British Open 2019: Will Anyone Spoil McIlroy’s Homecoming?
British Open odds suggest Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy is the +800 favorite to win the 2019 British Open on home soil. McIlroy won the 2014 British Open in Hoylake, England and is the hot favorite to win this event thanks to him breaking the course record in 2005 as a 16-year-old.
- Rory McIlroy is the tournament’s favorite with +800 British Open odds 2019
- Brooks Koepka and Dustin Johnson come in at +1000 and +1600 respectively.
- McIlroy broke the old Portrush course record in 2005, hitting a 61 as a fresh-faced 16-year-old
- Tiger Woods’ British Open odds of +1600 make him the joint third favorite
- Reigning champion Francesco Molinari is a +2500 shot and retaining his title despite poor form.
Can anyone stop McIlroy at the British Open?
Ireland’s Rory McIlroy, the current world number three, has +800 Vegas odds British Open making him the favorite for what would be his second Open Championship title. McIlroy won the British Open in 2014, defeating Spain’s Sergio Garcia by two shots as he finished 17 under par.
McIlroy loves playing golf at this venue and holds the record, on the old course, which he set as a 16-year-old in 2005. Despite his tender age, McIlroy shot a remarkable 61, which also happened to be his first bogeyless round.
The popular Irishman comes into the 2019 British Open in solid form having won the RBC Canadian Open by seven strokes in Ontario.
His final round of 61 saw him play some of the best golf of his long and illustrious career and saw him secure a career Triple Crown, becoming only the sixth golfer in history to win The Open, the U.S. Open, and the Canadian Open.
While we still believe whoever finishes above McIlroy will win the British Open, bear in mind that McIlroy has publically stated he prefers playing golf in good weather and the weather forecast for this event suggests it could be quite windy and with rain showers.
Still, +800 to win and +160 to finish in the top five seem like fantastic betting odds.
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Stay clear of Brooks Koepka and Tiger Woods for the win
Two of the biggest names in world golf are fancied by the bookmakers to win the 2019 British Open, but we would stay clear of them for now. Brooks Koepka (+1000) and Tiger Woods (+1600) are Goliath’s of the golfing world, yet this course simply does not suit them at all.
The Royal Portrush course has seven or eight holes were power will be king, with the remaining holes more suited towards accuracy and finesse.
This means we believe the course could be too tight for Koepka, despite the fact his caddy is a Portrush native, plus Koepka finished second in both the Masters and U.S. Open which could have taken a lot out of him.
As for the legendary figure that is Woods, he may have won the 2018 Tour Championship and his epic victory in the 2019 Masters, but the rainy and windy conditions that are expected at Portrush this week are far from ideal for someone who underwent spinal fusion surgery.
Instead of betting on this pair to win the tournament, look for the British Open odds to make the cut, set at 36 players this year. Bovada are offering odds on a top 20 finish with Koepka coming in at -225 and Woods -125.
Koepka is also expected to be the top American player in the field with +450 betting odds.
Xander Schauffele is a legitimate outsider
Those of you looking to take a punt on an outsider could do a lot worse than backing Xander Schauffele. The 25-year-old who won the Rookie of the Year in 2017 has +2500 Las Vegas betting odds British Open and we think that represents fantastic value.
You can also back Schauffele to be the top American at +1000, get +110 on him finishing in the top 20 and even a solid +225 to finish in the top 10.
Shauffele finished third in the U.S. Open in June, finishing seven under par.
He is also enjoying great form in 2019, ranking in the top 15 for scoring average (69.782) and birdie average (4.27) thanks to averaging over 300 yards per drive and hitting close to 70 percent of greens in regulation.
If Shauffele can handle the pressure, this just could be his tournament and with long odds too.
Check out the current top 10 betting odds for the 2019 British Open.
- Rory McIlroy: +800
- Brooks Koepka: +1000
- Dustin Johnson: +1600
- Jon Rahm: +1600
- Tiger Woods: +1600
- Justin Rose: +2000
- Francesco Molinari: +2500
- Tommy Fleetwood: +2500
- Xander Schauffele: +2500
- Adam Scott: +2800
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