he commented,

“I like the way the golf course sets up. People talk about it turns right-to-left, but you’ve always got a bunker on the inside of the turn, but I can carry most of them, so it’s not really a big deal that the holes turn right-to-left, you can kind of get away with it with my length.”

Yes, Brooks, you can, but only if you are accurate when the ball returns to Earth. After three performances where he outplayed the best from two generations, we might become believers. During the same interview, Koepka revealed a bit more about who he is, and what he does, during a major week:

“More attention to detail. More mentally focused, more every shot really, really means something. You drop a shot or two, it’s, you really put yourself back. There’s a lot more focus that I have in the Majors, the preparation, I mean everyone on my team even says I act a little different, the way I approach it. It’s very down to a routine this week and other weeks sometimes, not saying I vary from the routine, but it’s much more disciplined. Eating right, going to the gym, it’s almost timed perfectly.”

None of those things is impossible to emulate. I’m certain that Rickie Fowler does them, and I’m positive that Dustin Johnson, Justin Rose, and Tiger Woods do so as well. None of them hoisted the Wannamaker trophy this week, so something that Koepka does, or has, or know, continues to pay off.

It might be absolute comfort in his skin. Koepka told a story about a workout he had with perennial partner, Dustin Johnson, this week at Life Time Fitness in St. Louis. In his words,

“Today I was in there with Dustin and everybody wanted a picture with Dustin. They were talking about him as we left and I was just standing there laughing. They were like, did you see that No. 1 player in the world was here. It’s like, yeah, okay. I don’t know what to say to that. It was like, all right.”

I’d certainly be tempted to jump in and tell the ogglers who I am, but that’s not Koepka. He doesn’t have the DJ beard, the DJ bent wrist, the DJ wife/daughter of a hockey legend. It’s only about Brooks Koepka, albeit not in an egocentric way. The egotist approaches the ogglers and tells them who he is. Koepka focuses on self: I’m just focused on me. I feel like, if I do what I’m supposed to, I should win the golf tournament. That’s not arrogance, that’s not delusion. He is good, good enough to win each time he tees it up. Is he proud of his first tour win, at the Phoenix Open? For sure. Is he prouder of the three that came next? Without a doubt. The stakes continue to increase, and Koepka rises to the occasion.

Remember, too, that Koepka lost a sizable chunk of this season. He shut his game down after injuring his wrist. A late-2017 surgery kept him out of action through the Masters, an event that now seems tailored to his style of golf. Not a large muscle that heals quickly, but a part of the body with so many moving parts. A part of the body so essential to the execution of every golf shot. If that threat doesn’t give one pause, and later, gratitude, then one has missed the point.

In 1986, Greg Norman and Severiano Ballesteros were the two best golfers in the world. Jack Nicklaus was not, a relic from another era, whose most recent win had come six years prior. When the Golden Bear began to make noise at Augusta National, Norman and Ballesteros folded. Fast forward 32 years, to the footsteps of another forest creature, Tiger Woods. Woods posted 8 birdies for 64 on Sunday at Bellerive. He reached the number (-14) that I suggested yesterday would be enough to win, except it wasn’t. Why not? Koepka, unlike Norman and Ballesteros, rose to the challenge.

Brooks Koepka has joined a small group of golfers with three major victories. He now has two distinct major titles on his resume, and will certainly be one of the favorites at all four majors next year. From 1903 to 1905, Willie Anderson was the only man to raise the unnamed trophy. In 2019, Koepka might join him at at Pebble Beach. He might put on a green jacket in Georgia, in April. He also might grasp a trophy named for a specific wine, at Royal Portrush, in Northern Ireland.

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Photos from the 2018 U.S. Women’s Amateur

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GolfWRX is live from the U.S. Women’s Amateur at the Golf Club of Tennessee in Kingston Springs, a venue which most recently hosted the 2006 Tennessee State Open.

The USGA fielded a record 1,468 entries for the competition, in which Kristen Gillman, Kaylee Benton, Laren Stephenson, and Jiwon Jeon are still alive in match play.

From WITB looks to shots of the superb Fazio course to some high art calligraphy (see below) we have it all.

Friday’s photos

Related: See what GolfWRX members are saying about the photos in our forums.

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