Relentless Rory set for defining day of career at Congressional

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He’s been compared to Tiger Woods all week and today Rory McIlroy can show the golfing world that he is ready to become the next superstar in golf.

The Masters may be lingering in some people’s memory, but punters can forget a final day collapse at Congressional as the 22-year-old has this golf course in the palm of his hand.

A round of 68 yesterday leaves McIlroy on 14-under-par, eight shots ahead of his nearest competitor Y E Yang.

Yang’s round of 70 yesterday means he will partner McIlroy in the final round of the US Open but the Korean is no longer battling Mcilroy for the lead, he is merely defending his position in second.

McIlroy is the 1/20 favourite to go on and win the US Open later today and while there will be a few prepared to take on the favourite after what happened at Augusta, anyone watching McIlroy in his first three rounds will realise just how comfortable the Ulsterman is on this course.

There is some value to be found in backing McIlroy today as he is 8/11 to shoot a lower score than playing partner Yang in this final round and there are many who believe McIlroy will win by more than the eight-shot lead he currently holds.

Lee Westwood is favoured to make the biggest dent in McIlroy’s lead and the man from Nottingham is 5/2 to win the US Open without McIlroy.

Westwood continues to prove just how consistent he is in the Majors and while some will see it as falling short once again, there is nothing Westwood can do about the standard of golf McIlroy has shown this week.

Just three shots separate third and ninth leaving plenty of value to be found in the without McIlroy betting market and Jason Day, after his second place finish in the Masters, offers plenty of value at 5/1.

It will be a great day at Congressional with McIlroy set to confirm his place among the best, but the battle for second is an intriguing one and there is plenty of profit to be found.

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Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.