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Vegas books split on McIlroy, Spieth at PGA

Vegas books split on McIlroy, Spieth at PGA
From ESPN - August 11, 2017

Jordan Spieth has pointed to Rory McIlroy as the man to beat this week at the PGA Championship, but sportsbooks in Las Vegas and Europe are split on who the favorite really is.

The Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas has McIlroy as the favorite at 7-1, followed by Spieth at 8-1. McIlroy is also the favorite at European sportsbooks, but in Las Vegas, several shops had Spieth atop their odds, and a few made McIlroy and Spieth co-favorites this week at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina.

While oddsmakers are divided on the favorite, the consensus is that McIlroy and Spieth have separated themselves from the pack. They are only golfers with single-digit odds. Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler and Hideki Matsuyama are in the next tier of contenders, each listed at 12-1 at the Westgate. U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka is 20-1, while Jon Rahm and Jason Day are 25-1.

The Westgate initially opened Spieth and McIlroy as co-favorites at 8-1, shortly after Spieth won The Open in July. They were both sitting at 7-1 last weekend, when Westgate oddsmaker Jeff Sherman noted Spieth's somewhat erratic play at the World Golf Championship-Bridgestone Invitational and decided to inch his odds back a little bit, making McIlroy the favorite. Spieth was attracting the most bets and money at most Las Vegas sportsbooks, though. More money has been bet on Spieth to win the tournament than any other golfer, by a wide margin, at William Hill's sportsbook. He was also top golfer in tickets and money at Westgate.

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