The US Open (Golf) Betting Guide for 2020
The US Open is one of the four golf tournaments each year known collectively as the Majors. It is known for being played on tough, tight courses that place a premium on accuracy and patience.
Betting on golf is straightforward for fans of the sport in Canada thanks to the customer-friendly nature of modern sportsbooks.
In this guide we’ll help you find out:
- How betting on The US Open works
- What fans and experts enjoy betting on
- How to get involved with live betting
An Introduction to The US Open
The championship was first played in 1895. It’s one of golf’s greatest prizes and carries the richest purse of all the Majors.
About half the field qualify by excelling in previous US Opens, other Majors and on the PGA Tour
Any other player in the world’s top 60 also qualifies
However, special exemptions for certain players are also issued
A field of 156 players starts the 72-hole four-day strokeplay event
Players in the top 60 and ties make it to the final two days
If there is a tie after 72 holes, a two-hole aggregate playoff is held
The winner receives a gold medal and a replica of the original US Open Trophy
How Golf Odds Work
There are a host of available options if you want to bet on The US Open, and golf in general.
Let’s take tournament odds to illustrate how they work. The odds about one player winning it may, expressed as decimals, read:
For every C$10 you stake on Koepka, you win C$80. If you put C$10 on Johnson, you get back C$140.
However, odds can also be displayed in alternative formats, such as fractional and moneyline (also called American) odds.
The good news is most sportsbooks make it easy to swap between systems so you can choose how you view their prices. Take a look at our Odds Calculator to see how they compare.
The US Open Betting Options
To qualify for The US Open
Using your knowledge of the entry criteria, it may be possible to find a player with an outside chance of qualifying. There are sportsbooks that will allow you to bet on that likelihood.Eg:Paul Smith21.0
To make the cut
If you think a player is going to do well in the first couple of rounds, you should be able to bet on them to get through to the weekend.Eg:Matt Kuchar2.5
To win next year’s US Open
Players do well on certain types of golf course. It’s possible to spot someone whose game is perfect for a future competition. In those circumstances, try to find a sportsbook offering odds up to a year in advance.Eg:Ian Poulter21.0
What is US Open Live Betting?
- The advent of the digital age means betting no longer has to stop when the action starts
- A majority of sportsbooks will offer odds while the action unfolds and adjust the prices to reflect the shifts in the play
- You can bet, for instance, on which player in a group will ‘win’ the next hole
- However, you can still play the long game and bet on the outright winner
- Live betting is a great way to add excitement while an event is under way
Brief Timeline of The US Open
Englishman Horace Rawlins wins the first US Open at the Newport Country Club in Rhode Island1895
John J McDermott, 19, is the first American-born winner and the youngest champion1911
Bobby Jones, the great amateur, wins his fourth US Open1930
Billy Burke wins the title after a marathon 72-hole playoff1931
Arnold Palmer stages one of his trademark charges to win with a 65 after starting the final round seven shots back1960
Sam Snead becomes the oldest player to make the cut, aged 611973
Jack Nicklaus is the fourth man to win four US Opens – no one has won five1980
Curtis Strange beats Nick Faldo in a playoff for the first of two consecutive wins1988
Hale Irwin, invited by special exemption, becomes the oldest winner at 451990
Tiger Woods wins his first US Open by an astonishing 15 shots2000
Angel Cabrera is the fourth non-American winner in a row – all four were from the southern hemisphere2007
Graeme McDowell becomes the first European to win the event since Tony Jacklin in 19702010
Phil Mickelson is runner-up for a record sixth time2013
Recent US Open winners
The US Open is one of the toughest events in golf, a stern test of a professional’s nerve and technique.
For the watching enthusiast, it also offers a feast of betting opportunities. And in an era when virtually everybody owns a smartphone, bettors in Canada can easily get involved with the action.
To get all the details you might ever need about betting on the sport in Canada, check out our golf home page.
A tournament with the richest purse of all the Majors. It is held every year on a course in the United States. The final round always coincides with Father's Day.
Experienced golf bettors enjoy the challenge of selecting the outright tournament winner. With a field of 156, and a course that is always set up to be a stiff test, this is a tricky one to get right.
If you follow our online betting guide, you should find all the information you need to choose a site to bet with. Our recommendations include finding out about subjects such as security, licensing, range of bets and bonuses.
You certainly can. Consumer-friendly apps are a staple of most modern sportsbooks so you can bet on your mobile, wherever you have service.
Sportsbooks no longer stop taking bets when the action starts. There are a host of ways you can get involved and back your opinion while the event is running its course.
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