US Open 2012 final round latest news, odds and free bets

The 2012 US Open reaches a climax tonight and there are a dozen golfers who can still claim the second major of the year at the Olympic Club in San Francisco

That includes Tiger Woods who was the pre-tournament favourite and the American’s odds got progressively shorter after rounds of 69 and 70 on the first two days. However, Woods suffered on Saturday by scoring 75 and is now five shots off the pace which means the bookies are prepared to offer 16/1 (Boylesports free bets) that he claims his fourth US Open title.

Scoring birdies is a difficult task at this Lake Course and Woods will be relying on players at the top of the leaderboard wavering, although Jim Furyk has been Mr Consistent and the 42-year-old knows what is required to win a US Open title after claiming the 2003 championship.

Furyk leads the way along with 2010 winner Graeme McDowell who has once again caught fire in this tournament and they are the only players under par after three difficult rounds, with the pair commanding a two-shot lead over Fredrik Jacobson in third place.

Furyk actually looks a decent bet at 11/4 (Sky Bet free £10 bet) considering he can draw on all his experience while the man known as G-Mac is also available at 11/4 (Paddy Power bookmaker) and the northern Irishman will be looking to ensure someone from that country wins for a third successive occasion.

Jacobson is available at much bigger odds of 16/1 and could represent each-way value considering he managed an impressive round of 68 on Saturday, with the trend suggesting he could even improve on that score come Sunday.

The Swede has never really been in major contention before and it depends whether he can enjoy a solid start on those first few holes, although he certainly has the game to win a major championship.

There are four players on 2 over and that includes Belgian Nicholas Colsaerts who is a 22/1 shot by virtue of the fact that few customers would have backed him at the beginning of the tournament, while Lee Westwood has the same score but is a best price 11/2 with Ladbrokes.

Westwood has had several near misses in major tournaments although his 67 on Saturday has hauled the Englishman right back into contention and he will play as part of the penultimate pairing with Jacobson which might help him as he’ll be just one hole ahead of the co-leaders and know what is required.

Ernie Els is another wily old campaigner in the mix on two under and the South African is an 18/1 shot to win the 2012 US Open after an excellent 68.

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