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

The 122nd edition of the country’s national golf championship tees off Thursday at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass., and the 2022 US Open field will be loaded with stars. Major champions and longtime PGA Tour stars Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson come in after playing in the controversial LIV Golf tour’s first event in London last week. Six-time major champion Mickelson and two-time winner Johnson have been suspended from the PGA Tour, but the USGA is allowing them to play. Other US Open 2022 players include Masters winner Scottie Scheffler and defending US Open champion Jon Rahm. Caesars Sportsbook lists McIlroy as the 10-1 favorite in its latest 2022 US Open odds, with Thomas (11-1), Scheffler (12-1) and Rahm (14-1) not far behind.

Johnson is a 40-1 long shot, and Mickelson is priced at a massive 150-1. The 2022 US Open date is Thursday, June 16 with Round 1. 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, 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 ounce. But the latter came in his most recent event, the Memorial, and he hasn’t 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, Johnson knows Scheffler has the skills to succeed at Brookline and could step up again after a slump. The world No. 1 has eased off after a dominating run culminating in his Augusta win, his fourth victory of the season. He nearly won the Charles Schwab three weeks ago and has finished in the top 20 in four of the five tournaments since the Masters. The outlier was the PGA Championship, where he missed the cut at Southern Hills. Still, the 25-year-old is sixth on tour in scoring average (69.43) and fifth in putting average (1.70).

Johnson also is aware that Spieth is a proven winner again and can contend whenever his putting is up to par. The former world No. 1 and three-time major champion notched his 16th professional victory at the RBC Heritage in April and followed that up with a runner-up finish at the Byron Nelson a month later. The 28-year-old followed those with a 34th at the PGA, but posted a top-10 finish the following week. Spieth missed the cut at the Masters, but he finished in the top three at two majors last year and tied for 19th in the US Open at Torrey Pines.

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
Collin Morikawa 16-1
Dustin Johnson 16-1
Cameron Smith 18-1
Xander Schauele 18-1
Brooks Koepka 18-1
Patrick Cantlay 20-1
Victor 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 Field 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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