Jordan Spieth kisses the Claret Jug at Royal Birkdale on Sunday. Photo: Peter Morrison, AP

Open Championship winner Jordan Spieth and Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy were rated 7-1 early co-favourites on Monday to win next month’s PGA Championship at Quail Hollow in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Spieth, who won the US Masters and US Open in 2015, claimed his third major in the Open at Royal Birkdale on Sunday, and will be gunning to complete a career grand slam at the August 10-13 PGA, the last major championship of the year.

Four-time major winner McIlroy, who finished tied for fourth at Royal Birkdale, will be looking to add to his previous major triumphs at the 2011 US Open, 2014 Open Championship and 2012 and 2014 PGA Championship.

Quail Hollow has always been to McIlroy’s liking as a course, as he has twice won tournaments and registered four other top-10s.

Next on the list from online wagering site Bovada ( was top-ranked Dustin Johnson at 9-1, followed by Australian Jason Day (16-1), with Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama and Spain’s Jon Rahm rated 18-1 to win their first major.

Rickie Fowler was listed at 20-1 to claim his maiden major, followed by Sweden’s 2016 Open winner Henrik Stenson, Masters champion Sergio Garcia of Spain and Englishman Justin Rose, all at 25-1 to round out the top-10 choices.


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