Brooks Koepka won’t play in the 2020 US Open at Winged Foot. Photo from @PGATOUR (Twitter)
- Brooks Koepka has announced his withdrawal from the US Open, scheduled for September 17th-20th from Winged Foot Golf Club
- Dustin Johnson, Jon Rahm and Rory McIlroy are now the top favorites on the board in Koepka’s absence
- See updated odds for the 120th US Open within the story below
Brooks Koepka has withdrawn from the US Open next week due to lingering physical issues that forced him to miss the FedEx Cup playoffs. Koepka, who won the US Open in both 2017 and 2018, along with a runner-up finish last year, has been battling injuries related to his knee and hip.
Unfortunately, I have decided to withdraw from next week’s U.S. Open. I’m looking forward to getting healthy and competing at 100% again very soon. pic.twitter.com/Mukh8oKUEJ
— Brooks Koepka (@BKoepka) September 9, 2020
Koepka finished inside the top four in all four majors in 2019, including a win at the PGA Championship, and entered the final round of the PGA this year with an opportunity to win three in a row before a poor final round.
With the four-time major champion not teeing it up, Dustin Johnson is an even heavier frontrunner, now at odds of +750 for Winged Foot, which last hosted a US Open in 2006.
2020 US Open Odds
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Odds taken September 9th
Dustin Johnson Primed for Second Career Major
Aside from 2017, when Johnson had won three straight times heading into the Masters before a forced withdrawal, he’s never been hotter heading into a major than he is right now.
He became the first golfer since 1999 to hold the 54-hole lead in four straight events, winning The Northern Trust and Tour Championship to claim his first FedEx Cup title.
A little rest and then prep time for Winged Foot. pic.twitter.com/UHDcloP1xV
— Dustin Johnson (@DJohnsonPGA) September 7, 2020
Without Koepka in his path to victory, Johnson should be eying a second major title. In 2018, they both co-led after 54 holes at this very tournament before Koepka won. Then in 2019, DJ finished second at the PGA Championship to, you guessed it, Koepka.
Of all the majors, this is the one that has produced the best finishes for Johnson (four in the top five) including a victory in 2016, and he’s coming into the event on a heater.
While he’s shockingly stuck on just one career major title, this is his time and opportunity to seize control of the big events without Koepka stealing trophies away from him.
Last Five US Open Champions
US Open Best Value Picks
- Xander Schauffele (+1600): Had everyone started last week’s Tour Championship at the same score, Schauffele would’ve won the tournament. He’s coming in with eight straight top-25 finishes. In first three US Open appearances, he’s been stellar, posting T-5, T-6 and T-3 showings in the last three years. Has gained strokes on the field in all but one of his 16 events in 2020.
- Daniel Berger (+2900): Will enter the US Open with ten top-25 finishes in last eleven tournaments, including a victory at the Charles Schwab Challenge to go along with six other top-10 results. 54-hole co-leader at this event two years ago. Second in total strokes gained on tour since the restart.
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