The third major of the golf season is upon us, and there will be a lot of talk away from the course following the recent news that the PGA Tour and LIV Golf will be merging. However, players will be hoping that the recent news won’t overshadow what should be a thrilling edition of the US Open this year, with Los Angeles Country Club hosting the event for the first time.
The 123rd US Open will get underway on Thursday, June 15, with the final round of action set for Sunday, June 18. The Los Angeles Country Club will play host to the major this year, with the North Course being used to cover the 7,423 yard distance.
A total of 156 players will be in contention this weekend across the 70-par course, with all looking to make the cut and into the final rounds on Saturday and Sunday.
History & Winners
The US Open is one of the standout events on the PGA Tour. Willie Anderson, Bobby Jones, Ben Hogan, and Jack Nicklaus are all tied for the most wins in the history of the event with four.
However, there have been 60 different winners from the United States throughout history, making it the most successful nation in the history of the major. Scotland is ranked as the second-most successful, with England taking third in the overall list.
There will be a very competitive feel to the BetXchange betting market this weekend, with no shortage of leading players in contention. Scottie Scheffler finished in a tie for second 12 months ago, and the 2022 Masters champion should be in contention once again this weekend. Jon Rahm is back to his best, and could also be difficult to overlook, as he bids for a second win in three years at the US Open.
Rory McIlroy previously claimed US Open success in 2011, and his wait for a fifth major success could come to an end this weekend. The Northern Irishman hasn’t tasted Major success since The Open in 2014, and he comes into this weekend after finishing in a tie for ninth at the Canadian Open last weekend.
Brooks Koepka could also be very hard to ignore among the leading contenders, as the PGA Championship winner was excellent in the previous major. Koepka has won this major on two previous occasions, and he could join the legendary Tiger Woods on three victories at the major this weekend.
US Open Predictions
McIlroy certainly appears to be a backable price this weekend, and we could see him playing a very big role if in contention after the opening rounds. Tyrrell Hatton could also be a very solid value angle this weekend, as his consistent recent outings saw him finish in a tie for third at the Canadian Open last weekend.
Tommy Fleetwood and Will Zalatoris could be the pick of the players for a top ten finish this weekend, as both have been in solid recent form throughout 2023 to this point.