McIlroy a 2-1 favorite to win PGA Championship

Rory McIlroy talks to his caddie J.P. Fitzgerald on the first tee during the third round of the 94th PGA Championship at the Ocean Course in Kiawah Island, S.C.
Rory McIlroy talks to his caddie J.P. Fitzgerald on the first tee during the third round of the 94th PGA Championship at the Ocean Course in Kiawah Island, S.C. ( Getty Images )

Sunday, August 12, 2012

KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. – With 27 holes to play on Sunday, Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy was installed as the 2-1 favorite by the Las Vegas oddsmakers going into the final day of the PGA Championship. When the week began, McIlroy was a 15-1 underdog with Tiger Woods a solid 7-1 favorite.

When the third round started, Woods was tied for the lead with Vijay Singh and Carl Pettersson, and Woods was an overwhelming favorite at 5-4, with McIlroy behind at 7-1.

When Woods started the third round with three bogeys over seven holes before the rains came to the Ocean Course, McIlroy was making the turn at 4-under 32 and tied for the lead with third round co-leader Singh at 6 under.

Singh is an 11-2 favorite. Sandwiched between McIlroy and Singh is Adam Scott at 7-2. Scott made a significant run on Saturday, turning in 4-under 32, before the round was suspended.

Woods will start Sunday as an 12-1 underdog.