McIlroy paired with Els, Fowler at British Open

By the Associated Press | July 11, 2011 | 10:44 AM EDT

Germany's Martin Kaymer tees off on the 15th hole during a practice round at Royal St. George's Golf Club, Sandwich, England, Monday, July, 11, 2011. The British Open Golf Championship will be held at the course from July 14-17th 2011. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

SANDWICH, England (AP) — 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.