US Open 2022 picks, predictions, field, best bets, odds: Golf expert backing Scottie Scheffler

The 2022 US Open will mark the fourth time The Country Club in Brookline, Mass. will host the major championship. Two of the sport’s most notable results have come on the historic course. One was immortalized in “The Greatest Game Ever Played,” a book and 2005 film based on the 1913 US Open won by Francis Ouimet. The local 20-year-old amateur and former club caddy tied English golf greats Harry Vardon and Ted Ray through 72 holes and went on to beat them in an 18-hole playoff. The 1999 Ryder Cup, famous for Justin Leonard’s 45-foot putt on the 17th hole to complete an epic American comeback victory, was also staged on the course. The likes of Masters winner Scottie Scheffler and reigning US Open champion Jon Rahm will be among those trying to feature in the next chapter in the course’s history at the US Open 2022 starting Thursday, June 16.

Scheffler and Jon Rahm are the 12-1 co-favorites in the latest 2022 US Open odds from Caesars Sportsbook. Four-time major champion Rory McIlroy and two-time PGA winner Justin Thomas are priced at 14-1. Several other players with multiple major championships are in the 2022 US Open field, including Collin Morikawa (16-1), Dustin Johnson (20-1), Jordan Spieth (20-1) and Brooks Koepka. Before making any 2022 US Open picks or PGA Tour predictions, you need to see what proven golf insider Sal Johnson has to say.

The esteemed golf insider has been around the game for many years and knows what it takes to win on the PGA Tour. Before the PGA Championship, Johnson predicted that if Thomas made his putts he could definitely win. Thomas had his best week of the season on the greens, gaining more than 1.5 strokes putting to rank second in the field. The result? He beat Will Zalatoris in a playoff to win his second PGA Championship.

In his previous set of predictions for SportsLine, he nailed the Masters for the third time in four years. Johnson backed Scheffler, saying he was “on a run where he has been hard to beat, and I see it rolling on at Augusta National.” The 25-year-old got his fourth victory of the season.

Now Johnson, the first producer of “Inside the PGA Tour” and longtime ABC Sports golf producer who worked with Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer, has released his highly confident 2022 US Open picks. The picks from the founder of GOLFstats.com, the world’s top golf statistics database, will definitely surprise you. You can only see them at SportsLine.

Top 2022 US Open expert picks

One shocking choice from Johnson: He is fading Viktor Hovland, even though the Norwegian is among the top 10 players in the world. He is priced at 22-1 at Caesars and has six worldwide wins at age 24. He has missed one cut this season and finished outside the top 50 once. But the latter came in his most recent event, the Memorial, and he has not finished in the top 10 since March. He also has failed to crack the top 10 in his first 10 majors. Hovland is strong off the tee, on approach and putting, but has been horrible around the green (202nd in strokes gained).

On the other hand, Scottie Scheffler has been scorching-hot for months, except at the last major. The 25-year-old has won four times this season, including a three-stroke victory for his first major title at Augusta. He stumbled at the PGA Championship last month and missed the cut, but rebounded to make a playoff at the Charles Schwab Challenge, losing to Sam Burns. That made it nine top-10 finishes in his past 16 events, including a Hero World Challenge runner-up and his Match Play win.

Johnson also knows that Jordan Spieth will be geared up to go after a fourth major victory and put his mini-slump far behind him. The 28-year-old had a victory and a runner-up finish two months ago and tied for seventh at the Charles Schwab. He has struggled in majors, missing the cut at Augusta and tying for 34th at the PGA, but if his putter gets hot, he could be right in the mix. Spieth is 149th in strokes gained putting, but he ranks in the top 25 in all other strokes gained stats. He won the 2015 US Open at Chambers Bay, but hasn’t won a major title since 2017.

How to make 2022 US Open golf picks

Johnson is very high on a massive long shot who comes into the US Open at more than 50-1. Johnson calls this golfer “one of the most underrated players on the PGA Tour.” His iron play is among the best on tour, and the expert knows if this player gets going around the greens he could pull off a stunner. You can find out who it is, and get the rest of Johnson’s US Open picks, at SportsLine.

Who wins the 2022 US Open at The Country Club in Brookline? Where do Scottie Scheffler and Jordan Spieth finish? And which massive long shot is a must-back? Check out the odds below, then visit SportsLine to see Sal Johnson’s full leaderboard, picks and analysis for the 2022 US Open, all from the insider who is tuned in to what it takes to win on the PGA Tour, and find out.

2022 US Open odds, field, top contenders

Scottie Scheffler 12-1
Jon Rahm 12-1
Rory McIlroy 14-1
Justin Thomas 14-1
Colin Morikawa 16-1
Dustin Johnson 16-1
Cameron Smith 18-1
Xander Schauffele 18-1
Brooks Koepka 18-1
Patrick Cantlay 20-1
Viktor Hovland 20-1
Jordan Spieth 22-1
Shane Lowry 25-1
Will Zalatoris 28-1
Bryson DeChambeau 28-1
Hideki Matsuyama 30-1
Matthew Fitzpatrick 35-1
Daniel Berger 35-1
Tony Finau 35-1
Joaquin Niemann 40-1
Paul Casey 40-1
Louis Oosthuizen 40-1
Tyrrell Hatton 40-1
Sam Burns 40-1
Webb Simpson 40-1
Tiger Woods 50-1
Tommy Fleetwood 50-1
Corey Conners 50-1
Justin Rose 50-1
Abraham Ancer 60-1
Harris English 60-1
Gary Woodland 65-1
Matthew Wolff 65-1
Marc Leishman 65-1
Patrick Reed 65-1
Jason Kokrak 65-1
Sungjae Im 65-1
Garrick Higgo 65-1
Jason Day 70-1
Christiaan Bezuidenhout 80-1
Phil Mickelson 80-1
Billy Horschel 80-1
Adam Scott 80-1
Max Homa 80-1
Sergio Garcia 80-1
Brian Harman 100-1
Russell Henley 100-1
Charley Hoffman 100-1
Lee Westwood 100-1
Branden Grace 100-1
Guido Migliozzi 125-1
Si-Woo Kim 125-1
Francesco Molinari 125-1
Bubba Watson 125-1
Thomas Pieters 125-1
Matt Wallace 125-1
Cameron Champ 125-1
Stewart Cink 150-1
Martin Kaymer 150-1
Ryan Palmer 150-1
Robert Macintyre 150-1
Carlos Ortiz 150-1
Kevin Kisner 150-1
Ian Poulter 150-1
Matt Kuchar 150-1
Kevin Streelman 150-1
Hudson Swafford 200-1

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