RORY McILROY has urged golf fans: Bet on me to win The Open.
Bookies have made the four-time Major winner and former world No?1 a 20/1 shot to land the Claret Jug at Royal Birkdale.
But the Northern Irishman, 28, insisted: “So I’m 20/1 — good time to back me, I think.
“If I was a betting company and saw my form over the past few weeks, you would say, yeah, that’s probably a fair price.
“But all it takes is one week for those odds to go back to 7/1 for this year’s USPGA at Quail Hollow. So, as I say, good week to back me.”
McIlroy has missed the cut in three of his last four starts, struggled with a rib injury. And has not looked like adding to his Major haul since winning the 2014 USPGA.
But the world No?4 was in bullish form as he talked up his chances of repeating his 2014 Open victory.
He said: “It’s been a very stop/start year for me.
“It hasn’t been the year I had planned, going back to January when I felt like I was in a good place.
“But these runs sort of crop up out of nowhere and they challenge us.
“I’m sticking to what I know, which is working hard on my game and trying to do the right things. Just trying to stay as patient as possible.
“It hasn’t quite happened for me over the past couple of weeks.
“But as I keep saying, it doesn’t feel that far away.
“Because I haven’t played that much, the only thing I can really do is take some sort of confidence from what I’m seeing in practice.