The news that Rory McIlroy is out of the Open Championship has really opened the door for Jordan Spieth to become the face of the golf world with another strong performance at St. Andrews next week. After taking the first two majors of the year, Spieth’s chase for the Grand Slam will continue to dominate the story lines, along with the play of Tiger Woods.
Just when we were writing off the former undisputed number one of golf following a disastrous U.S. Open, he put in a strong showing at the Greenbrier to get people talking about another possible return to glory. While Tiger is still not a favorite, golf is always more interesting when Woods is around on a Sunday. But desperately behind in the FedEx Cup standings, he’ll need a few strong tournaments to extend his season past August. Not to mention, he’s still chasing Nicklaus’ all-time majors record. (He needs four to tie.)
McIlroy is hopeful he can return from injury to defend his PGA Championship next month. It would make for some high-stakes drama if his comeback were to go head-to-head with Spieth’s Grand Slam chase. But even if viewers don’t get that ideal scenario, there is still so much to follow as the golf year enters the stretch run.
Here are the odds for golf’s biggest storylines.
2015 Midseason PGA Tour Odds:
Odds Jordan Spieth will win the Grand slam this year: 36/1
O/U on how many PGA tournaments Spieth will win in 2015: 4.5
O/U on how many PGA tournaments McIlroy will win in 2015: 2.5
Odds on who will finish the year ranked number one in the world:
- Rory McIlroy – 4/9
- Jordan Spieth – 7/3
- Bubba Watson – 25/1
- Dustin Johnson – 75/1
Odds Spieth will repeat as Masters champion: 5/1
Odds Tiger Woods will win a tournament in 2015: 8/1
Odds Tiger Woods will retire after this year: 250/1
Odds Tiger Woods will beat Jack Nicklaus’ career majors record (18): 29/1
Odds of any current player on the PGA Tour beating Nicklaus’ career major record: 13/2
Following Scott Stallings, odds another golfer will be busted for PED use before the end of the season: 25/1