Spieth, McIlroy Open as PGA Championship Co-Favorites

The famous Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook has released its first odds for next month’s PGA Championship, and to no one’s surprise, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy are listed as the slight early favorites.

The 23-year-old Spieth made history this past weekend, capturing The Open Championship in dramatic fashion, and joining Jack Nicklaus as the only players to win the first three legs of the Career Grand Slam before the age of 24.

History will be on the line once again at Quail Hollow in two weeks, as a win by Spieth would make him the youngest ever to complete the career grand slam.

McIlroy, 28, has struggled for much of the year, but a top 5 finish at Royal Birkdale should give a confidence boost to the two-time PGA Championship winner.

The two are listed with 8-1 odds.


  • One Shot at History: Spieth, who turns 24 on Thursday, would become the youngest player in history to complete the Career Grand Slam if he were able to capture the Wanamaker Trophy. The young Texan should be extra motivated, as it will be his only opportunity to record this particular feat, as Tiger Woods completed the Grand Slam at 24 years and 6 months old.
  • Confidence Boost: Rory McIlroy is winless on the season, but had his best major showing of the year this past weekend, finishing T5 at The Open Championship.
  • Great Comeback: McIlroy’s finish at Royal Birkdale was especially impressive, given that he was 5-over after just six holes in round one. He finished at 5-under, six strokes back of Spieth.
  • Resume for the Job: McIlroy will enter the PGA with one impressive resume for the job at hand, as he’s a two-time winner of the PGA Championship (2012, 2014), and a two-time winner at Quail Hollow (Wells Fargo Championship: 2010, 2015).
  • Other Notables: World No. 1 Dustin Johnson at 10-1, Rickie Fowler and Jason Day at 15-1, Hideki Matsuyama and Jon Rahm at 20-1, Master Champion Sergio Garcia and U.S. Open winner Brooks Koepka at 25-1, Phil Mickelson and Matt Kuchar at 40-1, and defending champion Jimmy Walker is 100-1.

Joel Cook

Joel Cook is Pro Golf Weekly's Lead Writer. He is a member of the Golf Writer's Association of America.


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