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2021 U.S. Open odds: Jon Rahm the heavy favorite at Torrey Pines

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The U.S. Open is here, and though he may not be a major champion yet, bookmakers have priced up Jon Rahm as the prohibitive favorite this week in California.

The Spaniard is 10/1 to land his maiden major title this week, ahead of Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson and Xander Schauffele, who are all priced up as 16/1 shots.

Bryson DeChambeau is next in the betting at 18/1, as he looks to go back-to-back at one of the toughest events on the calendar.

Here’s a look at the full list of odds courtesy of BetOnline.ag.

  • Jon Rahm 10/1
  • Brooks Koepka 16/1
  • Dustin Johnson 16/1
  • Xander Schauffele 16/1
  • Bryson DeChambeau 18/1
  • Jordan Spieth 20/1
  • Rory McIlroy 20/1
  • Collin Morikawa 22/1
  • Justin Thomas 22/1
  • Patrick Cantlay 25/1
  • Tony Finau 25/1
  • Patrick Reed 28/1
  • Viktor Hovland 28/1
  • Hideki Matsuyama 40/1
  • Scottie Scheffler 40/1
  • Webb Simpson 40/1
  • Will Zalatoris 45/1
  • Daniel Berger 50/1
  • Shane Lowry 50/1
  • Tyrrell Hatton 50/1
  • Cameron Smith 55/1
  • Louis Oosthuizen 55/1
  • Paul Casey 55/1
  • Justin Rose 60/1
  • Matthew Fitzpatrick 60/1
  • Garrick Higgo 66/1
  • Abraham Ancer 70/1
  • Jason Kokrak 70/1
  • Joaquin Niemann 70/1
  • Marc Leishman 70/1
  • Phil Mickelson 70/1
  • Charley Hoffman 80/1
  • Corey Conners 80/1
  • Tommy Fleetwood 80/1
  • Adam Scott 100/1
  • Gary Woodland 100/1
  • Harris English 100/1
  • Max Homa 100/1
  • Sungjae Im 100/1
  • Sam Burns 110/1
  • Branden Grace 125/1
  • Brian Harman 125/1
  • Sergio Garcia 125/1
  • Carlos Ortiz 150/1
  • Christian Bezuidenhout 150/1
  • Kevin Streelman 150/1
  • Lee Westwood 150/1
  • Ryan Palmer 150/1
  • Si Woo Kim 150/1
  • Billy Horschel 175/1
  • Bubba Watson 175/1
  • Stewart Cink 175/1
  • Wilco Nienaber 175/1
  • Charl Schwartzel 200/1
  • Ian Poulter 200/1
  • Jhonattan Vegas 200/1
  • Matt Jones 200/1
  • Matt Wallace 200/1
  • Matthew Wolf 200/1
  • Robert MacIntyre 200/1
  • Bernd Wiesberger 250/1
  • Cameron Champ 250/1
  • Erik van Rooyen 250/1
  • Francesco Molinari 250/1
  • Matt Kuchar 250/1
  • Russell Henley 250/1
  • Brendon Todd 300/1
  • Cameron Young 300/1
  • Chez Reavie 300/1
  • Jimmy Walker 300/1
  • Kevin Kisner 300/1
  • Kevin Na 300/1
  • Lanto Griffin 300/1
  • Sebastian Munoz 300/1
  • Adam Hadwin 350/1
  • Dylan Frittelli 350/1
  • Henrik Stenson 350/1
  • Martin Kaymer 350/1
  • Patrick Rodgers 350/1
  • Rafael Cabrera Bello 350/1
  • Victor Perez 350/1
  • Zach Johnson 350/1
  • Brendan Steele 400/1
  • Kyoung-Hoon Lee 400/1
  • Thomas Detry 400/1
  • Troy Merritt 400/1
  • Wyndham Clark 400/1
  • Adrian Meronk 500/1
  • Bo Hoag 500/1
  • Brain Stuard 500/1
  • Dylan Wu 500/1
  • Fabian Gomez 500/1
  • Greyson Sigg 500/1
  • Guido Migliozzi 500/1
  • JJ. Spaun 500/1
  • John Huh 500/1
  • Jordan Smith 500/1
  • JT. Poston 500/1
  • Justin Suh 500/1
  • Mackenzie Hughes 500/1
  • Marcus Armitage 500/1
  • Martin Laird 500/1
  • Peter Malnati 500/1
  • Pierceson Coody 500/1
  • Richard Bland 500/1
  • Robby Shelton 500/1
  • Ryo Ishikawa 500/1
  • Sahith Theegala 500/1
  • Sam Ryder 500/1
  • Sung Kang 500/1
  • Taylor Pendrith 500/1
  • Thomas Aiken 500/1
  • Tom Hoge 500/1
  • Akshay Bhatia 600/1
  • Chan Kim 600/1
  • Dave Coupland 600/1
  • Edoardo Molinari 600/1
  • Hayden Buckley 600/1
  • Johannes Veerman 600/1
  • Matthew Southgate 600/1
  • Tyler Strafaci 600/1
  • Luis Fernando Barco 750/1
  • Matthias Schmid 750/1
  • Alvaro Ortiz 1000/1
  • Andy Pope 1000/1
  • Brad Kennedy 1000/1
  • Hayden Springer 1000/1
  • Joe Long 1000/1
  • Paul Barjon 1000/1
  • Taylor Montgomery 1000/1
  • Wade Ormsby 1000/1
  • Andrew Kozan 1500/1
  • Charles Osbourne 1500/1
  • Dylan Meyer 1500/1
  • Rick Lamb 1500/1
  • Rikuya Hoshino 1500/1
  • Spencer Ralston 1500/1
  • Yosuke Asaji 1500/1
  • Carson Schaake 1750/1
  • Roy Cootes 1750/1
  • Wilson Furr 1750/1
  • Chris Baker 2000/1
  • Christopher Crawford 2000/1
  • Cole Hammer 2000/1
  • Davis Shore 2000/1
  • Eric Cole 2000/1
  • Jimmy Hervol 2000/1
  • Joe Highsmith 2000/1
  • Kyle Westermoreland 2000/1
  • Luis Gagne 2000/1
  • Mario Carmona 2000/1
  • Matthew Sharpstrene 2000/1
  • Michael Johnson 2000/1
  • Steve Allan 2000/1
  • Zach Zaback 2000/1
  • Zack Sucher 2000/1
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Bryson: ‘The driver sucks!’; Cobra rep: ‘Really painful when he says something that stupid’

