McIlroy joins betting favourites atop US Open odds

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Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland. (Eric Gay/AP)

Fresh off a dominant win at last weekend’s Canadian Open, Rory McIlroy will be aiming for his first major golf victory since 2014 when he tees off on Thursday as a +800 co-favourite on the U.S. Open odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

McIlroy shot a season-best 61 in the final round of the Canadian Open to claim a seven-stroke victory as a +1000 wager, and now has two wins on the season going into the 119th U.S. Open this weekend at Pebble Beach.

The 30-year-old earned his first victory of the season at the PLAYERS Championship as +1200 chalk, but has produced mixed results at the first two majors of the season. A slow start doomed McIlroy to a distant 21st-place finish at the Masters, but he showed steady improvement last month at the PGA Championship, garnering a share of eighth place.

However, McIlroy has struggled at the U.S. Open since his lone victory at the event eight years ago, cracking the Top 20 just once, and missing the cut on four occasions including each of the past three years.

McIlroy has plenty of company atop the US Open odds, where he is joined at +800 by Dustin Johnson and reigning two-time champion Brooks Koepka.

Johnson is coming off a disappointing 20th-place finish at the Canadian Open as a +550 favourite, but looked steady at this year’s two previous major tournaments, finishing second at both the Masters and the PGA Championship. The 34-year-old American has also been a steady presence at the top of the US Open leaderboard in recent years, finishing in the top four in four of the past five years including his lone career major tournament win back in 2016.

Koepka is also coming off a disappointing outing in the Canadian Open, settling for a share of 50th place as a +700 wager on the golf odds. However, the 29-year-old has been a force at golf’s major tournaments over the past two years, posting wins in four of the past eight majors including the past two editions of the U.S. Open, and a second-place performance at the Masters as a +2000 bet.

Further down the U.S. Open odds, Tiger Woods closely trails the favourites with +1100 odds at sports betting sites, ahead of Jordan Spieth at +1800 and Patrick Cantlay at +2000, while Justin Rose sits at +2000.

Woods has shown signs of his previous dominating form this season. The 43-year-old captured his first major tournament win in over a decade at the Masters, paying out on +1400 odds, and finished ninth last time out at the Memorial Tournament while sporting +1100 odds.

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