McIlroy the overwhelming favourite, as British Open gets under way

Among the early starters on Thursday: Rory McIlroy, the overwhelming favorite to add the claret jug to his U.S. Open trophy.

updated: July 14, 2011 10:22 IST
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Sandwich: Steve Stricker can appreciate better than most how the British Open is unlike any other major.

One day after winning the John Deere Classic with a birdie-birdie finish on the green, manicured fairways of a TPC course in America's heartland, Stricker was trying to stand upright on the lunar links of Royal St. George's. The yardage book was more of a guide than the gospel. It was tough to control his golf ball through the air, even harder when it was bouncing along the ground.

"It's quite a turnaround," Stricker said on Wednesday. "To learn and adapt to this style in 2 and a half days is a challenge."

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