Tiger Woods is fancied by many respected pundits to finally end his five-year major drought at the US Open this week – and our price on him achieving the feat cannot be beaten elsewhere.
The American has found some long overdue form this season after dropping as low as 58 in the world rankings in 2011 and has five titles to his name since the turn of the year.
And although he has not lifted one of golf’s four flagship trophies since victory in this event at Torrey Pines in 2008, the three-time US Open champion will surely attract huge attention at a stand-out 6/1.
The goalposts (or should that be wicker baskets?) have been moved slightly in the immediate build-up to the tournament by torrential downpours which have softened the short but challenging Merion Golf Club course.
However, if anyone has the skill to battle the elements while also navigating the narrow fairways, avoiding the dangerous sand traps and minimising the impact of the punishing rough, then it is surely Woods.
Punters registering with bwin today can claim a free £20 bet and placing this on the 37-year-old to add a 15th major crown to his collection would pocket returns of £140 if successful.
Woods’ overwhelming favouritism is a throwback to the days when he used to blow away the best fields in the biggest events and is further emphasised by the fact that joint-second favourites Graeme McDowell and Phil Mickelson are way out at 20/1.
Next up is Rory McIlroy, who has not enjoyed the greatest of seasons to date but has been buoyed by the arrival of wet weather at Merion and is a 22/1 chance to add to his 2011 US Open triumph.
Reigning Masters champion Adam Scott and the supremely consistent Matt Kuchar are also both at 22/1, with English trio Justin Rose, Lee Westwood and Luke Donald available at 28/1, 30/1 and 40/1 respectively.
Our prices on Kuchar – who is bang in form after winning the Memorial Tournament earlier this month – and Donald cannot be beaten by any other bookmaker at the time of writing.
But it would be no surprise if Woods banished any lingering doubts about his return to form with a landmark triumph in Pennsylvania – and you’d be mad not to have backed him with us if he does.