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Cantlay now among U.S. Open betting favorites

Patrick Cantlay realized several tangible benefits from his second career PGA Tour victory at the Memorial Tournament on Sunday.

Along with a cool $1.638 million winner’s check and guaranteed entries into all the marquee events over the next year, Cantlay also vaulted six spots to No. 8 in the official world golf rankings — a career high for the 27-year-old.

Jack Nicklaus and Patrick Cantlay
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With that success on a big stage against a tough field comes respect from oddsmakers.

Cantlay entered the Memorial in good form, having tied for ninth at the Masters and then tying for third at the RBC Heritage and the PGA Championship in his past four tournaments.

He arrived in Dublin, Ohio, last week listed at 25/1 by Sportsbetting.ag and 28/1 by Sportsbook.ag to win the 2019 U.S. Open later this month. After setting a Sunday scoring record in claiming the Memorial title, Cantlay is now listed at 18/1 by Sportsbetting.ag and 20/1 by Sportsbook.ag and Bovada.lv.

Four-time major champion Brooks Koepka remains the betting favorite at 6/1 by Sportsbetting.ag and 11/2 by Sportsbook.ag, while Dustin Johnson (7.5/1 and 7/1) is close behind. Tiger Woods entered Sunday’s round at 10/1 by both sportsbooks and remained there following his closing 67 to charge into the top 10.

Martin Kaymer, the overnight Memorial leader who stumbled to a third-place finish with a 72 on Sunday, still improved from 100/1 to 66/1 by Sportsbook.ag. The German, who finished tied for 51st at the Masters and missed the cut at the PGA Championship, also vaulted 89 spots to No. 97 in the world golf rankings.

–Field Level Media (@FieldLevelMedia)