US Open of Golf 2018


The U.S. Open is chronologically the second of the four major men’s golf championships and runs annually in June, hosted by the United States Golf Association.

Golf betting action stays in the USA following the coveted Masters Tournament run in April at Augusta. The US Open of golf is part of the PGA Tour and the European Tour and golfing odds favour players with accurate driving ability.

First run in 1895, the tournament was dominated by British golfers until the U.S. Open golf picks started to open up with the 1911 win by American John J. McDermott. American US Open golf winners now have a stranglehold over the competition.

Winners of the U.S. Open from the past decade are fully exempt from qualifying as are both the winner and runner-up from the previous year’s U.S. Amateur. There are plenty of other exemption categories for U.S. Open players including winners of each Masters Tournament, Open Championship and PGA Championship from the last five years and the U.S. Senior Open winner the previous year. The previous year’s U.S. Open results also have an impact with the Top 10 finishers and ties also exempt from the current US Open field.

US OPEN 2018

  • US Open Golf Dates: June 14 – 17, 2018 (US)
  • Location: Shinnecock Hills, New York (Fifth time hosting)
  • Edition: 118th
  • Field: 156 players
  • Pre Tournament Favourite: Dustin Johnson ($9)
  • Winner: Brooks Koepka

The 2018 US Open of Golf was all wrapped up at Long Island, New York at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club with Brooks Koepka becoming the first player to win back-back US Open’s since Curtis Strange in ’88 and ’89. The American went into the final round against the pre-tournament favourite Dustin Johnson and came out finishing the day ahead 1 shot.

The results from The Masters held in April at Augusta will have an impact on the early US Open Championship Odds that are currently led by the 2016 US Open champ Dustin Johnson.

Some of the other past US Open winners tipped to be in the field for 2018 are the reigning champion Brooks Koepka (2017) and fellow American Jordan Spieth (2015) along with the comeback king Tiger Woods (2000, 2002, 2008).


  • Venue: Shinnecock Hills, New York (in 2018)
  • Date: June
  • Final: 3rd Sunday of the month in the US
  • Inauguration: 1895
  • Par: 70 (in 2018)
  • Length: 7,445 yards (6,808m) in 2018
  • Format: Stroke Play
  • Tours: PGA Tour, European Tour, Japan Golf Tour
  • Prize Money: US$12 million (in 2017)
  • Current US Open Champion: Brooks Koepka (2017)

The US Open, known as the championship of the United States Golf Association, is known for its notoriously tricky courses and rarely is played on a par-72 course. While holding no gender or junior player restrictions, the US Open field hasn’t features a qualified female golfer (up until 2016).


US Open betting on the outright winner is the most popular of all golf bet types on the major tournament and odds on the US Open Champion are open before the action kicks off. There are a host of other golfing markets offered across the US Open however with some of the major betting types detailed below.

Match Golf Betting

These are head-to-head golf odds offered on ‘matched players’. For example, Adam Scott v Henrik Stenson, and are based on the US Open golf tournament scheduled. Prices on each player to win, plus juicer odds for a tie can be locked in by fans.

Position Markets

Golfing odds offered on nominated players to finish in a certain position after the US Open results are known. Punters can back a golfer for a: Top 5 Finish, Top 10 Finish or Top 20 Finish.

Top Player Betting

Prices offered on golfers based on their nationality. For example, odds are available on the Top American Player and Top Australian Player.

First Round Leader

Golfing fans can lock in early US Open odds on the First Round Leader.


US Open Golf Records
Most US Open Wins: Willie Anderson- 4 (1901, 1903-05)

Bobby Jones – 4 (1923, 1926, 1929-30)

Ben Hogan – 4 (1948, 1950-51, 1953)

Jack Nicklaus – 4 (1962, 1967, 1972, 1980)

Oldest US Open Champion: Hale Irwin – 45 years (1990)
Youngest US Open Champion: John McDermott – 190 years (1911)
Widest US Open Winning Margin: *15 Strokes – Tiger Woods (2000)
Lowest US Open Score (for 72 holes): 65-66-68-69 (Rounds 1-4) – Rory McIllroy (2011)
Most Frequent US Open Venue: Oakmont Country Club – 9 Opens (1927, 1935, 1953, 1962, 1973, 1983, 1994, 2007, 2016)
Most US Open Runners-Up Finishes: Phil Mickleson – 6 (1999, 2002, 2006, 2009, 2013)

*All-time record for all golf majors


The list of previous U.S. Open Champions goes back to the tournament’s inauguration in 1895 when Englishman Horace Rawlins took out the title. Scottish golfers dominated the early US Open results until the American players took over from 1911 with John McDermott going back-to-back in 1911-12. The first Australian US Open winner was David Graham in 1981 and an Aussie golfer wouldn’t take out the title again until Geoff Ogilvy in 2006.

