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Vegas expects Johnson to add another victory at Players

Dustin Johnson narrowly missed a fourth consecutive victory in last week’s Wells Fargo Championship, but Las Vegas oddsmakers expect him to return to his winning ways this week.

Johnson has been installed as a 7-1 favorite to win The Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., according to Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook.

Johnson, who is No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking, won his first three starts of the year before a freak accident April 5derailed him at the Masters. On the eve of the tournament, Johnson slipped on stairs at his rental house in Augusta, Ga., and injured his back. He withdrew from the Masters the next morning.

Last week in the Wells Fargo event in Wilmington, N.C., Johnson tied for second. That hardly diminishes his stature as the hottest player in golf, after he rattled off victories at the Genesis Open, WGC-Mexico Championship and WGC-Dell Match Play to start the year.

Rory McIlroy, who will be playing his first tournament since marrying Erica Stoll on April 22, is the second choice in the Players, at 10-1. Jordan Spieth, whose nine career Tour titles include the 2015 Masters and U.S. Open, is the third pick, at 12-1. Reigning Masters champion Sergio Garcia, who won the 2008 Players, is fourth at 15-1.

Jason Day, Jon Rahm, Justin Rose, Rickie Fowler and Hideki Matsuyama are 20-1 selections.