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It's time for the third major of the year, and the NBC Sports EDGE team has left no stone unturned in an effort to break down the field for the 121st U.S. Open.
The South Course at Torrey Pines hosts a national championship for the first time since 2008, when Tiger Woods won a memorable playoff. While it's an annual staple on the PGA Tour calendar as part of the Farmers Insurance Open, it'll have a far different look and feel this week in the hands of the USGA. Josh Culp offers a thorough course preview of this week's layout, while Will Gray spoke to several players about what skills will be the most important on the South Course - and whether past success at the Farmers will make a difference this week.
All the usual suspects are in the field this week in San Diego, with Jon Rahm leading the way as the betting favorite now that he's out of COVID-19 isolation. The price may be right on Rory McIlroy to win his fifth major, as the Ulsterman headlines the list of outright selections for this week's event. Patrick McDonald shares his thoughts on some head-to-head matchup plays for Torrey and will also offer insight on First Round Leader bets to see who will be ahead after the opening round.
A major championship requires some major insight and analysis, and our group offers that this week with another installment of the "Going for the Green" livestream show. Spanning more than 40 minutes, the crew breaks down everything from outrights and DFS options to favorite props, plus some insight from PointsBet Sportsbook's Teddy Greenstein from on-site at Torrey Pines.
As the opening tee time nears, we'll also offer a breakdown on the prop market as well as a look behind the curtain with the folks at PointsBet, highlighting some of the biggest liabilities, notable line moves and head-turning wagers that have come in thus far for the tournament.
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We've also got things covered for DFS players, with previews styled for each of the major golf DFS platforms: DraftKings, FanDuel and Yahoo. Defending champ Bryson DeChambeau and two-time winner Brooks Koepka aren't grouped together for the first two rounds, but they are facing off in a marquee Golf Pick 'Em matchup in the NBC Sports Predictor app, a free-to-play game where the jackpot this week is increased to $100,000. Check out the breakdown and analysis for that and the other nine matchups this week.
And don't forget to make the most of the Edge Driver tools available to premium subscribers, who can access and customize advanced search options across hundreds of variables, view optimized DFS lineups and more. Here's a look at some of the data dives and search results exclusive to the Edge Driver that could help make the difference in your handicap this week.
We also have added video analysis, both for the betting and DFS crowd, as the "Bet the Edge" podcast this week includes segments from Gray as well as PointsBet's Jay Croucher from Torrey Pines. Once the tournament begins, McDonald will offer in-play and matchup bets after each of the first three rounds, while Gray will provide analysis and updated odds for the field as the tournament inches closer to crowning a winner.
It's a major week, and there's plenty of info at your fingertips to help guide your picks for the week at Torrey!