You should know that Jon Rahm is the odds-on favorite to win the US Open this weekend at the Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego.
But Iowa sportsbooks know fans will tune in to see how the Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau rivalry plays out. Of course, there are promos like the one at PointsBet IA that invite you to “Settle the Beef.”
“We’ve all seen the video and now we’ve heard the chants, so it’s time for you to pick which side of the rivalry you are on! We’ve leveled the odds of this head-to-head matchup (+100) at the 2021 US Open. … Pick your side and ride with your golfer!”
Not to be outdone, DraftKings also set up a Bryson vs. Brooks odds boost. You get +110 if you correctly pick the golfer with a higher finish. As with all promos, rules and conditions apply, so it’s good to read the fine print.
Don’t worry, sportsbooks including DK offer standard US Open bets for the winner, top five, top 10, top 20 and so on. You can also pick a wire-to-wire winner or bet on the winning margin.
Viewing guide for the US Open
You will need to get some of the most common wagers in before the 8:45 a.m. start Thursday at the 121st US Open.
Tournament organizers resisted the temptation to put Koepka and DeChambeau in the same group. Brooks is set to tee off at about 9:29 a.m. Iowa time. Bryson begins play at about 3:14 p.m.
- Thursday — the Peacock, the NBCUniversal streaming service, has an 8:45-11:30 a.m. window. Golf Channel takes over from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. NBC will carry three hours, from 6-9 p.m.
- Friday — Peacock will stream the tournament, again from 8:45-11:30 a.m. It’s Golf Channel from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. NBC picks up the late-day action again, this time from 5-8 p.m.
- Saturday — It’s all NBC from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Golf Channel has studio shows to preview and wrap up the day’s action.
- Sunday — Golf Channel catches early play from 9-11 a.m. NBC takes over from 11 a.m. through the expected 7 p.m. finish.
FanDuel’s Kevin Hennessy said customers are backing Phil Mickelson and Koepka in the US Open outright market in terms of bet count. They rank No. 1 and No. 2 in early betting. So, naturally, FanDuel match odds list DeChambeau (-118) versus Koepka (-108) as well.
The Brooks vs. Bryson beef for bettors
Golf is such a quiet sport, where players walk through grassy open spaces framed by trees. So, why all the tension among the chirping birds and occasional wandering mammals?
It starts with a couple of guys who aren’t fond of each other. The feud escalated when Koepka was conducting an interview after the PGA Championship. DeChambeau clomped by in his spikes and threw a remark in passing.
The viral video shows Koepka’s disdain for DeChambeau ooze through an eye roll in the first 45 seconds of this clip.
Team Koepka’s fans then heckled DeChambeau with “Brooksie” at the Memorial Tournament in Dublin, Ohio, two weekends ago. There’s been a healthy share of social media banter as well.
Plenty of US Open bets to go around
There are plenty of US Open betting options as the world’s best golfers navigate the South Course at Torrey Pines:
William Hill is offering a series of odds boosts for tournament finishes. Some of the shortest odds boosts on the menu are:
- Lee Westwood Top 20 finish +400
- Garrick Higgo Top 10 finish +500
- Patrick Cantlay Top 5 finish +500
- Phil Mickelson Top 10 finish +500
Will Zalatoris Top 5 finish +650
At BetMGM Iowa, you can place a bet on a golfer to win the US Open. If they lose, but finish in the top 5, you could get your wagers back in bonus bets, up to $25. Be sure to check the terms and conditions for more details.
Betfred offers $100 in promo cash if you wager on the outright winner.
Through Wednesday, BetRivers has a “US Open Bet & Get” offer. Place a $25 or more on a winner of US Open with odds of -200 or longer. The sportsbook will load a bonus bet for customers within 30 minutes to make another $10 US Open wager. The initial $25 bet has to be real money, not a promo credit, however.