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Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy, and Tiger Woods are amongst the favorites in Las Vegas to win the Claret Jug at Carnoustie Golf Hyperlinks this yr.

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Golf’s oldest main tees off this weekend as the most effective on the earth head to Scotland to compete for the Claret Jug at Carnoustie Golf Hyperlinks within the 2018 Open Championship.

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Whereas the U.S. Open was an exceedingly troublesome course this yr, with breakneck-paced greens and slender fairways forcing a few of the coolest heads in golf to go on tilt momentarily, hyperlinks golf presents an entire new set of challenges to the gamers this weekend.

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Laborious, sunburned fairways and excessive winds go away the likes of Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy to rethink their booming drives in favor of highly effective, low finesse photographs that may skip their option to the greens.

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It is anybody’s event to win, however Las Vegas has established a number of gamers as betting favorites for these trying to put a little bit of motion down on the occasion. Take a more in-depth look beneath on the high 12 golfers Las Vegas expects to raise the Claret Jug this yr. All strains are courtesy of the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook.

Dustin Johnson


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Present odds: 12/1

World Rating: No. 1

Greatest Open end: T2 — 2011

One factor to know: Because the top-ranked participant on the earth, it is robust to name Dustin Johnson a foul wager, however with longer odds out there elsewhere within the area and the Open being such an unpredictable event, there may be higher worth out there elsewhere.

Rory McIlroy


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Present odds: 16/1

World Rating: No. 8

Greatest Open end: Win — 2014

One factor to know: With top-five finishes on the earlier two Open Championships, McIlroy will probably no less than be within the working on transferring day.

Rickie Fowler


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Present odds: 16/1

World Rating: No. 7

Greatest Open end: T2 — 2014

One factor to know: Rickie Fowler is persistently probably the most in style bets to win at large tournaments — after top-three finishes at each main, the betting public has lengthy been prepared for him to lastly break by means of.

Justin Rose


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Present odds: 16/1

World Rating: No. 3

Greatest Open end: T4 — 1998

One factor to know: Justin Rose would not have a fantastic historical past on the Open Championship — his finest end got here 20 years in the past when he was low newbie on the occasion. However having completed within the high 10 of his previous 4 occasions, Rose is in nearly as good kind as you’ll be able to hope for heading into a significant.

Jordan Spieth


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Present odds: 20/1

World Rating: No. 6

Greatest Open end: Win — 2017

One factor to know: After final yr’s unbelievable final-round efficiency that noticed Jordan Spieth discover strains most golfers could not even dream up, he as soon as once more is a favourite to repeat on the Open Championship in 2018.

Justin Thomas


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Present odds: 20/1

World Rating: No. 2

Greatest Open end: T53 — 2016

One factor to know: Few gamers in golf can declare a greater 12-month streak than the one Justin Thomas is at present on, with 4 wins, together with a significant, since final August.

Tommy Fleetwood


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Present odds: 20/1

World Rating: No. 10

Greatest Open end: T27 — 2017

One factor to know: Tommy Fleetwood has been knocking on the door of a significant breakthrough this yr. After his spectacular displaying on the U.S. Open, the Open Championship may very well be the place he makes his mark.

Brooks Koepka


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Present odds: 20/1

World Rating: No. 4

Greatest Open end: T6 — 2017

One factor to know: Brooks Koepka hasn’t completed decrease than tied for 13th at a significant since 2016, together with simply turning into a repeat champion on the U.S. Open earlier this season.

Jon Rahm


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Present odds: 20/1

World Rating: No. 5

Greatest Open end: T44 — 2017

One factor to know: Jon Rahm’s overpowering fashion is not an ideal match for hyperlinks golf, however he is removed from a one-trick pony and will very nicely be within the combine on Sunday.

Jason Day


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Present odds: 25/1

World Rating: No. 9

Greatest Open end: T4 — 2015

One factor to know: Jason Day already has two wins and two different top-five finishes in 2018. If he can keep within the combine by means of the primary two rounds, do not be stunned to see his title on the rise on Sunday.

Henrik Stenson


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Present odds: 25/1

World Rating: No. 17

Greatest Open end: Win — 2016

One factor to know: With a sport and a mindset well-suited for the Open, Henrik Stenson is a reputation to look at to make a run on the leaderboard — his ultimate spherical 63 again in 2016 was probably the most spectacular finishes in latest main historical past.

Tiger Woods


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Present odds: 25/1

World Rating: No. 71

Greatest Open end: Win — 2000, 2005, 2006

One factor to know: The return of Tiger Woods has been probably the most compelling tales to comply with in golf thus far this season, and after ending tied for fourth three weeks in the past on the Quicken Loans Nationwide, he appears to be like in advantageous kind to make a splash this weekend.

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