Rory in cruise control

  • Last Updated: July 19 2014, 17:29 BST

Rory McIlroy is long odds-on with Sky Bet to win the Open Championship as he leads by six shots from Rickie Fowler.

Rickie Fowler heads the betting in the market without McIlroy
Rickie Fowler heads the betting in the market without McIlroy

An eagle-bogey-eagle finish sent him surging clear in the closing stages of round three on -16 and he is 1/16 to complete the job and lift the Claret Jug.

Rickie Fowler had managed to get level with McIlroy part way through the third round with the pair locked on -12 but the American slipped back and is his nearest pursuer on -10.

He is 14/1 with Sky Bet while Sergio Garcia can be backed at 25/1 with Dustin Johnson 28s - it is then 100/1 bar.

Punters will perhaps now look to the market without Rory and Fowler is the 11/4 favourite to come out on top.

Garcia and Johnson can be backed at 7/2 with Victor Dubuisson a 15/2 chance.

Sky Bet's chief golf odds compiler John Rhodes said: "Rory was very well backed at 16s pre-tournament and he is a big loser for the firm.

"Despite being industry-bottom price on Rickie Fowler at 30s, Sky Bet laid that pre event also.

"A quick glance at the leaderboard shows a lot of the fancied runners up there and with 6 places to pay out for each-way bets, this could be one of the worst Opens for many a year."