Jordan Spieth has the opportunity to dethrone the injured Rory McIlroy as the No. 1 player in the world this weekend at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio, but it won’t be easy. Spieth is the odds-on favorite at Firestone Country Club, but he only passes McIlroy if he wins the tournament.
Spieth sits at 9-2, according to VegasInsider.com on Tuesday, just ahead of Jason Day (12-1), Dustin Johnson, Justin Rose and Rickie Fowler (14-1). Other notables are Adam Scott 15-1, Louis Oosthuizen 20-1 and Bubba Watson 27-1.
The 22-year-old Texan began his week elsewhere in the Midwest, with a pair of rounds at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wisconsin, the host of next week’s PGA Championship. Spieth posted a photo collage on Instagram alongside Justin Thomas and Gary Woodland from the Lake Michigan-bordering course. Thomas also tweeted.
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If Spieth wins the Bridgestone, he’ll end McIlroy’s reign of barely more than a year. It was after winning the 2014 British Open that McIlroy jumped to the top spot.