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[ALL] Jun 14, 2018

Eight Need-To-Know Betting Notes For The 2018 U.S. Open

By Gracenote

Eight Need-To-Know Betting Notes For The 2018 U.S. Open

It's U.S. Open Week and there is a clear top dog in this race. Dustin Johnson comes in listed as a 2.20 favourite after another sensational performance at last weekend's St. Jude Classic, putting together a six-shot win to reclaim the No. 1 ranking in the world.

Here are the eight U.S. Open notes you absolutely need to know heading into Thursday's opening round at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, New York.

1. Brooks Koepka (2.60) is the defending U.S. Open champion, taming Erin Hills en route to a 16-under score that led to a four-shot win. Koepka certainly has the arsenal to make good on his attempt to repeat.

2. There is, however, a double that happens a little more frequently: two golfers have won both the Masters and the U.S. Open in the same year since 2000, with Tiger Woods (2.60) winning the first two majors of the year in 2002 and Jordan Spieth (2.50) repeating the achievement in 2015.

3. Getting off to a fast start is critical. That's where Steve Stricker (2.40) might have an advantage; the American boasts the lowest first-round scoring average on the PGA Tour, averaging 67.43 strokes through seven opening rounds.

4. The battle for top European is a hot one. Four players are considered the front-runners in this one - Rory McIlroy (2.30), Justin Rose (2.35), Rahm (2.45) and Henrik Stenson (2.25).

5. Back to the first round, where you'll find plenty of value even if you don't correctly predict the 18-hole leader. Tony Finau (2.55) is one of those under-the-radar guys that traditionally gets off to terrific starts.

6. Those responsible for putting together the groups for the first two rounds have really outdone themselves this year. Johnson finds himself in a star-studded trio with former world No. 1 Justin Thomas (2.35) and a resurgent Tiger Woods.

7. We've focused on players who open strong - but to win a major, you need to be able to finish. And this year's top three finishers are three of the best players in the business; Phil Mickelson (2.50) boasts the lowest final-round scoring average on tour at 68.08, followed by Jordan Spieth at 68.20 and Justin Thomas at 68.25.

8. Fancy a playoff? You probably shouldn't. There have been just two U.S. Open playoffs since 2000.
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