The race is on to see who can reach the career Grand Slam first, Rory McIlroy or Jordan Spieth. Both are co-favorites for the PGA Championship next week, each receiving 8-1 odds.
Per Golf Digest, Sportsbook BetVictor is offering a wager on the first player to complete the career Grand Slam. The 24-year-old Spieth, has the advantage with 4-to-6 odds. That means you’d have to risk $150 to win $100 bet. McIlroy, 28-years-old, was given 11-t0-10 odds. So, if you placed a bet of $100, you would earn $110.
Spieth needs the PGA Championship to complete the Grand Slam. He previously won the 2015 Masters and U.S. Open, along with this years Open Championship at Royal Birkdale.
McIlroy does not need a win at the PGA Championship, he won that Major in 2014 at Valhalla and 2012 at Kiawah Island. He captured the Open Championship in 2014 and the U.S. Open in 2011 at Congressional.
McIlroy, who needs the Masters to complete the Grand Slam, has struggled at golf’s version of the Super Bowl. 2015 was the closest McIlroy got to winning the major, when he finished in fourth place.
He knows along with everyone else that this Major is his ticket into golf’s elite class. Only five other players have completed the Grand Slam in the modern era.
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The shadow of Woods haunts McIlroy as he has been compared to golf’s most dominate force ever since he entered the professional ranks. It was well documented that McIlroy was a Woods fan growing up and the fact that him and Woods are featured so much in Nike commercials still adds length to that shadow.
In April McIlroy told Golf Digest:
“Stressful,” he said about the Masters. “I am, ask anyone who knows me, a complete prick in the week leading up to Augusta. But they understand and know that. It’s a stressful situation.”
“I’ve been in position before, and I haven’t got the job done when I needed to, and I don’t think that’s anything to do with my game. I think that’s more me mentally, and I’m trying to deal with the pressure of it and the thrill of the achievement if it were to happen. I think that’s the thing that’s really holding me back.”
Spieth, with tons of momentum behind him, seems poised to capture the Grand Slam first, however McIlroy has seen great success at Quail Hallow, the site of this year’s final major. In fact, he set the course record in 2015 when he shot 61. Could McIlroy steal Spieth’s opportunity and grab the W next April? Or will Spieth ride off his current momentum and add another record to his books?