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2014 U.S. Open: PGA Odds, Pick, Predictions, Dark Horses - 6/12/14

U.S. Open: Thursday, June 12, 2014 at 8:00 am (Pinehurst, North Carolina)

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The U.S. Open is just a few days away, which means it’s time to look at the big board and find a few long shots who can put some major cash in your pocket. Of course, Rory McIlroy enters this tournament as the favorite, but there are other under-the-radar golfers who bring some major value to this big time event.

Here are some of the names you should include on your card.

2014 U.S. Open: PGA Odds, Pick, Predictions, Dark Horses - 6/12/14

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Jason Dufner - This certainly hasn’t been Dufner’s best season, as he’s finished in the Top 25 in just 50 percent of his events. But Dufner does have four Top 10 finishes this this season and has done fairly well in his career at the US Open, which includes finishing in the top five the last two seasons. Considering Dufner won the PGA Championship last year and has done well in the US Open the last two years, it’s clear he’s a better golfer the bigger the stage. At odds of +4500, here’s to hoping he can keep it up for at least one more season.

Matt Kuchar – Kuchar has probably had his best season on tour, as he’s finished in the Top 25 in 12 of his 15 events. Nine of those finishes came in the Top 10, and one of them was a victory in the RBC Heritage. Kuchar has finished in the Top 10 of the US Open only once in his career, which came in 2010, but he has four PGA victories since May of 2012. A real even keeled player, Kuchar is worth a bone or two at odds of +2500.

Rory McIlroy – One of the best things about betting golf is that you can get the best player in the world at +1000. McIlroy won the US Open back in 2011 and finished in the Top 10 in 2009. As if you needed more of a reason to put a pretty penny on the favorite, McIllroy has six Top 10 finishes in the nine events he’s participated in this season. Usually I look for the long shots to pay off, but giving us back 10 times our money is a bet too good to pass up.

Harris English – If you’re looking for an ultimate dark horse, it would be English. The young 24-year-old was an amateur just a few years ago and he’s is participating in his first US Open. However, English has finished in the Top 10 in six of the 19 events he’s played in this season and certainly has the tools to give some of these older players a run for their money. English already has two PGA wins under his belt in two short years and has proved he’s one of the top up and comers. I’ll throw a sweet Benjamin his way with odds of +8000.

Hideki Matsuyama – Another player who may be considered a dark horse by Vegas but has a real chance to win is Matsuyama. The 22-year-old just won the Memorial this season and has finished in the Top 10 in four of his 15 events. OK, maybe not the best in the world, but he’s shown throughout his young career that he isn’t afraid of the big moments and can remain calm under pressure. If you need any proof, Matsuyama did finish in the Top 10 of his first US Open last season. Like English, Matsuyama is a promising player who could realistically win, which makes odds of +5000 the easiest bet on the board. 

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