US Open 2021 Betting Guide

The US Open is one of the most anticipated and exciting tournaments during every golf season. As the third major championship occurring in 2021, it should also become one of the most bet on golf events.

The US Open, at a glance

Typically, the US Open is the second major tourney played; however, with the PGA Tour’s adjusted shortened schedule, it is the third. Tiger Woods won the Masters in April, and Brooks Koepka defended his title at the PGA Championship last month.

The 2021 US Open will be at Pebble Beach Golf Links, one of the most historic sites to play golf in the country. The course is located directly on the coast of California, about an hour south of San Jose.

What makes the US Open stand out from the other big tournaments of the year is the level of difficulty of the courses. Pebble Beach lives up to this reputation as it’s one of the most challenging places to golf in the entire world.

US Open history

This year’s tournament will be the 119th US Open, with the first dating back to 1895. Pebble Beach will be hosting the Open for the sixth time. The course hosted the 1977 PGA Championship.

In 1972, the great Jack Nicklaus won the first US Open held at Pebble Beach with a score of +2. The most recent, played in 2010, was won by Graeme McDowell at even par.

Although there will be some terrific golf played this week, the scores might not indicate that as much as other tournaments.

Koepka enters as not only the two-time defending US Open champion but as the best golfer on tour right now. The 29-year-old finished tied for second at the Masters and held on to win his fourth major title at Bethpage Black in May.

He’s ranked first in the Official World Golf Rankings and is the unquestioned favorite heading into the US Open.

Let’s take a more in-depth look into the 2021 US Open and examine everything you need to know to watch and gamble on this year’s tournament.

US Open structure

The US Open will be played over four days, starting June 13. It will consist of 156 golfers participating on the 7,000-yard course.

Pebble Beach has a par of 71, thus making a total par of 284 for the duration of the championship.

All the participants will golf today and Friday, while those fortunate enough to make the cut will finish through the weekend.

The total purse for the major is $12.5 million, which ties with the Players Championship for the largest payout of any PGA Tour event.

Qualifier tournaments

Every golfer who has the privilege of playing in the US Open must qualify first. A vast majority of the field was already exempt from further qualification because of their past performances.

Here is a list of all the ways this year’s field has become eligible for the tournament:

  • A past winner of the US Open in the last 10 years.
  • Winners of 2018 US Amateur, US Junior Amateur, US Mid-Amateur Championships and 2018 US Amateur Championship runner-up.
  • Winner of the 2018 Amateur Championship.
  • Winner of the 2018 Mark H. McCormack Medal.
  • Winners of the Masters in the last five years.
  • Winners of the Open in the last five years.
  • Winners of the PGA of America Championship.
  • Winners of the Players Championship in the previous three years.
  • Winners of PGA Tour events that award a full point for the season-ending tour championship.
  • Winner of the 2018 US Senior Open Championship
  • The 10 lowest scorers and anyone who ties for 10th place from the 2018 US Open.
  • Golfers who have qualified for the season-ending 2018 tour championship.
  • The top 60 point leaders and ties as of May 20, 2019, in the Official World Golf Rankings.
  • The top 60 point leaders and ties as of June 10, 2019, in the Official World Golf Rankings.
  • USGA special exemptions.

If a golfer didn’t hit one of the qualifications above, then he must participate in local and sectional tournament rounds in order to make the field.

Here are the US locations that held a sectional qualifier:

  • Dallas, Texas
  • Newport Beach, Calif.
  • Streamsong, Fla.
  • Ball Ground, Ga.
  • Rockville, Md.
  • Purchase, N.Y.
  • Columbus, Ohio
  • Springfield, Ohio
  • Walla Walla, Wash.

