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Vegas likes Johnson in Open despite so-so Players finish

Dustin Johnson failed to finish on the first page of the Players Championship leaderboard, but that did nothing to diminish his odds to win the U.S. Open.

Johnson, who tied for 12th on Sunday at TPC Sawgrass yet remains a solid No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking, also maintained his favored status in next month’s Open, according to Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook. Johnson, the defending U.S. Open champion, is a 7-1 favorite to win the June 15-18 tournament at Erin Hills in Erin, Wis.

Johnson won his first three starts of 2017 before slipping on stairs at his rental home in Augusta, Ga., on the eve of the Masters. The next day, he withdrew from the season’s first major championship.

Rory McIlroy, who tied for 35th in the Players and remains No. 2 in the world, is the second choice, at 9-1. Jordan Spieth, the 2015 U.S. Open winner at Chambers Bay, missed the cut in the Players and is a 10-1 pick. Jason Day, who also struggled at TPC Sawgrass, fading to T-60, is fourth, at 12-1.

Justin Rose, who won the 2013 U.S. Open at Merion, and Spanish rookie Jon Rahm are 15-1 selections. Sergio Garcia, the Masters champion, joins Hideki Matsuyama at 20-1.

Players champion Si Woo Kim, who had opened at 300-1 odds to win the U.S. Open, has improved to a 100-1 pick.