Rory McIlroy is one of the best golfers alive, but it’s been a little while since he captured a major. The year 2014 (!) was the last time the Northern Irish golfer took home an illustrious top title in the sport. Coincidentally — with the 2022 PGA Championship happening throughout this weekend — that 2014 title was also the PGA title.
Hmm, it really makes you think.
After Thursday’s first round of this year’s major PGA Championship at Southern Hills in Tulsa, Oklahoma, McIlroy might be in line to get back on top and take home a shiny trophy. At least, that’s what his history at this tournament says.
Rory McIlroy finishes Round 1 of the #PGAChamp as the leader at -5.
It's the 3rd time in his career he's shot -5 in the opening round of the PGA Championship. He went on to win both of the previous two occasions in 2012 and 2014. pic.twitter.com/yngQqTrn4V
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 19, 2022
What a good omen for McIlroy.
Notably, McIlory entered this year’s PGA Championship with +1300 odds to win, according to oddsmakers with Tipico Sportsbook. After his dynamite five-under par first round, he’s now +360 and the overwhelming favorite to take home the PGA title.
He’ll begin Friday with a one-stroke lead over Will Zalatoris (+1200) and Tom Hoge (+3200). We’ll see whether history and McIlroy can keep up their respective ends of the bargain through Sunday.
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