U.S. Open Field: World #1 Scottie Scheffler Is A Massive Favorite at Pinehurst No. 2

The 2024 U.S. Open Field is set, and the 124th edition is upon us this weekend at North Carolina’s Pinehurst No. 2, where the world’s best will compete to take home the third of golf’s four majors held this year. Scottie Scheffler, the clear betting favorite, is on a current run that is almost without a historical peer.

Scheffler’s win at last week’s Memorial, his fifth win in his past eight starts, is a feat that hasn’t been seen in the golfing world for decades. In fact, he’s the first golfer with five wins on the year prior to the U.S. Open since Tom Watson back in 1980. To find a better comparison, including a major championship among the five wins, you have to go back to Arnold Palmer in 1962. This is a testament to Scheffler’s exceptional form and his ability to perform at the highest level against the best in the game.

Recent U.S. Open winners Wyndham Clark, Bryson DeChambeau, and Brooks Koepka will look to add to their trophy cases. Should Clark win, he’ll be the first back-to-back winner of the U.S. Open since Koepka in 2017 and 2018. Rory McIlroy will attempt to win the trophy for the first time since 2011.

Collin Morikawa and Viktor Hovland are among the other favorites looking to secure their first U.S. Open trophy.

The last time the U.S. Open was held at Pinehurst, in 2014, it was won by Martin Kaymer, who opened at 300-1. A notable name missing from this year’s U.S. Open field is 2021 U.S. Open Champion Jon Rahm, who was forced to withdraw on Tuesday due to an infection on his foot.

Measuring 7,543 yards, the par 70 “Carolina Sandhills” course located 92 miles east of Charlotte is a beast of a track. With only two par5s, Pinehurst No. 2 ranks as the fifth-longest course (yards per par) on the PGA Tour since 2015. Scoring can be brutal. In the most recent U.S. Open hosted here in 2014, the average round played at +3.08. It is the fourth toughest course on Tour in that same period, with only Shinnecock Hills, Winged Foot, and Oakmont playing more difficult.

The beauty of Pinehurst is that it doesn’t dictate any particular style of golf. Instead, it allows you to play your own game with multiple choices on almost every single hole. Golfers have the option to play an aerial game and bomb it down the fairway, followed by a lofted iron into the treacherous greens. Likewise, shorter hitters can club down and play longer iron shots and use the firm fairways to run them up onto the greens.

The natural terrain combined with its design features accentuates the penalty for mediocre shots. Whether it’s the sandy waste areas that are chock-full of vegetation or the swales and slopes and tight lies of the diabolical green complexes, at Pinehurst, it truly is a game of inches. A fractional miss can result in a massive number on the scorecard. A lucky bounce can lead to a birdie chance. This randomness and increased range of outcomes on every hole only adds to the excitement of the tournament.

U.S. Open Field

Below are the odds for the top golfers in this year’s U.S. Open field. (Only golfers with odds of 100-1 or better odds to win the tournament are listed.)

U.S. Open Field – Odds

Scottie Scheffler+350
Rory McIlroy+1000
Xander Schauffele+1200
Jon Rahm (WD)+1600
Viktor Hovland+1600
Ludvig Aberg+1800
Brooks Koepka+2000
Bryson DeChambeau+2000
Collin Morikawa+2000
Patrick Cantlay+2500
Cameron Smith+2800
Max Homa+2800
Hideki Matsuyama+3300
Jordan Spieth+3300
Justin Thomas+3300
Tony Finau+3300
Wyndham Clark+3300
Cameron Young+4000
Matt Fitzpatrick+4000
Tommy Fleetwood+4000
Will Zalatoris+4000
Sahith Theegala+4500
Shane Lowry+4500
Tyrrell Hatton+4500
Dustin Johnson+5000
Jason Day+5000
Sam Burns+5000
Tom Kim+5000
Corey Conners+6600
Min Woo Lee+6600
Rickie Fowler+6600
Alex Noren+8000
Brian Harman+8000
Justin Rose+8000
Keegan Bradley+8000
Russell Henley+8000
Byeong Hun An+10000
Harris English+10000
Si Woo Kim+10000
Sungjae Im+10000
Thomas Detry+10000
Tom Hoge+10000
Dean Burmester+10000
Sepp Straka+10000

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