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Rory McIlroy joint favourite for USGPA Championship after second-place showing at The Open

Leigh Copson 23 Jul 2018
Rory McIlroy (credit:Credit by bettingpro)

Rory McIlroy narrowly missed out on a second Open Championship crown as he settled for a share of second place on Sunday, but the bookmakers fancy his chances of ending his four-year Major drought at next month’s USPGA Championship.


The 2014 Open winner travelled to Carnoustie with the aim of claiming his first Major title since that success at Royal Liverpool Golf Club four years ago, and he kept himself firmly in the mix with a consistent run over the first three days that saw him shoot 69 on Thursday and Friday before carding a 70 on the penultimate day.

However, McIlroy stumbled early in the fourth round as he dropped shots and both par-four second and fifth, but his fortunes improved heading into the turn as he birdied the ninth to pull back one of those dropped shots.

A birdie at the 11th and eagle at the 14th ensured he did not fall too far behind eventual winner Francesco Molinari, but a bogey at the 12th ultimately proved to be his undoing as he finished two strokes behind the Italian.

The 29-year-old Northern Irishman refused to be too down-hearted afterwards though, insisting he had enjoyed a “good week” at Carnoustie that helped him rebound from a miserable US Open performance that saw him fail to make the cut.

“I'm happy with how I played,” McIlroy told reporters afterwards. “I didn't get off to a great start, but I hung in there, and I battled back. I just ran out of holes at the end, but I don't feel like it's a defeat, I feel like it's a good week – I committed to everything, I hit the shots when I needed to, I had some clutch putts coming down the stretch, I made good swings on 17 and on 18.”

McIlroy’s performance in Scotland has also got the bookmakers on his side for the USPGA Championship in early August, with bet365 installing the two-time winner as a 12/1* joint favourite alongside Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth, with Justin Rose considered their biggest threat at 18/1 ahead of 20/1 shots Justin Thomas, Rickie Fowler, Brooks Koepka, Tommy Fleetwood, Francesco Molinari and Tiger Woods.

* Odds correct at 11:03 BST on 23/7/2018


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Rory McIlroy joint favourite for USGPA Championship after second-place showing at The Open

Rory McIlroy narrowly missed out on a second Open Championship crown as he settled for a share of second place, but the bookmakers fancy his chances of ending his four-year Major drought at next month’s USPGA Championship.

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