The US Open (Golf) Betting Guide for 2021

The US Open is one of the four golf tournaments each year known collectively as the Majors. It is known for being played on tough, tight courses that place a premium on accuracy and patience.

Betting on golf is straightforward for fans of the sport in USA thanks to the customer-friendly nature of modern sportsbooks.

In this guide we’ll help you find out:

Top Golf Betting Sites for United States Players

An Introduction to The US Open

The championship was first played in 1895. It’s one of golf’s greatest prizes and carries the richest purse of all the Majors.

About half the field qualify by excelling in previous US Opens, other Majors and on the PGA Tour

Any other player in the world’s top 60 also qualifies

However, special exemptions for certain players are also issued

A field of 156 players starts the 72-hole four-day strokeplay event

Players in the top 60 and ties make it to the final two days

If there is a tie after 72 holes, a two-hole aggregate playoff is held

The winner receives a gold medal and a replica of the original US Open Trophy

How Golf Odds Work

There are a host of available options if you want to bet on The US Open, and golf in general.

Let’s take tournament odds to illustrate how they work. The odds about one player winning it may, expressed as decimals, read:

For every C$10 you stake on Koepka, you win C$80. If you put C$10 on Johnson, you get back C$140.

However, odds can also be displayed in alternative formats, such as fractional and moneyline (also called American) odds.

The good news is most sportsbooks make it easy to swap between systems so you can choose how you view their prices. Take a look at our Odds Calculator to see how they compare.


The US Open Betting Options

Tournament winner

A perennially popular bet with golf bettors. Largely because it’s a simple question: Who is going to win the tournament?

It may be simple but it’s not easy. This is an event that attracts the elite, a total of 156 of the world’s best players.

First round leader

This is a market that takes away some of the variables such as weather conditions later in the week, or less advantageous tee times.

It’s also worth noting that some players are particularly fast starters. They are the ones to look for if you want to predict who’ll top the leaderboard after day one.

Top 10 finish

This is a market that rewards those who seek out steady, consistent players. Many professional golfers make a very good living without ever making it to the winner’s circle as often as they should.

Do your research into current form and the records of players at the event in recent years and you could find the men who make the top 10.

Match bets

Let’s pare down the field for now and think just about each group out on the course. You can bet on one player to beat those he’s playing with – or another competitor elsewhere on the golf course.


Another straightforward bet. Do you think there will be a hole-in-one during the tournament? You could follow a hunch, or research the card of the course and the players competing over it.

To qualify for The US Open

Using your knowledge of the entry criteria, it may be possible to find a player with an outside chance of qualifying. There are sportsbooks that will allow you to bet on that likelihood.

To make the cut

If you think a player is going to do well in the first couple of rounds, you should be able to bet on them to get through to the weekend.

To win next year’s US Open

Players do well on certain types of golf course. It’s possible to spot someone whose game is perfect for a future competition. In those circumstances, try to find a sportsbook offering odds up to a year in advance.

What is US Open Live Betting?

Brief Timeline of The US Open

Englishman Horace Rawlins wins the first US Open at the Newport Country Club in Rhode Island

John J McDermott, 19, is the first American-born winner and the youngest champion

Bobby Jones, the great amateur, wins his fourth US Open

Billy Burke wins the title after a marathon 72-hole playoff

Arnold Palmer stages one of his trademark charges to win with a 65 after starting the final round seven shots back

Sam Snead becomes the oldest player to make the cut, aged 61

Jack Nicklaus is the fourth man to win four US Opens – no one has won five

Curtis Strange beats Nick Faldo in a playoff for the first of two consecutive wins

Hale Irwin, invited by special exemption, becomes the oldest winner at 45

Tiger Woods wins his first US Open by an astonishing 15 shots

Angel Cabrera is the fourth non-American winner in a row – all four were from the southern hemisphere

Graeme McDowell becomes the first European to win the event since Tony Jacklin in 1970

Phil Mickelson is runner-up for a record sixth time

Recent US Open winners


The US Open is one of the toughest events in golf, a stern test of a professional’s nerve and technique.

For the watching enthusiast, it also offers a feast of betting opportunities. And in an era when virtually everybody owns a smartphone, bettors in USA can easily get involved with the action.

To get all the details you might ever need about betting on the sport in USA, check out our golf home page.


A tournament with the richest purse of all the Majors. It is held every year on a course in the United States. The final round always coincides with Father's Day.

Experienced golf bettors enjoy the challenge of selecting the outright tournament winner. With a field of 156, and a course that is always set up to be a stiff test, this is a tricky one to get right.

If you follow our online betting guide, you should find all the information you need to choose a site to bet with. Our recommendations include finding out about subjects such as security, licensing, range of bets and bonuses.

You certainly can. Consumer-friendly apps are a staple of most modern sportsbooks so you can bet on your mobile, wherever you have service.

Sportsbooks no longer stop taking bets when the action starts. There are a host of ways you can get involved and back your opinion while the event is running its course.