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British Open betting preview: Spieth leads odds to win major tournament

Jordan Spieth eyes his third straight major title in the 2015 British Open as the clear betting favorite at the online sportsbooks.

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Jordan Spieth has won four tournaments in 2015, including each of the first two major events on the calendar. Spieth will look to make it three straight major titles this weekend at the British Open at St. Andrews.

The 21-year-old Dallas native is a 9/2 favorite to win the Open Championship at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. Spieth became the first player since Tiger Woods in 2002 to start the season with wins in both the Masters and the U.S. Open, and with a win in the Open Championship he could become the first since Woods in 2000 to win three straight majors.

Dustin Johnson figures to be Spieth's biggest competition heading into the British Open. Johnson was in the thick of things for the U.S. Open right down to the wire, but he was unable to force a playoff on the 18th green and took home a second-place finish instead. Since 2014, Johnson has four top-two finishes with two tournament wins, and he is going off at 11/1 to get the job done in the British Open.

Justin Rose is going off at 18/1 to win the Open Championship. He picked up his first major title in 2013 by winning the U.S. Open, one of his three tournament wins over the last three seasons. Rose won the Zurich Classic in April this year and finished in second place in the Memorial Tournament in June.

Henrik Stenson (20/1 to win the British Open) had two tournament wins back in 2013 and will be looking to get back to the top of the leaderboard this weekend. In nine tournaments this season, Stenson has earned three top-10 finishes, including a second-place finish in the Arnold Palmer Invitational where he shot an 18-under-par.

Other potential contenders to win the British Open this week include Rickie Fowler (16/1), Adam Scott (20/1), Louis Oosthuizen (22/1), Tiger Woods (25/1) and Jason Day (28/1).