U.S. Open 2020: Latest Odds, Favorites and Best Picks for Winged Foot

Dustin Johnson is the man to beat at the U.S. Open later this week, when the second major of the season gets underway at Winged Foot in Mamaroneck, New York.

Fresh from clinching the FedEx Cup and the generous $15 million cheque that came with it, the world No. 1 looks finally poised to add a second major to his name.

Johnson, the 2016 U.S. Open champion, arrives at Mamaroneck as the bookmakers' favorite after two wins and two second-place finishes in his last four starts.

However, 13 of the last 18 majors—including the last three—have been won by a player who had never clinched a major before.

With that in mind, here's a look at the bookmakers' favorites for the week.

Dustin Johnson

There can be only player to start with. At 15/2 with DraftKings and at 17/2 with FanDuel, Johnson is the bookmakers' favorite after a summer which has seen him dominate with the kind of consistency rarely seen on the PGA Tour in recent years.

The 36-year-old finished tied for second at the PGA Championship in August, before winning The Northern Trust and the Tour Championship, with a second-place finish at the BMW Championship sandwiched between those two victories.

He also ranks first in shots gained tee-to-green over the last 24 rounds.

The only cause for concern—if there is one—is his record in majors. While he has won 21 times on the PGA Tour, Johnson has won just that one major in his career.

Jon Rahm

With four top-six finishes in his last six starts and two wins over the same stretch, Rahm's recent form is second only to Dustin Johnson's.

The Spaniard has shown he can thrive on difficult courses and should not be fazed by the treacherous Western Course at Winged Foot this week. At 17/2 with DraftKings and 10/1 with FanDuel, the world No. 2 is the second-favorite behind Johnson and will be looking to capture a maiden career major.

Rahm finished third at the U.S. Open last year but the tournament is the only major in which he has missed multiple cuts.

Xander Schauffele

Like Rahm, Schauffele is still looking for the first major of his career and, like Rahm, he's been remarkably consistent of late: the American has eight straight top-25 finishes.

He would have won the Tour Championship two weeks ago had it not been for the staggered scoring system in place at the tournament—Schauffele finished four shots clear of eventual winner Dustin Johnson over four rounds.

A 14/1 shot, the world No. 7 has an excellent track record at the U.S. Open, with three top-10 finishes in as many starts and ranks top of this year's field in terms of average strokes per round gained at the U.S. Open over the last three years.

Justin Thomas

The only player along with Dustin Johnson to win three events this season.

Thomas briefly recaptured the world No. 1 spot earlier this year and arrives at Winged Foot on the back of second-place finish at the Tour Championship.

Prior to his runner-up finish at East Lake, Thomas had gone through a difficult patch with his putting game, losing three strokes in his previous three events, a luxury he won't be able to afford on the West Course this week.

Like Dustin Johnson's, Thomas' record in majors is also a cause for concern. He has finished in the top-10 just once in his last eight starts in majors but, nevertheless, arrives into this week as a 14/1 shot.

Collin Morikawa

Now firmly established among the world's elite, Morikawa is 18/1 to become the first man in two years to win back-to-back majors following his spectacular triumph at the PGA Championship last month.

The 23-year-old missed the cut at The Northern Trust but looked to be coming back into form with a 20th place finish at the BMW Championship and a sixth-place finish at the Tour Championship two weeks ago.

If his putting game does not let him down, Morikawa has as good a chance as any of his rivals this week.

Dustin Johnson, PGA Tour
Dustin Johnson of the United States celebrates with the FedEx Cup Trophy after winning in the final round of the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club on September 7 in Atlanta, Georgia. Sam Greenwood/Getty

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Dan Cancian is currently a reporter for Newsweek based in London, England. Prior to joining Newsweek in January 2018, he was a news and business reporter at International Business Times UK. Dan has also written for The Guardian and The Observer. 

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