Rory McIlroy is Now Outright Betting Favorite to Win British Open

ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 25:  Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland celebrates a birdie putt to defeat Ryan Moore on the fourth playoff hole to win the TOUR Championship and clinch the FedExCup at East Lake Golf Club on September 25, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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The 148th Open Championship (British Open) is golf's oldest major, taking place this year from July 18-21 at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland. Winning one Open Championship already, Rory McIlroy is now the outright betting favorite to win this year's Open Championship (+800), according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

McIlroy won the Open Championship back in 2014 and was a runner-up last year. He is now leading the pack in the odds, separating himself from Brooks Koepka (+900) early Thursday afternoon. Koepka enters the tournament with the No. 1-spot in the Official World Gold Ranking, after winning his second consecutive PGA championship at Bethpage Black.

Dustin Johnson has the third-best odds to win it all, at +1200. Johnson's best finish at The Open was back in 2011, when he finished as a runner up to Darren Clarke. Jon Rahm and Tiger Woods follow him up, tied at +1400 to win this year's tournament.

The odds for The Open Championship are packed fairly tight, which should make it a fun, competitive event to watch, as it usually is.

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