Masters champion Garcia trailing favourites on U.S. Open odds

Sergio Garcia, of Spain, watches his tee shot. (Charlie Riedel/AP)

Masters champion Sergio Garcia will be seeking a second straight major tournament victory when he tees up at this week’s U.S. Open at a lengthy betting line of +2200 on the golf odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

The 37-year-old Spaniard broke through in dramatic fashion to claim his first major win at Augusta on long +4000 odds, but has finished far down the leaderboard in his past three tournament appearances going into the 117th U.S. Open Championship, which gets underway on Thursday morning at Erin Hills.

Garcia sported +1800 odds entering the 2017 Players Championship, but a final-round 78 doomed him to a 30th-place finish. Rounds of 65 and 64 kept Garcia in contention at the AT&T Byron Nelson, but those rounds were sandwiched between mediocre opening and final rounds, relegating him to 20th place after starting the tournament at a strong +1200.

Garcia has also struggled at the U.S. Open in recent years, finishing no better than 18th in five of his past seven appearances, but last year’s fifth-place finish marked his best showing at the tournament since 2005, when he claimed a share of third place.

Dustin Johnson, currently the world’s No. 1 ranked golfer and the defending U.S. Open champion, leads the way as a strong +750 betting favourite.

Johnson dominated on the PGA Tour last season following his U.S. Open win at Oakmont Country Club as a +1200 bet. The 32-year-old American closed out the 2016 campaign with 15 Top-10 finishes and three tournament victories, and continued his torrid pace with three wins in early 2017, including a dominating performance at the Genesis Open where he coasted to victory by five strokes while pegged as +750 chalk.

But Johnson has struggled since withdrawing from this year’s Masters following an untimely back injury, cracking the Top 10 just once in his past four outings, and missing the cut at the Memorial Tournament earlier this month while listed as heavy +600 chalk.

Familiar faces trail Johnson at the top of the U.S. Open odds. 2015 tournament champion Jordan Spieth joins 2011 winner Rory McIlroy at +1200, while Jason Day follows at +1400, ahead of Jon Rahm, who sits alongside Rickie Fowler at +2000 on the golf odds for the week.

Rahm has made his mark in his third year on the PGA Tour, rising to No. 10 in the rankings after finishing in the Top 10 in seven of 15 tournaments, including his first tour victory at the Farmers Insurance Open to pay out on long +4500 odds. However, the 22-year-old Spaniard failed to make the cut two weeks ago at the Memorial.