US OPEN 2011

This entry was posted on Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

Failing to see the Woods for the Trees.

Cheryl Cole may not have had what it takes to survive in America, but there are a number of Brits aiming to crack the States this weekend. Donald, Westwood, McIlroy – three of the top four favourites for the 2011 US Open are Brits, and that is not to mention the holder, Northern Ireland’s G-Mac.

Bethesda may take its name from the ancient Hebrew for ‘House of Kindness’, but when the US Open comes to town tomorrow, don’t expect too much kindness from the Congressional Country Club. Trees galore and wide, testing greens await the combatants, and the major renowned for its high scoring, should be all set to challenge the world’s best once more.

Perhaps due to its tough courses, the US Open tends to produce more prestigious winners than any of the other two rotating majors, so for once, we aren’t tipping outsiders to triumph.

Our patriotic punt would be Lee Westwood – the course suits him, his major record of late has been superb, and all his interviews this week suggest a man in terrific confidence. Westwood is joint favourite at Bet365, priced at 12/1.

Our tip from the other side of the pond is Matt Kuchar. The crafty shot-selector from Florida turns 33 on Tuesday, and the US Open could be the perfect present. Back him at 11/1 with 365, to be the top American, and he is available at 27 with Betfair to win the tournament.

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