Odds for local favorite Rory McIlroy to win this week’s British Open at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland, according to Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook. Bettors have backed off from American Brooks Koepka, who had been a co-favorite with McIlroy but was listed as the 10-1 co-second choice, with American Dustin Johnson. Spain’s Jon Rahm was next, at 16-1, followed by Tiger Woods, at 18-1. Woods, the reigning Masters champion, has not competed since he tied for 21st in the U.S. Open five weeks ago. McIlroy, 30, a native of Northern Ireland, is a four-time major champion, including the 2014 British Open, but he has not won one of golf’s four biggest titles in five years.
Number of pounds that Phil Mickelson said he lost during a six-day fast as part of his preparations for this week’s British Open. Mickelson’s diet consisted of only water and a special coffee blended for wellness. Mickelson, 49, has missed three cuts in his past four starts and has slipped to No. 18 in the Official World Golf Ranking. Mickelson, the 2013 British Open champion, ranked as high as 17th in February after winning the Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Since his victory on the Monterey Peninsula, Mickelson has posted only one top-25 finish, a T-18 at the Masters.
Position in the Official World Golf Ranking for Austria’s Bernd Wiesberger, an improvement of 43 spots, after he won the European Tour’s Scottish Open. Wiesberger, 33, a six-time winner on the European Tour, ended 2018 at No. 185. South African Dylan Frittelli, who won the PGA Tour’s John Deere Classic and nabbed the final spot in this week’s British Open, improved from No. 133 to No. 92 in the OWGR. Frittelli had been ranked as high as 44th in early 2018.