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U.S. Open betting guide

Best value bets, matchups and props available at Pinehurst No. 2

Updated: June 11, 2014, 2:53 PM ET
By Alf Musketa | ESPN Insider

The U.S. Open and The Open Championship are the most difficult golf major events to bet on with any confidence, primarily because the courses they play are extreme, have difficult hazards, sometimes harsh weather and deep rough. This week at Pinehurst No. 2, the U.S. Open graduated rough that we've become accustomed to has been redesigned to resemble an original look of the 1930s. Patches of love grass, weeds and sandy hardpan lies are now in place. A good or bad lie in these rough waste areas could determine the winner this year.

We always look to take advantage of the bookmakers' mistakes in value betting the future odds to win, and most certainly in head-to-head matchups.

Here are my contender and long-shot selections to win the U.S. Open, along with the best head-to-head matchups and prop bets.

Note: Odds courtesy of William Hill US Sports Book in Las Vegas.

Contenders

Bubba Watson (20-1)

It has been noted that Bubba usually hates the U.S. Open due to narrow fairways with its tricky setup and heavy rough. Simply put, those conditions do not favor Bubba Golf. However, Pinehurst No. 2 will offer a more wide-open look off the tee, and if you miss the fairway there is a better than average chance of having a bare sandy waste area lie. Bubba can hit all kinds of shots from bare lies. Does the 2012 Masters in a playoff come to mind?

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