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Johnson maintains hold on U.S. Open oddsmakers

Dustin Johnson continues to excite the Las Vegas oddsmakers ahead of the 2017 US Open, despite his last-minute withdrawal from the Masters with a back injury.

Johnson, the reigning U.S. Open champion, rates as a 7-1 favorite to win the June 15-18 national championship at Erin Hills in Wisconsin. He also was favored two weeks ago to win his first green jacket but slipped down stairs in his rental home in Augusta, Ga., on the eve of the Masters. Minutes before the first round, he said that he couldn’t swing without pain and withdrew.

Johnson retained his No. 1 spot in the Official World Golf Ranking that updates today. He has said that he will return to the Tour for theMay 4-7 Wells Fargo Championship.

The Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook handicaps the U.S. Open with an apparent eye on the top of the world rankings. Rory McIlroy, No. 2 in the world, is the 9-1 second choice to win at Erin Hills. No. 5 Jordan Spieth comes in at 10-1, followed by No. 3 Jason Day at 12-1 and No. 4 Hideki Matsuyama and No. 8 Justin Rose at 15-1.

Sergio Garcia, the recent Masters champion, is a 25-1 choice. He’s not even the top Spaniard. That distinction goes to rookie Jon Rahm, a 20-1 pick.

Phil Mickelson, who lacks the U.S. Open title for the career Grand Slam, is a 30-1 choice to win a tournament in which he has finished runner-up six times.

Tiger Woods remains on the board at 100-1, although his status is questionable as he struggles to return from back surgeries last year.