The U.S. Open result has been decided by sudden-death, introduced in the 1950s, on three occasions (1990, 1994 and 2008). Four players hold the record of most U.S. Open wins (4): Willie Anderson, Bobby Jones, Ben Hogan and Jack Nicklaus.

Most US Open Championships:

  • Willie Anderson (1901, 1903, 1904, 1905)
  • Bobby Jones (1923, 1926, 1929, 1930)
  • Ben Hogan (1948, 1950, 1951, 1953)
  • Jack Nicklaus (1962, 1967, 1972, 1980)

See below for the U.S. Open Winners going back to 2000.

Year U.S. Open Champion Winning Country Venue Location Score Winning Margin Runner(s)-up Winner’s Prizemoney
2018 Brooks Koepka United States Shinnecock Hills Golf Club Shinnecock Hills, New York 281 (+1) 1 stroke Tommy Fleetwood (ENG)

Dustin Johnson (US)

2017 Brooks Koepka United States Erin Hills Erin, Wisconsin 272 (-16) 4 strokes Hideki Matsuyama (JPN)

Brian Harman (US)

2016 Dustin Johnson United States Oakmont Country Club Oakmont, Pennsylvania 276 (−4) 3 strokes Jim Furyk (US)
Shane Lowry (ROI)
Scott Piercy (US)
2015 Jordan Spieth United States Chambers Bay University Place, Washington 275 (−5) 1 stroke Dustin Johnson (US)
Louis Oosthuizen (ZA)
2014 Martin Kaymer Germany Pinehurst Resort, Course No. 2 Pinehurst, North Carolina 271 (–9) 8 strokes Erik Compton (US)
Rickie Fowler (US)
2013 Justin Rose England Merion Golf Club, East Course Ardmore, Pennsylvania 281 (+1) 2 strokes Jason Day (AUS)
Phil Mickelson (US)
2012 Webb Simpson United States Olympic Club, Lake Course San Francisco, California 281 (+1) 1 stroke Graeme McDowell (NIR)
Michael Thompson (US)
2011 Rory McIlroy Northern Ireland Congressional Country Club, Blue Course Bethesda, Maryland 268 (–16) 8 strokes Jason Day (AUS) 1,440,000
2010 Graeme McDowell Northern Ireland Pebble Beach Golf Links Pebble Beach, California 284 (E) 1 stroke Grégory Havret (FR) 1,350,000
2009 Lucas Glover United States Bethpage State Park, Black Course Farmingdale, New York[N 1] 276 (–4) 2 strokes Ricky Barnes (US)
David Duval (US)
Phil Mickelson (US)
2008 Tiger Woods (3rd title) United States Torrey Pines Golf Course, South Course La Jolla, California[N 2] 283 (–1) Playoff Rocco Mediate (US) 1,350,000
2007 Ángel Cabrera Argentina Oakmont Country Club Oakmont, Pennsylvania 285 (+5) 1 stroke Jim Furyk (US)
Tiger Woods (US)
2006 Geoff Ogilvy Australia Winged Foot Golf Club, West Course Mamaroneck, New York 285 (+5) 1 stroke Jim Furyk (US)
Phil Mickelson (US)
Colin Montgomerie (SCT)
2005 Michael Campbell New Zealand Pinehurst Resort, Course No. 2 Pinehurst, North Carolina 280 (E) 2 strokes Tiger Woods (US) 1,170,000
2004 Retief Goosen (2nd title) South Africa Shinnecock Hills Golf Club Shinnecock Hills, New York 276 (–4) 2 strokes Phil Mickelson (US) 1,125,000
2003 Jim Furyk United States Olympia Fields Country Club, North Course Olympia Fields, Illinois 272 (–8) 3 strokes Stephen Leaney (AUS) 1,080,000
2002 Tiger Woods (2nd title) United States Bethpage State Park, Black Course Farmingdale, New York[N 1] 277 (–3) 3 strokes Phil Mickelson (US) 1,000,000
2001 Retief Goosen South Africa Southern Hills Country Club Tulsa, Oklahoma 276 (–4) Playoff Mark Brooks (US) 900,000
2000 Tiger Woods United States Pebble Beach Golf Links Pebble Beach, California 272 (–12) 15 strokes Ernie Els (ZA)
Miguel Ángel Jiménez (ES)