Wagers on the U.S. Open are beginning to come in with increased frequency in Las Vegas, and one of the favorites - at least in the eyes of bettors - may surprise you.
According to an ESPN Chalk report, the Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas has received four different max bets on Branden Grace to win this week at Oakmont. The bets ranged from $1,250 to $2,500, and they led to Grace's betting odds, which opened at 50/1 in April, dipping all the way down to 20/1 before returning to 30/1.
According to Westgate assistant manager Jeff Sherman, the South African is now the book's biggest liability.
Grace nearly won this event a year ago at Chambers Bay, where he was tied for the lead before hitting his tee shot out of bounds on the 16th hole during the final round. He ended up finishing T-4, then added a third-place showing at last year's PGA Championship before earning his first PGA Tour victory earlier this year at the RBC Heritage.
In terms of the big names, Sherman said that bets on Rory McIlroy have been a fraction of what they've received on Jordan Spieth and Jason Day, both of whom have had $5,000 bets placed on them at Westgate. Day is a favorite as of Wednesday morning at 13/2, while Spieth and McIlroy sit at 15/2.
The most money overall has been bet on Spieth, the defending champion, but the most individual tickets have been on the man he beat last year outside Seattle: Dustin Johnson, who remains in search of his first major title and is available at 12/1 odds.