Victor Chandler have cut Adam Scott from 33/1 to 20/1 for the USPGA Championship in Georgia after his emphatic four-shot success at the Bridgestone Invitational but there are also high hopes of a British triumph in the final major of the year.
Rory McIlroy heads the market on 11/1, while Luke Donald and Lee Westwood are next best in the betting at 14/1 after all three looked in fine form over the weekend.
Donald had only three bogeys all week at Firestone and birdied two of the last three holes for a closing 66 to finish joint second, while US Open champion McIlroy shot 67 for joint sixth place and Westwood a joint best-of-the-day 65 for ninth.
“It was a good week,” said Donald, now further ahead of Westwood at the top of the world rankings. “I take a lot of positives. It’s probably one of the best ball-striking weeks I’ve had for a while.
“Disappointing I didn’t make a couple more birdies and give Scotty a good run, but I felt really comfortable off the tee and my iron play was good.
“I’m not going to worry too much about the putter. I’ve always felt like I’m a good putter and those things will come around. I’ve just got to keep being patient and keep giving myself opportunities – that’s all I can do.”
McIlroy added: “It’s been a very productive week with four rounds in the 60s. It would have been nice to give myself a little more of a chance to win this week – I just didn’t hole enough putts – but it’s a good confidence-builder.
“I’m playing well. I’m really happy with the way I’m hitting it and driving it a lot better than I have done the last couple weeks. I’m ready for it.”
Westwood commented: “It’s been pretty good. I haven’t hit many bad shots and today really started to get the hang of the greens. It’s moving along nicely. I don’t want to get too ahead of myself, but today I felt a lot more confident.”
As for the much sterner test expected this week he added: “That’s good. The way I’m hitting the ball, the harder the better.”