US Open Odds 2020: Latest Vegas Lines for Underrated Sleepers in the Field

Joe Tansey@JTansey90Featured ColumnistSeptember 15, 2020

Louis Oosthuizen, of South Africa, hits from the 12th tee during the first round of the BMW Championship golf tournament, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020, at Olympia Fields Country Club in Olympia Fields, Ill. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
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The 14-year gap between U.S. Opens at Winged Foot Golf Club makes a difference when trying to evaluate the best sleeper candidates for the tournament.

Phil Mickelson and Steve Stricker are the only two players in the 2020 field who finished in the top 10 in the 2006 edition that Geoff Ogilvy won.

The lack of course history combined with the unusual timing of this year's tournament makes it hard to predict which players could break out from further down the odds chart. 

Only 30 golfers competed during all three legs of the FedEx Cup, and a majority of the top contenders skipped last week's Safeway Open to prepare for Winged Foot. 

Given all the challenges facing the golfers from Thursday to Sunday, the best players to pick as sleepers could be ones with decent track records at major events. 

         

Underrated Sleepers in U.S. Open Field

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Chez Reavie (+11000)

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Chez Reavie's name does not stick out right away when evaluating the odds chart, but he could be the perfect sleeper choice.

Reavie finished in a tie for third at the 2019 U.S. Open amid many of the sport's biggest names. The 38-year-old also owns a tie for 16th from the 2017 U.S. Open.

Since he failed to qualify for the second round of the FedEx Cup, Reavie opted to play at the Safeway Open to remain fresh before the U.S. Open.

The American went out and fired three rounds of 67 or better to land a tie for third at the first event of the 2020-21 PGA Tour season. 

Reavie shot a six-over 286 at the PGA Championship in August, but three of those scorecards featured a 70 or 71. 

If he keeps a steady hand on the difficult Winged Foot course and banks on his experience from a year ago, Reavie could be a surprising fixture on the front page of the leaderboard. 

If you think his odds are too long to win, Reavie could be a good option in positional props. He is listed at +138 to finish top-40, +188 to land in the top 30 and +400 to be in the top 20.

          

Louis Oosthuizen (+10000)

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Louis Oosthuizen is one of the most consistent and successful major tournament golfers in the field. 

The winner of The Open in 2010 landed in a tie for seventh a year ago at Pebble Beach Golf Links and owns four second-place finishes across the four majors. 

Since the 2018 Masters, Oosthuizen has not missed a cut in eight major starts and recorded four top-10 placings. 

Oosthuizen comes into the U.S. Open in decent form after taking a tie for 13th at the Northern Trust and tie for 25th at the BMW Championship.

Although he has not played Winged Foot in a major, Oosthuizen possesses the composure and experience necessary to conquer a challenging course. 

If you believe Oosthuizen will extend his solid major form into Winged Foot, he sits at +800 to land in the top 10 and +350 to finish in the top 20 on top of his long odds to win outright. 

            

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Statistics obtained from PGATour.com.

Odds via DraftKings Sportsbook.