2022 Travelers Championship final-round odds, golfers to watch

Analyzing the golf odds entering the final round to win the 2022 Travelers Championship in Cromwell, Conn.

Three rounds are in the book at the 2022 Travelers Championship and there are 13 golfers within 7 strokes of the lead. Below, we look at the 2022 Travelers Championship odds entering Sunday’s final round of the 70th tournament in Cromwell, Conn. Check back throughout the season for our PGA Tour picks, predictions and bets.

Xander Schauffele, who had opening odds to win of +1500, shot a 3-under-par 67 Saturday and has a 1-shot lead  heading into the final round on the TPC River Highlands course, which plays to 6,852 yards, par 70. Schauffele, the No. 9 player in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings, is at 17-under 193.

Pre-tournament co-favorites Scottie Scheffler and Rory McIlroy (both +900 to win before the opening round) are tied for 11th at 10-under and 31st at 6-under. Scheffler is now +5000 to win while McIlroy, 11 strokes back, is at +50000. Defending champion Harris English, who won the 2021 event in an 8-hole playoff, is tied for 11th at 10-under 200. He opened at +10000 to win and is still at +10000.

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2022 Travelers Championship – Final pairing

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The Travelers has gone into extra holes 25 times, with last year’s 8-hole playoff being the longest.

Xander Scheffler (+105)

The 28-year-old pro from California saw his lead trimmed from 5 strokes to 1 but he’s good position for his 6th career tour title and 2nd of the season. He starts Sunday’s final round with a 1-stroke lead after rounds of 63-63-67. The 9th-ranked golfer went 48 holes before making a bogey. He has 18 birdies in the first 3 rounds.

Patrick Cantlay (+130)

The 30-year-old fired a bogey-free 7-under 63 Saturday to climb within a stroke of the lead after rounds of 64-67. Cantlay is seeking his 8th tour title and 2nd of the season. The 6th-ranked golfer, who opened at +1300 to win, has 4 top-5 finishes and 7 top-10s this season.

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2022 Travelers Championship – In the hunt

Before the final group tees off at 1:55 p.m. ET, here are 4 players to watch as they try to chase down the leader.

Sahith Theegala (+1200): Starts 3 shots back at 14-under after rounds of 67-65-64. The 80th-ranked player opened at +10000.

Kevin Kisner (+2000): Starts 4 shots back at 13-under after rounds of 67-64-66. The 129th-ranked golfer opened at +9000.

K.H. Lee (+4000): Starts 5 shots back at 12-under after rounds of 68-64-66. The 54th-ranked golfer opened at +9000.

Martin Laird (+6000): Starts 5 shots back at 12-under after rounds of 63-69-66. The 113th-ranked player opened at +20000.

2022 Travelers Championship – Props update

Before the tournament started, we mentioned a few prop bets worth considering a play on. Let’s take a look at 3 of them.

Patrick Cantlay (+320 to make top 5): If you bet it, you have to like your chances with Cantlay just 1 shot off the lead.

Tony Finau (+350 to make top 10): The 44th-ranked golfer is tied for 15th place after rounds of 68-68-65.

Kevin Kisner (+425 to make top 20): Sure looks like a lock with Kisner sitting in 4th place, just 4 off the lead.

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2022 Travelers Championship best value prop bets for 3 golfers

3 golfers to profit on at the 2022 Travelers Championship, with PGA Tour picks, predictions and best bets.

TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Conn., will host the 2022 Travelers Championship, which tees off Thursday. Below, we tab the best value prop bets on a trio of golfers among the 2022 Travelers Championship odds and make our PGA Tour picks and predictions.

The Travelers has a 156-golfer field with notables including Scottie Scheffler (No. 1 in Golfweek/Sagarin rankings), Justin Thomas (2022 PGA Championship winner and No. 3), Rory McIlroy (No. 4), Jordan Spieth (2017 Travelers Championship winner and No. 29) and many more.

TPC River Highlands has been the Travelers Championship’s venue since 1984 and is the second-most attended PGA Tour event annually behind Phoenix’s Waste Management Open.

The course is playing at 6,841 yards, par 70. There’s a cut after 36 holes to the top 65 players with ties and there’s an $8.3 million prize pool.

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2022 Travelers Championship best bets

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Jordan Spieth

Despite not being in the mix on Sunday at any of the 3 majors this season, Spieth is playing good golf entering the Travelers. He’s 7th in strokes gained (SG): Total, 1st in SG: Tee-to-green and around-the-green (ARG) and 9th in SG: Approach over his last 24 rounds (per FantasyNational.com).

His SG: ARG is notable since TPC River Highlands is one of the toughest courses on tour ARG (per DataGolf.com). Also, Spieth is 6th in this field at Par 4 Efficiency: 400-450 (according to FantasyNational.com), which factors since 8 of the par 4s at this course are within that yardage.

