- Dustin Johnson is currently the world number one, and he won the US Open for the first time last year, finishing four under par and three strokes ahead of Jim Furyk, Shane Lowry and Scott Piercy, who all shared second place. Johnson picked up a slew of accolades last year, and was named the PGA Player of the Year. He secured his current ranking after winning the Genesis Open in February of this year, and became the first player to win all four WGC crowns when winning the 2017 WGC-Dell Match Play tournament in March. Johnson withdrew from the 2017 Masters Tournament in April after injuring his back in a fall, but has made a good recovery since.
- Jordan Spieth is a former world number one who is currently ranked sixth. He won both the US Open and the Masters, and was named PGA Player of the year, back in 2015. He had quieter 2016, but it was not without wins, and his first victory this year came in the Pebble Beach Pro-Am tournament in February. That success gave Spieth his ninth PGA Tour win, equalling the record of Tiger Woods. He disappointed in the 2017 Masters, tying for 11th place, and will be looking to fare better in next week’s US Open, which is the second major of the year.
- Rory McIlroy was world number one for almost two years, and has won three of the four majors. He won the US Open in 2011, the PGA Championship in 2012 and 2014, and the Open Championship in 2014. He finished the 2011 US Open with a score of 16 under par, giving him a tournament record which still holds to this day. In 2016, McIlroy won the Irish Open and the Deutsche Bank Championship, and became the FedEx Cup champion, and the Irishman is currently ranked second in the world.
- Jason Day is ranked third in the world at the time of writing, and is yet another player who has previously enjoyed world number one status. The Australian has yet to win the US Open, but has come close on two occasions, finishing in second place in 2011, and tying for second place in 2013. He also tied for second in the Masters in 2011, and for fourth in the 2015 Open Championship. His only majors win thus far came in the PGA Championship in 2015. Day achieved world number one status in 2016, on his way to winning the WGC-Dell Match Play, and then went on to win the Players Championship.
Whilst there are plenty of other players who will be trying to win the US Open next week, the four highlighted here are the ones who are most likely to succeed based on past performance and current form. Of these favourites, we believe that Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy are superior betting propositions to Jordan Spieth or Jason Day.
Whilst we would not question the obvious chances of the bookmaker’s favourite, we have a gut feeling that McIlroy will go very close, or maybe even win at a double-figure price. That being the case, and with Johnson not having played in a majors tournament since his back injury, we will exercise some caution and side with McIlroy on an each-way basis.
- Sports.net’s Top Tip: An each-way bet on Rory McIlroy to win the US Open – 10/1
*Please note, odds may change as the tournament approaches.