Fancied pair cut after round one

  • Last Updated: July 17 2014, 20:29 BST

Rory McIlroy and Adam Scott dominate the Open Championship betting after both made excellent starts on Thursday.

Rory McIlroy: Leads after day one
Rory McIlroy: Leads after day one

McIlroy is now 9/2 having secured his fifth first-round lead of 2014 with a bogey-free 66, before Scott's 68 proved the best score from the afternoon groups until Shane Lowry matched it late in the day.

And while the weather forecast doesn't guarantee that Friday morning will provide the Australian with the advantage over his market rival, he's only just behind McIlroy at 5/1 generally.

"We wanted to take Rory on considering his record in the Open Championship so we have a substantial six-figure liability on the former world number one," said Coral's John Hill.

"We really could do with him having a shaky second round otherwise he could run away with it and we'll be counting the cost."

Tiger Woods gradually warmed to his task having touched 50/1 when he started with back-to-back-bogeys, and at three-under he ended day one just three shots adrift of McIlroy and as a general 12/1 chance.

One shot ahead of Woods lies old enemy Sergio Garcia at 14/1, while our 66/1 headline selection Jim Furyk is also four-under and is fifth in the market at 25s.

Rickie Fowler is no bigger than 28/1 having matched Woods' round of 69, but Justin Rose has been pushed out to that price from 14/1 after a level-par 72.

"Rory was awesome on day one but the weather forecast suggests that he could be out in the teeth of it tomorrow," said William Hill spokesman Rupert Adams. "Tiger is our worst result."

  • Posted at 2020 BST on 17/07/2014.