Finally, Spieth can be more aggressive off-the-tee (OTT) since TPC River Highlands is one of the shorter courses on tour and he is an elite scrambler. Spieth is one of the few golfers in the world who can score birdies on holes even after getting into trouble.

  • $12.50 for winner (+2000) to earn a $250 profit
  • $12.50 for top-5 finish (+480) to earn a $60 profit
  • $25 for top-10 finish (+230) to earn a $57.50 profit
  • $100 for top-20 finish (+130) to earn a $130 profit

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Mito Pereira

Pereira is going for a bargain because of his 4th-round choke job at the 2022 PGA Championship that cost him his 1st PGA Tour victory and major. But, Pereira has the best scoring average on tour at Par 4 Efficiency: 400-450 and 7th in greens in regulation.

Also, Pereira is 3rd on my custom stat model (courtesy of FantasyNational.com) over the past 36 rounds. He ranks 1st in SG: Ball striking, 5th in SG: OTT, 6th in proximity: 125-150 and 1st in opportunities gained over that span.

We are getting a good price on Pereira since he just missed the cut at last week’s U.S. Open. However, Pereira was on the cut line at 4-over par and caught a bad weather draw in the first 2 rounds. Prior to the U.S. Open, Pereira finished in the top 20 in 5 of 6 tourneys.

  • $12.50 for winner (+4000) to earn a $500 profit
  • $25 for top-10 finish (+400) to earn a $100 profit
  • $100 for top-20 finish (+220) to earn a $220 profit

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Webb Simpson

Let’s take a flyer on Simpson despite him not being in the best of form because TPC River Highlands fits Simpson’s game very well.

Simpson has the best SG: Total over his last 50 rounds at similar courses to TPC River Highlands built into my model, which includes TPC Deere Run, TPC Potomac and TPC Twin Cities.

Also, TPC River Highlands is a Pete Dye design and Simpson is SG: Total on Pete Dye golf courses over his last 50 rounds and 4th in SG: Total on courses shorter than 7,200 yards.

  • $12.50 for winner (+6000) to earn a $750 profit
  • $100 for top-20 finish (+260) to earn a $260 profit

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2022 Travelers Championship prop bet picks and PGA Tour predictions

Analyzing the odds for the 2022 Travelers Championship with PGA Tour picks and predictions for the top prop bets.

The PGA Tour is in Cromwell, Conn., this week for the 2022 Travelers Championship, which is hosted by TPC River Highlands. It’s a star-studded field despite being the week after the U.S. Open, including Scottie Scheffler, Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth.

Below, we search for the best value prop bets among the 2022 Travelers Championship odds and make our PGA Tour picks and predictions.

Teeing it up this week are 6 of the top-10 players in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin rankings. Scheffler tops the rankings at No. 1, followed by Justin Thomas and McIlroy at Nos. 3 and 4, respectively. Patrick Cantlay is 6th, with Xander Schauffele and Sam Burns 9th and 10th.

TPC River Highlands is a shorter course compared to some of the other tracks played on tour, emphasizing the importance of approaches into greens over driving distance. It’s a par 70 playing at 6,852 yards, with one of the best finishes from holes 15-18.

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Travelers Championship – Top-5 picks

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Patrick Cantlay (+320)

Cantlay has finished inside the top 15 in each of his last 4 trips to TPC River Highlands, so this course fits his eye nicely. He battled back at the U.S. Open with a final-round 69 to finish T-14, riding some momentum into this week. I like his chances to crack the top 5 at Travelers.

Rory McIlroy (+240)

Few players in the world are playing better than McIlroy right now, who tied for 5th at the U.S. Open a week after winning the RBC Canadian Open. He also has 3 top-20 finishes at the Travelers Championship in his last 3 trips, and he’s playing better now than he was in any of those seasons.

Other T5 contenders (in order from longest odds to shortest):

  • Brian Harman (+900)

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Travelers Championship – Top-10 picks

Sam Burns (+190)

Burns has steadily gotten better on this course with each trip, improving from T-43 to T-24 to T-13 last year. A final-round 76 sent him tumbling down the leaderboard last weekend, but he was playing well before that slip-up  Sunday.

Tony Finau (+350)

Finau has missed the cut 3 years in a row here. He’s not going to make it 4, and instead, he’ll contend for a win in Cromwell. His best finish was T-17 here in 2016, which he’ll improve upon by making it into the top 10 with a bounce-back week after missing the cut in Brookline.

Jason Day (+600)

Day usually plays well here, with 3 top-12s in his last 4 years, including T-10 last year. He’s made the cut in each of his last 5 starts, too, so he’s playing better now than he has all season. Take him as a long-shot play to finish in the top 10 for the 2nd year in a row.