2021 US Open golf odds

DraftKings Sportsbook provided the following odds to win the 2021 US Open in New Jersey, before the tournament began:

  • Dustin Johnson +700
  • Rory McIlroy +850
  • Brooks Koepka +900
  • Tiger Woods +1200
  • Patrick Cantlay +2000
  • Jordan Spieth +2100
  • Rickie Fowler +2200
  • Hideki Matsuyama +2800
  • Jon Rahm +2900
  • Justin Rose +2900
  • Xander Schauffele +2900
  • Tommy Fleetwood +3000
  • Adam Scott +3000
  • Webb Simpson +3000
  • Justin Thomas +3300
  • Matt Kuchar +3500
  • Jason Day +3600
  • Francesco Molinari +3600
  • Paul Casey +4500
  • Henrik Stenson +4500
  • Phil Mickelson +5000
  • Tony Finau +5500
  • Shane Lowry +5500
  • Brandt Snedeker +5500
  • Sergio Garcia +6600

2021 US Open schedule and live streaming

The US Open will be available to watch through network TV as well as with a few live streaming options. (Times Eastern)

Thursday, June 13: Round 1

Fox Sports 1: 12:30-7:30 p.m.

Fox: 7:30-10:30 p.m.

Live stream:

Friday, June 14: Round 2

Fox Sports 1: 12:30-7:30 p.m.

Fox: 7:30-10:30 p.m.

Live stream:

  • Golf Channel website stream: 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • Fox Sports Go app: 12:30-10:30 p.m.
  • US Open website stream: 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 15: Round 3

Fox: Noon-10 p.m.

Live stream:

  • Golf Channel website stream: 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • Fox Sports Go app: Noon-10 p.m.
  • US Open website stream: Noon-9 p.m.

Sunday, June 16: Round 4

Fox: 2-10 p.m.

Live stream:

  • Golf Channel website stream: 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Fox Sports Go app: 2-10 p.m.
  • US Open website stream: Noon-9 p.m.

US Open fun facts

Most wins: The most wins at the US Open is four. Willie Anderson, Bobby Jones, Ben Hogan and Jack Nicklaus each have four titles.

Youngest winner: Jack McDermott is the youngest winner in the history of the US Open. He won in 1911 at the age of 19 years and 315 days.

Oldest winner: Hale Irwin is the oldest winner in tournament history. He won in 1990 at 45 years and 15 days.

Amateur winner: Amateurs have actually won the US Open several times, albeit quite a long time ago. Francis Ouimet, Jerome Travers, Charles Evans Jr., Bobby Jones and John Goodman have all won with amateur status. Jones was the most recent in 1939.

Oldest player to make the cut: Sam Snead was 61 years old when he made the weekend cut in 1973.

Most consecutive wins: Anderson won the US Open three consecutive times from 1903-05. Koepka can match this record with a victory this week.

Most consecutive top 10 finishes: Hogan miraculously finished in the top 10 for 16-straight years from 1940-56.

