British Open Odds 2018: Vegas Projections for Top Stars in This Year's Field

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistJuly 16, 2018

SOUTHAMPTON, NY - JUNE 17:  Dustin Johnson of the United States looks on from a green during the final round of the 2018 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club on June 17, 2018 in Southampton, New York.  (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
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Dustin Johnson is the 11-1 favourite to win the 2018 British Open, which starts on Thursday at Carnoustie Golf Links in Angus, Scotland.

He will be hoping to better his T2 finish from 2011 when the third major of the golfing calendar gets under way.

Close behind him are the usual suspects, such as former winners Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth, per OddsShark:

  • Dustin Johnson 11-1
  • Rory McIlroy 12-1
  • Jordan Spieth 16-1
  • Justin Rose 16-1
  • Rickie Fowler 16-1
  • Tommy Fleetwood 16-1
  • Brooks Koepka 20-1
  • Justin Thomas 20-1
  • Tiger Woods 20-1
  • Jon Rahm 20-1

                              

Dustin Johnson, 11-1

It's little surprise to find the world No. 1 at the head of the market, particularly as he is enjoying a superb season.

Per the PGA Tour, Johnson ranks first in total strokes gained, birdie and scoring averages as well as holes per eagle.

The 34-year-old has made the cut in all 12 of his PGA Tour events this season, with eight top-10 finishes and a trio of top-threes, including two wins.

His most recent win came at the FedEx St. Jude Classic in June, when he showed just why he is the world No. 1:

He looked to have carried that momentum into the U.S. Open the following week as he opened up a four-shot lead in the second round, per golf writer Jason Sobel:

However, he followed that up with a seven-over 77 in the third round:

Johnson has finished in the top 10 three times at the British Open, including a T2 finish in 2011, but his recent collapse suggests caution should be employed when backing him at Carnoustie.

                               

Jordan Spieth, 16-1

Spieth is the defending champion at the British Open and a three-time major winner already in his short career, but he has had a difficult year.

Since finishing third at the Masters, the 24-year-old has not finished in the top 20 in seven tournaments and failed to make the cut on three occasions, including at the U.S. Open last month.

Golf journalist Amanda Rose put his season in perspective:

His putting has been a particular issue, per Golf Channel's Will Gray:

The American ranks just 175th for strokes gained from putting on the PGA Tour.

Unless he can significantly improve on his short game, it's difficult to see him defending his title successfully in Scotland.

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