Rory McIlroy is the U.S. Open betting favorite
By Bernie D'Amato under US Open


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:

Rory McIlroy 10/1
Adam Scott 12/1
Phil Mickelson 14/1
Bubba Watson 18/1
Henrik Stenson 25/1
Jordan Spieth 25/1
Justin Rose 25/1
Matt Kuchar 25/1
Jason Day 28/1
Dustin Johnson 33/1
Lee Westwood 33/1
Luke Donald 33/1
Sergio Garcia 33/1
Graeme McDowell 40/1
Hideki Matsuyama 40/1
Jason Dufner 40/1
Jim Furyk 40/1
Martin Kaymer 40/1
Charl Schwartzel 50/1
Hunter Mahan 50/1
Jimmy Walker 50/1
Steve Stricker 50/1
Webb Simpson 50/1
Zach Johnson 50/1
Brandt Snedeker 66/1
Ian Poulter 66/1
Keegan Bradley 66/1
Louis Oosthuizen 66/1
Rickie Fowler 66/1
Bill Haas 80/1
Billy Horschel 80/1
Gary Woodland 80/1
Harris English 80/1
Jonas Blixt 80/1
Victor Dubuisson 80/1
Brendon Todd 100/1
Ernie Els 100/1
Francesco Molinari 100/1
Graham Delaet 100/1
John Senden 100/1
Kevin Na 100/1
Patrick Reed 100/1
Paul Casey 100/1
Retief Goosen 100/1
Ryan Moore 100/1
Angel Cabrera 125/1
J.B.  Holmes 125/1
Jamie Donaldson 125/1
Joost Luiten 125/1
Matt Every 125/1
Matt Jones 125/1
Miguel Angel Jimenez 125/1
Shane Lowry 125/1
Bo Van Pelt 150/1
Brendon De Jonge 150/1
Chris Kirk 150/1
David Toms 150/1
Geoff Ogilvy 150/1
Kevin Stadler 150/1
Nick Watney 150/1
Russell Henley 150/1
Ryan Palmer 150/1
Seung-yul Noh 150/1
Stephen Gallacher 150/1
Aaron Baddeley 200/1
Boo Weekley 200/1
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano 200/1
Kevin Streelman 200/1
Luke Guthrie 200/1
Nicolas Colsaerts 200/1
Stewart Cink 200/1
Thongchai Jaidee 200/1
Brian Stuard 250/1
Brooks Koepka 250/1
Erik Compton 250/1
Justin Leonard 250/1
Kevin Kisner 250/1