US Open golf winners

2018Brooks KoepkaShinnecock Hills Golf Club281 (+1)
2017Brooks KoepkaErin Hills272 (−16)
2016Dustin JohnsonOakmont Country Club276 (−4)
2015Jordan SpiethChambers Bay275 (−5)
2014Martin KaymerPinehurst Resort, Course No. 2271 (−9)
2013Justin RoseMerion Golf Club, East Course281 (+1)
2012Webb SimpsonOlympic Club, Lake Course281 (+1)
2011Rory McIlroyCongressional Country Club, Blue Course268 (−16)
2010Graeme McDowellPebble Beach Golf Links284 (E)
2009Lucas GloverBethpage State Park, Black Course276 (−4)
2008Tiger Woods Torrey Pines Golf Course, South Course283 (−1)
2007Ángel CabreraOakmont Country Club285 (+5)
2006Geoff OgilvyWinged Foot Golf Club, West Course285 (+5)
2005Michael CampbellPinehurst Resort, Course No. 2280 (E)
2004Retief Goosen Shinnecock Hills Golf Club276 (−4)
2003Jim FurykOlympia Fields Country Club, North Course272 (−8)
2002Tiger WoodsBethpage State Park, Black Course277 (−3)
2001Retief GoosenSouthern Hills Country Club276 (−4)
2000Tiger WoodsPebble Beach Golf Links272 (−12)
1999Payne StewartPinehurst Resort, Course No. 2279 (−1)
1998Lee JanzenOlympic Club, Lake Course280 (E)
1997Ernie ElsCongressional Country Club, Blue Course276 (−4)
1996Steve JonesOakland Hills Country Club, South Course278 (−2)
1995Corey PavinShinnecock Hills Golf Club280 (E)
1994Ernie ElsOakmont Country Club279 (−5)
1993Lee JanzenBaltusrol Golf Club, Lower Course272 (−8)
1992Tom KitePebble Beach Golf Links285 (−3)
1991Payne StewartHazeltine National Golf Club282 (−6)
1990Hale IrwinMedinah Country Club, Course No. 3280 (−8)
1989Curtis StrangeOak Hill Country Club, East Course278 (−2)
1988Curtis StrangeThe Country Club, Composite Course278 (−6)
1987Scott SimpsonOlympic Club, Lake Course277 (−3)
1986Raymond FloydShinnecock Hills Golf Club279 (−1)
1985Andy NorthOakland Hills Country Club, South Course279 (−1)
1984Fuzzy ZoellerWinged Foot Golf Club, West Course276 (−4)
1983Larry NelsonOakmont Country Club280 (−4)
1982Tom WatsonPebble Beach Golf Links282 (−6)
1981David GrahamMerion Golf Club, East Course273 (−7)
1980Jack NicklausBaltusrol Golf Club, Lower Course272 (−8)
1979Hale IrwinInverness Club284 (E)
1978Andy NorthCherry Hills Country Club285 (+1)
1977Hubert GreenSouthern Hills Country Club278 (−2)
1976Jerry PateAtlanta Athletic Club, Highlands Course277 (−3)
1975Lou GrahamMedinah Country Club, Course No. 3287 (+3)
1974Hale IrwinWinged Foot Golf Club, West Course287 (+7)
1973Johnny MillerOakmont Country Club279 (−5)
1972Jack NicklausPebble Beach Golf Links290 (+2)
1971Lee TrevinoMerion Golf Club, East Course280 (E)
1970Tony JacklinHazeltine National Golf Club281 (−7)
1969Orville MoodyChampions Golf Club, Cypress Creek Course281 (+1)
1968Lee TrevinoOak Hill Country Club, East Course275 (−5)
1967Jack NicklausBaltusrol Golf Club, Lower Course275 (−5)
1966Billy CasperOlympic Club, Lake Course278 (−2)
1965Gary PlayerBellerive Country Club282 (+2)
1964Ken VenturiCongressional Country Club, Blue Course278 (−2)
1963Julius BorosThe Country Club, Composite Course293 (+9)
1962Jack NicklausOakmont Country Club283 (−1)
1961Gene LittlerOakland Hills Country Club, South Course281 (+1)
1960Arnold PalmerCherry Hills Country Club280 (−4)
1959Billy CasperWinged Foot Golf Club, West Course282 (+2)
1958Tommy BoltSouthern Hills Country Club283 (+3)
1957Dick MayerInverness Club282 (+2)
1956Cary MiddlecoffOak Hill Country Club, East Course281 (+1)
1955Jack FleckOlympic Club, Lake Course287 (+7)
1954Ed FurgolBaltusrol Golf Club, Lower Course284 (+4)
1953Ben HoganOakmont Country Club283 (−5)
1952Julius BorosNorthwood Club281 (+1)
1951Ben HoganOakland Hills Country Club, South Course287 (+7)
