Johnson vs. McDowell
The final pairing in the final round of the 2010 U.S. Open features unlikely leaders Dustin Johnson and Graeme McDowell.
Two men seeking their first major championships will be the last off the tee on Sunday and McDowell is favored to have the better round of the two despite Johnson holding a three-shot lead.
According to oddsmakers from online sports book Sportsbook.com
Dustin Johnson -115:
After shooting a 5-under 66 in Saturday’s third round, Johnson is at 6-under for the tournament, three shots ahead of McDowell and the field. Johnson has not had a round over par on the week, but Sunday will test the young man’s nerves as he has never led a major through 54 holes. After putting up an impressive 66, Johnson will be due to struggle on Sunday because the U.S. Open course always bites back. Also, with Tiger Woods looming behind, the leader could hear footsteps while trying to play his round.
Graeme McDowell -125:
Like Johnson, McDowell doesn’t have a lot of experience in this situation but has also failed to shoot over par in a round this weekend. McDowell will have to start quickly to help make up the three shot deficit, so that will either make or break him. McDowell has shown good composure this weekend, but betting on him determines on that one key moment early when he takes his first chance. If it goes well, his round should be solid. If it goes poorly, it could be a long day. We think McDowell will put together a solid round of at least 1-under par.
Who will win: We like McDowell in this situation because he has to be aggressive while Johnson will likely be looking to settle for even par on the day if he can get it. Without the aggressive edge, Johnson could struggle and McDowell will be there to gain a few strokes back. If you are placing your money on the final group, we suggest taking McDowell.
Posted: 6/20/10 10:50AM ET