The 2019 British Open Championship: Betting preview and picks
British Open odds 2019 are available on all major sites with two heavyweights, Brooks Koepka +1100 and Rory McIlroy +900 at the top of the betting board.
Will a big favorite take down the tournament, from the Royal Portrush Golf Club in Northern Ireland, or is there a bigger payday in the cards?
The 2019 British Open Championship
In one of the slower weeks of the sports calendar, along comes a major golf tournament to rescue us. So before we breakdown the golfers themselves, what should we know about the event itself.
The Dunluce Course at the Royal Portrush Golf club
The Dunluce is a links golf course that has undergone some serious renovations over the past couple of years in order to get ready to host this event.
The 17th and 18th holes were removed and two holes replaced them as the 7th and 8th holes. Links golf means that on certain holes, it may be wise to keep the driver in the bag and focus on consistent and solid iron play.
Continuing with that theme, there is a tremendous amount of tricky roughs surrounding the fairways that aren’t common on American golf courses.
So whomever can keep the ball in the fairway this weekend stands a shot. Once again this lends itself to more iron play than driver.
The greens are slow lending themselves to more aggressive putters.
Finally, there is a 50% chance of rain every day of the event meaning, that like usual in the British open, the luck of the draw will play a factor.
Golfers who can avoid heavy rains and winds will be fortunate, which could open the door for potential live betting opportunities.
And if you know anything about the UK, the weather can change in the blink of an eye, so to changing the fates of the competitors.
Rory vs Brooks
So, this would be the time to mention that the hometown boy, Rory McIlroy will have the entire country of Northern Ireland rooting for him. And this key fact has Las Vegas betting odds for the British Open in his favor. But at +900 on BODOG, is Rory offering enough value?
McIlroy has four top 5 finishes in the five finishes in the last 5 British Opens and has the best scoring average over that time, in this event.
Rory has won twice on the PGA tour this season but the last time Rory won a major was all the way back in 2014, when he won, you guessed it, the British open. Since then it has been a mixed bag of close calls, missed cuts and average to sub par performances.
But Vegas odds for the British Open also see Brooks Koepka as the next likeliest contender, and here’s why.
He has finished first or second in the last 4 majors. Koepka has won 4 of the last 9 majors overall. And because of his elite ball striking, he is the one golfer whose game is weatherproof.
Since the beginning of 2017 Brooks Koepka is -64 in major starts (35 shots better than anyone else).
Furthermore, Koepka’s caddy this weekend will be a Northern Ireland local Ricky Elliot who has as more knowledge about Portrush than anyone involved this weekend. This may be the Trump card.
PICKS: Brooks Koepka at +1100 and Rory McIlroy to finish top 5 +200 on BET365.
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British open betting trends
-Five of the last 6 British Open winners have won one of their last five starts coming into the tournament. 4 of the last 6 winners won in one of their two previous starts coming into the event (Rory McIlroy fits both of these trends, having won the RBC Canadian Open in June)
-American Golfers have won 14 of the last 25 British Opens. 8 of the 14 Americans had previously won another non British open major.
So going with golfers who are comfortable with links style play and are accurate drivers, Kevin Kisner, who is over 100/1 to win the event has a chance to do well at Royal Portrush.
Kisner is top 15 on the PGA tour in driving accuracy and top 10 in percentages of fairways hit.
However British Open odds to make the cut have him laying less than 2/1 and we recommend sprinkling a small bet on Kisner here.
PICKS: Kevin Kisner to make cut -185 on BODOG
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