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Who Are The Favourites To Win The 2019 Open Championship?
The 2019 golf season reaches a climax on July 18th when the Open Championship tees off at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland.
The big names of the game dominate the Open betting but Gary Woodland’s surprise win at last month’s US Open proved that any major can still be wide open on its day.
Hot favourite Brooks Koepka looks an irresistible pick given his recent form at the majors as does Rory McIlroy who has serious pedigree on the Dunluce Links at Portrush. Tiger Woods resumes his quest for a 16th major while Dustin Johnson and Justin Rose look to go one better at an event they’ve both finished second at in recent years.
For those looking for a little value from their Open bets, there’s a host of promising picks a little further out in the odds with a smattering of dark horses thrown in for good measure. Remember, you can get the latest Open betting odds with Bet UK’s online betting. If you are still unsure on who to pick, then take a look at our Open Championship betting tips for some more inspiration.
Having won three of the past five majors and finishing second in the other two, it’s impossible to discount Koepka’s chances at Portrush. The American’s best finish at the Open is a tie for sixth in 2017 and he has posted two top 10s in his three appearances at the championship.
Koepka’s caddie Rickie Elliot grew up in Portrush and played the links as a kid before heading for university in Ohio. World number one Koepka kept his calendar free the week before the Open and has been playing links golf in the build-up while adjusting to the time change.
Few in the field – bar Portrush-born Graeme McDowell – can claim as much pedigree on the Dunluce Links as Rory McIlroy. Back to his best with a superb win at the Canadian Open, McIlroy held the course record at Portrush on the old course before the remodelled version which will be unveiled for the Open.
The 30-year-old set that record 14 years ago and the 61 he shot as a teenager is unlikely to ever be beaten. The Dunluce layout will be a blank page to most of the favourites, with their first encounter with the links being in practice this week so McIlroy’s insider knowledge could well prove to be key.
A little behind Koepka comes Dustin Johnson who endured something of a disappointing weekend at Pebble Beach despite striking the ball well enough. Johnson has a patchy record at the Open with his best finish as runner-up back in 2011. The 43-year-old has finished outside of the top-40 in his last three Open outings but with his litany of close calls at the majors, a second top title is surely overdue.
Woods didn’t putt particularly well at the US Open but can’t be overlooked for the British equivalent. The three-time Open champion finished tied for sixth last year at Carnoustie – considered the toughest course on the R&A rota – and while he didn’t look in great shape at Pebble Beach, Woods has taken a break since to recharge and go again in pursuit of his fourth time etched onto the Claret Jug.
Rose doesn’t do bad weeks, but he sure had a bad day during the final round of the US Open with a 73 edging him out of contention. His iron play didn’t look great at Pebble Beach but his steely grit and solid putting kept him right in it until the last day. No one wins the Open with their B game so Rose’s chances will much depend on whether he can restore his greens-in-regulation stats at Royal Portrush.
Molinari stared down the Tiger to take last year’s Open title. Partnered with Woods on the final round at Carnoustie, the Italian took charge when his opponent faltered. Molinari has continued his ascent up the world rankings this year and seems to have been building up something of a head of steam ahead of his Open defence. The 36-year-old led the Masters for a good stretch though he complained of fatigue at Pebble Beach despite posting a respectable T16.
Those A Little Further Out
You’ll find the likes of Jordan Spieth (16/1), Rickie Fowler (18/1) and Jon Rahm (20/1) floating a little further in the betting and each comes with enough of a case to take a flutter on their Open chances. Royal Portrush member Graeme McDowell (50/1) will present as the pick for an each-way bet for many.
For those looking for a dark horse bet for the Open, Adam Scott is worth a second look as is Zach Johnson (80/1), Brandt Snedeker (100/1), Xander Schauffele (25/1) or perhaps even Phil Mickelson (40/1).
So who are you backing to win this year’s Open? You can find all the latest golf betting odds here at Bet UK.
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*All odds from Bet UK’s online betting markets correct at the time of writing.
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