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2015 U.S. Open Odds



There are many different ways to describe this year’s U.S. Open venue, Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash. Easy to bet is not one of them.

The course was built in 2007, and looks more like a British Open than an American Open on first glance. Many experts also expect the new major championship venue to play more like an Open Championship, with position and precision being more important than power. But then again, the course can play as long as 7,874 yards or several hundred yards shorter, depending on the USGA’s mood.

When placing your bets this year, the most important factor is likely overall skill. USGA setups demand golfers do everything well if they wish to hoist the U.S. Open trophy. The last five U.S. Open winners — Martin Kaymer, Justin Rose, Webb Simpson, Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell — are some of the most complete golfers in the game. When in doubt, favor the better players.

Below we’ve listed odds to win from Bovada of all the golfers in the 2015 U.S. Open field, and divided them into four categories: Favorites, Good Bets, Dark Horses and Long Shots.


Rory McIlroy: 7/1
Jordan Spieth: 8/1
Dustin Johnson: 16/1
Justin Rose: 18/1
Phil Mickelson: 18/1
Rickie Fowler: 18/1
Henrik Stenson: 25/1
Adam Scott: 28/1
Bubba Watson: 28/1
Hideki Matsuyama: 33/1
Jason Day: 33/1
Jim Furyk: 33/1
Jimmy Walker: 33/1
Sergio Garcia: 33/1

Good Bets

Martin Kaymer: 40/1
Matt Kuchar: 40/1
Patrick Reed: 40/1
Billy Horschel: 50/1
Brandt Snedeker: 50/1
Brooks Koepka: 50/1
Tiger Woods: 50/1
Byeong Hun An: 66/1
J.B. Holmes: 66/1
Keegan Bradley: 66/1
Lee Westwood: 66/1
Paul Casey: 66/1
Ryan Moore: 66/1
Zach Johnson: 66/1
Bill Haas: 80/1
Chris Kirk: 80/1
Graeme McDowell: 80/1
Hunter Mahan: 80/1
Ian Poulter: 80/1
Jason Dufner: 80/1
Kevin Kisner: 80/1
Kevin Na: 80/1
Louis Oosthuizen: 80/1
Luke Donald: 80/1
Ryan Palmer: 80/1
Webb Simpson: 80/1
Danny Willett: 100/1
Francesco Molinari: 100/1
Gary Woodland: 100/1
Jamie Donaldson: 100/1
Marc Leishman: 100/1
Shane Lowry: 100/1

Dark Horses

Brendon Todd: 125/1
Charl Schwartzel: 125/1
Charley Hoffman: 125/1
Russell Henley: 125/1
Alexander Noren: 150/1
Ben Martin: 150/1
Bernd Wiesberger: 150/1
Branden Grace: 150/1
Brian Harman: 150/1
Ernie Els: 150/1
George McNeill: 150/1
Robert Streb: 150/1
Tommy Fleetwood: 150/1
Tony Finau: 150/1
Victor Dubuisson: 150/1
Angel Cabrera: 200/1
Bo Van Pelt: 200/1
Cameron Tringale: 200/1
David Hearn: 200/1
Erik Compton: 200/1
Geoff Ogilvy: 200/1
John Senden: 200/1
Joost Luiten: 200/1
Marc Warren: 200/1
Matt Every: 200/1
Michael Putnam: 200/1
Miguel Angel Jimenez: 200/1
Alexander Levy: 250/1
Danny Lee: 250/1
George Coetzee: 250/1
Lucas Glover: 250/1
Morgan Hoffman: 250/1
Retief Goosen: 250/1
Stephen Gallacher: 250/1
Thongchai Jaidee: 250/1
Camilo Villegas: 300/1
Daniel Summerhays: 300/1
Marcel Siem: 300/1
Ryo Ishikawa: 300/1
Thomas Aiken: 300/1
Anirban Lahiri: 400/1

