The U.S. Open is one of the biggest tournaments of the year, and the 2014 edition of the historic major from Pinehurst Resort’s infamous No. 2 course has fans of golf excited to see which player etches his name in the history books.
Another group interested in the U.S. Open is the gamblers. With the odds for the tournament set, bettors now have the chance to make a wager on the player or players they believe will thrive in the second major of the season.
With top names such as defending champion Justin Rose and fan favorite Phil Mickelson ready to challenge for a tournament championship, golf fans are ready for the action starting Thursday at Pinehurst.
Here are the updated odds for the 2014 U.S. Open.
|2014 U.S. Open Odds|
|Charles Howell III||35-1|
Smartest Bet: Phil Mickelson
There are many players to watch over the course of the U.S. Open, but no one is a safer bet than favorite Phil Mickelson. The American player has never won the second major of the year, but he has come close.
Mickelson has finished second six times (including the 2013 event from Merion). With 10 career top-10 finishes in the tournament, Mickelson has played well during the events, but he hasn’t been able to seal the deal.
When asked about his perception of never winning a U.S. Open before, Mickelson told Doug Ferguson of the Associated Press, via The Denver Post, about his success in the event and his hopes of winning in the future.
"Some people view it as though, 'He's come close and he's never done it,'" Mickelson said. "I see it as though I've finished second six times in this event. I played some of my best golf in this event, and I should have an opportunity—and more than one opportunity—to close one out here in the future."
Many fans believed last year was Mickelson’s chance to shine, but English star Justin Rose stole the show and dashed the American’s hopes of finally winning the event.
After an amazing matchup between the two men last year, Rose and Mickelson have been grouped together for the 2014 tournament, according to BBC Sport:
One of the biggest issues this year, though, is Mickelson's lack of momentum. Not only did he miss the cut for The Players Championship in early May, but he also struggled at the 2014 Masters tournament and missed the cut there as well.
Mickelson is winless in 2014, but he still has the skill with his irons and the talent on the putting green to make a splash in any tournament he enters.
If Lefty can play well and stay mentally strong throughout the U.S. Open, he will be a contender for the win on Day 4.
Mickelson’s Predicted Finish: 2014 U.S. Open Winner
Stats via PGATour.com.