Rory McIlroy’s ankle injury has caused ripples through The Open 2015 betting market. Some bookmakers have pulled him from the outright market for the St Andrews event, while others have simply left him in but have drifted the price on him.Bet365 for example have him out at 7/1.
That is something of a betting blow for punters, with the last four Majors having gone to either the favourite or the second favourite, most will have been backing either McIlroy or Jordan Spieth at The Open 2015.
The Open at St Andrews has generally tended to produce winners of high pedigree, real champion material like Nick Faldo, Seve Ballesteros and Tiger Woods.
So it is one of those events where you ignore longer priced marks (which have cropped up a fair bit this season) and look at the head of the market for options. With McIlroy not too likely to play, it could leave Jordan Spieth with an increased chance of making it three Majors from three this season and he is quoted at 11/2 for the St Andrews win.
Spieth’s performance at the links-esque Chambers Bay in the US Open is a great indicator of things to come at St Andrews. It brings Justin Johnson, who bottled it with the putter on the 72nd hole at the US Open into play as well at 14/1, with Justin Rose the only other player at Bet365 under 20/1, trading at 16/1 currently.