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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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The drivers used by the top-10 longest hitters on the PGA Tour in 2017-2018

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What drivers do the PGA Tour’s longest golfers use to bomb their tee shots? Now that the 2017-2018 PGA Tour season is behind us, we can do a thorough examination.

First, here’s a tally of what the top 10 in driving distance on Tour are using by driver manufacturer. Interestingly, only two OEMs figure.

  • Ping: 4
  • TaylorMade: 6

But this is GolfWRX, so of course you want to know more. Below is a breakdown of the driving-distance leaders on the PGA Tour in 2017-2018, the specifics of their drivers, shafts and how far their average tee shots flew.

10) Keith Mitchell

Driver: TaylorMade M1 440
Loft: 10.5 degrees (10 degrees)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS T1100 7.5 (tipped 1 inch)
Length: 45.25 inches
Swing weight: D3
Grip: Golf Pride Victory Cord 58R
Average driving distance: 312.6 yards

9) Bubba Watson

Driver: Ping G400 LST
Loft: 8.5 degrees (7.6 degrees)
Shaft: Ping BiMatrix-X (tipped .50 inch)
Length: 44.5 inches
Swing weight: D4
Grip: Ping 703 Gold
Average driving distance: 312.9 yards

See what GolfWRX members are saying about Bubba’s clubs

8) Brooks Koepka

Driver: TaylorMade M3 460
Loft: 9.5
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ 70TX
Average driving distance: 313.0 yards

See what GolfWRX members are saying about Koepka’s clubs

7) Gary Woodland

Driver: TaylorMade M3 440
Loft: 9 degrees (8 degrees)
Shaft: Accra RPG 80X (tipped 2 inches)
Length: 45.25 inches
Swing weight: D5
Grip: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord Mid
Average driving distance: 313.4 yards

See what GolfWRX members are saying about Woodland’s clubs

6) Dustin Johnson

Driver: TaylorMade M4
Loft: 9.5 degrees
Shaft: Fujikura Speeder 661 Evolution 2.0 Tour Spec
Grip: Golf Pride Tour Velvet
Average driving distance: 314.0 yards

See what GolfWRX members are saying about Dustin’s clubs

5) Luke List

Driver: TaylorMade M4
Loft: 8.5 degrees
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana White D+ 80TX
Average driving distance: 314.7 yards

See what GolfWRX members are saying about List’s clubs

4) Tony Finau

Driver: Ping G400 Max
Loft: 9 degrees (9.5 degrees)
Shaft: Accra Tour Z X485 M5 (tipped 1 inch)
Length: 45.25 inches
Swing weight: D5
Grip: Custom Lamkin UTX Mid
Average driving distance: 315.3 yards

See what GolfWRX members are saying about Finau’s clubs

3) Tom Lovelady

Driver: Ping G400 Max
Loft: 9 degrees
Shaft: TPT MKP 15.5
Length: 44.75 inches
Swing weight: D3+
Grip: Golf Pride V55 Full Cord 58R
Average driving distance: 315.9 yards

2) Trey Mullinax

Driver: Ping G400 Max
Loft: 9 degrees
Shaft: Mitsubishi KuroKage XT 60-X
Length: 45 inches (tipped 1 inch)
Swing weight: D4
Grip: Golf Pride V55 Full Cord
Average driving distance: 318.7 yards

1) Rory McIlroy

Driver: TaylorMade M3 460
Loft: 8.5 degrees
Shaft: Mitsubishi Kuro Kage 70XTS
Length: 45.625 inches
Swing weight: D8
Grip: Golf Pride Tour Velvet 58R
Average driving distance: 319.8 yards

See what GolfWRX members are saying about Rory’s clubs.

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Patrick Reed airs out Jordan Spieth and Captain Jim Furyk following the 2018 Ryder Cup loss

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In an interview with Karen Crouse of The New York Times, Patrick Reed held zero punches about his displeasure with former Ryder Cup partner Jordan Spieth, Captain Jim Furyk, and the egos of the United States team.

First, a bit of back story. Patrick Reed — dubbed “Captain America” — played foursomes and fourballs with Jordan Spieth in both the 2014 and 2016 Ryder Cups, amassing a 4-1-2 record as partners in the two events.

But when it came to the 2018 Ryder Cup at Le Golf National, Patrick Reed was paired with Tiger Woods in both fourball sessions (losing both), while Spieth played with Justin Thomas in fourballs and foursomes (Spieth/JT went 3-1). Reed sat the bench for both foursomes sessions.

