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Punters pile on Rory
TWO British punters have each placed £20,000 on Rory McIlroy at 8/1 to lift the Claret Jug on Sunday, and the young star himself last night cheerily endorsed their judgment.
Asked if this was the act of very shrewd punters or of desperate men, McIlroy laughed and said: "I'll go for the first option."
The Holywood star leads the market.
From Paris with love
PHIL MICKELSON'S wife Amy took their three kids on a sight-seeing trip to Paris yesterday -- but probably not on the recommendation of fellow American Bubba Watson.
"They'll spend most of the time at the Louvre and will visit the Eiffel Tower, kind of a big tourist thing for Americans," Mickelson said. Watson last week dismissed those two iconic landmarks as "that big tower" and "a building starting with L".
Gales par for course
THE wind blew a real hooley at Royal St George's yesterday, as the course was lashed by gales of up to 35mph from the north east.
Those out early tomorrow and late on Friday are expected to have it hardest -- bad news for McIlroy but it should favour Graeme McDowell, Darren Clarke and Padraig Harrington.
Tiger's 'gut shots'
British OPEN legend Tom Watson compared the gap left by injured Tiger Woods at the top of world golf to "a vacant heavyweight title".
Watson was uncertain if Tiger could scale the heights again after what he described as "two gut shots -- one is his personal life and the other is his knee."