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US Open Odds 2015: Vegas Projections for Top Stars in This Year's Field

Nate Loop@Nate_LoopFeatured ColumnistJune 15, 2015

PINEHURST, NC - JUNE 15:  Martin Kaymer of Germany celebrates with the trophy after his eight-stroke victory during the final round of the 114th U.S. Open at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club, Course No. 2 on June 15, 2014 in Pinehurst, North Carolina.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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June 18 marks the beginning of golf's second major of the calendar year, when the world's top players will descend upon the Chambers Bay golf course in University Place, Washington, for the 115th edition of the U.S. Open. 

Last year saw Germany's Martin Kaymer dominate the event at Pinehurst Resort in North Carolina, notching a four-round total of 271, eight strokes better than runners-up Erik Compton and Rickie Fowler.

Having that big-money victory in his back pocket should give Kaymer confidence heading into this year's edition of the tournament, but he will face an entirely new challenge at Chambers Bay and will likely find it tough to repeat such a brilliant four days of play this year.

In fact, the course itself may end up stealing the show with its unique characteristics, per the Washington Post's Dave Sheinin

The site of the 2015 Open, which begins Thursday, is so new (opened in 2007), so foreign (a links-style architecture), so remote (on the south side of Puget Sound, west of Tacoma, Wash., making it the first U.S. Open held in the Pacific Northwest), so visually arresting (with massive fairways and greens, almost no trees and significant elevation changes from hole to hole or even within the same hole) and so instantly infamous (more on that later) — it may as well be on the moon.

With all the usual suspects set to play on Thursday, including Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods, it makes sense to take a look at how the Las Vegas oddsmakers are sizing up this year's star-studded field.

2015 US Open Odds
GolferOdds
Rory McIlroy6-1
Jordan Spieth7-1
Dustin Johnson16-1
Justin Rose18-1
Phil Mickelson18-1
Rickie Fowler18-1
Adam Scott20-1
Jason Day22-1
Henrik Stenson25-1
Bubba Watson28-1
Sergio Garcia28-1
Hideki Matsuyama33-1
Jim Furyk33-1
Jimmy Walker33-1
Martin Kaymer33-1
Matt Kuchar33-1
Patrick Reed33-1
Tiger Woods33-1
Brandt Snedeker50-1
Brooks Koepka50-1
OddsShark.com


Golfers With Top Odds

Rory McIlroy

Peter Morrison/Associated Press

As the No. 1-ranked golfer in the world, it only makes sense that Rory McIlroy has the top odds heading into this year's U.S. Open. He will be paired with Kaymer to start the tournament, which will no doubt place added pressure on the defending champion.

McIlroy's been in excellent form over the past few months, winning the WGC Cadillac Match Play Championship on April 29 and most recently shooting a ridiculous 21 under par to win the Wells Fargo Championship on May 14. That impressive display included a course-record 61 in Round 3, per PGATour.com.

The Northern Irishman certainly looks like he's at his best, and he thinks he might be rounding into the kind of form that catapulted him to a summer for the ages in 2014, in which he won both the PGA Championship and The Open Championship in resounding fashion.

“My game’s in great shape. I took a whole week off after the Irish Open there a few weeks back and now this week I’ve had a good few days of practice back home in Florida,” McIlroy said, as reported by the Telegraph's James Corrigan. “I feel like I can have a summer not too dissimilar to last year.”

If all goes according to plan, McIlroy might get an even earlier start this summer on adding more golf majors to his already-gleaming trophy case.


Jordan Spieth

Jay LaPrete/Associated Press

While McIlroy may be golf's reigning superstar, 21-year-old Jordan Spieth is certainly the reigning wunderkind. The Texan will be looking to capture his second major title starting Thursday, with his first one coming at the 2015 Masters, in which he shot a miraculous 18-under and likely had many fans wondering if McIlroy might have already fallen behind a better player in this current crop of young talent.

Spieth slowed down immediately following the Masters, finishing 11th at the RBC Heritage and even missing the cut at the Players Championship, but he has since rebounded. He finished tied for second at the Crowne Plaza Invitational on May 21 and tied for third in his most recent PGA event, the Memorial Tournament.

With Chambers Bay appearing set to confound many of the world's finest golfers, Spieth may have a very distinct leg-up on the competition, as reported by Tim Warsinskey on Cleveland.com:

"He also has a potential advantage in his caddie, Michael Greller, a Washington resident who worked at Chambers Bay before joining Spieth on the PGA Tour. Spieth's 69.166 scoring average leads the tour."

When Spieth is on, few can keep up. He's shot double-digit under par in five of his last seven standard-scoring tournaments. Look for him to finish nothing lower than top-three at this year's U.S. Open.


Odds courtesy of Odds Shark and updated as of June 15 at 7 a.m. ET.

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