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U.S. Open odds 2016: Jason Day the favorite to win at Oakmont

The season's second major is almost here and as expected, the "Big Three" of Jason Day, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy are your favorites to win the U.S. Open.

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For the second straight major this year, Jason Day is your favorite at the start of the week. Day began as the 7/1 favorite at Augusta National, just slightly ahead of his "Big Three" colleagues Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth. Day was No. 1 in the world then and he's No. 1 now, adding a Players Championship title in the intervening months. So he'll start U.S. Open week as a 6/1 favorite, again just slightly ahead of McIlroy and Spieth.

Those three may be the clear top talents in the game these days, and their odds reflect it with the fourth man on the board (Dustin Johnson) down at 15/1. But that doesn't mean any of these players, despite their talent, offer good value in a 156-man field. Any player that's less than 30/1 does not offer particularly great value for a game that's so unpredictable. The U.S. Open can be especially difficult to peg, with a player's hopes going up in flames on one hole and the attrition sometimes rewarding random unforeseen longshots. Oakmont is the toughest course in the U.S. Open rotation and in the country, which won't make handicapping things easier.

When Day has it working, he's the best player in the game. He may not be as sexy or popular a name as Spieth and Rory. But he hits it just as far as Rory and is among the best in the world around and on the green, ranking No. 1 in strokes gained putting on the PGA Tour this year. Day may throttle down at times to avoid the jail that is Oakmont's rough, but barring some catastrophic blowup hole, he should be around on Sunday. He showed up in Pittsburgh early and was the first official player to register for the national championship.

Spieth has also been in town a week early along with caddie Michael Greller. They've had a couple tours through the layout this spring and were out Sunday morning prepping for a week as the defending champion. Rory made a trip to Oakmont after the Memorial in nearby Columbus, then went back to Florida for a bit more practice.

Again, the value at the top is just not there. Day, Spieth and Rory are likely to play well but winning a major is another combination of luck and skill that's hard to map and the low odds aren't commensurate with that unpredictability. This is not the Tiger Woods era, when the 14-time major winner would start the week with outrageous odds like 3/1. There won't be some wildly overwhelming favorite at these majors, but expect the "Big Three" to share this distinct status from the rest of the field for the final three majors this season.

Here are your odds for the field at the start of U.S. Open week (via Jeff Sherman and GolfOdds.com):

Players Odds to Win
Jason Day 6/1
Rory McIlroy 7/1
Jordan Spieth 8/1
Dustin Johnson 15/1
Rickie Fowler 25/1
Justin Rose 25/1
Phil Mickelson 25/1
Adam Scott 30/1
Hideki Matsuyama 30/1
Henrik Stenson 30/1
Branden Grace 30/1
Bubba Watson 40/1
Danny Willett 40/1
Patrick Reed 40/1
Brooks Koepka 40/1
Sergio Garcia 40/1
Matt Kuchar 40/1
Louis Oosthuizen 50/1
Brandt Snedeker 60/1
Zach Johnson 60/1
Paul Casey 60/1
Charl Schwartzel 60/1
Martin Kaymer 60/1
Lee Westwood 60/1
J.B. Holmes 60/1
Kevin Chappell 60/1
Jim Furyk 80/1
Justin Thomas 80/1
Marc Leishman 80/1
Matthew Fitzpatrick 80/1
Daniel Berger 80/1
Jimmy Walker 100/1
Kevin Kisner 100/1
Graeme McDowell 100/1
Bryson DeChambeau 100/1
Jason Dufner 100/1
Billy Horschel 100/1
Webb Simpson 100/1
Russell Knox 100/1
Charley Hoffman 100/1
Bill Haas 125/1
Danny Lee 125/1
Byeong Hun An 125/1
Shane Lowry 125/1
Kevin Na 125/1
Luke Donald 125/1
Harris English 125/1
Rafael Cabrera Bello 150/1
Ryan Moore 150/1
Keegan Bradley 150/1
Chris Kirk 150/1
Emiliano Grillo 150/1
Chris Wood 150/1
Brendan Steele 150/1
David Lingmerth 200/1
Scott Piercy 200/1
Bernd Wiesberger 200/1
Jamie Donaldson 200/1
Ernie Els 200/1
Soren Kjeldsen 200/1
Retief Goosen 200/1
William McGirt 200/1
Smylie Kaufman 250/1
Angel Cabrera 250/1
Robert Streb 250/1
Andy Sullivan 250/1
Patton Kizzire 250/1
Patrick Rodgers 250/1
Kevin Streelman 250/1
Lucas Glover 250/1
Alex Noren 250/1
Geoff Ogilvy 300/1
Anirban Lahiri 300/1
Kiradech Aphibarnrat 300/1
Cameron Smith 300/1
Jon Rahm 300/1
Jaco Van Zyl 300/1
James Hahn 300/1
Kyung-Tae Kim 300/1
Peter Hanson 300/1
Andrew Johnston 300/1
Romain Wattel 300/1
Gregory Bourdy 300/1
Tom Hoge 300/1
Jason Kokrak 300/1
David Toms 300/1
Thomas Aiken 300/1
Lee Slattery 500/1
Maximilian Kieffer 500/1
Matteo Manassero 500/1
Yuta Ikeda 500/1
Hideto Tanihara 500/1
Derek Fathauer 500/1
J.J. Henry 500/1
Jim Herman 500/1
Justin Hicks 500/1
Sunghoon Kang 500/1
Spencer Levin 500/1
Carlos Ortiz 500/1
Scottie Scheffler 500/1
Kevin Tway 500/1
Tim Wilkinson 500/1
Aaron Wise 500/1
Steven Bowditch 1000/1
Jeff Maggert 1000/1
Derek Bard 1000/1
Gary Stal 1000/1
Yusaku Miyazato 1000/1
Toru Taniguchi 1000/1
Soren Hansen 1000/1
Sebastian Soderberg 1000/1
Jason Allred 1000/1
Charlie Danielson 1000/1
Andres Gonzales 1000/1
Nick Hardy 1000/1
Sam Horsfield 1000/1
Billy Hurley III 1000/1
Andrew Landry 1000/1
Denny McCarthy 1000/1
Rob Oppenheim 1000/1
Aron Price 1000/1
Dicky Pride 1000/1
Miguel Tabuena 1000/1
Ethan Tracy 1000/1
D.J. Trahan 1000/1
Jeev Milkha Singh 1000/1
Matthew Baldwin 2000/1
Mikael Lundberg 2000/1
Frank Adams III 2000/1
Mark Anguiano 2000/1
Matthew Borchert 2000/1
Kent Bulle 2000/1
Sam Burns 2000/1
Derek Chang 2000/1
Christopher Crawford 2000/1
Brandon Harkins 2000/1
Travis Howe 2000/1
Austin Jordan 2000/1
Gregor Main 2000/1
Matt Marshall 2000/1
Michael Miller 2000/1
Kyle Mueller 2000/1
Chase Parker 2000/1
Andrew Pope 2000/1
Tyler Raber 2000/1
Richard Schembechler II 2000/1
Wes Short Jr. 2000/1
Ryan Stachler 2000/1
Justin Suh 2000/1
Patrick Wilkes-Krier 2000/1
Thitiphun Chuayprakong 2000/1