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Open contender McIlroy leads Irish invasion of St Andrews

| 14.07.2010

At 16/1 to win the Open, Rory McIlroy is the leading contender in a pack of Irish players about to descend on St Andrews.

The 21-year-old from Northern Ireland has been in excellent form this year, clinching his first PGA Tour title at the Quail Hollow Championship.

McIlroy was only the second player – the other being Tiger Woods – to win at Quail Hollow before turning 21, and much is expected of him at St Andrews.

Another of Northern Ireland’s leading players, Graeme McDowell, is also a strong contender to win the Open at 33/1.

McDowell has already snared the US Open this year, and you can bet on the total of Irish major wins in 2010 to remain on one at a price of 1/6.

You can also back two Irish winners of major titles at 7/2, while a total of three major tournaments to be won by a player from Ireland or Northern Ireland is available at 40/1.

The third of the Irish triumvirate at St Andrews, Padraig Harrington, is 25/1 to win the Open.

Harrington has a stellar record at the Open, having won the championship in both 2007 and 2008. With a PGA Championship to his name as well, the 38-year-old will be a strong contender at St Andrews.

Can anybody stop the Irish? Tiger Woods is 6/1 to win the Open. See the full 2010 Open Championship market.



Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.