The fourth and final major of the season is upon us, as the 2019 British Open – also known as the Open Championship – is set to tee off on Thursday at Royal Portrush Golf Club in Northern Ireland. We’ve had three different winners at major tournaments this year, but will that trend continue this weekend? Or will Tiger Woods and Brooks Koepka have something to say about that? From the leaderboard favorites to high-value sleepers, check out our British Open betting preview for all the insights and analysis you need to cash in on golf this weekend.
*All odds are according to FanDuel Sportsbook as of 7/15/19
The Hometown Favorite: Rory McIlroy (+900)
Right now, Rory McIlroy is the odds-on favorite win the British Open in his homeland of Northern Ireland. Despite first hosting the Open Championship in 1951 and being the first course not on the main island of Great Britain to do so, Royal Portrush has not hosted the top European tournament since then. It returns in 2019, providing somewhat of an advantage for McIlroy – ranked No. 3 in the world.
McIlroy is a 4-time major winner but had not won a meaningful tournament since the 2014 PGA Championship. In that same year, he hoisted the British Open title, as well. In fact, the British Open is by far McIlroy’s most consistent major tournament. After winning in 2014, he’s followed up with three top-5 finishes between 2016-18. He finished tied for second last year, just two strokes behind 2018 winner Francesco Molinari.
As for his performance this year, McIlroy is having one of the greatest statistical seasons of all-time. His 2.7 strokes gained are the best of his career, and it’s not really that close. In fact, those kinds of numbers are rivaling some of Tiger’s best seasons on the PGA Tour. Unfortunately, he has not been able to secure a major title, which means people are either not taking notice or are forgetting easily. That’s how golf works. You either win the big one, or you get lost in the shadows as the season goes on. Hell, McIlroy even won the Players Championship and Canadian Open this season.
He has a lot going his way this season. It’s time for him to win a major and cement this run among some of the greatest ever.
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