Dustin Johnson Favorite at Dell Technologies Championship
Posted on: August 28, 2018, 02:00h.
Last updated on: August 28, 2018, 01:50h.
Like most of the tournaments Dustin Johnson has entered this year he comes into this week’s Dell Technologies Championship as the favorite.
Johnson came into the FedEx Cup Playoffs at No. 1, but fell out of the top spot when Bryson DeChambeau won the first of the four tournaments in the playoff at last week’s The Northern Trust.
Despite not being in the top spot the 34-year-old is a 9/1 choice by the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook to win this week. Justin Thomas, who is the FedEx Cup defending champion, is next at 10/1. US Open and PGA Championship winner Brooks Koepka is third at 12/1.
Johnson is also the top pick to win the FedEx Cup and pocket the $10 million. He is listed at 6/1, while Thomas is next at 7/1.
Johnson has not won the postseason tournament and has said it is definitely a goal he wants to do.
“It’s definitely a big accomplishment,” Johnson said. “It’s something that I really would like to win. “To be the FedEx Cup champion means obviously you played really well in the playoffs but you also had a great year, too. So it’s something that it’s definitely on my list of accomplishments that I would love to achieve.”
Caution When Betting Johnson
Though Johnson has won three tournaments this season, he has not paid off for bettors in big events, especially when he is the favorite. He did not win a major this year.
At the Masters he was the top pick at 7/1 and finished tied for 10th. At the US Open he again was the favorite, with odds of 9/1, and finished third. At the Open Championship he was the first selection at 12/1, but missed the cut. At the PGA Championship he was the favorite at 10/1, and he finished tied for 27th.
So backing Johnson is not a sure bet, even though he is the No. 1 player in the Official World Golf Rankings. In other marquee events, such as the Players Championship and the Memorial, Johnson was not the favorite.
He was 18/1 to win the Players and finished tied for 17th. At the Memorial he was at 14/1, and finished tied for eighth.
Other Contenders to Consider
So if not Johnson, who would be a good player to put money on at the Dell Technologies Championship? Thomas is a safe pick, besides he finished tied for eighth last week, and was tied for sixth at the PGA Championship. Besides he is the defending champion at this week’s event.
Another strong pick would be Koepka. He has won two major championships, finished tied for eighth last week, and has the perfect game for TPC Boston.
A longshot to consider would be Tony Finau. Finau has been lurking around leaderboards all season, especially in big events. He finished tied for 10th at the Masters, fifth at the US Open, and tied for ninth at the Open Championship. Besides he was second in last week’s tournament. At 25/1, he is hard to ignore.