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Posted by: Anthony Yaylor

Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy enter the British Open as the golf betting favorites to win the 146th edition of the Major championship, which will be held 20th-23rd July 2017 at Royal Birkdale Golf Club in Southport, England. However, this seems to be more on account of who they are rather than what they have accomplished in recent weeks. DJ is the current World Number 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking, a status which he attained after winning the 2017 Genesis Open – the first of three straight wins on the PGA Tour. He also became the first golfer to win all four of the WGC championships; the 2013 WGC-HSBC Champions, the 2015 WGC-Cadillac Championship and 2017 WGC-Mexico Championship (formerly known as the Cadillac Championship), the 2016 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, and the 2017 WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play.

All of which is well and good as far as people who bet on golf are concerned, but to quote the lovely, pre-Super Bowl-wardrobe-malfunction Miss Janet Jackson’s 1986 hit, “What Have You Done for Me Lately?” And lately Johnson has missed two straight cuts, at the Memorial Tournament and the US Open. And before that, he finished tied for 13th place at the Byron Nelson and tied for 12th at the Players Championship. In other words, he has not finished in the top 10 since tying for second place in the Wells Fargo Championship in early May. DJ’s best finish in the British Open was a T2 in 2011.

As for the other golf betting favorite to win the 2017 Open, Wee Mac – who won the 2014 edition of the tourney – has also missed two straight cuts; at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation and the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open. Additionally, he was cut from the US Open as well. “Rory keeps telling us he’s almost there,” CBS analyst Ian Baker-Finch told the New York Post. “With the Birkdale greens a little bit slower, that might help him. There might not be as much pressure on his putting as there is at the other majors.” Okay, but is that your opinion as an analyst, or your analysis as an opinionist? And is there a difference?

Following his early exit from the Scottish Open, McIlroy said he is “just waiting for something, some sort of spark, just something to go right.” He should try to get a hold of the AllSpark. Or, failing that, the Matrix of Leadership. Unlike Johnson, Rorschach has yet to win a PGA Tour event this year, his best finish a solo 2nd at the BMW SA Open hosted by City of Ekurhuleni – and so far his last win on tour the 2016 Tour Championship. Both the Nos. 1 and 4 will have their hands full at Royal Birkdale, with the likes of Masters winner Sergio Garcia, US Open Champion Brooks Koepka, and defending British Open champion Henrik Stenson on the field, as well as perennial golf betting favorites such as Jordan Spieth and Jason Day.

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