Belfast Telegraph

Friday 19 September 2014

The Punter: Fair wind lies ahead for Rory McIlroy in majors

Oh, if only young Rory McIlroy had settled the head last Friday at St Andrews, then that famous Claret Jug could well have been sitting in Holywood this week.

He had the worst of the windy weather as he went from a record equalling 63 on the first day to an unbelievable 80 on the second.

Talk about ecstasy and agony.

At least he kept his stat, for what it’s worth, of not hitting a score in the 70s at the home of golf, finishing with 69 and 68.

Rory was unlucky with the conditions but then he did show his inexperience and lack of patience in the face of adversity. He knows himself how close he came to that first major triumph which must surely be close.

Instead it was 250-1 outsider Louis Oosthuizen — the second biggest priced winner since Todd Hamilton’s 500-1 win at Royal Troon six years ago — who was celebrating.

A few lucky punters backed the South African at prices ranging from 200-1 up to 989-1 on Betfair. They must all be Mystic Megs.

It’s onwards to the USPGA at Whistling Straits on August 12 for which Rory is joint-third favourite at 16-1.

Tiger Woods tops the market at 9-2 but is bad value in light of having lost his putting touch. Whether he can find it at one of his favourite courses remains to be seen but young Mac is a far better bet for a top five place.

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