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Scottie Scheffler Favored to Win 2024 U.S. Open at Pinehurst

Scottie Scheffler Favored to Win 2024 U.S. Open at Pinehurst

The third men's major of the season gets underway on Thursday with the 124th playing of the U.S. Open at Pinehurst Resort's iconic No. 2 course in North Carolina. As has become common in 2024, world No. 1 Scottie Scheffler enters as the odds-on betting favorite according to golf prognosticators.


In his weekly betting column, veteran Las Vegas-based handicapper Brady Kannon broke down the field and shared his best wagering recommendations. At only 3-1 odds, Scheffler is a short price but Kannon contends the demanding Donald Ross design favors the American's complete game.


Credit: Via Michael Reaves/Getty Images. Pictured:  Scottie Scheffler of the United States (L) and Jack Nicklaus pose with the trophy after Scheffler won the Memorial Tournament presented by Workday at Muirfield Village Golf Club on June 09, 2024 in Dublin, Ohio.


"Over the last 36 rounds, Scheffler ranks first in this field for ball-striking, scoring on par 4s from 450-500 yards, bogey avoidance and more," wrote Kannon. "He thrills at these toughest of tests and I believe he wins again, notching his sixth victory in the last nine starts."


Kannon also likes 2020 U.S. Open champion Collin Morikawa at 20-1. Since winning the Masters in April, Morikawa has five top-10s and "his short game has come a long way." Another intriguing 20-1 pick is Swede Ludvig Aberg, who the analyst touts for his all-around skill set including ranking 3rd on Tour in total driving distance and accuracy.


For longer odds, Kannon recommends backing Tommy Fleetwood at 40-1. The Englishman "has links-style chops to navigate the run-off areas around Pinehurst's undulating greens." Veteran Alex Noren comes in at 150-1 but is in red-hot form with nine top-25s in his last 10 starts.


Though his odds have dropped to 125-1, Kannon still sees Noren as a "long bomb" who could capitalize on ranking first on Tour in scrambling percentage. Similarly, Kannon played Billy Horschel at a now lower price of 150-1 based on the Florida native's consistent results including a win earlier this season.


Chirp user picks for the U.S. Open at Pinehurst also showed a plurality of users siding with Scheffler to hoist the Havemayer Trophy. But with a demanding test of golf awaiting under hot and potentially wet conditions, any number of scenarios could play out at Pinehurst's revered layout.



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Who are the dark horse candidates for the U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2


Tyrrell Hatton (+5500)

Known for his links golf prowess, Hatton's creative shot-making could serve him well navigating Pinehurst's tricky run-off areas. Has been playing regularly on LIV Tour.


Jason Day (+9000)

Former #1 player and PGA Championship winner has all the tools needed. Excellent previous results at Donald Ross courses bode well for Pinehurst compatibility. Scrambling ability key.


Adam Scott (+13000)

Experience edge having played Pinehurst US Opens before. Needs to avoid inconsistency but proven form in majors. Short game will determine fate.


Min Woo Lee (+6500)

Young Australian stood out in debut major at Brookline and drives it a long way, an advantage at Pinehurst. Yet to win on PGA Tour but multiple pro wins worldwide. Continuing to improve game.


Robert MacIntyre (+15000)

Gritty Scottish lefty could handle pressure of major championship golf. Impressive iron play control can offset average length off tee. Known for clutch performances.


Keegan Bradley (+12500)

Veteran with 2011 PGA Championship major win brings toughness to match US Open tests. Fairways and greens formula could work well at No. 2 if putter stays hot.







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Sarah has a strong background in sports journalism, with a degree in journalism from a top university in the US. She has covered men's professional golf for over 10 years, attending major tournaments around the world and building an extensive network within the men's golf community. Her writing is known for its in-depth analysis, insider access, and ability to bring the drama and excitement of professional golf to life for readers.

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