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2019 Open Championship Betting Tips - Brooks Koepka and Jon Rahm the players to beat at Royal Portrush

Final major of the season set to favour players who enjoy links golf
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Brooks Koepka tipped to win the 148th Open Championship at Royal Portrush Golf Club (Getty Images)

The world’s best golfers descend on Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland this week for the 2019 British Open. Ahead of the first tee shot on Thursday, we evaluate the leading contenders, pick the outsiders we expect to contend, and provide our betting recommendations.

2019 British Open Championship Betting Odds

Odds correct as of 16 July 2019:

  • Rory McIlroy (10.00)
  • Brooks Koepka (11.00)
  • Dustin Johnson (17.00)
  • Jon Rahm (17.00)
  • Tiger Woods (21.00)
  • Justin Rose (21.00)
  • Francesco Molinari (26.00)
  • Xander Schaufele (29.00)
  • Henrik Stenson (31.00)
  • Tommy Fleetwood (31.00)

2019 British Open Championship Top Contenders

Rory McIlroy (10.00)

Course familiarity, remarkable levels of consistency and a huge amount of home support have combined to make Rory McIlroy the favourite to win outright at the 2019 British Open. McIlroy holds the course record (61) at Royal Portrush, which he achieved at the age of 16 and arrives at the tournament after winning the Canadian Open and posting a tied-ninth at the US Open. 

Everything should be geared up for a second British Open title, but it has been nearly five years since his last major win and the pressure is only going to be further heightened playing in front of his home crowd. McIlroy could well thrive, but given his odds, there just doesn’t seem to be the value in backing the World No. 3 this week.

Brooks Koepka (11.00)

Winning major championships should be difficult, but not since the peak Tiger Woods years have we seen one player be so dominant at the major golf events. Brooks Koepka has won four of the past nine majors and finished runner-up twice. 

Additionally, his caddie, Ricky Elliot, is a Royal Portrush native so knows the course better than anyone. Granted, there have been a number of major changes to the course, but if Elliot’s knowledge can give Koepka an extra one or two shots it could make a vital difference. Given his sensational form at the majors, ignore the World No. 1 at your peril.

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Brooks Koepka has won four of the past nine majors and finished runner-up twice (Getty Images)

Dustin Johnson (17.00)

Dustin Johnson is an intriguing player. When dialed-in and firing, few golfers can hang with the World No. 2. His power and underestimated short game translate well to all courses and if he can get to grips with the course this week he can be a contender.

However, Johnson arrives at Royal Portrush off the back of a missed cut at the Rocket Mortgage Classic and a mixed British Open record. After his tied-second in 2011, this best efforts are a pair of tied-ninths and he missed the cut last year. Plus, for all his talents he has only won one major. Can he make it No. 2 come Sunday? We’re not so sure. 

Jon Rahm (17.00)

Of all the top-level players still in the hunt for their first majors, Jon Rahm features right at the top of those expected to land one of the big ones in the not too distant future. The Spaniard’s game is on point and he has hit a rich vein of form, with a tied-third at the US Open and tied-second at the Andalucia Masters. That was before he won the Irish Open two weeks ago in the lead-up to the British Open.

Rahm’s temperament has been called into question and he has yet to display his talents at the British Open, with a tied-44th in 2017 his best result so far. However, Rahm continues to get better and we have a feeling the World No. 8 will be firmly in the mix this week.

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Jon Rahm won the Irish Open two weeks ago (Getty Images)

Tiger Woods (21.00)

Rested or rusty? That is the key question surrounding Tiger Woods ahead of the 2019 British Open. Since winning the US Masters in stunning style, Woods has played a limited schedule, which included a missed cut at the PGA Championship. However, the World No. 5 fared better with a tied-ninth at The Memorial and a tied-21nd at the US Open. 

A match-fit Woods would revel in the Open Championship conditions at Royal Portrush, where control and creativity are often rewarded. How quickly he adapts will be key. A top-20 finish could be on the cards, but winning the title may be beyond him. 

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Questions surround Tiger Woods ahead of the 2019 British Open (Getty Images)

2019 British Open Championship Outsiders

Francesco Molinari (26.00)

A year ago, Francesco Molinari held off Tiger Woods at Carnoustie to win his first British Open title. The Italian has not hit the same remarkable heights this season, but finished tied-fifth at the US Masters and a tied-16th at the Pebble Beach at the US Open in conditions similar to the British Open. Has the game to fare well. 

Henrik Stenson (31.00)

It has been a welcome return to form for Henrik Stenson in recent weeks. The Swede has not finished outside the top 10 in his past three events, including a tied-fourth last time out at the Scottish Open. Stenson’s iron play suits the British Open conditions perfectly and who can forget his record-breaking win in 2016? The World No. 37 delivered for us at the Scottish Open and we expect him to deliver again.

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Henrik Stenson is tipped to secure a top 10 finish at the 2019 Open Championship (Getty Images)

Adam Scott (34.00)

Adam Scott has found form at the majors in recent outings: he has finished in the top-10 in three of the past four, with a tied-18th at the US Masters his other result. Indeed, the Australian is in fine form in general having not finished lower than tied-eighth in his past three events. Scott is playing to a similar level that saw him finish runner-up at the 2012 British Open and he can replicate that result this week. 

Matt Kuchar (36.00)

Few players have been as consistent this season as Matt Kuchar, who has finished in the top-10 in three of his past five events. He started well last time out at the Scottish Open before settling for tied-20th, while his past two showings at the British Open - runner-up and tied-ninth - show a player at ease in the conditions. Another strong showing expected.

Gary Woodland (71.00)

Gary Woodland may be an outside pick but the reigning US Open champion and World No. 12 priced so long is worth considering. He has yet to contend at a British Open so far, although he has never missed the cut either. Has proven he can perform on the biggest stages.

2019 British Open Championship Key Stats

  • The 2019 British Open has a par-71 score and will be played over 7,344 yards.
  • There are 15 past champions competing at the 2019 British Open.
  • Tiger Woods, Padraig Harrington and Ernie Els are the only multiple British Open champions in the field.
  • The 2019 British Open will be held at Royal Portrush for just the second time and first since 1951.

2019 British Open Betting Tips

It is difficult to look beyond Brooks Koepka to win the 2019 British Open given his remarkable record at the majors. That is why we are backing the World No. 1 to triumph at Royal Portrush. 

Jon Rahm and Henrik Stenson have the form to contend and we expect them to claim high finishes. 

Top 20 Finish: Henrik Stenson @ 2.30 at bet365 - 3 Units
Top 10 Finish: Jon Rahm @ 2.50 at bet365 - 3 Units
Winner: Brooks Koepka @ 11.00 at bet365 - 1 Unit

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