Long Shots

Andres Romero: 500/1
Beau Hossler: 500/1
Billy Hurley III: 500/1
Blayne Barber: 500/1
Brad Fritsch: 500/1
Brandon Hagy: 500/1
Bryson DeChambeau: 500/1
Cameron Smith: 500/1
Charlie Beljan: 500/1
Cheng-Tsung Pan: 500/1
Cody Gribble: 500/1
Colin Montgomerie: 500/1
D.A. Points: 500/1
Darren Clarke: 500/1
Garth Mulroy: 500/1
Jamie Lovemark: 500/1
John Parry: 500/1
Lee Janzen: 500/1
Lee McCoy: 500/1
Lucas Bjerregaard: 500/1
Marcus Fraser: 500/1
Matthew NeSmith: 500/1
Ollie Schniederjans: 500/1
Richard Lee: 500/1
Roberto Castro: 500/1
Sam Horsfield: 500/1
Sam Saunders: 500/1
Tom Hoge: 500/1
Wen-Chong Liang: 500/1
Yong-Eun Yang: 500/1
Andy Pope: 1000/1
Brad Elder: 1000/1
Bradley Neil: 1000/1
Cole Hammer: 1000/1
Davis Riley: 1000/1
Denny McCarthy: 1000/1
Hiroyuki Fujita: 1000/1
Hyung-Sung Kim: 1000/1
Jack Maguire: 1000/1
Jake Knapp: 1000/1
Jared Becher: 1000/1
Jason Allred: 1000/1
Jason Palmer: 1000/1
Kevin Lucas: 1000/1
Kurt Barnes: 1000/1
Kyle Jones: 1000/1
Mark Silvers: 1000/1
Masahiro Kawamura: 1000/1
Matt Mabrey: 1000/1
Michael Campbell: 1000/1
Michael Davan: 1000/1
Nick Hardy: 1000/1
Oliver Farr: 1000/1
Patrick Wilson: 1000/1
Rich Berberian Jr.: 1000/1
Sebastian Cappelen: 1000/1
Seuk-Hyun Baek: 1000/1
Shiv Kapur: 1000/1
Stephan Jaeger: 1000/1
Timothy O’Neal: 1000/1
Tjaart Van Der Walt: 1000/1
Troy Kelly: 1000/1
Tyler Duncan: 1000/1

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  1. Drew R.

    Jun 18, 2015 at 9:05 am

    Don’t bet on Golf! But if you do grab a scrambler or a putter who can also play a high ball flight on command:

    Paul Casey: 66/1
    Hideki Matsuyama: 33/1
    Alexander Noren: 150/1
    John Senden: 200/1
    Brandt Snedeker: 50/1
    Victor Dubuisson: 150/1

  2. Matto

    Jun 16, 2015 at 4:44 am

    Tiger @ 50-1 is pretty gnarly.

  3. The lowdown

    Jun 15, 2015 at 2:47 pm

    Tiger in the “good bets”

  4. Golfraven

    Jun 15, 2015 at 2:00 pm

    Come on, give it to Phil. He still got it. Second guess would be Sergio but to be honest he should rather win The Open (in Scotland) if this was his only ever major.

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Spotted: Dustin Johnson with new Fujikura Ventus prototype at the Masters, RBC Heritage



Beyond the obvious big news of some guy named Mr. Woods winning his fifth green jacket this past weekend, there were some pretty interesting developments with another player that runs on a first name basis or at least initials: DJ switched drivers MID tournament and had a new Fujikura Ventus prototype shaft to go along with his new TaylorMade M6 as he took on Augusta National Saturday and Sunday.

We don’t have all the details yet, but from what we have heard so far this new Prototype Black Ventus is an even lower launching version of the blue Ventus currently available. If history is correct, and we are looking at a line extension, then the colors tell a lot of the story. The Atmos line features both a blue and black version with a final higher-launching red version to round out the series in what Fuji calls their color-coded launch system to make fitting and product recognition just that much easier.

Photos of the “black” prototype via Fujikura.

It’s not unusual for shaft companies like Fujikura to bring out prototype profiles utilizing technologies from their newest lines to try and get them into the bags of more players. Fuji’s newest technology is VeloCore, and we have already seen it adopted at a high rate. Here is some more info from Fujikura to explain the technology

“VeloCore is a multi-material core comprised of ultra-high modulus Pitch 70 Ton Carbon Fiber (about 150% stronger and more stable than T1100g) and 40 Ton bias layers that are the full length of the shaft for incredible stability. VeloCore Technology promotes consistent center-face impact and provides ultimate stability, tightening dispersion and increasing control. The result is a shaft that maximizes the MOI (moment of inertia) and ball speed of your clubhead through the reduction of twist during the swing and at impact, especially on off-center hits.”

