Bet on Westwood to challenge for US Open title

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Tiger Woods’ withdrawal from the US Open has created a three-way tussle at the head of the betting, with Worksop’s Lee Westwood, Luke Donald and Phil Mickelson all vying for favouritism.

Locally, all eyes are on Westwood and the good news for local punters is that Ladbrokes stick their neck out by pricing the 38-year-old at 14/1 to clinch his first major. Westwood has been edging closer to that accolade, finishing in the top three in four of his last six majors and he’ll be well backed at Congressional, where Donald and Mickelson are also fancied, at an identical 14/1, with Betfred and Sportingbet respectively.

Desperate to make amends for the Masters, 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 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 have their backers at Coral, who rate them at 25/1 but the overnight leader going into the final round last year, Dustin Johnson is available at 28/1 with bet365.

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