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Johnson is the Clear US Open Favorite

Dustin Johnson missed the cut in his most recent outing at the Memorial Tournament two weeks ago, but the top-ranked player in the world is still the clear betting favorite on the odds to win the US Open as the PGA Tour’s second major event of the season starts on Thursday.

Johnson won the US Open last year, marking the first victory in a major tournament of his career. That was the highlight of a strong 2016 season for Johnson in which he also finished tied for fourth place at the Masters at Augusta and also tied for ninth place at the British Open.

And Johnson had a strong run to start the 2017 season as well, picking up tournament victories at the Genesis Open in February and at the WGC-Mexico Championship and the WGC-Match Play Championship in March. Johnson then missed the Masters after injuring his back just prior to the tournament, but performed well at the Wells Fargo Championship when he tied for a second-place finish. Since then the American has also ended up tied for 12th place at THE PLAYERS Championship and then tied for 13th place at the AT&T Byron Nelson.

For the US Open this week Johnson is listed as the +750 betting favorite, putting him ahead of Rory McIlroy at +1200, Jordan Spieth and Jason Day who are both at +1400 on the odds board. Both Spieth and McIlroy have won this event in the past as well, with Spieth taking the tournament in 2015 and McIlroy getting the win in 2011. Neither presented a challenge to Johnson last year, though, as Spieth ended up tied for 37th place and McIlroy missed the cut.

Day, on the other hand, had a solid showing at the US Open last year, ending up in a tie for eighth place. That marked the fourth year in a row that Day had ended up among the Top 10 golfers at the tournament, and the fifth time since 2011. However, the native of Australia is still looking for his first career US Open win; his lone major came at the 2015 PGA Championship.

 

Garcia Trailing on US Open Betting Lines

Sergio Garcia finally won his first career major earlier this year, grabbing the green jacket at the Masters. Garcia, though, sits back of the favorites at +2500 on the odds to win the US Open this week. That puts him behind the top favorites along with Jon Rahm and Rickie Fowler, who are both set at a line of +2000. Justin Rose joins Garcia at +2500 on the odds to win the tournament; Rose was the US Open champion at Merion Golf Club back in 2013.

Hideki Matsuyama is at +3300 on the US Open odds along with Justin Thomas, with Adam Scott at +2800, and  Henrik Stenson at +3000. Martin Kaymer, who won the US Open at Pinehurst in 2014, is listed at +8000 odds to come out on top at the tournament this week.

 

*Odds as of June 14, 2017

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