Golf: Woods heavy favourite for US Open

Tiger Woods of the U.S. tees off on the 10th hole during a practice round for the US Open on the...
Tiger Woods of the U.S. tees off on the 10th hole during a practice round for the US Open on the Lake Course at the Olympic Club in San Francisco, California. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok
Tiger Woods has not won a major title in four years but the former world number one has been installed as the overwhelming favourite for this week's US Open at the Olympic Club by several leading odds-makers.

The American's victory on a demanding layout at the Memorial tournament two weeks ago in Dublin, Ohio, suggested he is close to his best and he is the top choice for the year's second major based on a survey of 20 bookmakers.

Woods, who won the most recent of his 14 major titles at the 2008 US Open, has been made an 8-1 favourite by British bookmakers Ladbrokes and William Hill. Both odds-makers rated world number one Luke Donald and third-ranked fellow Briton Lee Westwood joint second best at 12-1.

According to Ladbrokes, defending US Open champion Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland is next best at 16-1 with American left-hander Phil Mickelson rated at 20-1.

Other fancies include American world number six Matt Kuchar and seventh-ranked Briton Justin Rose, both at 25-1, while Masters champion Bubba Watson is backed at a surprising 50-1.

Woods, a three-times winner of the US Open who has triumphed twice on the PGA Tour this year, was the top choice by each of the 20 bookmakers surveyed.

 

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