Now the third major of the golfing season, the US Open is rightfully regarded as arguably the most difficult of the four Majors to win, in terms of how difficult the course is set up.

The USGA has often been criticised for making some courses almost unplayable due to letting the rough grow much longer, shortening the width of fairways and similar, in order to make their test arguably the toughest in golf each year.

But every year, golfers respond and we crown one of them as the Champion, with last year seeing Matthew Fitzpatrick of England claim his maiden Major Championship win at Brookline in Massachusetts.

Lastly, we will bring you some of the good betting options and latest odds from bet365 Sport to win the US Open as well as our picks for the best value golfers to back in the win and each way markets.

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But let’s firstly begin with a quick look back at the history of this famous golfing major.

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US Open Golf History – Factfile

  • The first US Open was contested in 1895 at Newport Country Club in Rhode Island. Englishman Horace Rawlins won the tournament.
  • It took seventeen attempts before the first American Golfer won the US Open, that being John McDermott who won at Chicago Golf Club in 1911.
  • Between 1926 and 1964, the tournament was won exclusively by US-born players.
  • The youngest champion was John McDermott who won in 1911 aged just 19 years and 315 days.
  • Hale Irwin was the oldest champion when winning in 1990 aged 45 years and 15 days.
  • Phil Mickelson has finished as runner up in this tournament six times, winning once.
  • Tiger Woods 15-stroke victory in 2000 is the largest margin of victory in this or any other Major golf tournament.

US Open Golf Most Successful Golfers

The greatest number of wins achieved by a golfer in the US Open during their career is four and this has been achieved by four golfers.

The full list of multiple US Open winners is shown below:

4 Wins

  • Willie Anderson (Sco)
  • Bobby Jones (USA)
  • Ben Hogan (USA)
  • Jack Nicklaus (USA)

3 Wins

  • Hale Irwin (USA)
  • Tiger Woods (USA)

2 Wins

  • Alex Smith (Sco)
  • John McDermott (USA)
  • Walter Hagen (USA)
  • Gene Sarazen (USA)
  • Ralph Guidahl (USA)
  • Cary Middlecoff (USA)
  • Julius Boros (USA)
  • Billy Casper (USA)
  • Lee Trevino (USA)
  • Andy North (USA)
  • Curtis Strange (USA)
  • Ernie Els (RSA)
  • Lee Janzen (USA)
  • Retief Goosen (RSA)
  • Brooks Koepka (USA)

US Open Golf Venues

Over the years, the US Open has been contested at 52 different courses, though predominantly these have been located in the Northeast and Midwest of the country.

The top ten venues for the US Open in terms of the number of times it has held the tournament is as follows:

  • 9 – Oakmont Country Club (PA)
  • 7 – Baltusrol Golf Club (NJ)
  • 6 – Oakland Hills Country Club (MI), Pebble Beach (CA), Winged Foot (NY)
  • 5 – Merion Golf Club (PA), Olympic Club (CA), Shinnecock Hills (NY)
  • 4 – The Country Club (MA), Inverness Club (OH), Myopia Hunt Club (MA)
  • 3 – Chicago Golf Club (IL), Cherry Hills CC (CO), Oak Hill (NY), Medinah (IL), Southern Hills CC (OK), Pinehurst (NC), Congressional (MD)
  • 2 – Torrey Pines (CA), Philadelphia Cricket Club (PA), Canterbury Golf Club (OH), Hazeltine (MN), Olympia Fields (IL), Bethpage Black (NY)

US Open 2023

  • Dates – 15th June to 18th June 2023
  • Venue – Los Angeles Country Club, Los Angeles, California
  • Fields – 156 players
  • Defending Champion – Matthew Fitzpatrick (England)

The Course

This is the first time Los Angeles Country Club (LACC) has hosted the US Open and it is the third time in six years that the tournament has been contested in California.

For the 123rd US Open, the par 70 course will play at 7,423 yards.

