96°F
weather icon Clear

Dustin Johnson opens as 10-1 favorite to win British Open

Updated June 20, 2017 - 4:28 pm

Dustin Johnson has dealt with some major issues this year.

He missed the Masters after injuring his back falling down stairs on the eve of the iconic tournament, then missed the cut at the U.S. Open on Friday after flailing in the fescue at Erin Hills.

Despite his missteps, Johnson remains the world’s top-ranked golfer and the odds-on favorite to win the British Open, which will be played July 20 to 23 at Royal Birkdale Golf Club in Southport, England.

Johnson opened as the 10-1 favorite at the Westgate sports book to win the year’s third major. Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth are each listed at 12-1, and Jason Day and 2017 Masters champion Sergio Garcia are each 15-1.

McIlroy and Day also missed the cut at the U.S. Open, where 30-1 long shot Brooks Koepka won after shooting 16 under.

“It’s just so tough for these guys. The talent goes so deep in golf now. So many guys are capable of winning,” Westgate sports book manager Jeff Sherman said. “In past British Opens, we’ve seen Ben Curtis and Todd Hamilton win, and those guys were 500-1. The weather forecast and elements work against you. There’s a big luck element.”

Henrik Stenson won the 2016 British Open at Royal Troon after outlasting Phil Mickelson in one of the most dramatic final-round duels in major championship history. Stenson, who closed at 25-1 odds, shot an 8-under 63 to tie Johnny Miller’s record for the lowest final round in a major. Mickelson, who went off at 30-1, fired a bogey-free 6-under 65 in the final round and still lost by three shots.

More Betting: See more sports betting coverage online at reviewjournal.com/betting and @RJ_Sports on Twitter.

Contact reporter Todd Dewey at tdewey@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0354. Follow @tdewey33 on Twitter.

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
Sports Betting Spotlight Videos
THE LATEST
Heat wave forces cancellation of horse racing cards

The New York Racing Association pulled the plug on Saratoga Race Course’s Saturday card, but the show will go on as Monmouth Park hosts the $1 million Haskell Invitational.

WSOP 2019: Hossein Ensan wins Main Event, $10M

Hossein Ensan won the 50th annual World Series of Poker Main Event and the $10 million first prize after eliminating Dario Sammartino in a heads-up duel after Alex Livingston was knocked out earlier Tuesday night at the Rio Convention Center.

Legal sports betting officially underway in New York

New York joined the growing list of states allowing wagering on sports after an upstate casino cut the ribbon on a new betting lounge Tuesday and took its first bet — $20 on the Seattle Mariners.