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DUSTIN JOHNSON

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It’s rare that a player is worth backing to win a major at just , but that’s the case with Johnson this week.

The world No. 1 won just a fortnight ago at the Canadian Open and backed that up with a T3 at last week’s WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

A change of putter halfway through that event made a huge difference as he closed 66-64 at Firestone, and DJ could shoot up the leaderboard on Thursday if he continues to putt so well.

Currently ranked first in shots gained from tee to green, total shots gained, eagles and birdies on the PGA Tour, the 34-year-old is by far the best bet for an early cash out with our offer this week.

JON RAHM

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World No. 7 Rahm is one of just two players in the field this week to fit the profile of a PGA champion, and the big-hitting Spaniard has all the tools to dominate at this long course where driving well is key.

The 23-year-old ranks second in shots gained off the tee, and also joint-second in first-round scoring average on the PGA Tour.

Rahm is clearly talented enough to win a major, but he’s too often let his temper get the better of him when the pressure is on in the final two rounds.

That makes him a perfect first-round leader bet, as you could be paid out before his implosion begins.

PATRICK CANTLAY

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Cantlay featured in last week’s WGC-Bridgestone Invitational picks, and secured an each-way place with a T6 finish.

The American was joint-fourth after day one at Firestone and now ranks fifth in first-round scoring average on the PGA Tour this season.

A fast start looks likely again at Bellerive – a course that should reward Cantlay’s ability off the tee.

The 26-year-old ranks eighth in shots gained from tee to green on the PGA Tour, and he’s picked up top-15s in three successive starts.

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