Rory McIlroy (9-1)
McIlroy won the U.S. Open back in 2011 and the oddsmakers are making him the odds on favorite to make it to the winner's circle again after a two year absence. But I'm not sold on the 25-year-old native of Northern Ireland to claim the prize for a second time. He hasn't played all that much this year compared to the competition and he struggled in the early round of the Masters but did finish well, earning a tie for the eighth spot. Perhaps it's the target on his back and the lowest odds on the board that is dissuading me from backing the young lad but I believe there is better value in the U.S. Open odds that the offshore's are dealing and I'm all about a bargain.
Phil Mickelson (16-1)
Mickelson's been a bridesmaid far too often in the U.S. Open and it's about time he got to wear the long expensive dress and the pretty veil for a change. Lefty has been number two a record six times in this event, coming up short again last year by shooting a 74 on the final day and ultimately bested by two strokes by winner Justin Rose.
But let's not forget that Mickelson had one of his six close encounters with the U.S. Open trophy at Pinehurst back in 1999, the very same course they will be playing this year. Though Mickelson dealt with back problems earlier this season and failed to make the cut at the Masters this year, he can never be counted out particularly at this event.
Jimmy Walker (40-1)
The unheralded Jimmy Walker has been Dy-no-mite in this 2014 PGA Tour season. Walker must have made some Faustian deal with the devil because he has come out of nowhere to catapult to the top of the 2014 money list, Ryder Cup point standings and the FedExCup point standings. The 35-year-old Baylor graduate has been unconscious this season after nine years and 188 PGA tour events under his belt without a win.
But now he's "the man" after winning the Sony Open in Hawaii and then capturing the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am tournament just five weeks later. He also acquitted himself quite nicely in the Masters when he tied for eighth which vaulted him to 19th place in the rankings. At 40-1 odds, why the hell not?
Bubba Watson (33-1)
Two-time Masters champion has been pegged at 33-1 as of this writing at Bet365.com. Watson has not fared well at the U.S. Open throughout his career except for 2005 when he tied for fifth. Aside from that, he has finished in the top 20 only once and missed the cut twice. Not horrific by any stretch but certainly not a frontrunner in what is considered to be a knee deep field.
Tiger Woods (10-1)
Will he or won't he? Well, if the latest reports are true then Woods will be a spectator at the 114th U.S. Open and not a participant. He hasn't swung a club since he had back surgery on March 31st and that leaves little time to prepare for what should be a most difficult event for even the best in the world to win when playing at peak form. Factor in that Woods hasn't won a major since he won this event back in '08. Woods is a non-starter here...I think.