Fiery Rory McIlroy Looks Poised to Win U.S. Open as favorite

Fiery Rory McIlroy Looks Poised to Win U.S. Open as favorite
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Ty Bronicel
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Ty Bronicel
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August 26th 2022 - 08:24 AM

There’s a new leader atop the odds-on-favorite board to win golf’s next major, this week’s U.S. Open: Rory McIlroy.

No surprise, following his spectacular win at the Canadian Open Sunday, when he finished at 19 under par to hold off Tony Finau.

McIlory, who won the U.S. Open in 2011, is now at +1000 to win this year’s 122nd edition of the tournament (June 16-19, Brookline Country Club in Massachusetts).

The next three favorites are the usual suspects in recent major tourneys: No. 2 world-ranked Jon Rahm (+1200), world No. 5 Justin Thomas (+1200), and world No. 1 Scottie Scheffler (+1400). McIlroy is ranked No. 3 in the world.

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McIlroy, the 33-year Irishman who’s won four major championships, is peaking at the perfect time but Brookline is perhaps the toughest course to play in the entire United States.

However, McIlroy handled another brutally tough course in 2011 at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md., where he won by eight strokes over Jason Day to win his first major. That margin of victory set the record for a U.S. Open and McIlroy’s final under-par total (-16) is also a record.

McIlroy had a chip on his shoulder following Sunday’s big win. McIlroy has been one of the biggest critics of Greg Norman and his controversial Saudi Arabia-backed LIV Golf Invitational, which kicked off over the weekend at Centurion Club near London.

Norman declared that McIlroy had been “brainwashed” by the PGA Tour. After winning the Canadian Open, McIlroy’s 21st victory on Tour, McIlroy took a shot at Norman, saying, in his post-tourney interview with CBS Sports: “21st PGA Tour win — one more than someone else. That gave me a little bit of extra incentive today.”

Norman won 20 tournaments during his career. Nice one, Rory.

Take him to follow it up with his second U.S. Open title on Father’s Day Sunday.

Another player to consider with solid odds: Patrick Cantlay, who’s ranked No. 4 in the world. Cantlay has never won a major but the suspicion is that he’s getting closer and closer to winning a big one. He’s listed at +2000, which is definitely tempting, but here’s the bet on him I like the most: Cantlay to finish in the top 10 (+200).

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