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2018 U.S. Open odds, picks: Tigers Woods projection from model that called four golf majors

The 2018 U.S. Open, golf's second major of the year, is set to get underway the morning of Thursday, June 14 at Shinnecock Hills Golf Course in Southampton, New York. It's a loaded field that includes Tiger Woods, Jordan Spieth and defending champion Brooks Koepka. Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy, however, are the co-favorites, going off with 12-1 U.S. Open odds. Nine total golfers are getting odds of 20-1 or shorter, so there are plenty of U.S Open contenders to choose from.

Before you make any bets or enter a daily fantasy golf tournament on DraftKings or FanDuel, you'll want to hear what the team at SportsLine has to say.

SportsLine's prediction model, which was built by DFS pro Mike McClure, nailed the 2018 Masters, predicting the career-defining victory for Patrick Reed entering the weekend. It also nailed the Masters and U.S. Open last year, calling wins for Sergio Garcia and Brooks Koepka entering the weekend. Then it was all over Jordan Spieth at the 2017 British Open from the start and called his third major victory with three rounds to play.

Now that the 118th U.S. Open field is taking shape, SportsLine simulated the event 10,000 times and the results were surprising.

One huge surprise the model is calling for at the U.S. Open this year: Tiger Woods, a three-time U.S. Open champion and one of the top Vegas favorites, makes a strong run but falls just short of winning the title.

Woods, a 14-time major champion, won his last U.S. Open in 2008 at Torrey Pines. His last appearance at Shinnecock Hills was in 2004, where he finished T-17. However, Woods knows how to perform at the U.S Open. His 15-stroke win in 2000 at Pebble Beach remains the largest margin of victory in U.S. Open history.

Another surprise, Bubba Watson, a two-time major champion, doesn't sniff the Top 15. He's somebody to completely steer clear of at the 2018 U.S. Open.

Watson, who has two victories on Tour this season, is struggling to find the fairway off the tee box. He ranks 126th on Tour in driving accuracy percentage (59.9%). This will cause problems at Shinnecock Hills, which has grown by nearly 500 yards in length since it last hosted the U.S. Open in 2004.

Plus, Watson has struggled at the U.S. Open as of late, missing the cut in three of his last four U.S. Open starts.

Also, the model says three other golfers with odds of 20-1 or longer will make a deep run at the U.S Open title. Anyone who bets on these underdogs could hit it big.

So who wins the 2018 U.S. Open? And which long shots stun the golfing world? Check out the updated odds below and visit SportsLine now to see the U.S. Open projected leaderboard from the model that's nailed four of the last five majors heading into the weekend, and find out.

Dustin Johnson 12-1Rory McIlroy 12-1Jordan Spieth 14-1Justin Thomas 14-1Rickie Fowler 14-1Justin Rose 14-1Jason Day 16-1Tiger Woods 16-1Jon Rahm 20-1Hideki Matsuayama 25-1Brooks Koepka 25-1Patrick Reed 30-1Tommy Fleetwood 30-1Sergio Garcia 40-1Paul Casey 40-1Branden Grace 40-1Bryson DeChambeau 40-1Bubba Watson 50-1Adam Scott 50-1Marc Leishman 50-1Alex Noren 50-1


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The 2018 United States Open Championship will be the 118th U.S. Open, scheduled for June 14 to 17 at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Shinnecock Hills, New York, 93 miles east of New York City on Long Island. This will be the fifth U.S. Open and fifth men's professional major held at the course.

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Future U.S. Open sites

The following are the already-determined venues for the U.S. Open, through 2019

  • 2019 - Pebble Beach, CA, June 13-16

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