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McIlroy paired with Fowler, Els for British Open

Rory McIlroy
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PORTO SANTO ISLAND, PORTUGAL - MAY 19: Richard Kind of the Netherlands tees off the 3rd hole during day one of the Madeira Islands Open on May 19, 2011 in Porto Santo Island, Portugal. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)  - 

SANDWICH, England – Coming off a record-breaking win at the U.S. Open, Rory McIlroy is paired with Ernie Els and Rickie Fowler for the first two rounds of the British Open.

The 22-year-old from Northern Ireland had a 16-under score last month at Congressional. He’s favored to make it two majors in a row at Royal St. George’s.

Defending champion Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa will play the first two rounds with American star Phil Mickelson and defending PGA champ Martin Kaymer.

The world’s top-ranked player, England’s Luke Donald, is paired Thursday and Friday with Ryo Ishikawa and Sergio Garcia. Donald solidified his spot in the rankings with a four-stroke victory this past weekend at the Scottish Open