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2022 U.S. Open field, odds, predictions: Best bets and picks for season's third major from esteemed golf insider

Golf stats expert Sal Johnson offers his best bets and top picks for the major championship at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass.
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The third major championship of the PGA Tour season is almost here. The 2022 U.S. Open tees off Thursday, June 16 on the venerable Country Club course in Brookline, Mass., where the Americans stormed back on Sunday to win the 1999 Ryder Cup. The club was one of the charter members of the USGA in 1894, and many of today's top PGA Tour players took on a slightly easier challenge in the 2013 U.S. Amateur at The Country Club. Rory McIlroy is the 10-1 favorite in the 2022 U.S. Open odds from Caesars Sportsbook. Justin Thomas, World No. 1 Scottie Scheffler and defending champion Jon Rahm are all next at 12-1. 

Before you consider your 2022 U.S. Open picks or make any 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 Justin 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, Johnson 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 U.S. Open.

Shockingly, Johnson is strongly fading Viktor Hovland, who is among the favorites but has struggled mightily in major championships. The Norwegian has the game to win anywhere, but hasn't finished in the top 10 in a major in his first 10 tries.

Instead, Johnson is VERY high on a long shot who comes in at more than 50-1! Johnson calls this player "one of the most underrated players on the PGA Tour." Anyone who backs this long shot could hit it BIG. You ABSOLUTELY need to see who it is before entering any U.S. Open 2022 picks!

Who wins the 2022 U.S. Open at Brookline? Where do Scottie Scheffler and Jordan Spieth finish? And which MASSIVE long shot is a MUST-BACK? ... Join SportsLine now to see Sal Johnson's top predictions and analysis for the 2022 U.S. Open, all from the insider who is tuned in to what it takes to win on the PGA Tour!

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