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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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I wasn’t ready for the 2019 Rules of Golf

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We weren’t ready. We thought we were, but we weren’t.

For the last year, the USGA reminded us that in 2019 Rules of Golf were coming, but we didn’t listen. We heard the flag stick could remain in and we heard that you could take a penalty drop from knee-height.

But we didn’t listen.

I bet none of you have even practiced using your putter to flatten the entire green between your ball and the cup. You can do that now.

I’m also sure that you and I will continue to hover our club in all hazards, er, penalty areas. Yeah, we’re calling it a penalty area now.

The USGA went to the extreme depths of changing words all to simplify the game for you.

I don’t think the USGA listened either.

The rule changes were intended to speed up play and simplify golf for amateurs. Seems like a good idea. In turn, they may have bamboozled the PGA Tour while confusing the only amateurs who kind-of, sort-of knew the rules.

The pros didn’t need a new rule book, the amateurs just needed a simple one.

Us “locals” as the USGA refers to amateurs, do have one extremely fluid perk. When hitting a ball OB, or following a lost ball, you can drop with a two-stroke penalty instead of walking back to the tee. This of course, is dependent on your course, head professional, tournament conditions, and other factors including and not limited to what phase the moon is in.

If that’s somewhat confusing, read up, ask about your local rules, and buy a few extra sleeves. Reason being, in 2019, the limit on searching for a golf ball has been cut from five to three minutes.

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But wait, there’s good news.

Thanks to the USGA, if you accidentally move your ball as you frantically high-step through fescue, it’s no longer a penalty! What an exciting 180 seconds that will be!

If you somehow don’t find your golf ball in the hazard penalty area, the USGA tried to help us out, which they did, yet regrettably took away a more iconic portrait on the golf course.

The rigid, stoic stance and forceful drop of a ball at shoulder-height.

And we let it happen.

Now, we’ll watch a defeated man deliberately bend to his knees and gingerly drop his ball…Which, by the way, appears to be a convenient way for cheaters to “take a drop” that ideally doubles as “identifying my first ball”.

Don’t even get me started on the back issues this could flare up.

We heard in late 2018 that Bryson DeChambeau would use the flagstick when the odds were in his favor. He even laid it out simply for us.

“It depends on the COR, the coefficient of restitution of the flagstick.”

Simple.

We didn’t listen Bryson, we didn’t believe. We also have absolutely no clue what you’re talking about.

But hey, as Bryson would say, don’t hate the player, hate the game. Yeah, he’d clearly never say that, but here’s to hoping!

We heard he would do it, but we didn’t believe it. We had to see to believe. What we saw was DeChambeau first in strokes gained putting in the very first round he was allowed to do it.

Obviously, this trend will continue for DeChambeau, and others may join in, because what is golf if not a constant chase for a marginally better opportunity at success.

Watch your back, because those others that may join in could be closer than you think. You may turn around to find a fellow member asking for the flag on their next 12-footer.

It should be a fun year of commentary and confusion at your local club and on the PGA tour. Professionals will have constant questions for rules officials, and commentators will consistently question Bryson’s methods.

There is one real question I hope is answered this April.

What will we do when Bryson banks in a downhill putt at No. 2 of Augusta?

Will we be ready? Will Augusta?

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Stewart Cink pens multi-year deal with Ping

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Ping Golf has announced that six-time winner on the PGA Tour, Stewart Cink, has signed a multi-year deal with the company.

The deal will see the American play a minimum of 11 Ping clubs, as he looks to end an almost decade long winless streak on the PGA Tour. Cink had previously been an equipment-free agent (having been a Nike man prior to that) although he had been using Ping clubs for the majority of the last season.

Speaking on the addition of Stewart Cink to Team Ping, company president John K. Solheim stated

“Stewart has a long track record of success and overall consistency, evidenced by his wins, top 10s in majors, and the fact that he has competed on five U.S. Ryder Cup teams and in four Presidents Cups.

“He has instant credibility, and we know him well because he has played Ping irons for many years. Our tour staff has been impressed by his professionalism and his knowledge of equipment. We’re delighted to be associated with Stewart.”

Cink will make his first start as a Ping staff player at this week’s Sony Open. According to the company, the 2009 Open Championship winner is expected to have Ping’s G400 LST driver, G400 fairways woods, i25 irons and Sigma 2 Arna putter in the bag this week at Waialae Country Club.

No details of the financial terms of the arrangement have been disclosed.

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Charles Howell III’s winning WITB: 2018 RSM Classic

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Driver: Titleist TS3 (10.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei AV Blue 65

Fairway woods: Titleist TS2 (15, 21 degrees)
Shafts: Fujikura ATMOS Tour Spec Black 8X, Fujikura ATMOS Tour Spec Black 9X

Irons: Titleist 718 T-MB 4-iron, Titleist 718 AP2 (5-7), Titleist 718 CB (8-PW)
Shafts: Project X LZ 6.5 (hard stepped)

Wedges: Vokey SM7 (52, 56, 60 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold S400

Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour Red

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Align

Ball: Titleist Pro V1 (proto)

SEA ISLAND, GA – NOVEMBER 17: Charles Howell lll tees off on the eighth hole tee box during the third round of The RSM Classic at the Sea Island Resort Seaside Course on November 17, 2018 in Sea Island, Georgia. (Photo by Ben Jared/PGA TOUR)

RELATED: See what members are saying about CH III’s equipment in the forums.

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