Rory McIlroy a heavy favorite entering Day 3 at the British Open

July 18, 6:46 PM

A four-stroke lead is always significant, but in the case of Rory McIlroy at the British Open, it's the steady dominance he's put on display with back-to-back rounds of 66 rather than just the leaderboard gap that make him a substantial favorite entering Saturday's play.

McIlroy has been on top of his game through two rounds, birdieing six of eight par-5s and averaging 333 yards off the tee. Bookmakers see McIlroy's four-stroke edge on Dustin Johnson - and his six-stroke edge on the rest of the field - as strong reason to back McIlroy into the weekend.

At 2-3, McIlroy's odds (per Bovada) implied a 60 percent win probability, while Johnson's second-best odds of 6-1 imply just a 14 percent chance at making a late surge in Merseyside.

The table below shows the 10 golfers with the best odds, as well as the odds for some other notable names:

Rory McIlroy-122-3
Dustin Johnson-86-1
Sergio Garcia-616-1
Rickie Fowler-618-1
Adam Scott-325-1
Charl Schwartzel-625-1
Louis Oosthuizen-625-1
Francesco Molinari-628-1
Ryan Moore-628-1
Jim Furyk-540-1
Justin Rose-250-1
Phil MickelsonPAR150-1
Henrik Stenson+1200-1
Matt KucharPAR200-1
Tiger Woods+2200-1

Feature photo courtesy of USA Today Sports/Ian Rutherford