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Jon Rahm faces a race against time to be fit for this week’s US Open.

The Spaniard, a winner of the championship in 2021, was forced to withdraw from LIV Golf Houston on Saturday after just six holes due to an infection in his left foot.

He could be seen visibly limping during his first round on Friday.

Rahm, who joined the Saudi-funded league in a reported $450million deal in December, now faces an anxious wait to see if he will be fit to take his place in the field for the third men’s major of the year.

The 29-year-old is currently scheduled to hold a pre-championship press conference at Pinehurst Country Club on Tuesday.

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Rahm has had a disappointing 2024 to date.

He could do no better than tie for 45th on his Masters defence in April before missing the cut at the PGA Championship at Valhalla last month – the first time he failed to advance to the weekend of a major in five years.

He has also been unable to win an individual title on LIV in eight attempts so far, although he is currently second on the year-long individual standings with his team, Legion XIII, also second amongst the 13 teams.

Despite that, he still has the bookies running scared and, at the time of writing, is priced at 20/1 to win his second US Open title.

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US Open: Top-10 current betting favourites*

7/2 – Scottie Scheffler

11/1 – Rory McIlroy

12/1 – Xander Schauffele

14/1 – Viktor Hovland

14/1 – Collin Morikawa

18/1 – Bryson DeChambeau

18/1 – Ludvig Aberg

20/1 – Jon Rahm

25/1 – Brooks Koepka

33/1 – Joaquin Niemann

* All prices correct at the time of posting and subject to change. Always gamble responsibly.

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Michael McEwan is the Deputy Editor of bunkered and has been part of the team since 2004. In that time, he has interviewed almost every major figure within the sport, from Jack Nicklaus, to Rory McIlroy, to Donald Trump. The host of the multi award-winning bunkered Podcast and a member of Balfron Golfing Society, Michael is the author of three books and is the 2023 PPA Scotland 'Writer of the Year' and 'Columnist of the Year'. Dislikes white belts, yellow balls and iron headcovers. Likes being drawn out of the media ballot to play Augusta National.

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