1950Ben HoganMerion Golf Club, East Course287 (+7)
1949Cary MiddlecoffMedinah Country Club, Course No. 3286 (+2)
1948Ben HoganRiviera Country Club276 (−8)
1947Lew WorshamSt. Louis Country Club282 (−2)
1946Lloyd MangrumCanterbury Golf Club284 (−4)
1941Craig WoodColonial Country Club284 (+4)
1940Lawson LittleCanterbury Golf Club287 (−1)
1939Byron NelsonPhiladelphia Country Club, Spring Mill Course284 (−4)
1938Ralph GuldahlCherry Hills Country Club284 (E)
1937Ralph GuldahlOakland Hills Country Club, South Course281 (+1)
1936Tony ManeroBaltusrol Golf Club, Upper Course282 (−2)
1935Sam Parks, Jr.Oakmont Country Club299 (+11)
1934Olin DutraMerion Golf Club, East Course293 (+13)
1933Johnny Goodman (a)North Shore Country Club287 (−1)
1932Gene SarazenFresh Meadow Country Club286 (+2)
1931Billy BurkeInverness Club292 (+4)
1930Bobby Jones (a)Interlachen Country Club287 (−1)
1929Bobby Jones (a)Winged Foot Golf Club, West Course294
1928Johnny FarrellOlympia Fields Country Club, North Course294
1927Tommy ArmourOakmont Country Club301
1926Bobby Jones (a)Scioto Country Club293
1925Willie MacfarlaneWorcester Country Club291
1924Cyril WalkerOakland Hills Country Club, South Course297
1923Bobby JonesInwood Country Club296
1922Gene SarazenSkokie Country Club288
1921Jim BarnesColumbia Country Club289
1920Ted RayInverness Club295
1919Walter HagenBrae Burn Country Club, Main Course301
1916Chick Evans (a)The Minikahda Club286
1915Jerome Travers (a)Baltusrol Golf Club, Revised Course297
1914Walter HagenMidlothian Country Club290
1913Francis Ouimet (a)The Country Club304
1912John McDermottCountry Club of Buffalo294
1911John McDermottChicago Golf Club307
1910Alex SmithPhiladelphia Cricket Club, St. Martin's Course298
1909George SargentEnglewood Golf Club290
1908Fred McLeodMyopia Hunt Club322
1907Alec RossPhiladelphia Cricket Club, St. Martin's Course302
1906Alex SmithOnwentsia Club295
1905Willie AndersonMyopia Hunt Club314
1904Willie AndersonGlen View Club303
1903Willie AndersonBaltusrol Golf Club, Original Course307
1902Laurie AuchterlonieGarden City Golf Club307
1901Willie AndersonMyopia Hunt Club331
1900Harry VardonChicago Golf Club313
1899Willie SmithBaltimore Country Club, Roland Park Course315
1898Fred HerdMyopia Hunt Club328
1897Joe LloydChicago Golf Club162
1896James FoulisShinnecock Hills Golf Club152
1895Horace RawlinsNewport Country Club173


Who qualifies for the US Open golf?

Any golfer who has qualified for one of the exemptions or plays his way through local and sectional tournaments qualifies for the tourney.

Where is the US Open this year?

Pebble Beach Golf Links, Pebble Beach, Calif.

What is the highest score ever to win the US Open at Pebble Beach?

Nicklaus won the 1972 US Open with a score of +2. He’s the only golfer to win at Pebble Beach with a score over par.

What are the four majors in golf?

The four majors of the golf season are the Masters, PGA Championship, US Open and the Open Championship.

What is the total purse for the 2021 US Open?

The total purse of the tournament is $12.5 million. The top golfer of the week will receive $2.25 million.

How many times has Pebble Beach hosted the US Open?

This year will be the sixth time the major championship is being played on Pebble Beach. The most recent was in 2010 when McDowell won.

How much are tickets to the US Open?

Ticket prices vary based on what day you’re looking to attend. Practice rounds on Tuesday and Wednesday are around $60, while live rounds on Thursday are around $125. Prices increase for the weekend rounds as well.

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