It’s a straight fight between Shane Lowry and Dustin Johnson for the US Open title today, according to the oddsmakers.

Irishman Lowry’s two shot lead, ahead of the leaders returning to finish their third rounds later on, sees him installed at the top of the market – with most firms making him a 5/2 favourite.

Johnson had been the clear leader with many of the bookies going into Saturday but his up-and-down round means he can now be backed at a best priced 7/2 despite being three shots adrift.

Andrew Landry impressed many commentators with the way he recovered after a wobble during his second round and with how he stuck around during the third.

But that performance is cutting no ice with those who set the betting markets. The man who told his father he was going to win the tournament this week can still be backed at an enticing 20/1 for those who look for value.

Sergio Garcia and Lee Westwood know what it is like to be at the top of the leaderboard going into the final day of a Major.

lowry

Neither have been able to get it done in the past, however, and that might explain why both are nearly double figure odds to lift the famous trophy.

The pair, currently in tied 3rd at -2, are available to back at 15/2 and 9/1 respectively.

While firms may be relaxed about their prospects, they are certainly keeping a firm eye on Branden Grace.

The South African could count himself unlucky not to have won at Chambers Bay 12 months ago and he has rocketed up the Oakmont leaderboard following a heroic 66 in the third round.

Safely in the clubhouse, and in 6th place at present, he can rest up and watch those with holes remaining battle with the elements before going back out into action later on today.

His price, of 10/1, may well be appealing to many.

READ MORE