Sports Betting Week: Spieth Edges McIlroy as PGA Championship Favorite
Rory McIlroy's plans to compete in this weekend's PGA Championship have shaken up the betting lines, but Jordan Spieth remains the favorite to win his third golf major of the season with 11/2 odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
Maintaining a tenuous grasp on the No. 1 spot in the World Golf Rankings, McIlroy this week announced his intention to return from injury and defend his PGA Championship title and is pegged as an attractive 9/1 bet to claim his third win in the tourney since 2012.
McIlroy will be making his first tour appearance since the final round of the US Open in June, where he finished tied for ninth place despite entering the tournament as a 7/1 betting favorite.
No. 2 Spieth has enjoyed a breakthrough season, recording four tournament wins including earning his first green jacket at the Masters, but looked frustrated at times while playing to a 10th-place finish at last weekend's Bridgestone Invitational.
Dustin Johnson, who came within a stroke of defeating Spieth at the US Open, is third on the PGA Championship odds at 12/1, followed by Jason Day and Bubba Watson, who each sport 14/1 odds, Justin Rose at 18/1, and Rickie Fowler at 20/1.
In baseball betting action, top spot in the AL East standings could be on the line this weekend when the division-leading New York Yankees visit the Toronto Blue Jays for a three-game series at Rogers Centre, starting on Friday night.
Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos stunned the baseball world with a series of deals ahead of the July 31 trade deadline that added pitchers David Price, Mark Lowe and LaTroy Hawkins and all-star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki to an already stacked lineup.
The Blue Jays have since gone on a tear, winning eight straight, including a three-game road sweep of the Yankees, reducing New York's lead atop the division from eight games to 1.5 games entering the week, while rocketing them up the World Series odds to join the Kansas City Royals as 5/1 favorites.
The Yankees maintain strong 11/1 World Series odds, but have seen their starting rotation impacted by a forearm injury to Michael Pineda that is expected to keep the pitcher sidelined until September.
New York has also struggled to find wins in recent trips north of the border, dropping each of their last three road series against the Blue Jays and going 3-6 in their last nine meetings.