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US Open Odds 2014: Latest Vegas Lines for Underrated Sleepers in the Field

Jim Furyk shows his ball on the 17th green during the final round of The Players championship golf tournament at TPC Sawgrass, Sunday, May 11, 2014, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
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David DanielsSenior Writer IJune 10, 2014

Odds in the 2014 U.S. Open favor Rory McIlroy, but the field has plenty of potent sleepers.

According to Odds Shark, only three golfersMcIlroy, Adam Scott and Phil Mickelsoneven enter with odds higher than 20-1. 

Here the most underrated of the bunch.

 

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 17:  Webb Simpson of the United States poses his wife Dowd and the trophy after his one-stroke victory at the 112th U.S. Open at The Olympic Club on June 16, 2012 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Imag
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5. Webb Simpson, 50-1

Las Vegas has little faith in Simpson. Of course, so did it when he won the 2012 U.S. Open.

Despite him being a former U.S. Open champion, 25 golfers enter with better odds to win than him. Not only is he underrated as a former champ, but he's hot coming off a tie for third place in the FedEx St. Jude Classic.

 

MEMPHIS, TN - JUNE 06:  Zach Johnson watches a  shot on the 12th hole during the second round of the FedEx St. Jude Classic at the TPC Southwind on June 6, 2014 in Memphis, Tennessee.  (Photo by Tyler Lecka/Getty Images)
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4. Zach Johnson, 40-1 

Johnson isn't rated as poorly as Simpson. However, as 14th-best player in the PGA Tour, he's even more underrated.

Even though Johnson is ranked No. 14, he only enters the U.S. Open tied for the 16th-best odds. He earned that ranking with two tournament wins and three more top-10 finishes this season.

 

PEBBLE BEACH, CA - JUNE 20:  Graeme McDowell (R) of Northern Ireland celebrates with the trophy on the 18th green after winning the 110th U.S. Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links on June 20, 2010 in Pebble Beach, California.  (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Ima
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3. Graeme McDowell, 40-1

McDowell has been pegged with the same odds to win as Johnson. He has six top-10 finishes under his belt this season. But what really makes McDowell underrated is that he, like Simpson, is a U.S. Open champion.

McDowell won the U.S. Open in 2010 and finished tied for second in 2012. He's being overlooked after missing the cut at the Masters, but Mickelson missed the cut as well.

 

Jun 1, 2014; Dublin, OH, USA; Hideki Matsuyama celebrates after winning The Memorial Tournament in a sudden-death playoff at Muirfield Village Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports
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2. Hideki Matsuyama, 40-1 

Also at 40-1 odds is the 22-year-old Matsuyama. Last year in his first U.S. Open, he tied for 10th. This season, he has four top-10 finishes including his first professional win in the Memorial Tournament this month.

Matsuyama has the hot club entering the U.S. Open, but he's still not being given a chance. Fifteen golfers have more favorable odds to win, despite him being the 13th-ranked player in the PGA Tour.

 

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1. Jim Furyk, 33-1

Furyk has the highest odds out of the golfers on this list, but he's still underrated. He may be 44 years old, but he's still playing great golf. Furyk has five top-10 finishes this season including back-to-back second-place finishes this May at the Wells Fargo and Players Championships. 

Not only has he had success this year, earning him a No. 12 PGA Tour ranking, but he too is a former U.S. Open champ. He won in 2003 and tied for second twice since then. However, he's only been given the 14th-highest odds to win in Pinehurst, North Carolina.

 

All odds are according to Odds Shark.

David Daniels is a columnist at Bleacher Report. He tweets, too.

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