Tiger’s turbulent day three edges McDowell closer to second major

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Graeme McDowell, having been flagged up in our day-two review at 14/1, heads into the final day of a topsy-turvy US Open tied for the lead and rated the 5/2 joint-favourite to regain the title that he first claimed in 2010.

A formidable 68 round on day three of the year’s second major – two under the course par at the much-criticised Olympic Club in San Francisco – has moved him alongside another former champion, Jim Furyk, at one under for the weekend.

The pair are also joined at the top of the market, forcing punters to decide whether McDowell’s fine form with the finish approaching, birdying three of the back nine on Saturday, is a more reliable indicator than Furyk’s consistency.

The 2003 winner is the only player to have reached par in every round – carding 69s and 70s throughout – at this unforgiving Californian course, which has already culled several big names, including holder Rory McIlroy and Luke Donald.

The proven major winners are two shots ahead of the next challenger, Sweden’s Fredik Jacobsen (14/1) while Lee Westwood is the pick of the quartet together three shots shy at 5/2 after entering contention with an inspired 67.

American compatriots Tiger Woods and David Toms had started Saturday alongside Furyk in first place but struggled severely, Woods hitting five over and Toms six to drift out to 14/1 and 150/1 respectively.

Nobody has recovered from more than four strokes off the pace on the final day of the US Open this century, however Woods remains hopeful that such a gap can be bridged on a course as capable of sabotage as this one.

He said: “I’m just going to have to shoot a good round, post early and see what happens. It’s not like where you have to go out there and shoot 62 and 63. This is a US Open – you just need to hang around.

“I’m definitely still in the ball game. I’m only five back and that’s certainly doable on this golf course for sure.”

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Craig Kemp

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