Rory McIlroy is bidding to end his major championship drought at Royal Liverpool this weekend.
It is nine years and counting since the Irishman’s last victory in one of golf’s four most prestigious events – and the 2023 Open Championship is the last of those on this season’s calendar.
Despite being one of the best links players in the game, he has only got his hands on the Claret Jug on one previous occasion, although that triumph also took place at Royal Liverpool the last time it hosted the tournament in 2014.
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McIlroy heads into the Open Championship in fine fettle after a score of 15 under par was enough to secure the Genesis Scottish Open last weekend. He has also finished in the top 10 of his last six tournaments including the US Open and USPGA Championship.
Therefore, he is set to start his latest bid for the Claret Jug as the favourite in Paddy Power’s betting for the Open Championship.
And with Paddy paying a whopping 10 PLACES each-way, it is worth having a leaf through the history books to see what his record at the famous tournament is like.
It’s fair to say that McIlroy has mixed form in the Open Championship, with one victory and five more top-five finishes coupled with five finishes well down the leaderboard as well as being cut on two occasions.
A return to Royal Liverpool could be good news for the 34-year-old because it was the setting for his 2014 Open Championship triumph, when he beat Rickie Fowler and Sergio Garcia by two shots.
Rory McIlroy Open Championship record
2007: T42 (Leading Amateur)
2008: Did Not Play
2015: Did Not Play
2020: No Tournament
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