Side with McIlroy and Duftner
David John picks out his best bets for day two at the Open with Rory McIlroy a strong three-ball fancy.
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David John picks out his best bets for day two at the Open with Rory McIlroy backed to avoid more Friday problems in his three-ball. Overnight leader Rory McIlroy certainly got the best of things on Thursday in terms of the benign early conditions but the wind looks set to play a bigger part on day two of the Open Championship at Hoylake. We will keep the warm temperatures but wind speeds are predicted up in the mid-teens mph which should mean the players have to get their thinking caps on. McIlroy could catch another break with his 1427BST tee-time as the wind is forecast to die down during the afternoon and it should give him an excellent chance to build on his terrific opening 66. There were one or two favourable bounces along the way but the quality of his ball-striking was par excellence as he set up a number of birdie chances adjacent to the hole. He did not seem overly concerned in his post-round interview about those recent struggles in round two following a string of fast starts and I really get the impression he can take it low again.
- 1pt Rory McIlroy to beat Jordan Spieth and Hideki Matsuyama at 5/4 (Syan James, Boylesports) - Played brilliantly on Thursday and should be able to go low again
- 1pt Jason Dufner to beat Adam Scott and Justin Rose at 16/5 (Stan James) - Could well prove to be a good value selection against two 'bigger' names