According to Reed, the decision to split from Spieth was not his call, or the captain’s, but rather, due to Spieth’s wishes. Reed also took shots at Furyk for sitting him in both fourball matches.

Here’s what Reed had to say…

About Jordan Spieth

“The issue’s obviously with Jordan not wanting to play with me,” Reed said, according to the NYT. He added: “I don’t have any issue with Jordan. When it comes right down to it, I don’t care if I like the person I’m paired with or if the person likes me as long as it works and it sets up the team for success. He and I know how to make each other better. We know how to get the job done.”

In the post-Ryder Cup press conference with the entire team, the ex-partners were asked about the split, to which Spieth answered: “We were totally involved in every decision that was made… Jim allowed it to be a player-friendly environment.”

When asked about this moment in the interview by the NYT, Reed said, “I was looking at (Jordan Spieth) like I was about to light the room up like Phil in ’14,” in reference to Phil Mickelson calling out Captain Tom Watson in the 2014 post-Ryder Cup interview.

About Captain Furyk

“I thought he might go back with the groups that have worked in the past (after the first alternate-shot session).”

“For somebody as successful in the Ryder Cup as I am, I don’t think it’s smart to sit me twice.”

About the U.S. Team

“Every day, I saw ‘Leave your egos at the door,’” Reed said, of inspirational messages in the team room. “They (the Europeans) do that better than us.”

Full New York Times article.

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Team USA provides Sunday thrills, but ultimately loses the 2018 Ryder Cup

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Team USA was trailing 10-6 going into Sunday’s 12 singles matches against Team Europe at the 2018 Ryder Cup. It was a highly unlikely comeback — about a 9 percent chance according to multiple data sources — but there were moments on Sunday it looked possible.

Justin Thomas, in a back-and-forth match against Rory McIlroy, pulled off a crucial win after Rory drove the ball into the lip of a fairway bunker on 18 and hit his approach shot into the hazard.

Other things were happening, too.

Finau was finessing Fleetwood. Webb was waxing World No. 2 Justin Rose. Koepka was keeping up with Casey. Woods was withstanding Rahm’s will. Reed was rolling.

But ultimately, alliteration aside, the Europeans were simply winning too many holes, and racking up points. The United States needed to win 8 matches. It had to be an utterly one-sided Sunday in the USA’s favor, and it simply was not.

Tiger vs. Rahm in the fourth slot proved to be a huge swing match after USA recorded 2.5 points in the first three matches. Rahm missed a four-footer on 16, giving Tiger a chance at 1 down with 2 to play, but Rahm closed the deal on 17 with a short birdie putt (leading to an expectedly huge celebration) after Tiger missed the fairway off the tee and failed to chip in. Tiger finished 0-4 in the 2018 Ryder Cup.

About the time Rahm closed the door on Tiger was when Ian Poulter took hold of the match against Dustin Johnson (despite DJ holing a few long putts to give hope), and he closed the door with fantastic approach shots on the final three holes. Thorbjorn Olesen closed out Spieth 5&4. Bubba Watson went down 5 to Henrik Stenson, Molinari went up 3 on Phil Mickelson, and Sergio Garcia was up 2 holes on Rickie Fowler. With too much blue on the scoreboard and just not enough red, it was just a matter of time. Europe was a lock to take back the Ryder Cup. And they did.

The Ryder Cup officially ended when Francesco Molinari hit the green on 16 and Phil flared one into the water. Fittingly, due to Molinari’s 5-0 performance, his 4&2 victory on Sunday gave Europe its winning point.

The overlying factor in the entire Ryder Cup was the United States’ inability to hit fairways on a Le Golf National course that penalizes missed fairways. This could have something to do with it…

Here’s how the relevant matches finished as Europe clinched the Cup:

  • JT def. Rory 1up
  • Brooks and Casey: halved
  • Webb def. Rose 3&2
  • Rahm def. Woods 2&1
  • Finau def. Fleetwood 6&4
  • Poulter def. DJ 2up
  • Olesen def. Spieth 5&4
  • Molinari def. Mickelson 4&2
  • Stenson def. Bubba 5&4
  • Garcia def. Rickie 2&1

So what’s the takeaway? Did the task force make bad choices with the captains picks? Did Furyk’s pairings cost the U.S. in the first two days? Was it simply a great performance by the Europeans?

See what GolfWRX Members are saying about the Ryder Cup here. 

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