Top 3 Surprise Picks for the 2022 US Open

Media by Associated Press: Max Homa hits on the sixth hole during a practice round for the U.S. Open golf tournament at The Country Club, Wednesday, June 15, 2022, in Brookline, Mass. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

The week of the 122nd US Open is here, and the best players in the world head to The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts, to test their game beginning on Thursday, June 16th.

 

The third major of the 2022 season runs over four days and is an individual stroke-play event with a winner hoisting the US Open Trophy on Sunday evening.

 

Jon Rahm was a betting favorite last year and left Torrey Pines with his first major title.

 

While Rahm was a heavy favorite, there have been a few winners in the near past that were surprises given their pre-tournament odds. Gary Woodland was a +6000 favorite in 2019, and Brooks Koepka was a +3000 favorite prior to his first US Open title in 2017.

 

Below, we’ve identified our three favorite surprise picks of the US Open as you prepare to make your bets for this week’s major tournament.

 

Max Homa (+4100)

 

Homa already has a pair of victories under his belt this season, and his golf game has been consistent over the last two months, with T25 finishes over his last five starts. The 31-year-old is looking for his first major title and has played in the US Open twice, missing the cut both times.

 

The California native has climbed into the top 25 in the Official World Rankings, and his Strokes Gained numbers highlight a player ready to challenge for a major.

 

Homa sits inside the top 30 in every Strokes Gained category but Around-the-Green. Many are betting on Homa this week, and don’t be shocked to see him make the weekend and battle with a strong finish on Sunday.

 

Cameron Young (+4100)

 

The 25-year-old has never won a PGA Tour event, but at his value, you can see that his game is respected by guys in Vegas.

 

Young already has five top 10 finishes in his early PGA Tour career, highlighted by a T3 at last month’s PGA Championship. In Young’s two previous starts at the US Open, he has missed the cut both times.

 

Showing that he’s not afraid of the big moments, Young is a player you want to target this week. In his freshman campaign, the rookie golfer ranks second in SG: Off-the-Tee, 17th in SG: Total, and 20th in SG: Tee-to-Green. He’s inside the top 10 in both scoring and birdie average as well.

 

Billy Horschel (+5000)

 

The former FedEx Cup champion has accomplished a lot over his career but is still missing that major victory. Horschel comes to Brookline after winning the Memorial Tournament, his seventh PGA Tour victory, earlier this month. His best finish at a US Open came in 2013 when he tied for fourth.

 

The University of Florida alum’s game is trending in the right direction with five top 10 finishes this season. Horschel’s statistics project a successful week at The Country Club as well.

 

He is 10th in driving accuracy and 12th in scoring average. The 35-year-old is also one of the best putters in the game, ranking 10th in SG: Putting.

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