US Open betting favorites Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas

After Rory McIlroy’s victory at the RBC Canadian Open on Sunday, the four-time major winner from Northern Ireland is now the strong favorite to win the US Open.

McIlroy is the 11-1 favorite in the Westgate SuperBook to win the third major of the year, which begins Thursday at the Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts. He finished second to Scottie Scheffler at the Masters and ranked eighth at the PGA Championship.

“He flirted with wins along the way and finished it last week,” said Westgate Golf punter Jeff Sherman. “He’s definitely one, in terms of momentum, that people will be looking to be a part of this week.”

Likewise, PGA Championship winner Justin Thomas was moved to the second pick 12-1 to win the US Open after placing third on Sunday.

“When they finished it (Sunday) and we took money off Rory and Justin Thomas overnight, I put them down and shoved other guys around,” Sherman said.

Scheffler went from 12-1 to 14-1 alongside Jon Rahm.

“It’s always tough to ask Scheffler to win two majors in a year,” Sherman said. “What Thomas did by winning the most recent major and then finishing third this week, there will be more interest in Thomas than Scheffler at this point.

“Thomas looks to be maintaining his best form before this one.”

McIlroy is the ticket leader at Westgate, which has been taking bets on the US Open since last August. Scheffler is No. 2 in tickets and Thomas is No. 3, followed by Las Vegas residents Xander Schauffele and Collin Morikawa.

Schauffele is 20-1 to win his first major while two-time major winner Morikawa is in a group of six golfers at 25-1.

Cameron Smith is 20-1, followed by Jordan Spieth, Patrick Cantlay, Will Zalatoris, Sam Burns and Matt Fitzpatrick at 25-1.

Scheffler is the money leader at Westgate, followed by Bryson DeChambeau, Rahm, Thomas and McIlroy.

DeChambeau is one of the biggest liabilities in the SuperBook, taking a $1,500 bet to win $90,000 at 60-1. He’s 100-1 now.

“He’s been in a tournament since coming back from hand surgery and missing the Memorial Cup,” Sherman said. “It’s hard to see him shoot nine times at the Memorial for a win here.”

DeChambeau is the latest PGA Tour star to join the Saudi-backed LIV Golf Invitational series. While the PGA Tour has indefinitely suspended any player participating in LIV golf events, the US Open is allowing exempt LIV players to play in the major tournament this week.

Dustin Johnson has the lowest odds of any LIV player at 40-1, while Phil Mickelson is at 300-1.

William Hill Sportsbook has published a prop on LIV Golf’s top finisher at the US Open. Johnson is the 3-1 favorite, followed by Las Vegas resident Louis Oosthuizen (+450), Patrick Reed (+550), DeChambeau (6-1), Talor Gooch (7-1), Sergio Garcia (10-1) Vegas Kevin Na (10-1) and Mickelson (12-1).

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