U.S. Open 2021 predictions, golf odds: Justin Thomas, Jon Rahm, Bryson DeChambeau picks by PGA insider

Father’s Day is traditionally celebrated every year during the final round of the US Open, and Sunday will be no different, as it coincides with the conclusion of the 2021 U.S. Open. Last year’s tournament was rescheduled to September due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with Bryson DeChambeau breaking through to win his first major. This year’s sentimental favorite at Torrey Pines is Phil Mickelson, who turned 51 earlier this week and is still riding high from becoming the oldest major champion in history after capturing last month’s PGA Championship.

DeChambeau is among the favorites, carrying 18-1 2021 U.S. Open odds, just behind world No. 1 Dustin Johnson (16-1). Jon Rahm is the overall favorite at 10-1 at William Hill Sportsbook, while Mickelson is far behind at 50-1. Four-time major champion Brooks Koepka is at 16-1, with Jordan Spieth (18-1) and Rory McIlroy (20-1) also in the 2021 U.S. Open field. Before locking in any 2021 U.S. Open picks or PGA Tour predictions, you need to see who golf insider Sal Johnson is backing.

A media legend and consummate golf insider, Johnson has a strong feel for when a player’s momentum will make a difference. Before last week’s Memorial, the golf expert had Rahm and Collin Morikawa listed among his best bets, citing both as players who were coming in with momentum.

Both were in contention all week, and Rahm had a six-stroke lead at 18 under par following his third round as he attempted to defend his title. Then, the Spaniard received word that his pre-round test had come up positive for COVID-19 and had to withdraw.

That left the door open for Patrick Cantlay and Morikawa, and they battled with clutch putts all day in the final round. Both reached 13 under, with Cantlay prevailing with a par on the first playoff hole.

Johnson also knows how the players’ games fit the courses. Before Phil Mickelson shocked the golf world at the PGA Championship at Kiawah Island, the golf guru made it a point to include Louis Oosthuizen among his contenders. Johnson told SportsLine that Oosthuizen excels on links-style tracks like the Ocean Course and said he is “always a good pick in majors.”

The South African came in as a 60-1 long shot, but was right in the middle of the action all weekend and went four-under to tie for second.

Johnson also knows when surging players are poised for a breakthrough. He tabbed Sungjae Im as a top contender before his first Tour win at the Honda Classic last season and then touted Tyrrell Hatton before he registered his first tour victory the following week. Anyone who has followed Johnson’s advice has cashed in huge.

Now Johnson, the first producer of “Inside the PGA Tour,” a longtime ABC Sports golf producer who worked with Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Greg Norman, and the founder of the world’s top golf stats database, has released his highly confident 2021 U.S. Open picks, and they will surprise you.

Top 2021 U.S. Open expert picks

Shockingly, the golf expert is fading Justin Thomas at the US Open 2021, despite the fact that he won the Players Championship and is the No. 2 player in the world. The 27-year-old is 22-1 but has not been playing well recently and has avoided Torrey Pines most of his career. He has a top-10 finish and a missed cut in two tries. “His game has only been sharp once in the past six months, and that was in his win at the Players,” Johnson told SportsLine.

On the other hand, Johnson knows Rahm is playing like the best player in the world and desperately wants a win to show for it. The Spaniard briefly held the world’s top ranking last summer and now ranks third. He led by six strokes after three rounds at the Memorial in his last start but was forced to withdraw after a positive COVID test. He leads the tour in scoring average (69.768) and is fourth in greens in regulation (71.25 percent). The 26-year-old has been in the top 10 in 10 of his 17 events this year, including both majors.

Johnson was wowed by DeChambeau’s performance at Winged Foot in 2020. His physical development has been remarkable, adding close to 50 pounds of muscle since turning pro in an all-out assault on distance. The experiment has worked, with DeChambeau closing in on 200 mph ball speed off his driver and courses falling prey to the sheer length those blasts produce. Not only did DeChambeau bomb-and-gouge his way to a six-shot victory in the 2020 U.S. Open, he also overpowered Bay Hill earlier in 2021 to win the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Averaging 322.7 yards per drive, DeChambeau is also first on the PGA Tour in strokes gained off the tee and total strokes gained this season.

How to make 2021 U.S. Open predictions

For the U.S. Open 2021, Johnson is touting a major long shot who comes in at well over 50-1 odds. This veteran has a strong track record at Torrey Pines and is well-positioned to make surprising run. You can only see who it is here.

