US Open Odds 2014: Betting Advice for Latest Vegas Lines on Top Players

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US Open Odds 2014: Betting Advice for Latest Vegas Lines on Top Players
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Last year's winner, Justin Rose.

When betting in previous U.S. Opens, putting your money on Tiger Woods was always a safe bet. Woods won't play in the 2014 U.S. Open, however, so you might need some betting advice.

Despite Woods' absence, the field at Pinehurst is stacked. Guys like Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson will look to finish highly, as usual, but others like Jimmy Walker and Justin Rose, last year's U.S. Open champ, will look to come on strong as well.

A strong field will make it difficult to pinpoint which players to put your money on. When you consider that Pinehurst is often unforgiving, any competitor could presumably step up and win the event.

Below you'll find a table of the latest odds, via Vegas Insider, along with some betting advice.

Latest Odds

2014 US Open Odds
Golfer Odds
Rory McIlroy 10/1
Phil Mickelson 13/1
Adam Scott 14/1
Jordan Spieth 20/1
Bubba Watson 20/1
Matt Kuchar 23/1
Jason Day 25/1
Justin Rose 25/1
Dustin Johnson 30/1
Henrik Stenson 30/1
Graeme McDowell 35/1
Sergio Garcia 35/1
Jason Dufner 35/1
Lee Westwood 35/1
Jim Furyk 35/1
Martin Kaymer 40/1
Luke Donald 40/1
Zach Johnson 40/1
Hideki Matsuyama 45/1
Webb Simpson 45/1
Brandt Snedeker 50/1
Hunter Mahan 50/1
Jimmy Walker 55/1
Steve Stricker 55/1
Keegan Bradley 55/1
Charl Schwartzel 55/1
Rickie Fowler 60/1
Harris English 65/1
Ian Poulter 65/1
Louis Oosthuizen 65/1
Billy Horschel 75/1
Kevin Na 75/1
Gary Woodland 75/1
Brendon Todd 75/1
Paul Casey 80/1
Ryan Moore 85/1
Bill Haas 85/1
Jonas Blixt 85/1
Angel Cabrera 90/1
Miguel Angel Jimenez 100/1

Don't Bet on Justin Rose

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Justin Rose may have won the event last year, but don't bet on him to win again. No man since Curtis Strange has won two straight U.S. Opens. He won the second of his two in 1989.

Strange isn't necessarily rooting against Rose, but he certainly isn't rooting for him either, via Steve DiMeglio of USA Today:

I'm not like the Miami Dolphins. I don't root against anybody every year. I don't pop champagne on Sunday night. But I think the longer it goes, the more fortunate I think I was because of those who haven't done it. But the farther it goes, you know, the more proud I get of it. I get I was very, very fortunate that I was in the right place at the right time. It's exciting. It's nice to talk about it every year.

If Tiger Woods in his prime couldn't win consecutive U.S. Opens, then I don't think Rose can either. It's not that Rose is a bad golfer—not at all, actually—but he has never been a dominant performer. By putting your money on him, that means you trust him more than you trust McIlroy and Mickelson. It probably means you even trust him more than Ian Poulter and Miguel Angel Jimenez too.

I'm not sure I'd be comfortable with doing that.

Pick Smart Drivers Over Powerful Ones

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The renovation Pinehurst underwent in 2010 completely altered the way golfers play the course. No longer can you simply go up there and mash the ball off the tee. It's all about placement.

The renovation removed roughly 40 acres of course that was mostly fairways and rough. It eliminated higher roughs and added sandy areas that will be difficult to play from.

So, what did the renovation do? Well, it created a type of illusion that leads those in the tee box to believe that there is far more space in the fairway than there really is. That means that the winner of the tournament will likely be a guy who knows how to play within himself and strike the ball accurately.

Players might opt to crush it because of long holes like No. 16, but that isn't wise:

Players who do well in driving the ball accurately are smart ones to choose. You can see the PGA Tour leaders in driving accuracy here, courtesy of

Don't Be Afraid to Bet on a Long Shot

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Sometimes it's a long-shot competitor who makes a surprising run at the title.

Just take a look at the 2014 Masters leaderboard. Jonas Blixt and Jimenez finished within the top five. They were both in contention for first place prior to a late surge by eventual winner Bubba Watson.

It's unwise to blindly choose a long shot. Analyze the stats. Look at the season results for the players you're thinking of trusting. Then, make an educated decision.

Players like Jim Furyk and Graeme McDowell could go on surprising runs at Pinehurst, but I'd also trust Blixt and Jimenez given their recent success in majors.

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