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Johnson the Heavy Wells Fargo Favorite

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Dustin Johnson will make his first start since the Masters amid high expectations when he tees off at the Wells Fargo Championship on Thursday as a heavy +450 betting favorite.

Johnson was positioned as a strong favorite at Augusta before a back injury forced him to withdraw during the first round, but he remains unbeaten in his past three events going into Thursday’s opening round of the Wells Fargo Championship at Eagle Point Golf Club in Wilmington, North Carolina.

The 32-year-old’s breakthrough started a year ago with a three-stroke victory at the US Open while sporting +1200 odds. Johnson followed up with victories at the 2016 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and BMW Championship, and shot five total rounds of 66 or less en route to victories at this year’s Genesis Open and WGC-Mexico Championship.

However, it has been six years since Johnson last participated in the Wells Fargo Championship, missing the cut both in 2011 and in his first appearance back in 2008.

 

Rahm, Scott, Casey Follow on the Odds

Spain’s Jon Rahm enters the weekend at Eagle Point trailing only Johnson with +1100 odds, followed by Australia’s Adam Scott at +1600, and Britain’s Paul Casey at +2000.

With four top-five finishes so far in his third season on the PGA Tour, Rahm looks poised for a breakthrough. However, the 22-year-old has stumbled since finishing second to Johnson at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, finishing 10th at the Shell Houston Open and a disappointing 27th at the Masters as a +2000 wager.

Scott finished a season-best ninth at Augusta after recording a pair of wins on the tour in 2016, but he has missed the cut in two of his past three appearances at the Wells Fargo Championship.

Casey has also struggled at this event, settling for a 41st-place finish last year, but demonstrated resilience while bouncing back from a dismal 75 in the second round of the Masters to finish a strong sixth at Augusta.

Kevin Kisner and Phil Mickelson lead the best of the rest, at +2200 and +2500 respectively, while two other players are level at +2800, including Bill Haas and Webb Simpson.

James Hahn picked up the win at the 2016 Wells Fargo Championship, but enters this year’s event at a distant +15000, while 2014 tournament winner JB Holmes looks to build on a fifth-place finish at last weekend’s Zurich Classic of New Orleans and sports +5000 odds of joining Rory McIlroy as this tournament’s only two-time winner.

 

*Odds as of May 3, 2017

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