19 Jul '17, 3pm

20-1 odds? "Good time to back me, right?" -- @McIlroyRory

20-1 odds? "Good time to back me, right?" -- @McIlroyRory

SOUTHPORT, England — Depending on your betting site of choice, there should be roughly four to eight players with better or equal odds to win the 146th Open Championship than Rory McIlroy. On the eve of the Open here at Royal Birkdale, the man who already has one claret jug but has struggled with his putter, missed three of the last four cuts and hasn't won since September was told he was 20-to-1 to win. "Good time to back me, right?" McIlroy said with a smirk. If only predicting McIlroy's prospects were that easy. He hasn't won a major in his last nine stars after he grabbed back-to-back titles at the 2014 Open and PGA Championship. His past six major starts have been a mixed bag as well, much like his current form: three missed cuts, three top-10s. After missing the cut at the U.S. Open at Erin Hills, major winner Steve Elkington questioned the drive of the rich, private...

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