US Open Golf 2014: Notable Sleepers with Favorable Vegas Betting Odds

David DanielsSenior Writer IJune 10, 2014

PEBBLE BEACH, CA - JUNE 20:  Graeme McDowell 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 Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
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Up-and-coming golfers couldn't have picked a better major to make a name for themselves in than the 2014 U.S. Open.

With Tiger Woods out, the spotlight will have a chance to shine on someone else, especially the winner. Post-U.S. Open storylines won't center on Woods' loss for once, but rather whoever won.

Here are a few of those up-and-coming golfers to watch out for.

All odds are according to Odds Shark.


5. Graeme McDowell, 40-1

McDowell has finished in the top 10 in six tournaments this season. While he hasn't won, he's golfed with enough success in 2014 that his past U.S. Open success should draw him higher odds than he has.

In 2010, McDowell won the U.S. Open. In 2012, he tied for second. Despite his tournament resume, 15 golfers supposedly enter with a better chance to win.


Apr 11, 2014; Augusta, GA, USA; Jonas Blixt after hitting his tee shot on the 8th hole during the second round of the 2014 The Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Jack Gruber-USA TODAY Sports

4. Jonas Blixt, 80-1

Blixt only has two career PGA wins since joining the tour in 2008. Neither of those have come this season, and he's missed the cut in three of his last five tournaments. 

It's no wonder he isn't projected to finish in the U.S. Open top 30. However, it wouldn't be shocking see him finish top five, or even first. In his last two major tournaments, the 2013 PGA Championship and 2014 Masters, Blixt finished fourth and tied for second, respectively.

He saves his best for the biggest stages.


OLYMPIA FIELDS, IL - JUNE 15:  Jim Furyk kisses the trophy after winning the 2003 US Open on the North Course at the Olympia Fields Country Club on June 15, 2003 in Olympia Fields, Illinois.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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3. Jim Furyk, 33-1

At 44 years old, Furyk is no longer at his best, but he's still competing at a high level. He's finished in the top 10 five times this season, twice for second place.

Even though he's the 12th-best golfer in the PGA Tour rankings, 13 golfers have higher odds to win the U.S. Open. That would be forgivable if Furyk wasn't a U.S. Open champion. He won in 2003.


Jun 1, 2014; Dublin, OH, USA; Hideki Matsuyama tees off on the sixteenth hole during the final round of The Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

2. Hideki Matsuyama, 40-1 

Like McDowell, 15 golfers also have better odds than Matsuyama. But underestimating the PGA Tour's 13th-ranked player would be a mistake. It's only a matter of time before the 22-year-old wins his first major.

In his first U.S. Open in 2013, he finished tied for 10th. Matsuyama has proved he can compete on this stage, and he's coming off of a victory in the Memorial Tournament earlier this month.


May 1, 2014; Charlotte, NC, USA; Brendon Todd tees off on the thirteenth hole during the first round of the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow Club. Mandatory Credit: Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports

1. Brendon Todd, 100-1

Few golfers have lower odds entering the U.S. Open than Todd, despite the fact that almost no golfers are hotter then him entering the U.S. Open.

In the last month, he's won the HP Byron Nelson Championship, tied for fifth in the Crowne Plaza Invitational and tied for eighth in the Memorial Tournament. If he continues to play at his current pace, he could pull off a shocking upset.


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