The Northern Irishman lost his World Number One spot to Tiger Woods after the latter comfortably triumphed at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and the American is 2/7 at Coral to be at the summit of the standings at the end of 2013.
McIlroy has been under plenty of pressure of late and the Ulsterman is 10/3 at Coral to miss the cut in Texas while the same firm quote him at 9/1 to land the US Masters in a couple of weeks. Woods is now a hot favourite at 11/4 (Coral) to clinch the green jacket.
“The competition between Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods has set the golfing world alight and this year’s US Masters will be an epic showdown. Punters can’t wait for the duo to meet at Augusta and already, we are witnessing a flood of ante-post bets on both golfers winning the bragging rights”, commented Coral’s Nicola McGeady.
**Coral Rory McIlroy Specials
10-1 McIlroy to reclaim World No 1 this week
1-5 Rory Mcilroy to make cut, 10-3 to miss cut at the Shell Houston Open
**Tiger Woods Special
2-7 Woods to be World No 1 by 31st December 2013
**Shell Houston Open Outright
16 Rory McIlroy, 20 Keegan Bradley, Steve Stricker, 22 Hunter Mahan, Phil Mickelson, 28 Dustin Johnson, 28 Brandt Snedeker, 33 Lee Westwood, Louis Oosthuizen, 40 bar.
11-4 Tiger Woods, 9 Rory McIlroy, 12 Phil Mickelson, 16 Brandt Snedeker, 18 Charl Schwartzel, 20 Justin Rose, 25 Lee Westwood, 25 Luke Donald, 25 Adam Scott, 25 Juston Johnson, 28 Louis Oosthuizen, 33 bar.