iBet: Consistent McDowell has the ideal game for Merion

Gareth Purnell

US Open 2013, Merion, starts tomorrow

Back Graeme McDowell for a top 20 finish at 8/5 with Betfair Sportsbook

The fairways at Merion are only about 25 yards wide and the rough is brutal. Indeed it’s important to note that the course has been fertilizing the rough and players have been commenting that if you go in, you might struggle to advance the ball 100 yards, and that’s if you can find it.

Big hitting has to be sacrificed for accuracy, creating a more even playing field and so we are looking for someone with accuracy off the tee, a solid approach game and who is excellent around the greens. Indeed the last four winners of the US Open have all ranked in the top 10 for their ability to get up and down around the greens.

It’s also a course where outsiders can perform well – last year’s winner Webb Simpson went off at 60/1. However, certain players do thrive. Woods has made the top ten eight times and won it three times (Betfair Sportsbook go top price Tiger Woods at 6/1), while Graeme McDowell, who appears to have the ideal game for the Open, has an average finishing position of 8.75 over the last four years.

Chelsea have been steadily backed to win the Premier League since the return of Jose Mourinho was confirmed and are now around 9/4, the same price as Manchester City, with Manchester United on the drift at 2/1. The ‘Special One’ is 8/1 to be named as the next manager of England, a market for which Harry Redknapp is the 6/1 favourite. Gareth Southgate is odds on to be the next manager of England’s Under-21 squad.

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