US Open Golf 2013: Sleepers with Best Odds at Merion

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US Open Golf 2013: Sleepers with Best Odds at Merion
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Everyone knows Tiger Woods is the heavy favorite to win the 2013 U.S. Open at Merion, but there are some sleepers with long odds capable of winning this major championship.

Golf is a funny game. 

Unlike many of the other major sports, which tend to feature the best teams winning championships more often than not, golf's major championships are often won by men nobody expected.

In recent years, players like Lucas Glover, Graeme McDowell and Webb Simpson have shocked the world with wins at the U.S. Open, and there's a good chance we could witness another upset this year as well. 

With that in mind, here's a look at a few sleepers with the best chance to win this year's U.S. Open at Merion's East Course.

 

Keegan Bradley (40-1 Odds)

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Bradley has been on the cusp of winning a tournament all year long. The former PGA Championship winner (2011) has finished in the top 10 on six occasions, including a second-place finish at the HP Byron Nelson Championship and a third-place finish at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. 

A long hitter who can get hot with his irons, Bradley has the game to win at Merion's East Course, though he'd need to be firing on all cylinders to do so.

If Bradley can use his length to take advantage of the three long par-3s on the course—all of which are well over 225 yards—he'll have an excellent shot at winning the tournament. 

The biggest area of concern in Bradley's game is his propensity to miss fairways, which, at the U.S. Open, could lead to some big scores.

 

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Jason Day (40-1 Odds)

With only one win on the PGA Tour, Day is one of the golfers who has come close a lot during his career but has had trouble sealing the deal. 

Day has posted four top-10 finishes this year, including an impressive third-place finish at the Masters in April. He's shown up well at major championships throughout his burgeoning career and has three top-three finishes in the past three years.

An excellent scrambler, Day has decent power off the tee but struggles with accuracy both off the tee and into the greens. No doubt he'd need to be playing at the top of his game to win this year's U.S. Open, but he most certainly has the ability to do so.

 

Bill Haas (66-1 Odds)

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Haas has never come close to winning a major championship. In his nearly decade-long career, his best finish in any major was a tie for 12th place at the 2011 PGA Championship. 

He's a long shot, to be sure, but this veteran has been playing excellent golf in 2013.

Haas has posted six top-10 finishes and nine top-25 finishes in 14 starts, including a third-place finish at the Northern Trust Open. He's also coming off a fourth-place finish at the Memorial—the same tournament that gave Woods and other top golfers fits.

Hitting greens in regulation will be a huge key to winning at Merion. Haas is the No. 13-ranked player on tour this year in that category, hitting just over 69 percent of GIR. He's also No. 9 on tour at hitting greens from more than 200 yards out, which will be critical this weekend.

 

Note: Betting odds courtesy of Bovada, and all PGA Tour stats courtesy of PGATour.com

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