Dustin Johnson entered the 2018 U.S. Open tournament with the strongest odds of taking home nearly $2.2 million in winnings.
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The world’s top golfers are competing for a share of a $12 million purse, equal to last year’s combined payout at the U.S. Open. The winner will earn $2.16 million, or 18% of the total, while the runner-up will receive $1.3 million.
Johnson was favored to win the U.S. Open with 9-1 odds, according to oddsmaker Jeff Sherman of Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas. Justin Rose had 12-1 odds, while Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas and Rickie Fowler were each given a 14-1 chance of topping the leaderboard.
Tiger Woods, who is looking for his first major tournament victory in a decade, had 20-1 odds heading into the U.S. Open’s first round Thursday. Jason Day (16-1) and Jordan Spieth (18-1) had slightly better odds.
Only four players were under par after Thursday's opening round, as strong winds created difficult conditions at Shinnecock Hills in Southampton, New York, which is near the south shore of Long Island. Johnson was in a four-way tie for the early lead at 1-under. Woods and Spieth each shot an 8-over par.