The Open Championship 2019 will take place at The Dunluce Links, Royal Portrush in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. It will be the second Open Championship at the course, 68 years after the first in 1951.
Francesco Molinari (at +2400 or 25.00 at bet365) is the defending champion but, unsurprisingly, it’s Rory McIlroy (+900 or 10.00 with bet365) who heads the Open 2019 betting market as he returns for the tournament on home soil.
With two wins to his name in 2019, definite improvement in his game on and around the greens and a familiarity with the course (McIlroy shot 61 around Royal Portrush when he was 16), McIlroy’s betting appeal is obvious. McIlroy has also finished in the top-10 in 11 of his 14 starts on the PGA Tour this season.
The Leading Contenders
World number one, Brooks Koepka (+1000 or 11:00 at bet365), has finished first or second in five of the last six major championships, but his record at The Open is less impressive, with his five previous attempts producing finishes of MC-67-10-6-39.
Tiger Woods (+2000 or 21.00 at bet365) is being very selective in his tournaments these days given his previous injury issues, having gone straight from the US Masters to the US PGA Championship (where he missed the cut) and he hasn’t played since the US Open more than a month ago.
Jon Rahm (+1600 or 17;00 at bet365) is a great links player and he won the Irish Open for a second time in three years and this was just two weeks ago on a course not unlike Portrush. He looks like a definite contender here.
Patrick Cantlay (+3000 or 31:00 with bet365) is a strong candidate for The Open too, as arguably the best all-round player in the game at present. He won the Memorial Tournament in June with a final-round 64 and finished 12th on his Open debut last year.
The Open Championship 2019 Betting Lines & Picks
If looking for a big odds each-way golf bet, South Africa’s Christiaan Bezuidenhout (+27500 or 285.00 with bet365) could be a good tip. He’s playing in his first Open, but won at Valderrama last month and played alongside Rory McIlroy in the 4th Round on Sunday in Scotland. With form on his side and a good short-game, he could spring a surprise.
The main Canadian challenge is likely to come from Adam Hadwin (+20000 or 210.00 with Sports Interaction) and he is reliable enough to consider as an each-way option for any patriotic Canada bettors.
As for our Open Golf betting predictions, if homeboy Rory McIlroy can putt consistently and avoid getting too caught up in the emotion of the occasion, he could be the man to beat at a reasonable golf betting line of +900 (10.00) with bet365.