Bettors clearly believe Jon Rahm is going to bounce back from arguably the most shocking occurrence of the PGA season to date.
BetOnline.ag lists Rahm as the favorite at +1000 to win the 2021 U.S. Open held at Torrey Pines roughly two weeks after he was pulled from the Memorial Tournament with a six-stroke lead due to a positive COVID-19 test. According to Bob Harig of ESPN, Rahm admitted earlier this week he was not considered fully vaccinated during that tournament and now wishes he would’ve started the vaccination process sooner.
Both Brooks Koepka and Xander Schauffele follow Rahm at +1600, with Bryson DeChambeau, Koepka’s bitter rival, not far behind at +1800. While Koepka and DeChambeau won’t play together as of Thursday, DeChambeau recently told reporters he’d like to face Koepka with the title on the line.
“I hope on the weekend we can play against each other and compete,” he said, per Andy Wright of Golf Monthly. “I think it would be fun and would be great for the game.”
Dustin Johnson, also at +1800, may have something to say about that.
What of Phil Mickelson, the loveable “Lefty” who is celebrating his 51st birthday on Wednesday and who shocked the sports world by winning the PGA Championship last month? He was a +4000 underdog to win the U.S. Open as of May 24 and has since fallen to +5500.
The Athletic’s Daniel Shirley predicted earlier this week Mickelson will “make the cut but not much else,” but John Hayes said the fan favorite “could be in contention going into the weekend” if his driver doesn’t betray him on Thursday and Friday.
Be sure to check BetOnline for updated odds throughout the tournament.