The 2014 U.S. Open leaderboard didn't go according to plan on Day 1.
Three out of the four golfers with the highest odds to win, according to Odds Shark, start Day 2 outside the top 35. The three are Rory McIlroy, Adam Scott and Bubba Watson. Scott and Watson are outside the top 60 and in danger of missing the cut.
The one in the top 35 is Phil Mickelson, who starts Friday tied for 16th at even par. According to ESPN Stats & Info, Mickelson should feel comfortable about his Thursday performance.
If Mickelson wants to win his first U.S. Open, though, he has a lot of underdogs' dreams to crush. Here's an updated U.S. Open leaderboard.
Speaking of odds, casual sports fans probably haven't heard of the man who boasts a massive lead atop the U.S. Open leaderboard. Martin Kaymer's best finish in a major tournament since 2011 is tied for 12th. Once upon a time, though (early 2011), Kaymer was ranked the No. 1 player in the world.
Kaymer won the 2010 PGA Championship after finishing top-eight in three out of the previous four majors. But since 2012, his only victories have come in the Ryder Cup and The Players Championship this May. If Kaymer reverts back to his 2009-2011 form, this won't be the last major the 29-year-old is in position to win.
Even diehard golf fans, though, probably haven't heard of one of the players tied for second.
No one entered with lower odds to win the U.S. Open than Fran Quinn. Odds Shark gave him 1000-1 odds entering the tournament. That isn't quite struck-by-lightning odds, but according to the National Weather Service, you're just as likely to be affected by someone being struck by lightning as Quinn was to win the U.S. Open.
Well tell your family to stay indoors, because Quinn is within striking distance of not only his first major victory, but his first PGA Tour victory. And he's 49 years old. The PGA Tour and Associated Press' Doug Ferguson pointed out that Quinn hasn't even participated in years, let alone competed for first.
However, Quinn's most memorable performance in a PGA Tour major came at the U.S. Open. He tied for 43rd in 1994. (McIlroy, the favorite, was five years old then).
A Quinn win would be one of the greatest upsets in U.S. Open history. As the PGA Tour and Golf Channel's Justin Ray noted, he isn't even ranked among the top 999 golfers in the Official World Golf Ranking.
Does golf need Tiger Woods to boost ratings? It sure won't if Quinn makes the U.S. Open the underdog story of the year with a win this weekend.
David Daniels is a columnist at Bleacher Report. He tweets, too.
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