Who will win the 2019 British Open, and are there any longshots that are legitimate contenders?
Let’s look at the betting odds and see where the value lies and if we can perhaps use this information for our fantasy golf as well.
2019 British Open
Since 1860, the British Open has been one of the most prestigious tournaments in golf. At least in the modern era, the Open Championship is difficult to dominate for consecutive years because it is continually changing locations. One thing that remains constant is the fact that the Open is always played on coastal links courses. The 2019 iteration is taking place at Royal Portrush Golf Club in Northern Ireland, just the second time that it’s hosted The Open Championship, with the first being 68 years ago in 1951.
From July 18th to 21st, we will get to experience greatness once more. The way this par-71, 7344-yard course is laid out lends to exhilarating play. Massive, rolling changes in elevation create the capability for stunning shots. Although it has seen some beautiful upgrades over the years, much of the course is similar to how it was the first time it was hosted away from Scotland and England.
This year, there are $10.75 million in prize money with the winner taking home a cool $1.935 million.
The Field & Odds
Although the field isn't completely finalized – the athletes have until 5 p.m. on Friday, July 12th, to commit to playing– we have a pretty good idea of the usual suspects.
Rory McIlroy is the favorite to win The Open at 8/1, with Brooks Koepka right behind at 9/1. Koepka has been strong in 2019, as he won the PGA Championship at Bethpage Black in mid-May and was barely held off by Gary Woodland at the US Open.
Speaking of Woodland, the longshot-winner of the US Open is once again a darkhorse. At 50/1, oddsmakers and pundits are not expecting him to get back-to-back majors. A couple of golfers who are getting love are Dustin Johnson and Jon Rahm, both at 14/1. And Tiger Woods, who surprised at The Open Championship last year, with a lead on the final day, is coming in at 16/1.
One that we like for a cost-effective DFS golf grab and also great value to win is Patrick Cantlay at 28/1. Cantlay has two fistfuls of top-ten finishes this season with eight, and he sits inside the top five in scoring average and birdies. Links like Royal Portrush can create some problems for him because of occasionally spotty driving accuracy, but he makes up for it elsewhere and consistently puts up low numbers, making him a prime fantasy pick and a frontrunner for making a deep run at hoisting the Claret Jug.
Last year’s British Open winner, Francesco Molinari can’t be overlooked either. At 22/1, he has some value, and along with Justin Rose and Jordan Speith, is a great fantasy choice. Spieth is coming in at 30/1 odds and has a legitimate shot at making a run at his second British Open. Justin Rose, at 18/1 is another that should be looked at as simulations and models favor him to towards the front of the pack in Northern Ireland.
If an American wins at Royal Portrush, it will be the first time that they’ve swept the majors since 1982.