Travelers Championship – Top-20 picks

Brendon Todd (+330)

Todd isn’t long at all off the tee, but that won’t hurt him on a course where there isn’t a par 4 over 500 yards. His accuracy with the driver will help him at TPC River Highlands, as it did the last 2 years when he finished T-30 and T-11.

Kevin Kisner (+425)

Kisner tied for 5th here last year and was T-15 in 2019, sandwiching a missed cut in 2020. He’s a deadly putter and while he’s not in great form – 4 straight missed cuts – his odds reflect that.

Other T20 contenders (in order from longest odds to shortest):

  • Mackenzie Hughes (+425)

Travelers Championship – Matchups

Suggested play is golfer in bold.

Brian Harman (-110) vs. Seamus Power (-110)

Harman is playing well right now and seems to love River Highlands, with 3 top-10s in his last 4 appearances. Power tied for 19th last year, but that was his only finish inside the top-35 here.

Harold Varner III (-120) vs. Webb Simpson (+100)

Before missing the cut at the U.S. Open, Varner had finished inside the top-30 in 5 of his previous 6 starts. He’s striking the ball well, as evidenced by his 29th ranking in Strokes Gained: approach, which puts him in a good spot heading into Travelers week.

Keegan Bradley (-125) vs. Aaron Wise (+105)

Bradley faded a bit on Sunday of the U.S. Open but it was a terrific showing from the Boston native. He’ll remain in New England this week where he tied for 2nd in 2019 before missing the cut the last 2 years. He’s been sharp in recent months.

Travelers Championship – Top European

Rory McIlroy (+135)

The player with the next-closest odds is Power at +450, so McIlroy is the heavy favorite to be the low European. I really like his chances, too, knowing his history on this course and with the lack of European talent in the field.

Travelers Championship – Top Asian

K.H. Lee (+380)

Lee tied for 13th at Travelers in 2019 and while he’s not the favorite in this group – Sungjae Im is +175 to be the top Asian finisher – Lee thrives in birdie fests like this one. He won the AT&T Byron Nelson in back-to-back years, this season at 26-under.

Travelers Championship – First-round leader

Sam Burns (+3000)

Burns was near the top of the leaderboard after Round 1 last year with an opening 66 on Thursday. He wound up finishing T-13, his 2nd straight top-25 here, so I’m willing to sprinkle a bit on him to lead after Round 1.

Mackenzie Hughes (+9000)

Hughes held a 3-shot lead after Round 1 in 2020 after shooting a 60 on Thursday at TPC River Highlands, a year after tying for the 1st-round lead with a 64 in 2019. He’s obviously a mega long shot to lead after the first round, but it’s worth a small wager.

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Group C winner: Keegan Bradley (+270)

For the same reasons I like Bradley to beat Wise in their head-to-head matchup, I think he’s a good bet to win Group C with Brooks Koepka (+320), Tommy Fleetwood (+380), Davis Riley (+380) and Aaron Wise (+380). Riley and Wise are playing well, too, but Koepka may not be in the field due to his reported departure to LIV Golf, and Fleetwood has only played here once.

Will there be a playoff? Yes: (+300)

Since it was renamed the Travelers Championship in 2007, there have been 6 playoffs in 15 years – including an epic 8-hole playoff last year. I like the chances of another playoff taking place this week.

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2022 Travelers Championship odds, picks and PGA Tour predictions

Analyzing the golf odds to win the 2022 Travelers Championship, with PGA Tour picks, predictions and best bets.

From a dramatic finish in Brookline at the U.S. Open, the PGA Tour now heads to Cromwell, Conn., for the 2022 Travelers Championship. TPC River Highlands plays host to this great event, one of the players’ favorites on the schedule each year.

Below, we look at the 2022 Travelers Championship odds and make our PGA Tour picks and predictions.

Despite being the week after the year’s third major, the Travelers Championship features a strong field. World No. 1 Scottie Scheffler headlines the group of players teeing it up, along with Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas, Jordan Spieth and Patrick Cantlay.

TPC River Highlands is one of the shortest courses on tour, so it’s not a track that requires bombs off the tee. It’s 6,852 yards and is a par 70, featuring a driveable par 4 and very reachable par 5s on both the front and back 9. It underwent a renovation in 2015, reopening before the Travelers Championship in 2016.

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Travelers Championship – Expert picks

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Rory McIlroy (+900)

I keep coming back to McIlroy week after week, but for good reason. He won the RBC Canadian Open and then finished tied for 5th at the U.S. Open, continuing his remarkably strong stretch of play despite only having 1 win to show for it this calendar year.

He’s talked about how much he loves the Travelers Championship and the layout at TPC River Highlands, which has led to a T-17, T-12 and T-11 in 3 starts here. He could ride this recent momentum to a win this week.

