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Can Rory McIlroy end his major drought in 2024?

When Rory McIlroy claimed the most recent of his four Major titles at the 2014 US PGA, the discussion quickly turned to how many more he would lift before his career was finished.

With potentially two decades at the top ahead of him, double-digit Major victories looked a mere formality for the then 25-year-old, while Jack Nicklaus's record 18 titles also appeared to be under serious threat.

However, almost a decade has passed with McIlroy failing to add to his Major haul despite a series of close calls. Could 2024 be the year when the Northern Irishman finally gets back in the winner's circle?

McIlroy is 7/4 to break his drought by winning any of golf's four marquee tournaments in 2024 and we've taken a look at his chances in each event.

Rory McIlroy 2024 Odds

US Masters8/1To Win a Major7/4
PGA Championship10/1To Win 2+ Majors14/1
US Open10/1To Win 3+ Majors50/1
Open Championship8/1To Win 4 Majors250/1

Mental hurdles to overcome at Augusta

Ben Hogan. Nicklaus. Gary Player. Gene Sarazen. Tiger Woods - five greats of the game who have won the career Grand Slam, something which McIlroy will attempt to do for the tenth time when he tees it up at the Masters in April.

While any Major would be welcome in 2024, it is the Green Jacket which McIlroy covets the most as he seeks to once again join the most exclusive club in the sport.

Augusta National, the permanent home of the Masters, has long looked a perfect fit for the Holywood hero, who is blessed with effortless power with driver in hand and remains underrated around the greens.

Seven of his last ten visits to the Cathedral of the Pines have returned a top-ten finish but no Green Jacket, while two missed cuts in the last three Masters hint at psychological hurdles rather than any technical issues.

McIlroy finished 2023 ranked second in the world, having been superbly consistent over the second half of the year, and odds of 8/1 underline his suitability for Augusta, but could you trust him coming down the stretch with immortality on the line?

Return to Valhalla could spark bid for third US PGA

The nomadic nature of the remaining Majors is what makes them so interesting and McIlroy has the advantage which comes with being one of the only two previous course winners in the field at the US PGA Championship.

Tiger Woods won his second US PGA at Valhalla in 2000, then McIlroy followed suit at the same course in 2014. They are the last two Valhalla US PGA winners and the only men who will be teeing it up as previous course champions in the event.

Valhalla, traditionally a bombers paradise, played to McIlroy's strengths in 2014 as he held off a charging Phil Mickelson to take the title.

If Augusta National conjures memories of missed chances, the US PGA venue could have the opposite effect and it would be no surprise were McIlroy to outrun odds of 10/1.

Pinehurst presents the toughest challenge

The US Open heads to North Carolina in June, when Pinehurst's iconic No.2 course plays host to the tournament for the fourth time in 25 years.

The Donald Ross-designed No.2 course puts a premium on accurate iron play and McIlroy was not a factor in the last US Open to take place there when Martin Kaymer established a three-shot lead after round one before pulling away to win by eight shots.

Of the four, this looks the toughest ask for McIlroy, who can be ragged when his irons are not firing.

He's 10/1 to win the US Open for the second time, but both Scottie Scheffler and LIV-bound Jon Rahm are rated more likely winners.

Troon title could be within Rory's reach

With the Augusta mental hurdles to overcome, McIlroy's best chance of a 2024 Major win could arguably come at the Open Championship, which returns to Royal Troon for the first time since 2016.

The Open champion in 2014, McIlroy had the Claret Jug at his mercy in 2022, only to be overhauled in the final round by Cameron Smith before finishing third at St Andrews, then he played well again when sixth behind Brian Harman at Hoylake in 2023.

One previous Troon visit saw McIlroy finish in a share of fifth, although he was 16 shots behind Henrik Stenson, who emerged triumphant in a remarkable weekend duel with Mickelson.

His links pedigree, confirmed once again with a dramatic win at the 2023 Scottish Open, is clear to see and this is the only Major where McIlroy, at 8/1, is the current favourite.

He could well be a Major champion again by the time he arrives at Troon in July. If he isn't, then the pressure will ramp up.

All odds displayed on this page were correct at the time of writing and are subject to withdrawal or change at any time.

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