Jason Day will aim to overcome a disappointing 27th-place finish two weeks ago at the Memorial Tournament as he chases his first career U.S. Open victory this weekend as a +650 betting favorite at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
Perched at No. 1 on the Official World Golf Ranking, Day has enjoyed a successful 2016 season, including two tournament victories along with a first-place finish at the World Golf Championships-Dell Match Play back in March. That has earned him top spot in the FedEx Cup standings heading into this weekend’s U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club.
Day claimed his first career major at the 2015 PGA Championship, and has twice finished second at the U.S. Open, but struggled to a ninth-place finish while battling vertigo during last year’s tournament at Chambers Bay.
Rory McIlroy, the 2011 U.S. Open champion, closely trails Day at +750 after finishing fourth at the Memorial, his fourth top-five finish this season. McIlroy, though, has yet to pick up a PGA Tour win this year.
McIlroy finished alongside Day in ninth place at last year’s U.S. Open before missing the British Open due to injury and tying for 17th at the PGA Championship. He rebounded with a promising 10th-place finish at this year’s Masters.
Conversely, Jordan Spieth hopes to bounce back from a devastating final-round meltdown at Augusta as he looks to defend his U.S. Open crown as a +850 bet at the sportsbooks. The 22-year-old held a five-stroke lead at the turn on the final day at the Masters, but squandered the lead with a quadruple-bogey on the 12th that left him visibly shaken and out of contention.
Spieth bounced back with a win at the Dean & DeLuca Invitational, but was a non-factor earlier this month at the Memorial, finishing tied for 57th. After peaking at +800, Spieth has seen his U.S. Open odds slip in the days leading up to the tournament.
Dustin Johnson rounds out the front of the pack, continuing the search for an elusive first major victory while pegged at +1200 on the U.S. Open odds.
Justin Rose, Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler lead the middle of the pack, knotted at +2800, ahead of Adam Scott at +3000 and Henrik Stenson, who sits alongside Hideki Matsuyama, at +3300, while 2016 Masters champion Danny Willett trails at +4000.
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