Patrick Cantlay (+1300)

Cantlay is another player who always seems to play well here. In the last 4  years, he hasn’t finished worse than T-15 at the Travelers Championship. On a course that emphasizes second shots, he ranks lower than I’d like in strokes gained: approach (41st), but I trust that he’ll be near the top in that category this week in Cromwell.

Cantlay didn’t light it up at The Country Club, but he was steady and improved each day (72-71-70-69) to tie for 14th. That came after a T-3 at Colonial.

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Travelers Championship picks – Contenders

Brian Harman (+4000)

Harman is a horse at TPC River Highlands, with 4 top-10s in this event since 2015. He held the 54-hole lead in 2015 before being overtaken by Bubba Watson, and last year he tied for 5th. Harman faded on the weekend at the U.S. Open with rounds of 75 and 76, but he started the week with two sub-par rounds to hang near the top of the leaderboard. I love his chances to win this week.

Jason Day (+6000)

Day has played really well in Cromwell throughout his career, finishing inside the top 12 in 3 of his last 4 starts here. He’s also been playing relatively well lately, making the cut in 5 straight events and finishing in the top 15 twice in that span. He only has 1 finish better than T-10 this season, but I expect him to contend again this week, as he has in recent years.

Travelers Championship picks – Long shot

Sahith Theegala (+10000)

Theegala’s odds are surprisingly longer than expected given his recent results. He’s made the cut in 5 straight starts and in 9 of his last 10, including 4 top-25s and a  pair of top-10s. Don’t lay a ton of money on him to win, but earlier this season, it seemed like he was poised to claim his 1st victory soon. This could be the week he breaks through.

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2022 U.S. Open Championship final-round odds, golfers to watch

Analyzing the golf odds entering the final round to win the 2022 U.S. Open Championship at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass.

Three rounds are in the book at the 2022 U.S. Open Championship and there are only 9 golfers under par in the 3rd major of the season. Below, we look at the 2022 U.S. Open Championship odds entering Sunday’s final round of the 122nd tournament being played in Brookline, Mass. Check back throughout the season for our PGA Tour picks, predictions and bets.

Co-leaders Will Zalatoris and Matt Fitzpatrick share the lead at 4-under-par 206 heading into the final round at The Country Club, which plays to 7,254, par 70. Fitzpatrick and Zalatoris are No. 22 and 24 players in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings.

Pre-tournament favorite Rory McIlroy (+1000 before the opening round and now at +900) is very much in the picture. Last week’s RBC Canadian Open winner is tied for 7th at 1-under after rounds of 67-69-73. Defending champion Jon Rahm, who won the 2021 event at Torrey Pines at 6-under par, is in position to repeat. He’s in 3rd, a stroke back, at 3-under 207 after rounds of 69-67-71. He opened at +1300 to win and now is at +380.

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U.S. Open – Final pairing

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There hasn’t been a playoff in the U.S. Open since 2008, but the 3 previous Opens played at The Country Club have needed extra holes.

Will Zalatoris (+330)

The 25-year-old pro, who opened at +3000 to win, has been flirting with not only with his 1st tour victory but his 1st major. Zalatoris, who lost in a playoff at the PGA Championship last month at Southern Hills, made only one bogey Saturday in shooting a 3-under 67 after rounds of 69-70. He’s made 12 birdies and 8 bogeys in the first 3 rounds and has no double bogeys.

Matt Fitzpatrick (+000)

Fitzpatrick is in the final group for a 2nd straight major after starting in the final group at the PGA Championship. Now the 27-year-old from England is on familiar turf at The Country Club, where he won the U.S. Amateur in 2013. He was steady Saturday and made 3 birdies over his last 5 holes to shoot a 2-under 68 after rounds of 68-70. He has 14 birdies and 10 bogeys in 3 rounds.

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U.S. Open – In the hunt

Before the final group tees off at 2:45 p.m. ET, in addition to McIlroy and Rahm, here are the 5 other players under par trying to catch the leaders.

Keegan Bradley (+1200): Starts 2 shots back at 2-under after rounds of 70-69-69. The 35th-ranked player opened at +8000 to win.

Adam Hadwin (+2000): The first-round leader is 2 back after rounds of 66-72-70. The 58th-ranked Hadwin opened at +20000.

Scottie Scheffler (+550): The Masters champ and No. 3-ranked player is 2 back after rounds of 70-67-71. He opened at +1300 to win.

Sam Burns (+1500): The 25-year-old has 3 wins this season and starts tied for 7th at 1-under after rounds of 71-67-71. The 16th-ranked player opened at +3000.

Joe Dahmen (+7000): The 34-year-old is seeking his 2nd title and 1st major. Starts at 1-under after rounds of 67-68-74. The 46th-ranked player opened at +20000 to win.

U.S. Open – Props update

Before the tournament started, we mentioned a few prop bets worth considering a play on. Let’s take a look at 2 of them.

