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The Punter: Rory McIlroy still a better bet than Tiger Woods for a Major

Golfing punters got it off to a ‘tee' by backing Rory McIlroy, Lee Westwood and Tiger Woods for tournament wins last weekend.

All three started as favourites at 5-1, 7-2 and|100-30 respectively and the trio were backed in multiples with Paddy Power reporting losses of around £300,000 with one customer having a £500 win treble for a return of £52,000.

Ladbrokes were also hit, some customers combining those three with Marc Calcavechia who was 5-1 for a senior event, in yankees which resulted in a return of £13,260 for a £10 stake.

Tiger's first victory in ages, sees him quoted at |5-4 to win another Major ahead of McIlroy and Westwood before 2015 but I'd rather be with Rory at 2-1.

McIlroy won in Hong Kong, Westwood in South Africa while Woods was back to something like his best with a birdie-birdie finish to eclipse Zach Johnson by a shot in California.

Tiger will not be back in action until the Abu Dhabi Champions at the end of January but for McIlroy and Westwood, it's onwards and upwards with the Dubai World Championship starting tomorrow.

Rory, the 6-1 market leader needs a victory and hope World No 1 Luke Donald isn't in the top nine if he's to win the Race to Dubai, based on money won on in the European Tour.

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