US Open Championship Favorites: Golf Shots

US Open Championship Golf Shots

The odds have been posted for the US Open Championship beginning this Thursday, and here is a look at some of the favorites for the tournament at the Pinehurst No. 2 golf course in Pinehurst, NC. The odds listed are according to the oddsmakers at Station Casinos in Las Vegas.

Rory McIlroy (10-1) FedEx Cup Rank: 36 Scoring Average: 69.739 Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR): No. 6–Rory has played in nine events on the PGA Tour this year and had his best showing at the Honda Classic, losing in a playoff. McIlroy does have a win this year and it was a big one, coming back from a 7-shot deficit on the final day to win the BMW Championship, the flagship tournament on the European PGA Tour. The win came the weekend after his much-publicized breakup with fiancé Caroline Wozniacki.

Adam Scott (12-1) FedEx Cup Rank: 14 Scoring Average: 69.768 OWGR: No. 1–In nine events this year Scott has not missed a cut. He has a win at the Crown Plaza Invitational and finished third at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. If this was the US Open Invitational, he would probably be a sure thing. He is in form coming in to the US Open Championship, finishing fourth in the Memorial Tournament, and deserves to be one of the favorites.

US Open Championship Golf Shots Jordan Spieth
Jordan Spieth

Jordan Spieth (13-1) FedEx Cup Rank: 5 Scoring Average: 69.883 OWGR: No. 10–Spieth has played 17 events this year, and has missed the cut in only two of them. His best finish in 2014 is runner-up at both the Hyundai Tournament of Champions and the Masters. His recent form is not good, finishing 37th, 14th and 19th in his last three events. He has played a lot of events this year, and taking last week off might do wonders for him. It is hard to justify odds this low on a player who has won just once in his career, but Spieth has become a favorite in his short time on tour, and oddsmakers have to adjust accordingly.

Bubba Watson (13-1) FedEx Cup Rank: 2 Scoring Average: 69.747 OWGR: No. 3–It is hard to understand why Bubba is not rating odds on the same level as favorites McIlroy and Scott for the US Open Championship. He is the 2014 Masters Champion, and in 11 events this year has earned two wins, two runner-ups, and finished third in the Memorial just two weeks ago. He has made the cut in all but one event in which he has participated this year.

Phil Mickelson (14-1) FedEx Cup Rank: 87 Scoring Average: 70.521 OWGR: No. 11–Mickelson’s statistics this year warrant, perhaps, odds of 25-1. He has not had a top-ten finish this year. Intangibles abound, however, when considering his chances in the US Open Championship this year. The restoration of Pinehurst No. 2 has seemingly played into Mickelson’s wheelhouse, with wider fairways and no rough to speak of. He has been driving well, and putting the ball into position off of the tee is at a premium this week. Phil said it himself after the St. Jude Classic–his putting will be the key. There will not be many fans who will not be rooting for Lefty to capture the one major title which has, so far, eluded him.

US Open Championship Golf Shots Matt Kuchar
Matt Kuchar

Matt Kuchar (16-1) FedEx Cup Rank: 3 Scoring Average: 69.531 OWGR: No. 5–Kuchar is an interesting proposition. He has 15 starts this year and has made the cut in 13 of them. Of those 13, he finished in the top-25 in 12 of them. He also has nine top-ten finishes, and has a win (RBC Heritage) and lost in a playoff at the Shell Houston Open. He is steady and unflappable, and an even temperament is especially valuable to anyone who wants to be a favorite at the US Open Golf Championship.

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Commentary by Chuck Podhaisky

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