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Oddsmakers like Jason Day’s chances to win first U.S. Open

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Jason Day is now the betting favorite to win his second major championship according to the recent Las Vegas betting line that came out on Monday.

Day, the defending PGA Champion after his three-shot victory over Jordan Spieth at Whistling Straits last August, has had a solid 2016 season with three wins that include the Arnold Palmer Invitational, WGC-Dell Match Play and the Players Championship against a major-type field.

According to Westgate LV Superbook, at 13-2, Day is a slight favorite over 2011 U.S. Open winner Rory McIlroy, who is at 7-1 and followed closely behind by Jordan Spieth at 15-2.

Spieth, the defending champion, has won twice this year, at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions and the Dean & Deluca Invitational, just last month.

For most of 2016, Spieth was the U.S. Open favorite in Las Vegas, but over the last couple of weeks, Day and McIlroy moved in front of the 22-year-old.

McIlroy was the 6-1 favorite going into Chambers Bay last year but struggled until a final round 66 propelled him into the top 10 with a T9 finish.

McIlroy has not won in the U.S. since last May when he captured the Wells Fargo Championship but has had more success in Europe with a recent win at the Irish Open.

Dustin Johnson has shown good form over the last two weeks with a third-place finish at the Memorial Tournament and a 5th on Sunday at the FedEx St. Jude Classic and is at 12-1.

Rickie Fowler, 2014 U.S. Open Champion Justin Rose and Phil Mickelson sit at 25-1.

At 30-1 are Adam Scott, Hideki Matsuyama, Matt Kuchar, Branden Grace and Henrik Stenson.

It’s expected that the odds will change over the next couple of days as betting increases before the start of the first round on Thursday.

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