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As amazing as Rory McIlroy was in his dominating 2011 U.S. Open championship run, he's been near that terrible in majors since.
Unlike most European players, it would be a mistake to assume Rory is the perfect fit for the typical links style that Royal Lytham exhibits.
The course encourages and requires great driving accuracy and incredible scrambling ability—two things McIlroy struggles with in major tournaments. If he can pull out a miracle and master those skills, he is capable of electrifying the crowds and holding up to some pretty generous odds.
Though 16-to-1 is actually generous on the part of bookies, given McIlroy's talent, trust me it's a trap. Rory is a name. But in recent majors he has come nowhere near holding up his end of the bargain.
Stay away from McIlroy, even at 16-to-1 odds.