Dustin Johnson to tee off as betting favourite on British Open odds

Dustin Johnson lines up a putt on the 10th green during the third round of the U.S. Open. (Seth Wenig/AP)

Dustin Johnson will try to overcome a string of shaky performances at The Open Championship in recent years when he tees off in first-round action on Thursday as a +1200 favourite on the 2018 British Open odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

Johnson has been idle since finishing third at last month’s US Open as a +800 favourite, a performance that vaulted him back to the top of the World Golf Rankings, where he remains entering the 147th Open Championship at Carnoustie Golf Links in Angus, Scotland.

The 34-year-old has now finished in the top 10 on eight occasions this season, including wins at the Sentry Tournament of Champions and the FedEx St. Jude Classic, but has been a disappointment in recent appearances at The Open, finishing a distant 54th last year, and no better than 32nd in three of the past five years.

The world’s top-ranked golfer has plenty of company near the top of the board, with Justin Rose, Rickie Fowler, and Rory McIlroy knotted at +1600 on the odds to win the British Open, while defending champion Jordan Spieth sits in a six-way tie at +2200 with Jon Rahm, Tommy Fleetwood, Justin Thomas, Brooks Koepka, and Tiger Woods.

Rose has held steady at No. 3 on the rankings since claiming victory at the Fort Worth Invitational in late May, and followed up by finishing sixth at the Memorial Tournament as a strong +1400 bet before claiming a share of 10th place at the US Open as +800 chalk. But Rose has lagged behind the leaders at The Open, joining Johnson in 54th place last year.

McIlroy claimed The Open Championship crown in 2014 and finished in the top five in two subsequent appearances, and has shot six straight sub-70 rounds since missing the cut at the US Open while pegged as a +1400 wager.

The search for a first career major tournament win continues for Fowler, who has cracked the top 10 in six tour appearances since finishing second at the Masters as a lengthy +2200 wager on the golf odds. The 29-year-old has also finished no higher than 29th in his past three Open Championship appearances, but turned in a second-place performance in 2014.

And Spieth has struggled badly since making a valiant final-round charge into third place at the Masters. The 24-year-old Texan has finished no better than 21st in his last seven tour outings, missing the cut on three occasions, and falling to a dismal 42nd place finish while sporting +1400 odds at the Travelers Championship in late June – a tournament he opened by shooting a 63 in the opening round.

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