Rory McIlroy is the betting favorite to win the 2014 U.S. Open. Three weeks ago, Rory won the European Tour’s BMW PGA Championship, which has the golf world speculating his game is close to the tremendous form he showed in 2012. However, even if Rory plays well, there are several players who have a good chance to win the national championship.
World no. 1 Adam Scott won the PGA Tour’s Crowne Plaza Invitational the same day Rory won on the European Tour. Scott is right behind Rory in the betting odds, but one can argue his game is better suited to Pinehurst No. 2 because he is a superior driver of the golf ball (third in total driving to Rory’s 47th). The native areas may cause trouble for players who are loose off the tee.
As you look down the list, the players who have poor odds but have won this year include: John Senden (100/1), Brendon Todd (100/1), Matt Jones (125/1), Russell Henley (150/1), and Seung-Yul Noh (150/1). These players are your dark horses, and deserve a second look because they have shown they know how to handle their nerves on a Sunday.
–Bernie D’Amato (@bdamato711)
Betting odds are courtesy of Bovada.lv:
|Miguel Angel Jimenez||125/1|
|Bo Van Pelt||150/1|
|Brendon De Jonge||150/1|