In wake of McIlroy injury, Jordan Spieth is new British Open favorite

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In the wake of Rory McIlroy’s ruptured ankle ligament, Jordan Spieth is the new favorite to win the British Open at St. Andrews and continue his quest for the Grand Slam.

McIlroy’s timetable for return is unclear at this point, with estimates ranging from a few weeks to a few months before he’s 100 percent healthy. According to the Bovada SportsBook, McIlroy is down to a 9 to 1 second favorite to defend his British Open title – he was 4 to 1 before news of the injury. If he can’t go next week, McIlroy would be the first reigning champion not to defend title since Ben Hogan in 1954.

Spieth is looking to become the first player since Bobby Jones in 1930 to win the Grand Slam. Thanks to Rory’s soccer blunder, the 21-year-old Spieth is now the 5 to 1 favorite to win the third leg (down from 6 to 1).

In other British Open gambling news, Tiger Woods is now a 25 to 1 favorite to win at St. Andrews after his solid play at The Greenbrier. He was 40 to 1 just last week.

Here are the updated odds for the 2015 British Open (odds via Bovada):

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Jordan Spieth: 5-1
Rory McIlroy: 9-1

Second Tier

Dustin Johnson: 12-1
Justin Rose: 16-1
Adam Scott: 18-1
Louis Oosthuizen: 20-1
Henrik Stenson: 20-1

Middle of the Pack

Tiger Woods: 22-1
Jason Day: 25-1
Rickie Fowler: 25-1
Martin Kaymer: 25-1
Phil Mickelson: 25-1
Sergio Garcia: 25-1

Longshots

Bubba Watson: 28-1
Paul Casey: 28-1
Hideki Matsuyama: 33-1
Branden Grace: 35-1
Patrick Reed: 40-1
Shane Lowry 40-1
Brandt Snedeker: 50-1
Brooks Koepka: 50-1

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