The 2021 US Open: Breaking down the top 10 players for the third golf major of the year

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The third golf major of the year has arrived with the US Open taking place at Torrey Pines this week.

Will Jon Rahm bounce back from his COVID nightmare a couple of weeks ago? Will Jordan Spieth finally claim another Major? Can Bryson DeChambeau successfully defend his US Open crown?

We’ll be breaking down all of the top 10 players in the betting while also rating their chances of US Open success out of five to ensure you’re as informed as possible before placing your bets.

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But for now, let’s take a look at the key contenders in the US Open, along with their odds courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook.

Jon Rahm (+1050)

COVID robbed the Spaniard of a likely Memorial success last time as he was forced to withdraw after holding a six-shot lead through 54 holes. Rahm was initially required to isolate for 10 days, but because he was asymptomatic, two negative tests 24 hours apart opened the door for him to take part this week, meaning he could leave Ohio and start his US Open preparations. His Memorial form, coupled with a great Torrey Pines record, makes Rahm a huge dangerman as he chases a Major breakthrough this week.


Jon Rahm tees off on the second hole during the Final round of the Zozo Championship golf tournament at Sherwood Country Club.

CREDIT – Kelvin Kuo (USA Today)

Bryson DeChambeau (+1500)

The defending US Open champion should be able to use his incredible power to good effect at Torrey Pines and he is highly likely to put up a fight in defense of his crown. He has missed the cut in his two previous Farmers Insurance Open appearances at Torrey Pines, but the last of them was in 2018, before he turned himself into the Hulk.


Dustin Johnson (+1500)

The South Carolinian finished the 2008 US Open at Torrey Pines tied for 48th place. Jon Rahm put Johnson’s world-number-one ranking under threat in the Memorial the week before last, but DJ responded with a solid performance in the Palmetto Championship, in which his recently troublesome putting improved. He boasts strong US Open form figures of 4-2-1-MC-3-35-6 in the last seven events. He won the Masters last November, but has missed the cut in the last two Majors.


Dustin Johnson hits a tee shot on the second hole during the final round of the Sentry Tournament of Champions golf tournament at Kapalua Resort - The Plantation Course.

CREDIT – Kyle Terada (USA Today)

Xander Schauffele (+1500)

The man from San Diego boasts a rock-solid Majors record with eight top-ten finishes in 16 starts. He has an amazing US Open record of 5-6-3-5, and third place in the Masters in April was a disappointment after a horror tee-shot at the 70th hole found water. He has finished second eight times since his last victory. He tied for second in the Farmers in January to end a run of missed cuts in that event on this week’s course.


Brooks Koepka (+1900)

Koepka tied for second in the PGA Championship last month despite putting poorly, but has been struggling for fitness in the wake of knee surgery and missed the cut by two shots in the Palmetto Championship last week. The two-time US Open champion insists his game is in great shape, but three missed cuts in four starts suggest otherwise.


Jordan Spieth (+1900)

This year has seen the resurrection of Spieth. After missing the cut in the Farmers at Torrey Pines in January, he dropped to 92nd in the world rankings, but has surged back into the top 25 after a series of strong performances. Victory in the Texas Open was immediately followed by a third-place finish in the Masters, but he blew a golden winning chance at Colonial at the end of last month and has a poor Farmers record.


Jordan Spieth holds the trophy after winning the Valero Texas Open golf tournament.

CREDIT – Daniel Dunn (USA Today)

Rory McIlroy (+2100)

Victory in the Wells Fargo Championship made the Northern Irishman favorite for the PGA Championship, but he tied for 49th place, following up with 18th place in the Memorial. He added the Farmers to his schedule in 2019, with results of 5-3-16 since. The 2014 PGA Championship was his last win in a Major, and he should probably be avoided this week.


Patrick Cantlay (+2200)

The Californian can look forward to a home-state Major with winning form behind him — he took advantage of Jon Rahm’s COVID disaster to win the Memorial a week and a half ago. The 29-year-old has never missed a cut in the US Open (21-41-45-21-43), but has struggled both times he has played at Torrey Pines for the Farmers Insurance.


Justin Thomas (+2250)

The 2017 PGA champion has underachieved in Majors since that Quail Hollow success and he missed the cut in the PGA Championship a month ago. Seven starts since winning the Players Championship have failed to yield a top-ten finish. He has not played the Farmers since missing the cut in 2015.


Collin Morikawa (+2550)

The 2020 PGA champion finished eighth in his title defense a month ago. His Major triumph came in his home state of California and he will be looking forward to another local major this week. Morikawa tied for 21st in his only previous Torrey Pines start, but he will expect better this week and he looks like a serious title contender.


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