Golf: Long odds for Westwood at US Open

Lee Westwood has been consistent on the whole but after difficulties in recent events is a 25/1 shot
Lee Westwood has been consistent on the whole but after difficulties in recent events is a 25/1 shot

Worksop’s Lee Westwood is Mr Consistency in golf’s major championships, having racked up nine top-10 finishes in his last 14 attempts but a victory in one of the ‘big four’ events continues to elude him ahead.

BetVictor make him 25/1 to end his long wait in the US Open at Pennsylvania’s Merion Golf Club but he did not exactly warm up in the ideal fashion, carding a first-round 76 before withdrawing from the Memorial Tournament in Ohio last weekend.

Before that, Westwood relinquished a two-shot lead in the final round of the BMW PGA Championship and finished ninth: he then admitted that he was having trouble with his swing.

Nevertheless, the fact that the former world number one was out in front three-quarters of the way through such a prestigious event is a positive sign and if things fall into place in the US Open then he should end up there or thereabouts once again.

With four tournament victories to his name this season, Tiger Woods looks the obvious choice to win. Skybet instal him as 5/1 favourite. However, Woods endured a disastrous weekend at the Memorial Tournament, posting a career-worst, nine-hole 44 during his third round before eventually tying for 65th place, and that is a touch off-putting, given his short price.

It had looked as though the vacant managerial post at Sheffield United was about to be filled a fortnight ago before Stuart McCall decided to stay at Motherwell and there has now been a gamble on caretaker boss Chris Morgan – in to 4/7 with Stan James.

Michael Appleton has also attracted cash this week and is currently trading at 3/1 (BetVictor) while Stan James post 3/1 against Keith Curle and Robert Page, last week’s odds-on favourite who is a 4/1 shot at BetVictor.

Joe Root is 5/1 with bet365 to be England’s top scorer in the ICC Champions Trophy opener against Australia at Edgbaston this weekend.

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