Who wins the U.S. Open 2021? Where do DeChambeau and Rahm finish? And which huge long-shot is a must-back? Check out the odds below, then visit SportsLine to see Sal Johnson’s full leaderboard, picks and analysis, all from the insider who was all over his best bets last week

2021 U.S. Open field, odds, contenders

Jon Rahm 10-1
Dustin Johnson 16-1
Bryson DeChambeau 18-1
Brooks Koepka 18-1
Rory McIlroy 20-1
Jordan Spieth 20-1
Xander Schauffele 20-1
Collin Morikawa 22-1
Justin Thomas 22-1
Patrick Cantlay 25-1
Viktor Hovland 25-1
Patrick Reed 25-1
Tony Finau 25-1
Hideki Matsuyama 28-1
Tyrrell Hatton 35-1
Webb Simpson 40-1
Shane Lowry 40-1
Daniel Berger 40-1
Will Zalatoris 40-1
Paul Casey 45-1
Louis Oosthuizen 45-1
Justin Rose 45-1
Scottie Scheffler 45-1
Matthew Fitzpatrick 50-1
Garrick Higgo 50-1
Cameron Smith 50-1
Phil Mickelson 50-1
Tommy Fleetwood 50-1
Abraham Ancer 60-1
Corey Conners 60-1
Joaquin Niemann 60-1
Harris English 66-1
Marc Leishman 66-1
Sung-Jae Im 66-1
Adam Scott 66-1
Jason Kokrak 70-1
Sam Burns 80-1
Gary Woodland 80-1
Lee Westwood 80-1
Sergio Garcia 80-1
Max Homa 90-1
Bubba Watson 100-1
Brian Harman 100-1
Branden Grace 100-1
Christiaan Bezuidenhout 100-1
Charley Hoffman 100-1
Billy Horschel 125-1
Ryan Palmer 125-1
Garrick Higgo 125-1
Kevin Streelman 125-1
Russell Henley 125-1
Matt Wallace 125-1
Stewart Cink 125-1
Si-Woo Kim 125-1
Kevin Na 150-1
Robert Macintyre 150-1
Sebastian Munoz 150-1
Cameron Champ 150-1
Matthew Wolff 150-1
Carlos Ortiz 150-1
Charl Schwartzel 150-1
Matt Kuchar 150-1
Ian Poulter 150-1
Matt Jones 150-1
Russell Henley 175-1
Francesco Molinari 175-1
Adam Hadwin 200-1
Zach Johnson 200-1
Lanto Griffin 200-1
Kevin Kisner 200-1
Brendon Todd 200-1
Bernd Wiesberger 200-1
Erik Van Rooyen 200-1
Wilco Nienaber 200-1
Mackenzie Hughes 250-1
Brendan Steele 250-1
Martin Laird 250-1
Victor Perez 250-1
Jhonattan Vegas 250-1
Henrik Stenson 250-1
Chez Reavie 250-1
J.T. Poston 250-1
Thomas Detry 250-1
Kyoung-Hoon Lee 250-1
Cameron Young 250-1
Guido Migliozzi 250-1
Martin Kaymer 250-1
Dylan Frittelli 250-1
Patrick Rodgers 300-1
Jordan Smith 300-1
Sung-Hoon Kang 300-1
Bo Hoag 300-1
Wyndham Clark 300-1
Yosuke Asaji 300-1
Rafa Cabrera Bello 300-1
Troy Merritt 300-1
Justin Suh 300-1

Tom Hoge 300-1
Adrian Meronk 350-1
Marcus Armitage 350-1
Ryo Ishikawa 400-1
Jimmy Walker 400-1
Peter Malnati 400-1
Edoardo Molinari 400-1
Brian Stuard 400-1
Richard Bland 400-1
Johannes Veerman 400-1
Taylor Pendrith 400-1
Greyson Sigg 400-1
John Huh 400-1
Matthew Southgate 500-1
Pierceson Coody 500-1
Sahith Theegala 500-1
Chan Kim 500-1
J.J. Spaun 500-1
Dylan Wu 500-1
Cole Hammer 500-1
Robby Shelton 500-1
Dave Coupland 500-1
Akshay Bhatia 500-1
Hayden Buckley 500-1
Thomas Aiken 500-1
Sam Ryder 500-1
Fabian Gomez 500-1
Taylor Montgomery 750-1
Ty Strafaci 750-1
Wade Ormsby 750-1
Zack Sucher 750-1
Matthias Schmid 750-1
Yosuke Asaji 1000-1
Hayden Springer 1000-1
Joe Long 1000-1
Rick Lamb 1000-1
Paul Barjon 1000-1
Luis Gagne 1000-1
Brad Kennedy 1000-1
Spencer Ralston 1000-1
Andrew Kozan 1000-1
Chris Baker 1000-1
Charles Osborne 1000-1
Luis Fernando Barco 1000-1
Rikuya Hoshino 1000-1
Dylan Meyer 1000-1
Andy Pope 1000-1
Alvaro Ortiz 1000-1
Eric Cole 1000-1
Zach Zaback 1000-1
Carson Schaake 1000-1
Michael Johnson 1500-1
Christopher Crawford 1500-1
Matthew Sharpstene 1500-1
Joe Highsmith 1500-1
Stephen Allan 2000-1
Wilson Furr 2000-1
Mario Carmona 2000-1
Roy Cootes 2000-1
Davis Shore 2000-1
Kyle Westmoreland 2000-1
James Hervol 2000-1

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