The last time the U.S. Open was contested at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego, California, in 2008, Tiger Woods gave golf fans perhaps the greatest memory of a generation, beating Rocco Mediate in a Monday 18 hole playoff for his 14th major title. Woods essentially played the final two rounds on one leg yet still was able to sink an 18-foot putt on the 72nd hole to force a playoff.
It took Woods another 11 years to win another major championship at the 2019 Masters Tournament to pick up his 15th major title, but he won’t be in the field at Torrey Pines as he still continues to recover from a serious automobile accident in January.
Instead, reigning PGA champion Phil Mickelson, who will tee off a day after turning 51 in an attempt to win the career grand slam in an event where he’s finished second a record five times but has never won, will take center stage. He’s also won the Farmers Insurance Open and its predecessors three times, but not since the South Course, site of the U.S. Open, was redesigned following his second consecutive win in 2001.
Dustin Johnson comes into the U.S. Open at +1400 to win.
Last Year at Winged Foot
After being delayed from June, the 2020 U.S. Open was the first official event of the 2020-2021 PGA Tour season, during which an unprecedented six major championships will be contested. Bryson DeChambeau won by six shots at fabled Winged Foot Golf Club after erasing a two-shot deficit to third-round leader Matthew Wolff by shooting a closing a 67, the only sub-par round of the day.
U.S. Open Betting Favorites
Jon Rahm, who was last seen being escorted off the grounds of Muirfield Village Golf Club due to PGA Tour Covid-19 protocols following the third round of the Memorial Tournament after leading by six shots, is the betting favorite with odds of +800. There’s little doubt that Rahm, the third-ranked player in the world, will have plenty of incentive to make up for the almost $1.7 million he didn’t get the opportunity to collect had he gone on to win the event.
At +1400, Dustin Johnson looks like a good pick, even though his recent play hasn’t been up to the level of the way he started the season, highlighted by his record performance in Masters in November. He threw away five shots in his last 20 holes at the Palmetto Championship, including a triple-bogey seven on the 16th hole on Sunday, yet still managed a tie for tenth place, finishing three shots behind first-time winner Garrick Higgo.
Jordan Spieth has been on fire since he shot a 61 in the third round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open in February, racking up eight top-ten finishes in 12 starts, including a runner up at the Charles Schwab Challenge two weeks ago after struggling to a 73 on Sunday to lose by two shots to Jason Kokrak. He has odds of +1400 to win his second U.S. Open and his fourth major championship.