British Open Betting Guide

Odds, Predictions and Event History

The final Major of the 2019 PGA Tour season will be the 148th Open Championship, also known as the British Open golf tournament. The tournament will be played at Royal Portrush, Northern Ireland, from July 18-21.

There have been three different Major winners so far this year. Tiger Woods claimed his fifth green jacket at Augusta National by winning The Masters. Brooks Koepka successfully defended his PGA Championship title at Bethpage Black in May. And Gary Woodland picked up his first Major title by winning the US Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links.

Koepka was the runner-up at each of the two Majors he didn’t win. The 29-year-old has won four of the last 10 Majors (he played in only nine), adding three top-10 finishes and a T13. He’ll head to Royal Portrush with The Open Championship having been his worst of the four Majors. He finished T10 in 2015 and T6 in 2017, but he ended up T39 last year at Carnoustie.

The top of the Official World Golf Ranking — and by association the staple Major challengers – remains largely unchanged from the end of the 2018 Tour season. Woods (No. 5) and Patrick Cantlay (No. 8) have entered the top 10. Jon Rahm (No. 11) and Tony Finau (No. 16) have slipped slightly.

World No. 13, Matt Kuchar, heads into the year’s final Major as the FedEx Cup points leader.

British Open odds 2019

British Open Winner

Rory McIlroy
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+950
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+900
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+900
Brooks Koepka
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+1100
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+1000
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+1100
Jon Rahm
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+1500
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+1600
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+1600
Dustin Johnson
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+1700
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+1600
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+1600
Tiger Woods
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+2000
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+1800
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+1800
Justin Rose
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+2300
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+2200
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+2000
Patrick Cantlay
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+2500
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+3300
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+3500
Adam Scott
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+2500
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+3000
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+3000
Henrik Stenson
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+2500
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+3000
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+3300
Xander Schauffele
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+3000
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+2200
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+2800
Francesco Molinari
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+3000
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+2500
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Justin Thomas
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+3000
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+3300
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+2800
Tommy Fleetwood
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+3300
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+3000
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+3300
Jason Day
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+3500
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+4000
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+4500
Bryson DeChambeau
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+3500
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+4000
Paul Casey
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+3500
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+4500
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+6600
Rickie Fowler
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+3700
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+3800
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+3300
Hideki Matsuyama
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+4000
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+4500
Jordan Spieth
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+4300
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+4000
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Matt Kuchar
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+4800
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+3300
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Louis Oosthuizen
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Sergio Garcia
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+7500
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+8000
Rafa Cabrera-Bello
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Webb Simpson
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+8000
Matt Wallace
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Tony Finau
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+5500
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+6600
Matthew Fitzpatrick
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+6000
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+7000
Bernd Wiesberger
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+6500
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Gary Woodland
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+7500
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Marc Leishman
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Shane Lowry
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Phil Mickelson
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+12500
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+10000

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What is The Open Championship golf tournament?

The Open Championship boasts itself as the most international of the four Majors. There will be 156 players competing for the Claret Jug in mid-July, headlined by reigning champion Francesco Molinari.

There are 28 categories to determine exemption from qualifying, while 46 spots will be awarded out of The Open Qualifying Series, which covers 16 events in 11 countries. Regional Qualifying takes place June 24 with Final Qualifying held at four venues across the United Kingdom on July 2, with 12 spots in The Open Championship up for grabs. Three players will be eligible to gain entry out of the European Tour’s Scottish Open on July 11, and one final spot may be awarded out of the PGA Tour’s John Deere Classic.

The 156-player field will be shrunk to the top 70 and ties following the conclusion of Round 2. If there’s a tie after 72 holes, there will be a four-hole aggregate playoff followed by sudden death, should the tie persist.

How to watch the British Open on TV

The 2019 Open Championship will be the third year of a 12-year deal for NBC and Golf Channel to broadcast the event. The first two rounds will air on Golf Channel, with the weekend moving over to the more widely-accessible NBC.

Be prepared for some early mornings from July 18-21, as Northern Ireland is five hours ahead of New York and the Eastern time zone. The West Coast of the US will be eight hours behind.

How to bet the British Open in the US

Many sportsbooks posted odds for outright Open Championship winner right after the conclusion of last year’s event. The British Open golf odds have been regularly updated based on golfer performance, health, and public favor. Several different players have held the honor as outright favorite over the last year, with Koepka now holding a slight edge over Rory McIlroy and Woods.

