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2021 U.S. Open: Best value bets, predictions


In 2020, the U.S. Open was pushed back to September due to COVID-19. This year it returns to its customary date over Father's Day weekend and returns to the West Coast at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego. While the U.S. Open has not been held at Torrey Pines since 2008, the course is the annual host of the Farmers Insurance Open near the end of January. For the year's third major, Torrey Pines' South Course will host all four rounds and the setup will be the typically difficult USGA layout in lieu of what players ordinarily see earlier in the calendar year.

The last time we saw Jon Rahm, he was nearly dropping to his knees alongside the 18th green two weeks ago after finding out he had tested positive for COVID-19 and would be forced to withdraw from the Memorial Tournament, where he was the defending champion and was en route to a repeat victory, holding a six-stroke lead after 54 holes. The Spaniard's 10-day COVID-19 isolation period ended Tuesday. Rahm (11-1), still part of the "it's not a matter of if but when" category, is the favorite to win his first career major. Four of the last five and nine of the last 12 U.S. Open champions won their first major at this event. World No. 1 and 2016 U.S. Open champion Dustin Johnson (14-1) was in the thick of contention Sunday for the Palmetto Championship in his home state of South Carolina before carding a triple bogey on the 16th hole. Brooks Koepka, the runner-up at the PGA, and defending U.S. Open champion Bryson DeChambeau have been a major topic in the golf world because of their public feud. Both are priced at 16-1. 

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