McIlroy out at huge odds after poor start to the Open

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Rory McIlroy endured another difficult day at a major and has drifted to 100/1 to add the Open Championship to his US Open title.

Since that record-breaking win at the Congressional last year McIlroy has struggled somewhat in the majors, finishing tied 40th at this year’s Masters and missing the cut while defending his title in the US Open.

He’s currently in the clubhouse at two-over after a couple of rounds that were characterised by trips into the out-of-bounds and into the bunkers.

The opening two days have been some of the most benign conditions of any recent Open and, with the course playing soft and players able to attack the flags, it looks as though it will be another disappointing week for McIlroy.

World No.1 Luke Donald is right in the thick of the action though and has remained steady at 16/1 after a second round 68 that included a run of four birdies in five holes.

He’s currently two-under for the opening 36 holes which, while a very decent start, leaves him at least eight adrift of the leaders going into the weekend.

Brandt Snedeker was the early star of the second round though and his round of 64 left him in club house at ten-under and cut to 3/1 to win his maiden major.

He’s yet to make a bogey on the Royal Lytham and St Annes track, in fact, he’s yet to record a higher number than four.

Even when he’s found the deep rough – as he did at the 36th hole – he’s been able to compose himself, play the sensible shots and scramble pars.

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