When watching Phil Mickelson speak to the press on Monday, in the run up to the US Open 2022, last week’s words from Rory McIlroy were echoing through the room.
“Any decision that you make in your life that’s purely for money usually doesn’t end up going the right way. Money is a deciding factor in a lot of things in this world, but if it’s purely for money, it never seems to go the way you want it.”
Instead of answering questions about his quest to win the one major that has eluded him, Mickelson is answering questions about joining the Saudi Arabian-financed LIV.
And that will be the case for the dozen players who are at US Open 2022 this week, trying to win the top prize of the USGA, after spurning the PGA Tour for the lesser events of the LIV, but with bigger paydays.
Favorites to Win US Open 2022
- Rory McIlroy (+1000)
- Justin Thomas (+1100)
- Scottie Scheffler (+1200)
- Jon Rahm (+1400)
- Cameron Smith (+1800)
- Jordan Spieth (+2200)
- Matthew Fitzpatrick (+2200)
- Xander Schauffele (+2200)
- Will Zalatoris (+2500)
- Collin Morikawa (+2500)
- Shane Lowry (+2500)
- Patrick Cantlay (+2500)
- Sam Burns (+2500)
Last year Jon Rahm was the favorite to win the US Open, and he did. So don’t shy away from Rory McIlroy because he’s the US Open 2022 favorite. He has the shortest odds, but if he wins, he wins.
And when he gets hot, he often stays hot. He was second at the Masters, eighth at the PGA, and he just won the Canadian Open.
Speaking of guys playing pretty good golf, how about Justin Thomas, the winner of the PGA Championship four weeks ago. He was also T8 at the Masters and third at last week’s Canadian Open.
Speaking of more guys playing pretty good golf, how about Scottie Scheffler, who has a commanding lead in the FedExCup Standings. The Masters champion has four wins this season, plus a second-place finish three weeks ago at the Charles Schwab, and he was T7 at last year’s US Open.
Best Value Bets
Billy Horschel is paying +4500 even though he just won the Memorial two weeks ago.
He was also a second-place finisher at the Zurich Classic in April. At the Arnold Palmer Invitational back in March, he finished T2. His best effort in the US Open was a T4 in 2013.
Justin Rose at +5000 at the US Open 2022 and is also worth a look. He finished the Canadian Open with a final round 60, and that included three bogeys.
Imagine what could have been. Not only is coming off a near historic round, he is a past US Open winner.
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