Within minutes of Tiger Woods' withdrawal from the U.S. Open, bodog.com installed Lee Westwood as the betting favorite.
Westwood's odds dropped to 10-1, ahead of his former co-favorites Luke Donald and Phil Mickelson who remained at 12-1.
The surprise here is that Lee hasn't really done much since losing a playoff to Donald in the European PGA Championship while Luke finished a solid seventh at the Memorial last week and figured to become not only be number one in the world rankings but the favorite at the U.S. Open among bettors.
Meanwhile, this is the first time Woods will miss the U.S. Open since turning pro, leaving the Masters as the only major he's played in every year.
USGA executive director Mike Davis said, "(Woods) certainly brings excitement to the event. He'll be missed,
but the U.S. Open will go on. The event is bigger than one player, but
he certainly will be missed."
Also missing will be big TV numbers now that Woods has opted out.
But his knee is still recovering, and until it does, his game can't hope to get back on track. The question: When he's healthy again, will Tiger be good enough to take a serious run at Nicklaus' record 18 major wins, or will he continue to struggle?