Jordan Spieth Looks To Dethrone World No. 1 Rory McIlroy

Jordan Spieth Looks To Dethrone World No. 1 Rory McIlroy

Jordan Spieth shakes hands with Rory McIlroy on the 18th green following the second round of the 2014 Masters.
Charlie Riedel

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 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.

A photo posted by Jordan Spieth (@jordanspieth) on

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. 

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