Dustin Johnson looks like he’s found that pre-Masters swagger.

The No. 1 player in the world opened with a 66 at TPC Boston to move in the lead after the opening round. The strong start cut his odds from +700 to +220. When he gets going like this, it’s hard to back anyone else to catch him.

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Jon Rahm and Sergio Garcia are among a quartet of players along with Kyle Stanley and Marc Leishman. We tabbed Stanley at 160/1 with a top 5 play in the longshots column, so I’d like to see him hang around for a couple more days and see if he can stay in contention.

We also have Patrick Cantlay and Phil Mickelson at 2-under par and three behind Johnson. I won’t be adding anything to this card right now and will just monitor the progress of the three I have at near the lead.

The first round leader plays fell short for a 2.5 unit loss. Tony Finau was the closest to getting to the top. He managed to close to within one of Johnson, but a bogey on the Par 5 No. 7, his 16th hole, finished his chances.

Heading into the second round, there is a 3-ball play I like. I’ll be backing Kevin Chappell at +150 over Adam Hadwin and Webb Simpson for a full unit. Chappell started well on Friday, but struggled on the greens. I expect him to turn that around, while Hadwin and Simpson’s putters cool a bit.

Joshua has spent the last five years writing about sports and the last 10 years betting them, mostly on golf. One of approximately five people who will watch the PGA over the NFL in November. Follow him on Twitter @JoshuaPerry22

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