Coming off three straight top-10 finishes, Dustin Johnson is hoping to parlay his recent strong play into his first British Open title when action tees off starting on Thursday at Carnoustie Golf Links in Angus, Scotland.
The 34-year-old is the +1200 favorite (bet $100 to win $1,200) on the 2018 British Open odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark in an event he has placed in the top 10 three times, including a tie for ninth in 2016.
Last year, Johnson finished in a tie for 54th, his worst result since missing the cut in 2009. However, the American has played much better lately, which is why he is the clear favorite over a group of other top contenders, including Justin Rose, Rickie Fowler and Rory McIlroy, who are all listed behind him at +1600 on those golf odds.
Defending champion Jordan Spieth follows in another group at +2200, along with Jon Rahm, Tommy Fleetwood, Justin Thomas, Brooks Koepka and Tiger Woods.
Spieth's struggles since placing third at the Masters are well-documented, as the 24-year-old Texas native has missed the cut in three of the past seven tournaments he has entered, including the U.S. Open last month. In addition, his best finish over the last three months was a tie for 21st in the AT&T Byron Nelson in mid-May.
Koepka is looking to improve on his career-best sixth-place finish at the tournament last year after winning the U.S. Open for the second time last month. Following that victory, the 28-year-old turned in a 19th-place finish at the Travelers Championship, an event won by Bubba Watson, who is a +8000 long shot to win the Claret Jug for the first time.
The 39-year-old's best finish at The Open Championship was tied for 23rd in 2012, and it has proved to be his toughest major, as it has for many.
Two other golfers to watch are Sweden's Henrik Stenson and Spain's Sergio Garcia. Both are +2800 on the odds to win The Open and have enjoyed some previous success at the event.
Stenson won it two years ago, while Garcia lost a playoff and placed second in 2007 before tying for the runner-up spot with Fowler when McIlroy earned the 2014 title at Royal Liverpool.
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