2017 U.S. Open Betting Preview: Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth Golf Odds, Trends

OddsShark.com@@OddsSharkFeatured ColumnistJune 13, 2017

Dustin Johnson tees off on the fifth hole during the second round of the Memorial golf tournament, Friday, June 2, 2017, in Dublin, Ohio. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
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American Dustin Johnson has not performed particularly well since finishing second in the Wells Fargo Championship back in May. However, that has not stopped sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark from pegging the 2016 U.S. Open champion as the +750 betting favorite (wager $100 to win $750) to repeat at Erin Hills in Wisconsin this year.

Johnson missed the cut at The Memorial to kick off the month of June after shooting a 152 through the first two rounds. That came after previously finishing 13th and 12th in the AT&T Byron Nelson and The Players Championship, respectively. He is still the top-ranked player in the world with earnings in excess of $6 million.

A small group of three other top contenders to win the U.S. Open includes Jordan Spieth (+1200), Rory McIlroy (+1200) and Jason Day (+1400). Spieth earned the 2015 U.S. Open title at Chambers Bay while McIlroy won it at Congressional in 2011.

Day has been playing better lately, falling to Billy Horschel in a playoff at the Byron Nelson on May 21 to place second after shooting a 12-under 268 through four rounds.

The second group of contenders with betting odds of less than +3000 includes Jon Rahm (+2000), Rickie Fowler (+2000), Justin Rose (+2200), Sergio Garcia (+2200), Hideki Matsuyama (+2800) and Henrik Stenson (+2800).

Of that group, Rose is the lone player who has won the U.S. Open before, doing so in 2013 at Merion Golf Club.

Since winning his first career Major with his Masters victory in early April, Garcia has finished higher than 20th in only one of three tournaments. That was the Dean & Deluca Invitational won by Kevin Kisner at the end of May, when the 37-year-old Spaniard ended up 12th to take home $131,100.

Garcia tied for fifth in the U.S. Open a year ago, finishing behind Johnson, Jim Furyk, Scott Piercy and Shane Lowry.

Other recent U.S. Open winners of note along with their golf odds for this week include Germany's Martin Kaymer (2014) at +6600, American Webb Simpson (2012) at +17500 and Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell (2010) at +15000.

Kaymer is an intriguing long shot as he looks for his first Top 10 finish since placing fourth in the Honda Classic in February.

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