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Vegas installs Johnson as early U.S. Open favorite

Although Dustin Johnson missed last week’s Masters because of an injury, oddsmakers like his chances to repeat as US Open champion in two months.

Johnson, who is No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking, was installed as the 8-1 favorite at Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook to win the 2017 US Open on June 15-18 at Erin Hills in Wisconsin. On the eve of the Masters, he slipped on stairs in his rented house in Augusta, Ga., and hurt his back, leading to his withdrawal from the season’s first major championship. He has won three consecutive starts this season on the PGA Tour.

Rory McIlroy, whose four major titles include the 2011 U.S. Open, was the No. 2 choice, at 9-1. Jordan Spieth, who won the Masters and U.S. Open in 2015, was the third pick, at 10-1, followed by 2015 PGA winner Jason Day (12-1), Hideki Matsuyama (15-1) and recent Masters runner-up Justin Rose (15-1), who won the 2013 U.S. Open.

Sergio Garcia, who won the Masters on Sunday for his first major title in nearly two decades as a professional, was given 25-1 odds for Erin Hills. Phil Mickelson, a six-time U.S. Open runner-up who lacks only the national championship to complete the career Grand Slam, was 30-1. Mickelson will turn 47 on the Friday of U.S. Open week.

Tiger Woods, who hasn’t played since withdrawing from the Omega Dubai Desert Classic on Feb. 3 after complaining of back spasms following a first-round 77, was listed at 100-1. Woods won his 14th major championship in the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines.