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Phil Mickelson notched a historic win at the PGA Championship less than a month ago, and many William Hill bettors think that the 51-year-old won’t slow down at this week’s U.S. Open. Mickelson, who is from San Diego, will be right on his home course at Torrey Pines.
He’s all the way down to 40/1 after opening at 85/1 at William Hill Nevada. Of the 147 golfers who William Hill Nevada has U.S. Open futures for, just 13 of them have lower odds to win this upcoming major than Mickelson.
“Mickelson is leading tickets by a landslide now and he’s got the most money now too,” said Nick Bogdanovich, Director of Trading for William Hill US. “The liability is at seven figures and counting. You’d think the lower number on Mickelson would slow them down, but that hasn’t been the case at all. I think this will end up going past the Tiger [Woods] number at the  Masters.”
Mickelson has captured 8% of the total number of tickets, with Collin Morikawa (22/1) second at 5%. Current favorite Jon Rahm (10/1), Brooks Koepka (12/1), Xander Schauffele (15/1) and Jordan Spieth (23/1) have all gotten 4%.
Meanwhile for total dollars wagered, Mickelson and Koepka have each attracted 9%. Rahm is right behind at 8%, followed by Schauffele at 7%.
Koepka has drawn the two largest 2021 U.S. Open wagers thus far at William Hill. One Nevada bettor placed $4,000 on Koepka at 15/1 and then another $4,000 shortly after at Koepka 12/1. If Koepka were to win his third career U.S. Open, the total payout on those wagers would be $116,000.
The biggest bet on Mickelson comes from another Nevada bettor, who put $2,100 on Mickelson at 85/1 for a total potential payout of $180,600.
Interestingly, there are several big-name golfers near the top of the odds board that don’t rank inside the top-5 in either category, including Dustin Johnson (16/1), Bryson DeChambeau (17/1), Rory McIlroy (22/1) and Justin Thomas (23/1).
“We’re not selling any tickets on Rory, Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas and Bryson DeChambeau,” Bogdanovich said. “Those four big guys mainly, we’re okay with Spieth as well. I get it, the dollars had to go somewhere. Rory, JT and DeChambeau are all in bad form. Spieth doesn’t match up well with this course. DJ played well last week, I’m surprised his odds are so high and he isn’t drawing much.”
William Hill is also offering several U.S. Open prop markets. Among the 37 head-to-head tournament matchups up at William Hill Nevada are Mickelson (+110) vs. Stewart Cink (-130) and Rahm (-155) vs. Koepka (+135). Odds for player top-10 finishes, top-20 finishes, make/miss cut and first-round head-to-head matchups are available too.
Check out William Hill’s latest trends for 2021 U.S. Open futures below.