Open Championship - Complete Guide

Guide To The Open Championship 2019

The small seaside town of Portrush in County Antrim is buzzing as the Royal Portrush Golf Club prepares to welcome 200,000 spectators to watch the world’s best golfers compete in one of golf’s most prestigious events - the Open Championship.

This year is the 148th edition of the world’s oldest golf tournament and only the second time the Open has been held outside of mainland Britain. It’s been a long wait for golf fans in Northern Ireland to welcome back the Claret Jug - 68 years in fact since Royal Portrush last staged the championship.

Bet UK’s online betting has golf betting odds for the 2019 Open Championship, as well as odds for all European and PGA Tour events. Also take a look at our Open Championship betting tips from Robert Cobley, as well as his golf betting tips for all major events.

2019 Will Be A Truly Special Open Championship

The 2019 Open promises to be an Open like no other. Tickets sold out almost as soon as they were released last year. No other Open has ever sold out entirely and the event will be watched by 600 million viewers worldwide.

The players will even be allowed to wear shorts during practice rounds for the first time ever - should the weather hold out. Such is the hype in Portrush ahead of the Open it was even rumoured that Banksy had visited the town after a piece of artwork depicting a young boy playing golf was spotted on the wall of the town’s lifeboat station.

Even people who don’t watch much golf during the rest of the year tune in for the Open and even more so this year. Always played on a coastal links course - considered the purest form of golf - the Open is traditionally held in mid-July and is the most international of the game’s four major championships.

Format Of The Open Championship

The Open Championship is the final major of the season and this year is held from July 14th to the 21st.

156 players compete in a stroke-play format to have their name etched on the Claret Jug - the prize awarded to the Open winner since 1872.

The field is cut after the first two rounds. If the players are tied after 72 holes, there will be a four-hole aggregate play-off which continues to sudden death if there is still no clear winner.

The Dunluce Links Course At Portrush Is One Of The World’s Best

The 2019 Open Championship will be played on the Dunluce Links course at Royal Portrush Golf Club. The course, considered to be one of the finest in the world, is regularly ranked towards the top of “the world’s best course” lists.

The course is named after the ruins of Dunluce Castle which overlook it. The 7,337-yard layout sits among giant sand dunes on the North Antrim Causeway Coast - an area which includes World Heritage Site, the Giant's Causeway, the Glens of Antrim and Rathlin Island - Northern Ireland’s most northerly point.

Royal Portrush Golf Club was established in 1888 and the Dunluce Links course was designed by legendary course creator Harry Colt in 1929. The course hosted the 1951 Open Championship and Royal Portrush has staged the Irish Open on five occasions. The 2012 edition of the Irish Open set a record for attendance figures on the European Tour with a crowd of over 130,000.

The Dunluce Links course is notable for its tiered undulating greens, thick rough capable of devouring any wayward ball, assorted natural hazards crafted from the natural landscape, and stunning ocean views.

The Last Time The Open Was Held At Portrush

The 80th Open was held at Royal Portrush and was the first time the championship had been held outside of England and Scotland. Englishman Max Faulkner took the 1951 title with a two-stroke winning margin over Antonio Cerdá from Argentina. A youthful Peter Allis made his professional debut at the event.

Faulkner had form at Portrush having previously been runner-up twice when the Irish Open had been held at the club. Faulkner was a flamboyant character with a penchant for brightly coloured golfing attire and would later become a journalist for the Daily Mail.

Players to watch at the 2019 Open Championship

2014 Open Championship winner Rory McIlroy regularly names Royal Portrush as one of his favourite courses. As a 16-year-old the Belfast native shot a 61-stroke course record at the Ireland Amateur Open so he sure has form here.

McIlroy has been in good fettle this year, winning the Players Championship in March and the Canadian Open in June. The 30-year-old posted top ten finishes at the PGA Championship and the US Open.

Other local boys to look out for include 2010 US Open champion Graham McDowell. McDowell only secured a spot at his home town Open by finishing joint eighth at the Canadian Open after he slipped right out of the world’s top 100 this year. But finding form at the right time bodes well for his chances of a good finish at Portrush.

The rest of the favourites for the 2019 Open are made up of the likes of Tiger Woods, Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka. Koepka has a stunning record at recent majors with first, second, first, second finishes in the last four – and his caddy is from Portrush and played the links here as a boy.

Last year’s winner Francesco Molinari is also worth keeping an eye on as is Justin Rose who threatened to mount a serious challenge at the US Open before fading on the final day.

With several strong contenders in the mix to take this year’s title, along with some potential outsiders, it’s certainly shaping up to be an exciting tournament for spectators. You can find the latest Open Championship golf odds here at Bet UK and get behind your favourite.

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