Jordan Spieth (+260 to make top 10): Has some work to do to get there. The 30th-ranked golfer is tied for 25th at 3-over after rounds of 72-70-71.

Patrick Reed (+320 to make top 20): The 71st-ranked golfer is tied for 46th at 6-over after rounds of 70-71-75.

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Bet Slippin’ Podcast: 2022 U.S. Open Gambling Preview

Sports betting analyst Geoff Clark welcomes Yahoo! Sports betting analyst Pamela Maldonaldo to help handicap the 2022 U.S. Open.

Yahoo! Sports betting analyst Pamela Maldonado joins host Geoff Clark to handicap the 2022 U.S. Open featuring predictions, best bets and much more.

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2022 U.S. Open best value prop bets for 3 golfers

Three golfers to profit on at the 2022 U.S. Open, with PGA Tour picks, predictions and best bets.

The 122nd U.S Open tees off Thursday at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass. Below, we tab the best value prop bets on a trio of golfers among the 2022 U.S. Open odds and make our PGA Tour picks and predictions.

Golfweek’s No. 2 overall golfer Jon Rahm tries to defends his 2021 U.S. Open title against a 156-player field featuring Golfweek’s top-ranked golfer, and 2022 PGA Championship winner, Justin Thomas and 2022 Masters champion Scottie Scheffler.

This will be The Country Club’s 4th time hosting the U.S. Open, and 1st since 1988. The course is playing at 7,264 yards, par 70, and cuts will be made after 36 holes with the top 60 players playing for a prize pool of $12.5 million ($2.25 million to the winner).

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2022 U.S. Open best bets

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Shane Lowry

Lowry is 1st on my custom model and 2nd on my mixed model (courtesy of FantasyNational.com), behind the 2 favorites: Rory McIlroy (+1000) and Justin Thomas (+1200).

According to my numbers, Lowry ranks in the top-10 of this field in greens in regulation (GIRs) gained, good drives, Par 4 efficiency: 450-500 and bogeys avoided (per Fantasy National). The Par 4 efficiency stat was pulled because 7 Par 4 holes at The Country Club play within 450-500 yards.

All Lowry has done this calendar year is finished 10th or better at the Honda Classic (2nd), 2022 Masters (3rd), the RBC Heritage (3rd) and last week’s RBC Canadian Open (10th). Lowry has 2 other top-20 finishes and hasn’t finished worse than 32nd in his 8 events played in 2022.

The bottom line is Lowry shows up at majors. He has 7 career top-10s in major tournaments, including his 2019 British Open victory.

  • $12.50 for winner (+3000) to earn a $375 profit
  • $12.50 for top-5 finish (+650) to earn an $81.25 profit
  • $25 for top-10 finish (+300) to earn a $75 profit
  • $100 for top-20 finish (+130) to earn a $130 profit

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Sungjae Im

We are getting value in Im here in part because he’s not a household name and he missed last month’s PGA Championship due to a positive COVID test prior to golf event in his native South Korea.

Since then, Im finished 15th at the Charles Schwab Challenge and 10th at the Memorial. Im has 7 top-20 finishes and 4 top-10 finishes in his 12 events played in 2022.

Im was the 1st-round leader at the 2022 Masters and finished 8th. If Im was able to play in the 2022 PGA Championship and played up to his 2022 form, then Im would be priced north of +3000 to win the 2022 U.S. Open.

More importantly, Im has a game suited for major tournaments. Majors test all of a golfer’s skillset and Im has gained strokes across all five major categories over his last 5, 10, 20 and 111 events. Im ranks 2nd on the tour in Par 4 average, 3rd in scrambling and 8th in GIRs.

  • $12.50 for winner (+4000) to earn an $500 profit
  • $12.50 for top-5 finish (+750) to earn an $93.75 profit
  • $25 for top-10 finish (+380) to earn a $95 profit
  • $100 for top-20 finish (+175) to earn a $175 profit

Corey Conners

Golfers need to consistently hit fairways and greens if they have any hope of contending in the U.S. Open.

Conners has gained strokes off-the-tee (OTT) in 33 straight tournaments dating back to the 2021 Genesis Open and ranks 4th on the Tour in GIRs.

His only poor performance since March was a missed cut at the PGA Championship. Otherwise, Conners has 5 top-20 finishes in his last 9 events played, including 6th-place finishes at the 2022 Masters and last week’s RBC Canadian Open.

Conners’ finish in the RBC Canadian Open is noteworthy because he’s a native Canadian so the Canadian Open had a major-like atmosphere for him. Essentially, Conners has played well in important tourneys this season.

Conners is also one of the few golfers in this field with experience at The Country Club. He competed in the 2013 U.S. Amateur Championship in Brookline.

