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With Deere victory, Jordan Spieth’s odds to win British Open improve to 5-1

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland – Jordan Spieth maintains his favored status among Las Vegas oddsmakers to win his third major of the year after a two-hole playoff victory against Tom Gillis on Sunday at the John Deere Classic in Silvis, Ill.

According to the latest odds by Westgate LV Superbook, Spieth is a 5-1 choice to win the 144th British Open and the third leg of the modern Grand Slam.

Spieth, 21, of Dallas, was elevated to the top pick last week when World No. 1 Rory McIlroy pulled out of the British Open because of an ankle injury incurred while playing soccer with friends on the eve of last week’s Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open.

American Dustin Johnson, the runner-up to Spieth in last month’s U.S. Open, is a 12-1 pick to win his first major championship.

Johnson, 31, tied for second in the 2011 British Open at Royal St. George’s and tied for ninth in 2012 at Royal Lytham & St. Annes, his two best appearances in the oldest major championship.

England’s Justin Rose, the 2013 U.S. Open champion Justin Rose, is a 15-1 pick with American Rickie Fowler, who won the recent Scottish Open.

Australia’s Adam Scott, Sweden’s Henrik Stenson and South Africa’s Louie Oosthuizen are 20-1 choices.

Oosthuizen, a co-runner-up with Johnson at in the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay, won the Claret Jug during the British Open’s most recent visit to St. Andrews, in 2010, by seven shots over Lee Westwood.

The odds of Spieth’s winning three majors this year are 9-4. He is a 20-1 pick to win the modern Grand Slam, which consists of winning all four majors in a calendar year.

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