The full list of holes and yardages are shown below:

LACC – Holes

  • 1st – 590 yards (par 5)
  • 2nd – 497 yards (par 4)
  • 3rd – 419 yards (par 4)
  • 4th – 228 yards (par 3)
  • 5th – 480 yards (par 4)
  • 6th – 330 yards (par 4)
  • 7th – 284 yards (par 3)
  • 8th – 537 yards (par 5)
  • 9th – 171 yards (par 3) – Out – 3536 yards (par 35)
  • 10th – 409 yards (par 4)
  • 11th – 290 yards (par 3)
  • 12th – 380 yards (par 4)
  • 13th – 507 yards (par 4)
  • 14th – 623 yards (par 5)
  • 15th – 124 yards (par 3)
  • 16th – 542 yards (par 4)
  • 17th – 520 yards (par 4)
  • 18th – 492 yards (par 4) In – 3887 yards (par 35)

The final six holes will provide a huge test for golfers as there are five holes over 492 yards, one well over 600 yards and only one par five amongst that run of holes.

The Field

Who is Playing?

Many of the top stars in World Golf will be in action at the event, including the vast majority of the top 100 golfers in the world today.

Top ranked Scottie Scheffler will lead a strong American challenge and there will be a number of players from the LIV Golf Tour that will take their place in the event including Bryson DeChambeau, Brooks Koepka, Talor Gooch and Cam Smith.

Previous US Open winners in the field this week include Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm, Bryson DeChambeau, Brooks Koepka, Gary Woodland, Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, Justin Rose and Matt Fitzpatrick.

Alongside the top players in the world, there will be a number of qualifiers in the tournament who will reach the US Open through finishing high up enough in one of 13 Final Qualifying events taking place across the world in June (10 in the US, one each in Japan, Canada and the UK).

Who is Absent?

The biggest name absentee in the field is of course Tiger Woods, but there are a number of big names that won’t be playing in the US Open (unless they can qualify through the Final Qualifying rounds).

That includes: Will Zalatoris, Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter, Graham McDowell, Webb Simpson, Paul Casey and Danny Willett.

US Open 2023 – Betting Tips And Odds

The two previous Major winners this year will be amongst the favourites to do well at the US Open this year.

Jon Rahm of Spain, the current Masters Champion, is one of the shorter priced options at 8/1 with bet365 Sport, while the USPGA Champion of last month, Brooks Koepka is an 11/1 shot with bet365 too.

The only player at shorter odds than those two Major winners is current World Number 1 ranked Scottie Scheffler, who is the 15/2 favourite to win the tournament.

Rory McIlroy, a two-time winner of this tournament is a 9/1 chance, while defending Champion Matt Fitzpatrick is a 33/1 shot, along with former World No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

Let’s now take a look at some of the odds for the top players in the field:

  • 15/2 fav – Scottie Scheffler
  • 8/1 – Jon Rahm
  • 9/1 – Rory McIlroy
  • 11/1 – Brooks Koepka
  • 14/1 – Patrick Cantlay
  • 18/1 – Victor Hovland
  • 20/1 – Xander Schauffele, Colin Morikawa
  • 22/1 – Jordan Spieth
  • 25/1 – Max Homa, Cam Smith
  • 30/1 – Justin Thomas, Tony Finau
  • 33/1 – Matt Fitzpatrick, Dustin Johnson, Hideki Matsuyama
  • 35/1 – Sung Jae Im, Jason Day
  • 40/1 – Shane Lowry, Cameron Young, Tyrrell Hatton
  • 50/1 – Sam Burns, Justin Rose, Bryson DeChambeau, Tommy Fleetwood
  • 60/1 – Joaquin Niemann, Corey Conners
  • 66/1 – Adam Scott, Rickie Fowler, Joohyung Kim, Patrick Reed, Si Woo Kim
  • 80/1 – Keegan Bradley, Min Woo Lee, Davis Riley
  • 90/1 – Louis Oosthuizen
  • 100/1 bar

Our Tips To Back at the US Open

We have had some success with our golf tips in recent times, so let’s take a look now at the players to back to win the tournament and as a good longer-odds each way bet.

  • To Win – Justin Thomas – 30/1
  • Each Way (Top 5 and ties – ¼ odds) – Cam Smith (25/1), Cam Young (40/1),  Tommy Fleetwood (50/1), Patrick Reed (66/1)

Remember to tune in for the start of the tournament on the 15th June to the 18th June at LACC.