  • $12.50 for winner (+5000) to earn a $625 profit
  • $12.50 for top-5 finish (+1000) to earn a $125 profit
  • $25 for top-10 finish (+500) to earn a $125 profit
  • $100 for top-20 finish (+210) to earn a $210 profit

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2022 U.S. Open prop bet picks and PGA Tour predictions

Analyzing the odds for the 2022 U.S. Open with PGA Tour picks and predictions for the top prop bets.

One of the oldest clubs in the country will play host to the 122nd U.S. Open this week, as The Country Club in Brookline, Mass., will put the top players in the world to the test for 4 days. Jon Rahm is back to defend the title he won last year at Torrey Pines, while Scottie Scheffler and Justin Thomas will look to win their second major of the season. Below, we search for the best value prop bets among the 2022 U.S. Open odds and make our PGA Tour picks and predictions.

Thomas, Rahm and Scheffler come in as the top 3 players in Golfweek/Sagarin rankings, in that order, with Rory McIlroy and Viktor Hovland completing the top 5. Tiger Woods isn’t in the field.

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U.S. Open – Top-5 picks

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Rory McIlroy (+260)

McIlroy is the favorite this week (+1000) after winning the RBC Canadian Open last weekend, and it’s hard not to like his odds in Brookline. He dialed in his wedges, is driving the ball beautifully and though he missed a few short putts last week, he’s rolling it nicely on the greens. He should be near the top of the leaderboard on Sunday.

Xander Schauffele (+450)

Schauffele has started his career with 5 straight top-10 finishes in the U.S. Open. I’m betting he’ll keep that streak alive this week, despite being somewhat underrated as a contender. He doesn’t win very often, but he’s regularly in contention, and he hasn’t finished worse than T-18 in any of his last 4 starts – including a T-13 at the PGA Championship.

Shane Lowry (+650)

Lowry has made the cut in 9 straight starts, but what’s more impressive is that he has 7 top-13 finishes in that span. A pure ball-striker and good putter, Lowry fits nicely at The Country Club, so long as he can avoid bogeys when missing greens. At +650, he’s a great value to pull off another near-win in a major.

Other T5 contenders (in order from longest odds to shortest):

  • Tommy Fleetwood (+1200)
  • Will Zalatoris (+650)
  • Justin Thomas (+300)

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U.S. Open – Top-10 picks

Jordan Spieth (+260)

Once again, this week will come down to Spieth’s putter. It has been a weakness of his game all year and it’s the reason he doesn’t have more than 1 win. His iron play and short game around the greens give him an edge this week.

Matthew Fitzpatrick (+280)

When Fitzpatrick makes the cut, he puts himself in contention to win. Since the Hero World Challenge in December, he’s finished inside the top-18 in all 10 events where he made the cut. He has missed the cut 3 times in that span, including at the Memorial Tournament, but he should be a popular pick this week, having won the U.S. Amateur at The Country Club in 2013.

Max Homa (+380)

Homa already has 2 wins and 4 top-10 finishes this season and has made the cut in 10 straight starts. His track record in majors is poor, but he finally broke through with a great showing at the PGA with a T-13 at Southern Hills. He does everything well, though he’s not the best scrambler (104th in SG: around the green).

Other T10 contenders (in order from longest odds to shortest):

  • Justin Rose (+500)

U.S. Open – Top-20 picks

Tommy Fleetwood (+220)

Fleetwood’s name hasn’t been near the top of the leaderboard many times this season, with just 3 top-10s, but he tied for 5th at the PGA Championship on a tough course. He’s a great iron player and his lack of length off the tee won’t put him at a disadvantage on a course that isn’t stretched out like some other U.S. Open tracks. He has 2 top-5s in this championship.

Patrick Reed (+320)

Since 2018, Reed hasn’t finished worse than T-32 in the U.S. Open, and he has 4 top-20s in that span. He has one of the best short games in the world, which will be an asset around the tiny greens at The Country Club. I don’t expect him to win, but I like his chances to finish in the top 20.

Other T20 contenders (in order from longest odds to shortest):

  • Sungjae Im (+155)
  • Tony Finau (+135)

U.S. Open – Matchups

Suggested play is golfer in bold.

Collin Morikawa (-120) vs. Viktor Hovland (+100)

Once again, we get this fun matchup between 2 outstanding ball-strikers – and 2 not-so-great chippers. I like Morikawa a little bit more this week in Brookline with his accuracy off the tee and, obviously, his irons.

Xander Schauffele (-110) vs. Cameron Smith (-110)

Smith has only truly contended in the U.S. Open once in his career when he tied for 4th in 2015. That’s probably not a coincidence because this tournament requires discipline. Schauffele can plot his way around a course better than Smith, who can get a little bit too aggressive, which doesn’t bode well this week.

Jordan Spieth (-110) vs. Patrick Cantlay (-110)

Admittedly, I like both players this week. But Spieth is one of my favorites to make a legitimate run at winning. Cantlay could wind up in the top 20, as he often does when he tees it up, but Spieth has much higher upside.

