The Claret Jug will no doubt be pride of place on Rory McIlroy’s mantelpiece today, after the 25-year-old went wire-to-wire to win the Open Championship in Liverpool over the weekend. His third Major was never really in doubt after eagles on the 16th and 18th holes on Saturday night put him six clear of the chasing pack, and any Paddy Power punters who had backed Rory at 20/1 on Wednesday wouldn’t have been blamed for having a few to many scoops around Concert Square that night.
Sunday’s round was steady, if unspectacular, but Rory’s reward was a final score of 17-under and his first Open Championship – the third Major win in his career. It also meant Paddy Power was emptying his pockets again to the sound of McIlroy-backers rubbing their hands with glee.
That’s two wins and three places for McIlroy in 15 events this season and meant another big payout for the boss, who has coughed up more cash than any other bookie on McIlroy since the turn of the year.
- Paddy Power has been best industry price on Rory McIlroy in 10 of his 15 tournaments this season. That’s three more than Will Hill and six more than Ladbrokes or Bet 365
- If you had put £5 each-way on Rory in every event you’d be up £99.38 and have almost £250 in your back pocket. That’s a tasty 66 per cent profit on your investment and is more than any other bookmaker as shown by our little graph above
- Paddy has also been the most generous with his place terms after paying out on Schwartzel and Molinari who finished tied for seventh at the Open. That’s 27 place specials in 2014 from Paddy, compared to a measly five from Bet365, four from Ladbrokes and Coral, and an ultra-stingy two from William Hill
McIlroy was a massive 20/1 to win the Open Championship on Wednesday, but you’re unlikely to see those kind of odds for the rest of the season. He hasn’t been that big a price at any event this year and the traders think it’ll be a healthy wait before you see those lofty prices again.
The US PGA Championship is a little over two weeks away and McIlroy is unsurprisingly the 6/1 favourite. He’s recorded four top ten finishes in this event in the last five years and won it by a record eight strokes in 2012. If he cleans up in another Major, the boss will be on bread and dripping until Christmas.
*All of the above info is based on snapshots of Oddschecker taken at midday on Wednesday, by our top number-cruncher Brian Moloney