I thought about starting off this 2014 U.S. Open Picks article with a bit of comedic jest by saying that…at least everyone knows Tiger Woods isn’t winning the 2014 U.S. Open, but then I looked over at the tiny clock in the bottom right-hand portion of my computer screen and realized it was only 4:21 AM and decided nothing seemed very funny at all at that ungodly hour.
2014 U.S. Open Golf Championship
The 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst, North Carolina tees off June 12th and will surely be one for the ages.
Starts: 06/12/2014 06:00AM
All jokes aside, while Tiger is out of the upcoming U.S. Open – and the field would appear to be as wide open as possible – I believe the choices of legitimate contenders to take home this year’s championship hardware is a lot narrower than most people believe. Better yet – I’m going to point out to you the most elite contenders to bring home the bacon in an effort to help you maximize your U.S. Open betting chances on this year’s second major.
The Favorites To Win The 2014 U.S. Open
Rory McIlroy 10/1
The 2011 winner could win it all – or, if you ask Richard Sherman, he could choke faster than Michael Crabtree, though I think his days of total collapses are a thing of the past…especially since he kicked Caroline Wozniacki to the curb.
Justin Rose 25/1
Rose won the U.S. Open in 2013, but no player has won in consecutive years since Curtis Strange in 1988-89, so I’d say the odds are against him.
Webb Simpson 40/1
The 2012 will be playing in his home state so he’ll have a shot – and some added pressure.
Graeme McDowell 40/1
McDowell brought home the bacon in 2010 and should be ready to win career major No. 2 by now.
Adam Scott 12/1
The No. 1 ranked golfer on the planet won two majors in 2012 and the 2013 Masters. The odds say he’s due to win another this year.
Bubba Watson 16/1
Watson enters this years U.S. Open off a um…masterful win at the 2014 Masters Tournament and looks like he’s ready to win his first U.S. open title and improve on his career-best, seventh place finish back in 2007.
Jordan Spieth 25/1
20-year-old Jordan Spieth finished second at this year’s Masters Tournament and 21st at the 2012 U.S. Open. What’s next for the gifted 2013 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year…winning his home nation’s biggest tournament?
Who Else Is In Contention At The 2014 U.S. Open?
- Phil Mickelson 14/1
- Henrik Stenson 25/1
- Matt Kuchar 25/1
- Dustin Johnson 28/1
- Jason Day 28/1
- Sergio Garcia 33/1
- Jim Furyk 35/1
- Lee Westwood 40/1
- Hunter Mahan 50/1
- Keegan Bradley 66/1
- Rickie Fowler 75/1
2014 U.S. Open Betting Analysis
I don’t think Phil Mickelson is going to get it done this year and find his way into his first Open championship title, what with the F.B.I. hanging around acting like best buds him these days.
While a lot of golf analysts like to talk about experience in majors – and I agree to a certain extent – I also think being young and obscure to pressure has it s advantages.
In each of the last two and four of the last five U.S. Open winners have been the first-time major winners. Justin Rose won at Merion a year ago and Webb Simpson at the Olympic Club in 2012.
That clearly gives players like those in the above group plenty of hope. Here is a brief look at some of the top contenders in this group.
Matt Kuchar tied for sixth at the 2010 U.S. Open and tied for third 2012 Masters and could be ready for the breakthrough everyone’s been waiting for.
Henrik Stenson came in second in last year’s British Open and the 38-year-old looks like he could be primed to bring home the bacon here
Talented 29-year-old Dustin Johnson tied for eighth at last year’s U.S. Open while also finishing second at the British Open and a stellar fifth at the PGA Championship
Gifted 26-year-old Jason Day finished second at the 2013 U.S. Open before going on to finish eighth at last year’s PGA Championship.
Hunter Mahan finished fourth at last year’s U.S. Open and has three other top 10 finishes at majors, though I will admit that I’m a bit disappointed that the 32-year-old hasn’t gotten it done by now.
My Picks: I’m going with Jordan Spieth first, Matt Kuchar for second place and Jason Day for third…unless my ‘sleeper pick’ of Jonas Blixt (80/1) upsets the entire apple cart!
If you don’t know him by now, Blixt came in second place to Bubba Watson at this year’s Masters Tournament and finished fourth at the 2013 PGA Championship.