With the 2019 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach set to begin Thursday, here are some key head-to-head matchups.
Rory McIlroy (-105) vs. Dustin Johnson (-115)
McIlroy heads to Pebble Beach on fire. He shot 61 in the final round at the Canadian Open, but that doesn’t make him a lock against Dustin Johnson. Johnson finished second at both the Masters and the PGA Championship. He also won back-to-back Pebble Beach Pro-Ams in 2009-2010.
Rory McIIroy (-170) vs. Tiger Woods (+140)
Tiger played poorly and missed the cut at the PGA, but bounced back for a top 10 finish at the Memorial. More importantly? Tiger excels at Pebble Beach. He won the Pro-Am in 2000 and always seems to finish near the top of the leaderboard.
Dustin Johnson (-140) vs. Brooks Koepka (+115)
Considering how well Johnson has performed in Majors this year and how well he plays Pebble Beach, this is a much tighter head-to-head than what the odds indicate.
Tiger Woods (+110) vs. Patrick Cantlay (-110)
The reason Cantlay is the favorite over Tiger is because he heads into the U.S. Open playing exceptionally well. Cantlay won the Memorial and finished third at the PGA.
Jason Day (-160) vs. Francesco Molinari (+130)
Day is favored because he plays well at Pebble Beach. Day shot 14-under at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am in 2018 and a 13-under at the tournament this year.