2014 US Open Preview

The US Open returns to Pinehurst on June 12th after nine years, with two champions who won there expected to participate; England’s Justin Rose and Michael Campbell of New Zealand.

For those looking for omens and indicators, no American has won the tournament at Pinehurst this century (though it’s only been held there twice after Payne Stewart’s victory in 1999).

Perhaps a more useful statistic for fans looking to put money on the result is that, in the last 20 years, a player from the US has won the US Open 50% of the time. With that in mind, a non-American player has won three of the last four.

Whoever you decide to back, it’s clearly a good idea to keep up with all the incoming golf tournament odds and news; while prices on players are already available from Coral, they’ll inevitably change as we get nearer to the start of the Open. Here we’ll look at some of the favourites as of the start of April.

Tiger Woods is a fairly clear favourite right now, priced at about 13/2, ahead of Rory McIlroy’s 11/1. However, as regular visitors to golf365 will be aware, Woods’ back problems are causing real concern and forced him out of the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March and the Masters in April.

Rory McIlroy, the 2011 champion, will be aiming to better his performance at the Honda Classic in March, where he led the majority of the tournament and missed a putt to lose.

Adam Scott won last year’s Masters and looks fairly good value at 16/1 for the Open, with some great results recently. Though he blew his chance at the Arnold Palmer this year, he did manage to match the Bay Hill course record with a 10-under-par first round. The 33-yar old Aussie had a great 2013, despite a poor T45 finish at the Open.

Phil Mickelson is currently fourth favourite at 18/1, though punters will want to keep an eye on news of the injury that forced him out of the Valero Texas Open on March 29th. If Mickelson makes it to the Shell Houston Open we should be able to assume there’s nothing major wrong.

Just below Mickelson odds-wise, you’ll find Henrik Stenson at 20/1 and Justin Rose at 25/1. Stenson finished T5 at the Arnold Palmer on 9 under par, picking up nearly a quarter of a million dollars. The 37-year old Swede’s world ranking is 98, but his form is good and he’s definitely worth consideration.

Justin Rose claims to be over the tendonitis he’s been suffering from recently; back-to-back US Open wins would prove to be a bookie’s nightmare…