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Tuesday, 20 November, 2018

Mickelson fans hoping for stormy start

Lefty freely available at 50-1 for title

Rickie Fowler has been a popular choice with punters this week
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Phil Mickelson is still being quoted at 50-1 by most bookmakers for the US Open, but he needs a lot of help from the weather gods to even start the tournament.

Mickelson has committed to attending the high-school graduation of his daughter, which takes place in California during round one of the US Open, and the five-time Major champion needs a four-hour morning weather delay at Erin Hills to have any chance of making his tee-time.

Mexican Roberto Diaz is waiting at Erin Hills to replace the legendary left-hander in the field.

Bookmakers are falling over themselves to offer attractive each-way terms for the Wisconsin showpiece, a seemingly wide-open event.

Betfair, Coral, Power and Sky Bet are all paying to a fifth the odds, the first eight places.

Coral spokesman John Hill said Rickie Fowler, Charl Schwartzel, Louis Oosthuizen and Jon Rahm are their biggest liabilities after the first two days of US Open week, while bet365's Steve Freeth reported “four-figure bets on Thomas Pieters, Alex Noren, Rafa Cabrera-Bello and Kevin Kisner”.

Mexican Roberto Diaz is waiting at Erin Hills
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