NJ online sports bettors are ready to tee off as the third major of the PGA season begins Thursday morning.  The 121st U.S. Open from Torrey Pines South in San Diego has a deep field with no clear-cut favorites.

Thus it creates a wealth of wagering options.

The $12.5 million U.S Open, running through Sunday, has a spread betting board chocked with big-name favorites, popular longshots, and well-priced contenders.

Jon Rahm, favored at all major sportsbooks, is not getting most of the betting money. And he has received less handle than San Diego native Phil Mickelson,  who was +7000 (as of Tuesday) at DraftKings Sportsbook after his May PGA Championship win.

Sentiment, recent history, and a deep field attract numerous wagering interests.

Closer Look at DraftKings US Open betting

Here are the top 10 money magnets of DraftKings gamblers. Odds and the amount bet on top players don’t always match. It means some gamblers will attain a hefty payout.

The below breakdown is based on some recent DraftKings betting action.

Golfer Odds Percentage of Handle
Brooks Koepka  + 1900   10%
Phil Mickelson +7000  9%
Jon Rahm                           +1050 7%
Dustin Johnson  +1500   7%
Colin Morikawa+2550  5%
Xander Schauffele+1500     4%
Jordan Spieth+19004%
Bryson DeChambeau+1500   4%
Will Zalatoris  +4650 3%
Tony Finau +2200    3%

Talk about a paradise betting board.

Johnny Avello, the director of race and sportsbook operations for DraftKings, hails the U.S. Open depth.

“In many tournaments, the top guy will get 15-18% of the money,” Avello told NJ Gambling Sites, “but in a field like this, you’ve got the whole cast of characters. You can go way down the list and get great odds on a lot of top players.”

Avello said the betting public sentimentally backs Mickelson, who became the oldest player to win a major. He won the PGA Championship at age 50. Some passionate gamblers believe lightning can strike twice.

“He was 100-1 for this tournament while the PGA was still going on, the odds dropped as low as 50 and now they are going back up,” Avello said. “He is definitely a hazard for us now.

“The people have been betting Phil ever since he won the PGA and have continued to do so. He’s always played well at this course too.”

Avello believes Rahm has a consistent record at Torrey Pines. Collin Morikawa and Tony Finau are solid players who can also rise up at any moment.

“Morikawa is steady, I really like his game,” Avello asserted. “He is solid with his irons. From 120 yards away and in, he strikes the ball well.

How to watch U.S. Open

The 2021 U.S. Open TV coverage will be split between Golf Channel and NBC. Here is how and where to watch:

  • Thursday, June 17: 12:30-7 p.m. ET (Golf Channel); 7-10 p.m. ET (NBC)
  • Friday, June 18: 12:30-6 p.m. ET (Golf Channel); 6-9 p.m. ET (NBC)
  • Saturday, June 19: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. ET (NBC)
  • Sunday, June 20: 10 a.m.-12 p.m. ET (Golf Channel); 12-8 p.m. ET (NBC)

Ways to wager at NJ Online sportsbooks

The U.S. Open is a four-day golf betting fest for New Jersey gamblers.

Check some excellent new DraftKings additions.

They include the prices for Top 5, Top 10, and Top 20 after the opening round.

You took a bomb to be the first-round leader and he’s second?

This bet rewards that play. It will encourage more first-round betting on longshots and some hedge plays on favorites.

As the days roll on, betting menus expand.

“You can bet on the tournament winner the entire time,” Avello said. “We do write a fair amount of money on whether the next hole will be a birdie or the next shot will hit the fairway, but the bet to win it all is still a big percentage of[our] business.”

“Now take a guy like Dustin Johnson. Let’s say he’s 15-1 [+1500] and shoots -1 the first day with the leader coming in at -7. Now he goes from 15-1 to 22-1 or 25-1. Some bettors wait for that opportunity and then they plunge in.

“Some gamblers wait for two whole rounds to be completed, even three. The payoffs may be smaller, but they gain a betters sense of what could possibly happen in the final round.”

William Hill: Will Rahm regain hot stroke at U.S. Open?

Rahm is the +1000 favorite at William Hill NJ.

Brooks Koepka, Johnson, Xander Schauffele and Bryson DeChambeau are next at +1800.

Rahm last played at the Memorial Tournament on June 5 before withdrawing due to testing positive for COVID-19. He had built a six-stroke lead before his exit and has been cleared for the U.S. Open following two negative COVID-19 tests.

“Rahm plays well there, he’s in good form and he’s gotten money, so he’s the lowest-priced golfer,” said Nick Bogdanovich, director of trading for William Hill US. “He was so far ahead of everyone [at the Memorial Tournament before testing positive for COVID-19] and he’s been the guy with the shortest odds for the past month or so. People may think that he’s due a break and may end up betting him more.

Mickelson, meanwhile, could give the book one Hill of a problem, having taken money from +2000 (200-1) down to +4500 before drifting up

“He just won the PGA Championship and he’s back home, so he knows the course better than anyone,” Bogdanovich said. “There will be seven-figure liability on him when this kicks off. He’s really close to leading in dollars, only Koepka has more.

“Tickets, it’s not even close, he’s got the most. I think the only bigger liability in a recent golf major was when Tiger [Woods] was coming back from all those injuries and won the [2019] Masters.”

BetMGM and across the board bets

There are several different ways to cash in via BetMGM.

Let’s take Finau for example.

He’s ++2500 to win, +400 for the Top 4, +175 to hit the Top 10, and -125 for the Top 20. That’s a good range of payouts, covering 20 golfers at reasonable to good betting odds.

Apply the principle to the golfer of your choice.  This rewards a player who performs well but may have a late putt not fall.

Mickelson, incidentally, creates a value play lower on the board.

He’s +100, even money, to finish in the Top 40. If he’s on his game, he’ll hit that standard going away. If not, he won’t crack the Top 40.

AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez

 

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Dave Bontempo, a multiple national award-winning boxing commentator and writer, authors NFL betting columns for the Press of Atlantic City and IGaming Player, among others.