U.S. Open – Top Japanese

Hideki Matsuyama (-140)

Matsuyama is far and away the best Japanese player in the field, with Rikuya Hoshino being the next-closest guy at +350. Matsuyama was DQed last week due to an equipment rule, but he’s been playing really well this season.

U.S. Open – Top South American

Joaquin Niemann (+110)

Niemann has a slight edge over Mito Pereira (+190), who has really taken his game to new heights this season. But don’t overlook Niemann, who tied for 3rd at the Memorial and won the Genesis Invitational earlier this year.

U.S. Open – First-round leader

Rory McIlroy (+2000)

Can McIlroy ride the wave of momentum he enters with after winning the RBC Canadian Open? It seems like the perfect time for him to come out with a low first-round score, a rarity for him in the majors.

Cameron Smith (+3000)

I know I picked Schauffele over Smith in my matchups section, but that’s over four rounds. I could see Smith getting on a roll Thursday when the conditions might not be as difficult as they are on Sunday, taking an early lead before fading down the stretch.

More expert prop bet predictions

Top former winner: Rory McIlroy (+210)

Can you tell I like Rory this week? This is a particularly enticing bet because Jon Rahm (+300) and Spieth (+550) are his top competitors. I don’t expect Dustin Johnson to have a great week, Justin Rose might put together a couple of good rounds, and Brooks Koepka has barely played – and just got married. Webb Simpson, Bryson DeChambeau, Gary Woodland and Jim Furyk are the other options, but McIlroy clearly has a big edge over them.

Winning margin: 2 shots (+380)

The U.S. Open doesn’t always yield a close, nail-biting finish. DeChambeau blew away the field in 2020, Woodland won by 3 in 2019, Koepka won by 4 in 2017 and DJ was 3 clear of everyone in 2016. I like a 2-shot win Sunday by someone.

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2022 U.S. Open odds, picks and PGA Tour predictions

Analyzing the golf odds to win the 2022 U.S. Open, with PGA Tour picks, predictions and best bets.

The third major of the year also happens to be the toughest test in golf.  Of course, I’m talking about the 2022 U.S. Open Championship, which will be held in New England at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass., one of the oldest clubs in the country.

Last week’s RBC Canadian Open was a nice warm-up for America’s 122nd championship, but no course this year can truly match the grit and resilience that will be required of those teeing it up this week. Below, we look at the 2022 U.S. Open odds and make our PGA Tour picks and predictions.

As it always does, the U.S. Open will feature almost all of the top players in the world. Defending champion Jon Rahm is among the favorites, as is the reigning PGA champ Justin Thomas and Masters champ and World No. 1 Scottie Scheffler. Players who joined the LIV Golf tour are also eligible to play at The Country Club, so Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson will be teeing it up, too. Tiger Woods is the most notable player not in the field, opting to skip the U.S. Open to get ready for The Open in July.

The Country Club has hosted the U.S. Open 3 times before, most recently in 1988. It hosted the tournament in 1913, just the 19th playing of the U.S. Open. It’s a par 70 and will play 7,264 yards this week, so it’s not the lengthy brute that Torrey Pines was last year (7,600-plus yards, par 72). The rough will be treacherous, the greens are tiny and undulating, and the fairways aren’t very wide. In other words, it’s going to be a grind for these players to simply keep it in the short grass and hit greens.

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U.S. Open – Expert picks

Odds provided by Tipico Sportsbook; access USA TODAY Sports Scores and Sports Betting Odds hub for a full list. Lines last updated Monday at 12:54 p.m. ET.

Rory McIlroy (+1000)

Love the player, but don’t love the line. McIlroy is the outright favorite at +1000, which doesn’t offer as much reward as I would like, largely because he just won the RBC Canadian Open over Justin Thomas, Tony Finau and a host of other quality contenders.  But he’s playing too well right now to ignore.

He has 4 top-10s finishes including a win, in his last 5 starts, plus a T-18. And what he showed last week with his wedges gives me a lot of confidence in his game at The Country Club. If he can dial in his wedges and irons to go with the weapon that is his driver, he’s going to be tough to beat.

Jordan Spieth (+2000)

Spieth is in the midst of a great season. In his last 5 starts, he has a win and 2 other top-10s, plus a T-18 at the Memorial Tournament. He ranks 10th on tour this season in Strokes Gained: Tee to green and he’s tied for 20th in SG: Around the green. That’s a fantastic combination on a course that requires pure ball-striking and magic around the greens.

His line of +2000 is representative of his chances to win this week, so I like the value.

Shane Lowry (+3000)

Lowry is somewhat of a sleeper among the favorites, even at +3000. He has the all-around game to contend this week, from his length off the tee to his iron play, which ranks 9th in SG: Approach the green. He’s fresh off a T-10 at the RBC Canadian Open, finishing with a final-round 66 Sunday to surge up the leaderboard.

