2024 U.S. Open: Best bets and expert picks

Collin Morikawa is among the favorites at the U.S. Open after finishing T-4 at the PGA Championship. Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

The third golf major of the year begins Thursday at the 2024 U.S. Open from Pinehurst No. 2 in Pinehurst, North Carolina.

Scottie Scheffler (+300) continued his winning ways this past weekend and is the big favorite, followed by Xander Schauffele (+1000), Rory McIlroy (+1200) and Collin Morikawa (+1400). Jon Rahm withdrew from the event Tuesday due to a left foot infection.

So where is the betting value? Will the favorites prevail? ESPN's golf and betting experts break down everything thing you need to know to bet the 2024 U.S. Open.

Expert picks

Mark Schlabach: Scheffler. Yes, it's a boring pick, but if the object of this exercise is to choose who's going to lift the U.S. Open trophy on the 18th green at Pinehurst No. 2 on Sunday, I'm going with Scottie (again). He's on another level when it comes to ballstriking and avoiding big misses. His creativity around the greens will come in handy. There's no reason not to pick him. In fact, if I had to choose between taking Scheffler or the other 155 players in the field -- all of them -- I'd still go with Scottie.