Sandy Lyle on Open Championship favorite: Got to be Rory McIlroy

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Sandy Lyle on Open Championship favorite: Got to be Rory McIlroy

Sandy Lyle, a golf legend, has revealed who he thinks will be the favorite at the Open Championship. This is Rory McIlroy who will try to get a new title. 'The hot name has got to be McIlroy,' he says for dailymail. 'I was very impressed.

I didn’t watch every minute of it, but down the stretch in Canada and it looked like the old Rory McIlroy. The Rory we know. 'He's driving the ball well. He looked upbeat. He was making putts, he was knocking the pin out with wedges.

And he can do that kind of thing and shoot eight under at the same time and only win by two shots when you've got Justin Thomas and Tony Finau breathing down your neck.

Rory McIlroy and confidence

Rory McIlroy has shown confidence many times when it is most needed and it is superfluous to waste words on his quality.

I think they all they enjoyed it. They were all kind of teamed up together and one was feeding off the other. That was nice to see. 'That’s as relaxed as I've seen him play, even though it was high pressure golf.

Momentum wise, that's a huge boost. You can't buy that in any shop or any drug store - confidence 'He’s earned it. He’s won the tournament and that’s A plus for him to go into The Open. 'He obviously looks very fit and he's amazing how far he hits the ball for such a small little guy which annoys me sometimes but he’s my No 1 pick right now.'

Scot MacIntyre is also someone Sandy respects and winning would mean a lot to this golfer. God, it'd be huge,' he said. 'He'd probably be the first Scottish left-handed golfer in forever I should think. 'I've had a few chances to bump into Bob when he practiced at TPC Sawgrass. We have spoken now and then, and he's picked my brain about the Masters.