Tiger Woods’ withdrawal from the US Open has created a three-way tussle at the head of the betting, with Lee Westwood, Luke Donald and Phil Mickelson all vying for favouritism. Some bookies are struggling to split the trio but Totesport stick their neck out where Westwood is concerned, pricing the Worksop golfer at 13/1 to clinch his first Major while Donald and Mickelson are both available at a slightly longer 14/1, courtesy of Betfred and Sportingbet respectively.
Desperate to make amends for his Masters implosion, Rory McIlroy follows at 20/1 (Stan James) and also forming part of a strong European challenge are Martin Kaymer (25/1, Paddy Power) and of course defending champion Graeme McDowell, chalked up by William Hill at 40/1 to retain the title.
From an American perspective Hunter Mahan, Steve Stricker and Matt Kuchar will all have their backers at Coral, who rate all three at 25/1 but the overnight leader going into the final round in this event last year, Dustin Johnson could be a man to follow each-way; he’s available at 28/1 with bet365, who also offer six places.
Finally, punters looking for longer-priced runners could do worse than consider David Toms, quoted by Betdaq at 51.0 (50/1) or 80/1 shot (Totesport) Ernie Els, who was triumphant when the US Open was last held at Congressional, back in 1997.