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British Open betting preview: Johnson, Day leading tournament odds

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Dustin Johnson, who is vying to become just the seventh man to win the U.S. Open and the British Open in the same year, is listed alongside Jason Day at the top of the 2016 British Open champion board at sportsbooks monitored by

With some stereotypical sadistic Scottish weather conditions expected at Royal Troon, Johnson and Day are each listed at +800 odds to win the tournament. Johnson has made the cut at the PGA’s third major of the year six times in a row and been in the top 10 twice. For his part, Day, the world’s No. 1-ranked player, was fourth in the 2015 Open and was one stroke shy of joining a playoff.

Rory McIlroy, who won in 2014 but missed last year’s Open due to injury, is the top European on the board at +900. McIlroy is a four-time major winner and this championship presents an opportunity to get back on more equal footing with Day, Johnson and Jordan Spieth.

Speaking of Spieth, the 22-year-old star is listed at +1000. Spieth finished fifth or higher in five of his last six majors, and being consistent might help with just hanging around if bad weather wreaks havoc with scoring.

For a less daunting proposition than picking a straight-up winner, Day, Johnson, McIlroy and Spieth have +150 odds against the field at -190. Day or Johnson is at +375 against the field at -600.

Five of the eight Open champions at Royal Troon have been one-time major winners. Adam Scott (+2200) owns a Masters green jacket, and has finished fifth, third and second at the last three Opens, meaning he has nowhere to go but up if he’s to continue his streak of climbing the leaderboard.

South African PGA Tour rookie Branden Grace (+2200) had a breakout by cracking the top five last month in the U.S. Open, and has consistently been in the Open’s top 20. Seven of the last 14 British Open champions have hailed from outside the United States.

Among the darkhorses, Louis Oosthuizen (+4500) and Graeme McDowell (+9000) each have a past-champion pedigree they could bring to the fore in tough conditions. Lee Westwood (+5000), who has never won a major, is one of only two players in the field who finished in the top 10 at Royal Troon in 1997 and 2004.

Masters champion Danny Willett is also listed at +5000, which is higher than the +3300 odds he had before triumphing at Augusta National in April.

With the British Open being the season’s third major, it’s also time to consider props on the PGA’s best winning two majors in one year. Johnson is listed at +260 to win a second, while Day is listed at +260 to win either of the remaining two and +2000 to win both.

Dustin Johnson betting favorite entering PLAYERS Championship at TPC Sawgrass

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Considering that he came close to winning his fourth tournament in a row last weekend, Dustin Johnson is an obvious top prop on THE PLAYERS championship futures board.

Johnson, the world’s No. 1-ranked player, is listed at +700 on the odds to win THE PLAYERS Championship at sportsbooks monitored by With 48 of the top 50 golfers in the PGA due to compete this weekend at famously tough TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, the top of the board also includes Rory McIlroy (+1000), Jordan Spieth (+1400), and newly minted Masters champion Sergio Garcia (+1800).

Johnson has never finished higher than a tie for 28th place at TPC Sawgrass and his price might not offer a high enough payoff for bettors to take a leap of faith on him figuring out the layout. Conversely, second favorite McIlroy’s best result on the course is a tie for sixth in 2014 and he’s been 12th or higher each of the last four years. With a 70.06 scoring average at Sawgrass, he’s got a good chance of being in contention going into Sunday.

Spieth has missed the cut at this event two years running, but he was fourth in 2014 and has finished in the top 10 in six of his 11 tournaments so far. Spieth has also had his short game in sync recently. Garcia has been in the top 15 in four of his events this year.

Two past winners, Rickie Fowler (+2000) and Martin Kaymer (+5500), have quietly been among the steadiest players on the Tour this season. The sting of a missed cut in 2016 after arriving as the defending champion might factor into Fowler, who has had top-16 finishes in six consecutive events, being extra-focused this week. For his part, Kaymer has also yet to miss a cut this season.

Jon Rahm (+2000) is playing the event for the first time; only two first-timers have ever won. Hideki Matsuyama (+2000) has had an up-and-down season so far, but he was seventh at the 2016 PLAYERS.

Defending champion Jason Day (+2200) has fairly long odds. Only six golfers have ever won the event more than once, with the great Jack Nicklaus standing alone as the lone three-time winner. Englishman Lee Westwood (+10000) is a true darkhose, but he was eighth and sixth in his last two starts at TPC Sawgrass and is having a strong season on all continents.

Masters-style green jacket bought for $5 sells for $139K

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DENVILLE, N.J. (AP) An authentic green jacket from Augusta National Golf Club that was once bought for $5 at a thrift store has sold at auction for more than $139,000.

Green Jacket Auctions says the distinctive sport coat worn by members of the famed Georgia club and presented each year to the winner of the Master’s tournament was sold Saturday, a day before the final round of this year’s Masters.

The auction house says in its listing that the jacket was discovered in 1994 in a Toronto consignment shop. The tag shows it to be from the 1950s, but the original owner’s name has been cut out. The club has confirmed its authenticity.

The auction house also sold the putter Arnold Palmer used to win the 1964 Masters for more than $97,000 Sunday.