The outright odds will fluctuate more over the run-up to the tournament, as more public betting money pours in. Closer to the date of the event, the books will release more Open Championship odds, including leaders after each round, and Top 5, Top 10 and Top 20 probabilities.

Golfers will also be placed in pools, usually in the week of the tournament, based on world ranking, general popularity, country of origin, or first- and second-round tee times, where bettors can back a single golfer out of head-to-head or group matchups. Prop bets will be set for things such as hole-in-ones or low score for the tournament.

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The Open Championship Fun Facts

  • Most wins: Harold Vardon won his record six Open titles from 1896-1914. Four players have won the event five times, including Tom Watson, who just missed out on his sixth championship in 2009 at the age of 59.
  • Oldest winner: “Old” Tom Morris won The Open in 1867 at the age of 46 years, 99 days.
  • Youngest winner: The following year, Morris’ son, “Young” Tom Morris, took the crown at the age of 17 years and 156 days. He also won the following three Open Championships for a record four in a row.
  • Highest score on one hole: Herman Tissies, a German amateur, owns the dishonor of carding the highest score on a single hole in the history of The Open Championship. He fired a 15 on the 8th hole at Royal Troon in 1950. The hole played as a 120-yard par-3.
  • Best comeback: Paul Lawrie completed a 10-stroke comeback in the final round to win the 1999 Open Championship at Carnoustie. The feat is much better known as Jean Van de Velde’s collapse, which included a triple-bogey on his 72nd hole.

Five of the biggest longshots in British Open history

Ben Curtis (2003)

Curtis entered the 2003 Open Championship at Royal St. George’s ranked No. 393 in the world. His win came by one stroke over runner-ups Vijay Singh and Thomas Bjorn, as the only player to finish under par. He went on to win three other PGA events and picked up three more top 10s in Majors.

Paul Lawrie (1999)

Lawrie was ranked 158th in the world when he was handed his Major title from Van de Velde. The Scotsman won a total of eight times on the European Tour but never again on the PGA circuit.

Darren Clarke (2011)

Clarke arrived at Royal St. George’s – a common venue for longshot winners – ranked 111th in 2011, after ranking as high as eighth in 2001. He finally captured his lone Major at the age of 41.

Todd Hamilton (2004)

Hamilton followed up Curtis’ surprise victory with another the following year at Royal Troon. He was ranked 56th in the world the previous week and vaulted to No. 16 after beating world No. 2 Ernie Els in a playoff.

Tom Kidd (1873)

Kidd’s lone career victory came in his debut at The Open Championship in 1873. He ended Tom Morris Jr.’s record streak of four straight Claret Jugs.

Ben Curtis won the 2003 Open Championship as the No. 393 player in the world.

The Open Championship FAQ

Who qualifies for The Open Championship?

Roughly 65 percent of the 156-player Open field is composed of exemptions based on 28 categories, such as former champions of select tournaments and those meeting certain cutoffs in the OWGR by certain dates. Another 46 spots come from The Open Qualifying Series – a selection of tournaments leading up to the event. The final spots are awarded to those who advance from Final Qualifying in the UK on July 2.

Where is The Open this year?

The Open returns to Dunluce Links at Royal Portrush in Portrush, Northern Ireland, for the first time since 1951. It is the hometown of Graeme McDowell.

Is Tiger Woods playing The Open 2019? What are his odds?

Woods, the 2019 Masters champion, is listed as the No. 5 favorite for The Open at FanDuel Sportsbook with +1800 odds as of July 15.

What is the best score ever at the British Open?

Henrik Stenson fired a 20-under score of 264 to claim his lone Major championship at Royal Troon in 2016.

What is the prize money for the 2019 Open Championship?

The purse for the 2019 Open Championship hasn’t yet been decided. Molinari took home 1.44 million pounds last year. Woodland made $2.25 million US with his victory at Pebble Beach.

Has anyone ever won back-to-back Open Championships?

Padraig Harrington (2007-2008) is the most recent golfer to go back-to-back at The Open Championship. Woods accomplished the feat the two previous years, and nine others did so before him. Three players have won three in a row, and “Young” Tom Morris holds the all-time record of four straight titles.

How much are tickets to the Open Championship?

Tournament round tickets for the 148th Open Championship are sold out. They ranged from 60-90 pounds for adults and 30-45 pounds for youth. Practice round tickets remain available for 15 pounds on Sunday, July 14, 25-35 pounds for Monday and Tuesday, and 30-40 pounds for Wednesday.

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