I love his chances in Brookline, even if his recent track record in the U.S. Open isn’t great.

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U.S. Open picks – Contenders

Max Homa (+4000)

Homa didn’t play in Canada last week, but he tied for 5th in his last start at the Memorial. He’s playing the best golf of his career right now and he showed at the PGA Championship that he’s ready to contend in majors, tying  for 13th at Southern Hills.

After never making the cut at the U.S. Open, he’s got a good chance to break through and be around on Sunday this week.

Justin Rose (+6000)

Rose had a legitimate shot to post just the second 58 in PGA Tour history at the RBC Canadian Open, but he bogeyed 2 of his last 3 holes to shoot 60 – still an incredible round. It seemed like every approach into the green was bound to finish inside 5 feet from the hole. He’s striking the ball beautifully heading into the U.S. Open.

The 2013 U.S. Open winner has what it takes to grind it out in tough conditions, and he’s been remarkably accurate as of late.

Patrick Reed (+8000)

The reception from fans may not be the greatest for Reed after he joined the LIV Golf tour, but he’s a player who welcomes scrutiny. Reed seems to have turned a corner with a T-7 at the Charles Schwab Challenge, and on a course where the short game will be critical around these greens, Reed fits well at The Country Club.

U.S. Open picks – Long shots

Russell Henley (+10000)

This isn’t the week to go crazy with long shots. The best players typically separate themselves at the U.S. Open, with long shots rarely making much noise. Henley is the flyer I like this week, though, ranking 14th in SG: Tee to green and 24th around the green. That’s a recipe for success, and he’s fared well in this championship before with 3 top-30s, including T-13 last year.

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2022 RBC Canadian Open final-round odds, golfers to watch

Analyzing the golf odds entering the final round to win the 2022 RBC Canadian Open at St. George’s Golf and Country Club in Toronto.

Three rounds are in the book at the 2022 RBC Canadian Open and there are 15 golfers within 6 strokes of the lead. Below, we look at the 2022 RBC Canadian Open odds entering Sunday’s final round of the 111th tournament being played in Toronto. Check back throughout the season for our PGA Tour picks, predictions and bets.

Rory McIlroy and Tony Finau share the lead at 11-under-par 199. They’re 2 strokes better than 4 players heading into the final round on the St. George’s Golf and Country Club in Toronto, which plays to 7,014 yards, par 70. McIlroy, the defending champ, is the No. 4 player in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings while Finau is ranked 49th.

Pre-tournament favorite Scottie Scheffler (+750 before the opening round and now at +30000) is tied for 29th at 3-under 207 after rounds of 69-67-71.

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RBC Canadian Open – Final pairing

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Rory McIlroy (+150)

After a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 33-year-old McIlroy (who opened at +900 to win) is poised to defend his title at the RBC Canadian Open and get his 21st career tour title. He starts Sunday’s final round tied with Finau after rounds of 66-68-65. McIlroy, who has finished T18, 8, 5, 2 in his last 4 tournaments, has made 16 birdies and 5 bogeys in the first 3 rounds.

Tony Finau (+280)

The 32-year-old pro (who opened at +2000 to win)  put himself in contention for his 3rd tour title after matching his career low of 62 (8-under) in Saturday’s third round to go with his 66-71. After a round with 7 birdies, an eagle and a bogey, he’s tied with McIlroy at 11-under.

Justin Thomas (+450)

Two weeks after winning the PGA Championship, the 29-year-old pro finds himself in the final pairing with a chance for his 16th tour title. Sagarin’s No. 3 ranked golfer fired a 7-under 63 Saturday to go with his 69-69 rounds and he’ll start 2 strokes back of the leaders. He opened at +900.

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RBC Canadian Open – In the hunt

Before the final group tees off at 12:51 p.m. ET, here are 3 players to watch as they try to chase down the leader.

Sam Burns (+650): Starts 2 shots back at 9-under after rounds of 69-69-65. The 19th-ranked player, who opened at +1300, is seeking his second straight tour title after winning last week’s event in a playoff.

Alex Smalley (+1500): Three straight 3-under 67s has the 101st ranked golfer in contention for his 1st career title. He opened at +10000.

Wyndham Clark (+2000): Has rounds of 63-70-68 and starts 2 shots back at 9-under. The 203rd-ranked golfer opened at +20000.

RBC Canadian Open – Props update

Before the tournament started, we mentioned a few prop bets worth considering a play on. Let’s take a look at 2 of them.

Adam Hadwin (+350 to make top 10): The 56th-ranked golfer is tied for 15th at 5-under after rounds of 67-69-69.

Ryan Armour (+425 to make top 20): The 208th-ranked golfer is tied for 19th at 4-under after rounds of 72-66-68.

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