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Bryson DeChambeau never looked comfortable on day one of the Open at Royal St. Georges, and after his round blasted his driver which he says “sucks”, before a Cobra rep scolded the 2020 U.S. Open champ for his outburst.

The 27-year-old hit only one of his opening nine fairways on Thursday morning and was candid when talking to media regarding his frustration with the big stick.

“The driver sucks!. It’s not a good face for me, and we’re still trying to figure out how to make it good on the mishits. I’m living on the razor’s edge like I’ve told people for a long time.

“When I did get it outside of the fairway, like in the first cut and whatnot, I catch jumpers out of there and I couldn’t control my wedges.”

Bryson did find something on his back nine, ending the day 4/14 for fairways hit, but it appears the 27-year-old was downcast on turning things around with his current driver face, saying that the issues have been there for years.

“I’ve realised this for years now. This has happened since 2016-17 when players stopped drawing it. There’s not very many golfers that draw it anymore. It’s not because of spin rate. Everybody thinks it’s because we’re at 2000, 1800 spin or whatever. It’s not.

“It’s literally the physics and the way that they build heads now. It’s not the right design, unfortunately, and we’ve been trying to fix it.”

Speaking to GolfWeek’s David Dusek, Ben Schomin, who along with being Cobra’s tour operations manager, caddied for Bryson two week’s ago at the Rocket Mortgage Classic, then had his say on Bryson’s criticism of his Cobra Radspeed driver ( 5 degrees).

Schomin, who is involved in the building process for Bryson’s driver and irons, responded to Bryson’s outburst by telling the publication that it’s “really painful when he (Bryson) says something that stupid”.

“Everybody is bending over backwards. We’ve got multiple guys in R&D who are CAD’ing (computer-aided design) this and CAD-ing that, trying to get this and that into the pipeline faster. (Bryson) knows it. It’s just really, really painful when he says something that stupid.

He has never really been happy, ever. Like, it’s very rare where he’s happy. Now he’s in a place where he’s swinging a 5-degree driver with 200 mph of ball speed. Everybody is looking for a magic bullet. Well, the magic bullet becomes harder and harder to find the faster you swing and the lower your loft gets.”

On Thursday evening, Bryson released a statement on his social media condemning his earlier comments as being “very unprofessional”.

 

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Tommy Fleetwood’s caddie jabs back at Bryson in recent “fore” debate

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Bryson DeChambeau has recently garnered some criticism for his response to a seemingly controversial question from a media member on Tuesday at the Open Championship.

DeChambeau was asked why he never shouts “fore” when hitting a ball towards a crowd, to which he responded, “I do shout fore… You are bringing up a very controversial thing, which is unfortunate.”

The video made the rounds of golf twitter all day, and Ian Finnis, professional caddie for Tommy Fleetwood, felt the need to throw his two cents in with the following tweet:

The tournament hasn’t even started, and Bryson’s come under fire once again. Tommy Fleetwood can surely be added to the list of players that would make for an awkward pairing with Bryson!

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Players wary of ‘unfair’ Royal St. Georges

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It’s the first Open Championship for two years, but a trip down south to Royal St. George’s hasn’t got every golfer excited for the week ahead, with some high-profile players not exactly thrilled with the venue.

The ever candid Brooks Koepka spoke on Tuesday about the course, where he made it clear that it’s not one of his favorite courses, with the many blind tee shots not to his liking.

“It’s not my favorite venue that we have played. I think Portrush and St Andrews are definitely the favorites. I haven’t seen all 18, I’ll see the back nine today. But quite a few blind tee shots, kind of hitting to nothing. Fairways are quite undulating. I don’t know, it’s not my favorite of the rotation, put it that way.

“This one, it’s just not as exciting. I don’t know why. Whether it be a couple shots to nothing, a couple of blind tee shots or shots in where you can’t really see much. I’m not too big of a fan of that.”

Bernhard Langer, who finished in the top-3 here three times in his career, is another who isn’t a fan of the English golf course, telling the Daily Mail on Tuesday that: “It is, to me, the most unfair of all the courses on the rota.”

It’s also fair to assume that the course isn’t number one on Rory McIlroy’s list of favorites either, who speaking on a podcast last year, stated: “Can’t we just skip St George’s and go straight to St Andrews?”

However, it seems the Irishman has had a change of heart over the course, as speaking to media this week, McIlroy revealed that after playing a softer Royal St. Georges at the weekend, the venue seems improved to him:

“Even before all the rain, the course was quite lush and green and we weren’t seeing the bounces that we’re accustomed to getting here,” he said. “I walked away after the weekend thinking this is a much better golf course than I remember.”

As for the big-hitting Bryson DeChambeau, it appears that the 27-year-old is prepared to dial it back this week in order to stay out of the “diabolical hay” surrounding the fairways.

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