The 2021 US Open Field: Favorites, Sleepers, Long Shots, and More

Get to know all the major U.S. Open golfers and see how they stack up: from favorites to sleepers and more.

Posted: Jun 14, 2021 8:56 AM ET Updated: Jun 14, 2021 2:56 PM ET Est Time: 7 min
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Father’s Day weekend wouldn’t be the same without the U.S. Open on the go, giving golf bettors their third major tournament of the PGA season. 

If you’re wagering on this week’s event at Torrey Pines’ South Course, we tee up in-depth player profiles for the 2021 U.S. Open golf field, shining the spotlight on the betting favorites but also some U.S. Open sleepers to keep an eye on.

We've categorized all golfers that matter for the U.S. Open. We've also added their odds to win, recent form, and some analysis so you can make smarter U.S Open wagers. 

The 2021 US Open field

Click on a category to filter the golfers:

Our categories

We've broken down the field into the following six categories:

Favorites

Favorites for the U.S. Open are the best in the field. They are priced at the top of the odds board with the highest expectations to win.

Contenders

These golfers are popular names that are likely to be in the mix but with a little bit longer odds than the favorites.

Sleepers

Our 2021 U.S. Open sleeper picks are the golfers that are in great form or have the skill set to compete at the U.S. Open and will likely be off the radar for most bettors.

Long shots

A long shot to win the U.S. Open carries a big risk, but also a big payout potential. These golfers aren’t the best in the field but could pull off the surprise upset.

Needs a miracle

These golfers are unlikely to be near the top of the leaderboard during the tournament, but you never know. These are the longest of odds that need to get very, very lucky to have a chance.

How is the US Open field made?

The U.S. Open is a unique tournament in which any professional or ametuer golfer with a USGA Handicap Index below 1.4 can qualify for the field of 156 competitors. In order to qualify, those players must pass a local qualifying round and final sectional qualifying tournament. The bulk of the U.S. Open field is given to the exemptions and qualifications below:

  • Top 60 in World Golf Rankings two weeks before/as of tournament date.
  • Past 10 U.S. Open winners.
  • Winner and runner-up from last year's U.S. Amateur tournament.
  • Winners of the last U.S. Junior Amateur and U.S. Mid-Amateur.
  • Last year’s top-ranked amateur golfer in the world.
  • Last five winners of other majors (Masters, Open Championship, PGA Championship).
  • Last three winners of the PLAYERS Championship.
  • Winner of the BMW PGA Championship.
  • Last winner of the Senior U.S. Open.
  • Golfers who won multiple U.S. PGA Tour events in the past year (500 points or more).
  • Top 10 finishers (including ties) from last year’s U.S. Open.
  • Golfers who qualified for last year’s Tour Championship.

Where can I bet on US Open golfers?

With the U.S. Open being the third Major of the season, all sportsbooks and betting sites will offer  U.S. Open odds. The trick is finding one that is reputable, trustworthy, and has all the bells and whistles you're looking for. Look no further Check out our recommendations for the best golf betting sites before you deposit and start betting. 

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