U.S. Open odds 2014: Martin Kaymer new favorite but McIlroy, Mickelson lurking

David Cannon

After one round, the man with the three-shot lead is now a heavy favorite to win his second career major.

Martin Kaymer is the new favorite after 18 holes at the U.S. Open, coming in at 4/1, well clear of anyone else in the field. Those are the kind of odds you get after shooting the lowest round ever in a U.S. Open at Pinehurst, a 65 that put the German three shots ahead.

Rory McIlroy, who started the week as the favorite at 10/1, has dropped to 16/1 with five guys ahead of him. McIlroy finished an uneven opening round at 1-over, and while he's six shots back, a course that was pounded with rain late Thursday night should set up well for the high-ball hitting Ulsterman. This setup and conditions are nothing like that soggy Congressional course where Rory ran away by eight shots, but anything that makes it softer is better for McIlroy and he's well within striking distance.

Phil Mickelson is also in fine position and will play on the afternoon side of the draw like Rory. He's at even-par after a good enough start, but one that could have been so much better. Mickelson is actually driving the ball spectacularly, keeping it in play and avoiding the trouble off the tee that can promptly lead to a blowup hole at the U.S. Open. But he still couldn't take advantage of that steadiness off the tee, continuing mediocre play up around and on the green.

He should have been in the red if his historically great short game was working on Thursday. If that comes into form in the second round, look out. He's currently 16/1 with McIlroy and Matt Kuchar.

Here are more odds from Bovada after the first round:

Player Odds
Martin Kaymer 4/1
Henrik Stenson 14/1
Jordan Spieth 14/1
Matt Kuchar 16/1
Phil Mickelson 16/1
Rory McIlroy 16/1
Dustin Johnson 22/1
Graeme McDowell 22/1
Hideki Matsuyama 22/1
Keegan Bradley 28/1
Kevin Na 33/1
Adam Scott 40/1
Brandt Snedeker 40/1
Harris English 40/1
Jimmy Walker 40/1
Steve Stricker 45/1
Brendon De Jonge 50/1
Brendon Todd 50/1
Charl Schwartzel 50/1
Ian Poulter 50/1
Justin Rose 50/1
Rickie Fowler 50/1
Webb Simpson 55/1
Francesco Molinari 66/1
Paul Casey 66/1
Victor Dubuisson 66/1
Jason Day 80/1
Jason Dufner 80/1
Joost Luiten 80/1
Louis Oosthuizen 80/1
Sergio Garcia 80/1
Zach Johnson 80/1
Aaron Baddeley 100/1
Bill Haas 100/1
Chris Kirk 100/1
Gary Woodland 100/1
J.B. Holmes 100/1
Jim Furyk 100/1
John Senden 100/1
Brooks Koepka 125/1
Patrick Reed 125/1
Russell Henley 125/1
Miguel Angel Jimenez 150/1
Bo Van Pelt 200/1
Bubba Watson 200/1
Graham Delaet 200/1
Hunter Mahan 200/1
Lee Westwood 200/1
Marcel Siem 200/1
Stephen Gallacher 200/1
Ernie Els 250/1
Pablo Larrazabal 250/1
Retief Goosen 250/1
Shane Lowry 250/1
Stewart Cink 250/1
Alex Cejka 300/1
Boo Weekley 300/1
David Toms 300/1
Fran Quinn 300/1
Geoff Ogilvy 300/1
Matthew Fitzpatrick 300/1
Nicolas Colsaerts 300/1
Thongchai Jaidee 300/1
Angel Cabrera 400/1
Billy Hurley III 400/1
Henrik Norlander 400/1
Lucas Bjerregaard 400/1
Mark Wilson 400/1
Scott Langley 400/1
Garth Mulroy 500/1
Matt Jones 500/1
Oliver Goss 500/1

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