This makes sense, considering any contact made beyond an absolutely perfect (almost impossible from a physics standpoint) strike in line with the COG of a driver head traveling at 120 mph will result in twisting at impact — MOI is maximized in driver heads to increase stability along with spin with Ventus and VelocCore, Fujikura thanks to their Enzo system, is better understanding how that relationship works with the shaft to produce new and better products.

Anyway, since we know DJ deviated from his traditional Fujikura Speeder Evolution II Tour Spec driver shaft for his weekend rounds this past weekend, we can expect to see it again this week at the RBC Heritage this week at Hilton Head, and we’ll have our eyes peeled to see where else this shaft pops up on tour.

Johnson teeing off during Wednesday’s RBC Heritage Pro-Am.



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No. 12 at Augusta National: The Golden Bell tolls for Koepka, Molinari



On Sunday, Tiger Woods accomplished what many thought he could never do by winning another major championship, the 2019 Masters. In collecting his fifth green jacket, Tiger added a new luster to what was already a brilliant legacy. Woods overcame unusual start times, difficult conditions and a generation of young golf warriors that he helped to create. And like every champion before him, Woods had to contend with holes 11 through 13 on Sunday, the beautiful beast nicknamed Amen Corner by the great golf writer Herbert Warren Wind.

Of the three holes, it seems that 12 is the one that has drowned more hopes and dreams in the creek that winds through the terrible trio than either of the other two. Arnold Palmer made six on Sunday in 1959 on the way to losing to Art Wall by two. Tom Weiskopf made a mind-boggling 13 in 1980. Greg Norman had a double bogey during his Sunday collapse in 1986. And there’s Jordan Speith’s quadruple bogey in 2016, which some think he has still not recovered from. Through the generations, the hole named Golden Bell has sounded a death knell for many a would-be champion.

This week, I had the opportunity to walk the back nine at Augusta National with Robert Trent Jones, Jr. Jones is an acclaimed golf course designer in his own right but he is also the son of the legendary Robert Trent Jones, the man who designed the second nine at Augusta National as we know it today and therefore shaped history and the outcome of so many Sundays for so many players.

As we walked along the holes Jones described the changes both dramatic and subtle that his father had made in 1948 to shape the second nine, and I came to a greater understanding of why the stretch is so special. The second nine was deliberately crafted as the ultimate offer of risk/reward. It was designed to create heroes and tragic figures of epic proportions. As we got to the tee box at number 12, Mr. Jones’ well-known face (as well as the microphone I was holding in front of it) caused a crowd together around us as he described what his father had done with the most famous par three in golf.

Jones pointed out how the wide, narrow green on the 12th follows the path of Rae’s Creek which runs in front of it.

“It appears that the creek and the green are running almost perpendicular to the tee box at 12, but the right side of the green is actually significantly further away from the golfer than the left side. This is critical when it comes to playing the Sunday hole location on the right side of the green. Because of the way the hole is framed by water and bunkers, the golfer is deceived into either selecting the wrong club or taking a half swing, which often leads to a shot into the water.”

Jones’s words proved prophetic, as Brooks Koepka and Francisco Molinari made watery double bogeys that doomed their championship hopes. Woods, on the other hand, made par on 12, providing the spark that eventually led to his victory. How did Woods negotiate the 12th?

Again, RTJII shared his crystal ball. “Jack Nicklaus played the 12th better than anyone because he always played to the middle of the green,” noted Jones. “Jack felt that whether the pin was on the right or the left, a shot over the front bunker to the center of the green would take a big number out of play and maybe leave an opportunity for a birdie.”

Sure enough, on Sunday while pretenders to the throne went pin seeking with either the wrong club or ill-advised half swings, Woods channeled his inner Nicklaus, hitting a full-swing 9-iron with conviction to the middle of the green and safely two-putting. It was at once humble and heroic. It was the thing that heroes and champions do: survive demons in order to slay dragons. The moment his tee shot on 12 landed safely was the moment that I, and many others, knew in our hearts that Tiger Woods was, in fact, going to win again at Augusta. It is a singular accomplishment, made possible by his combination of wisdom and nerve at number 12 on Sunday. Amen, indeed.







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