With a US Open winner, Open winner and a future world talent in opposition Steve Rawlings is compelled to lay Rory McIlroy in the Top Irish market...
"After a tired effort at Wentworth and having been blown away at Royal County Down, McIlroy is in danger of missing three cuts in-a-row here and it’s by no means out of the question."
Rory McIlroy's demolition job at the Wells Fargo Championship three starts ago, his facile victory at Hoylake to win his first Open Championship last year and his pulverisation of the opposition in this event back in 2011, at a rain-softened Congressional, demonstrate emphatically that when conditions are in his favour and when the putter is working well, there isn't a man on the planet that can live with Rors. And that includes Jordan Spieth.
Rory produces brilliance the likes of which we've not witnessed since Tiger Woods was in his pomp but the huge difference between Woods and McIlroy is consistency and determination. Woods only missed three cuts in total between 1998 and 2008. He won this event with a broken leg in 2008 and as far as I can remember, he's never withdrawn during a title defence with toothache.
In stark contrast to Tiger, after a tired effort at Wentworth and having been blown away at Royal County Down, McIlroy is in danger of missing three cuts in-a-row here and it's by no means out of the question.
He's a classy performer but he's more than capable of throwing in a poor performance when the going gets tough and given he hadn't seen Chambers Bay until Saturday, he may well be up against it and short on preparation. The lack of wind forecast will help him, as I believe he's an infinitely better player in benign conditions, but with three very strong opponents against him in the shape of lonks specialists, Graeme McDowell, Shane Lowry and Darren Clarke, Rory's well worth taking on at around 1.51/2
Lay Rory McIlroy @ 1.51/2 or shorter
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