McIlroy will surely be a Master as well

Rory McIlroy
Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy picked up £975,000 for winning the Open Championship at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club on Sunday.

But his victory also made his dad a few quid, Gerry McIlory having placed a series of bets a decade ago on his son’s future success in the tournament.

Plenty of punters were also in the money at the weekend given that the Northern Irishman was well backed at 18/1 prior to the event and his Hoylake success means the 25-year-old is now odds-on at 5/6 with BetVictor to win the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award.

With three of the four majors to his name already, McIlroy only needs the Masters to complete a grand slam and Ladbrokes make him just 1/2 to wear a Green Jacket at Augusta at any stage of his career.

Indeed, the new custodian of the Claret Jug has immediately been backed to secure the Masters in 2015, making him their 8/1 favourite ahead of Tiger Woods, an 11/1 shot at betway.

Elsewhere, bet365 rate McIlroy at 15/2 to retain his Open Championship title at St Andrews next year and he’s just 13/2 (Stan James) to win the next major, the USPGA at Kentucky’s Valhalla Golf Club in early August.

England slumped to a defeat in the second Test against India at Lord’s and are now 1-0 down in the series with three matches to play.

The third Test gets under way at Southampton’s Ageas Bowl on Sunday and, despite their lengthy winless streak, the under-fire hosts are Stan James’s 7/4 favourites to level matters while the Indians are 9/4 courtesy of bet365 to make it 2-0 in the series, the same price BetVictor chalk against another stalemate.

At present, England are pretty much unbackable, especially as the pressure appears to be building on skipper Alastair Cook and if there is to be a winner, then the buoyant tourists would seem to represent better value.

In Skybet’s ‘Top England Batsman’ market, the woefully out-of-form captain is a 9/2 chance but Joe Root and Gary Ballance are the stand out picks at 4/1 apiece and with the ball, Jimmy Anderson is a 9/4 favourite to take the most wickets for the home side, an honour he shared with Ben Stokes at Lord’s.

Nico Rosberg increased his lead in the Formula One Drivers Championship with a dominant performance on home soil in the German Grand Prix and the Mercedes man is now joint favourite, alongside team mate Lewis Hamilton, in the title betting at 10/11 via bet365.

Hamilton has acknowledged that he could do with closing Rosberg’s championship lead in Hungary on Sunday and Paddy Power make him 4/5 to do just that by landing maximum points at the Hungaroring.

Stan James quote Rosberg at 13/8 to make it back-to-back wins and it’s just 2/5 (BetVictor) for the pair to occupy the top two positions, although Valtteri Bottas’s second place stopped such a bet being successful at Hockenheim on Sunday.

Meanwhile, in football, England captain Steven Gerrard has announced his retirement from international football after amassing an impressive 114 caps and bookies are convinced that the armband will now go to Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney (1/3, Paddy Power).

Only Chelsea defender Gary Cahill, at 5/1 (William Hill) and betway’s 6/1 chance, Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart are considered realistic alternatives.

Bet of the week: India to win the Third Test – 9/4 (bet365).

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