McIlroy closes in on PGA Championship favourite Scheffler 

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Rory McIlroy has been trimmed into 13/2 by BoyleSports to finally end a ten-year major drought after he landed his second straight PGA Tour victory last week at the Wells Fargo Championship.

The odds are found in BoyleSports’ early payout market, which will see the bookie pay out on a sole leader at the end of the third round as a winner, even if they don’t go on to win the event.

A final round of 65 on Sunday allowed McIlroy to surge clear of Xander Schauffele as he landed a fourth career victory at Quail Hollow, before heading to the Valhalla venue which hosted his last major championship victory in 2014.

McIlroy will now tee off on Thursday seeking a third straight victory having also won The Zurich Classic of New Orleans with Shane Lowry at the end of April, while favourite Scottie Scheffler will be chasing a fifth win in six outings, a run which included his second victory at The Masters last month.

Scheffler’s PGA participation had been uncertain as he and partner Meredith awaited the arrival of their first child, but the new father arrived at Valhalla on Monday to acquaint himself with the course which could keep him on track for an unprecedented Grand Slam.

While McIlroy has eaten into Scheffler’s lead in the betting, the world number one remains a 7/2 favourite in the early payout market, with defending champion and recent winner on the LIV Tour Brooks Koepka also a popular pick at 12/1.

Masters runner-up Ludvig Aberg (14/1) and Wells Fargo second Xander Schauffele (11/1) are rated the most likely candidates of the maidens in the field to land their first major, while Shane Lowry is out to 75/1 to claim a second career major after he posted a disappointing total of +7 at the Wells Fargo.

Lawrence Lyons, spokesperson for BoyleSports said: “Scottie Scheffler was all the rage after The Masters for obvious reasons, but Rory McIlroy’s timing looks ominous. He has hit stride just as he arrives at a venue which holds fond memories and the trends are now singling him out as the one to beat.”

PGA Championship Winner – Early Payout

7/2         S Scheffler

13/2      R McIlroy

11/1      X Schauffele

12/1      B Koepka

12/1      J Rahm

14/1      L Aberg

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1/4         R McIlroy

7/2         S Lowry

18/1      P Harrington

18+. Applies to bets placed on the golf outright early payout market. Get paid out as a winner if your selection is the sole leader at the end of round 3, even if your selection does not go on to win the competition. Applies to Singles & Multiples. T&Cs apply.

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