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Thursday, 13 December, 2018

Brilliant Bryson DeChambeau in control at Muirfield Village

Tiger Woods continues to impress in comeback

Tiger Woods has been thrilling his army of fans
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Story so far
Bryson DeChambeau leads the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village, Ohio, going into the final round, the former US Amateur champion reaching 14 under par through 54 holes.

DeChambeau, who started the week at 66-1 and was backed in to 50-1 by tournament-eve, carded a third-round 66 to edge ahead of the high-class field.

The leader is a best-price 9-4 to get the job done and claim his second US Tour title. DeChambeau won the John Deere Classic last summer for a breakthrough success.

It has been a mixed week for the ante-post market leaders. Justin Rose is doing best of them, sitting in sixth place, four shots off the lead, while Tiger Woods is a shot further behind. Rory McIlroy fired a Saturday 64 to move within six of DeChambeau.

Justin Thomas is seven adrift and 125-1 for victory, while Dustin Johnson and Jason Day are a shot behind him. Jordan Spieth missed the cut.

-14 Bryson DeChambeau
-13 Patrick Cantlay, Kyle Stanley, Joaquin Niemann
-12 Byeong Hun An
-10 Justin Rose
-9 Whee Kim, Tiger Woods, JB Holmes, Hideki Matsuyama
-8 Rory McIlroy, David Lingmerth, Ryan Moore, Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Adam Scott, Tom Hoge, Julian Suri, Keegan Bradley, Si Woo Kim, Wesley Bryan

Best prices
9-4 B DeChambeau, 9-2 P Cantlay, 5 K Stanley, 7 J Niemann, 10 B H An, 14 J Rose, 25 T Woods, 40 H Matsuyama, 60 R McIlroy, 100 JB Holmes

Final-round advice
Bryson DeChambeau has played some excellent golf on a course which suits him well this week and the US Tour formhorse is probably going to be tough to stop.

The suspension for thunder unsettled DeChambeau badly in round two – he dropped three shots in four holes after the restart – but the 24-year-old Californian has been magnificent aside from that short blip.

A flawless third round – six birdies and 12 pars – has set the leader up wonderfully for the Sunday shootout in Ohio. The 18th is a super-tough hole, but DeChambeau made it look like a doddle to sign off on Saturday. A 333-yard drive to the fairway, a laserlike iron to four feet, then a confidently smashed-in birdie putt.

Putting is typically DeChambeau's weakness, but over the first three days of the Memorial he has holed more than his fair share. He is third in the putting stats. With a firm grip of the greens, the leader, a strong ball-striker who tops the driving distance stats this week, is looking formidable.

The biggest problem for the frontrunner could be the weather. More suspensions seem on the cards for round four – thunder is in the air – and DeChambeau will have to deal with the interruptions better than he did on Friday. The tee-times have been moved forward, with the players out in threeballs, in a bid to get 72 holes in around the weather.

Racing Post Sport followers have no need to get involved in the outright market at this stage, unless they want to have some cover on alternatives to DeChambeau, who was a 55-1 ante-post selection. The pre-tournament each-way investment is looking good, with DeChambeau having a nice four-shot cushion over sixth-placed Justin Rose.

Rose and Patrick Cantlay are arguably the biggest dangers to DeChambeau, but there is no urge to get involved, with a press-up at 9-4 a more tempting option. That seems a juicy price about the leader, a cool dude who has shown he has got big-time bottle in a glorious amateur career and a fast start to life as a pro.

Final-round threeball punters are pointed towards Tiger Woods for the 2.10pm contest. It is thrilling to see the resurgence of the 14-times Major champion, who has again shown glimpses of his brilliant best this week. The former world number is is clearly becoming a Major contender again and could be set for a glorious summer.

Woods can account for Whee Kim and JB Holmes in round four, while Rose should prove too steady for Joaquin Niemann and Byeong Hun An in the 2.20pm affair. The final threeball of DeChambeau, Cantlay and Kyle Stanley is due on the tee at 2.30pm.

Twoballs recommendations
T Woods
3pts 8-11 general

J Rose
2pts 10-11 Betfred, Sky Bet

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The biggest problem for the frontrunner could be the weather
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