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Jordan Spieth clear favourite for Open Championship after McIlroy injury

Rory McIlroy’s ankle injury means he could miss 2015 Open Championship at St Andrews

Jordan Spieth will have had bittersweet emotions upon hearing the news that fellow young golfing star Rory McIlroy could pull out of the upcoming Open Championship at St Andrews.

The Northern Irishman said on social media site Instagram: “Total rupture of left ATFL (ankle ligament) and associated joint capsule damage in a soccer kickabout with friends.

“Continuing to assess extent of injury and treatment plan day by day. Rehab already started.”

On the one hand, the 21-year-old will be disappointed he won’t be able to go toe-to-toe with the world number one and title holder, but on the other his chances to claim his third Major trophy have increased.

The 2015 Masters and US Open champion is now on course to achieve a rare Grand Slam, which is winning all four Majors in the same year, and he is a best price of 25/1 with bet365 to do this.

But it is his odds to claim a first Open Championship, which are now down to 11/2 with the likes of Boylesports, Betway and StanJames too, that are far and away shorter than the rest of the field, barring McIlroy.

Dustin Johnson, who slipped up on the final hole at the US Open to allow American compatriot Spieth to capitalise, is third on the list at 14/1 with bookies such as SkyBet, StanJames and Coral.

Past winners Louis Oosthuizen (25/1 with Coral), Tiger Woods (33/1 with bwin) and Phil Mickelson (33/1 with a number of bookies), meanwhile, are decent outside shouts.

But the other main threats will arguably come from the likes of 2013 US Open champion Justin Rose (18/1), 2013 Masters winner Adam Scott (22/1) and Rickie Fowler (28/1), who had a fantastic 2014 season as he finished in the top five of all four Majors.

Despite this challenge from others and his young age, though, Spieth continues to be unfazed by his dramatic rise in the sport and looks likely to add another title to his expanding trophy cabinet.

All odds were correct at time of posting.

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