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Rory McIlroy will be kicking himself but don’t lump on new favourite Jordan Spieth just yet…

It looks like Rory might miss The Open Championship. Here's how the betting has changed this morning...

by Paul Mallon | July 6, 2015

It’s the social media post that woke up the usually giddy Sky News sports desk on a dreary Monday morning.

Rory McIlroy (26) has suffered a major ankle injury, the big nipple, and is a doubt for The Open in just nine days’ time at St Andrews in Scotland. A spokesman for McIlroy said he has not ruled himself out of the Open, despite the injury. 

In better news for golf fans, Paddy Power are paying out a whopping seven places on the Open. No flies on us, guys.

Spieth is on a Grand Slam mission after his Masters win at Augusta in April, followed by victory in the US Open at Chambers Bay.

We asked the Paddy Power golf traders what this all means for betting on The Open. Frankly we were surprised they were at their desks this early on a Monday, but here’s what they said:

Rory loves St Andrews and with an average score there of 69.14, the presence of the 4/1 fav cast a formidable shadow over the rest of the field. Jordan Spieth now heads the betting at 11/2 but has only played one round at the course and has elected to stay in the US this week rather than get acclimatised to links golf by playing Scottish Open. The prices for the majority of the players in the top 20 have shortened this morning following the news and many players will see this as a fantastic chance to claim an Open championship title.

McIlroy has won four majors so far and was set for the Scottish Open this week in preparation for the Open. Let’s hope Nike has at least given him some comfy house shoes.

Paddy Power’s latest Open Championshp betting odds

  • Jordan Spieth 11/2
  • Dustin Johnson 12/1
  • Justin Rose 18/1
  • Henrik Stenson 20/1
  • Adam Scott 20/1
  • Louis Oosthuizen 22/1
  • Rickie Fowler 25/1
  • Phil Mickelson 28/1
  • Sergio Garcia 28/1
  • Tiger Woods 28/1

Swing by the full Open market here >

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