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US Open odds: Rory McIlroy favourite after opening 65

It's been 10 years since Rory McIlroy won his last major, but after his opening round of 65 propelled him to a tie for first, he may only have a few more days to wait before the drought comes to a long-overdue end.

The last three times McIlroy has opened with a bogey-free round he's gone on to win majors and the Northern Irishman will be desperate for that trend to continue. Now a decade removed from his 2014 PGA Championship win at Valhalla, McIlroy is 13/5 to win the 2024 US Open.

On a day when even par was a good score - as it will be all week - McIlroy shot five-under to tie Patrick Cantlay at a hugely testing Pinehurst No. 2, and what was perhaps most impressive about McIlroy's Thursday was how well rounded it was. All parts of his game were on song, finding 11 out of 14 fairways and a hugely impressive 15 out of 18 greens. The putter which has often let McIlroy down in majors also played ball, with the shortest missed putt all day coming from 12 feet with everything inside that distance finding the bottom of the cup.

While McIlroy won't have been too focussed on the leaderboard throughout the first round, he'll have been keen to see how playing partner and world number one Scottie Scheffler fared, and will no doubt have been quietly pleased to see the pre-tournament favourite six shots back on one-over.

While Scheffler's iron play was typically stellar, he wasn't helped by a cooler putter than we've been used to this season, and his wayward driving saw him find just six fairways. Of course, Scheffler remains the world's best player by some distance, and while it's expected that some of the 15 players currently under par come back to the field, it would surprise no one to see Scheffler card a 68 on Friday to get himself back in contention.

Cantlay, whose record in majors leaves lots to be desired, will hope he's found the winning formula after a superb 65 of his own to share the lead with McIlroy, while Ludvig Aberg was hugely impressive in his US Open debut, one shot back after a 66.

Much was expected of Bryson DeChambeau coming into the week after his one-shot defeat at the PGA Championship to Xander Schauffele, and the LIV star obliged with a 67 which featured some titanic drives. The former US Open champion found 12 out of 14 fairways while exceeding 335 yards nine times.

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