When the dust settles Sunday night, expect an elite player to be the U.S. Open champion. After the sun set Friday, four of the top seven players in the world ranking -- Scottie Scheffler, Jon Rahm, Rory McIlroy and Collin Morikawa -- were in the tournament’s top 10 headed into the weekend.
Morikawa is the co-leader at 5-under par. McIlroy and Rahm are each one stroke back, with Scheffler two behind after a second-round rally. All four are major champions, and three are recent major winners.
Rahm, last year’s U.S. Open winner at Torrey Pines in San Diego, is the new favorite (+ 420) on the Circa Sports adjusted odds board. He leads a logjam at the top and is followed by Morikawa (+ 460), McIlroy (+ 465) and Scheffler (+ 730).
Morikawa owns British Open (2021) and PGA (2020) wins in the past two years. Scheffler did not attract a lot of betting action or media hype despite being the Masters champ in April.
“Scheffler is an interesting case,” Circa golf oddsmaker Jeff Davis said. “He got hot in February and March and people were running to the window to take him. I went as high as 16-1 this week and there was zero interest in him. It’s a very ‘what have you done for me lately’ kind of betting sport.”
McIlroy, the pre-tournament favorite at 10-1, has not won a major lately and is looking to end an eight-year drought. He’ll have to fend off more than a few big names on what should be a wild weekend at The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts.