2019 Open Championship Betting Preview, Odds and Tips

The 2019 Open Championship presents the same traditional challenges that are always present in this event, but with the added twist of a course that will be an unknown quantity to the world's top players.

2019 Open Championship Betting Preview, Odds and Tips

BETTING TIPS:

TipOddsBet with
Jordan Spieth each-way outright win20/1Betfair
Matt Kuchar each-way outright win66/1Coral
Tiger Woods outright win14/1Royal Panda

Royal Portrush hosts the 148th instalment for just the second time in its history and this will only add to the intrigue around an already mouth-watering major.

Expect the testing venue to put a premium on accuracy, patience, and solid wind play.


Previous Open Championship Winners

YearGolferOddsCourse
2018Francesco Molinari (-8)25/1Carnoustie
2017Jordan Spieth (-12)12/1Royal Birkdale
2016Henrik Stenson (-20)25/1Royal Troon
2015Zach Johnson (-15)80/1St. Andrews
2014Rory McIlroy (-17)12/1Royal Liverpool
2013Phil Mickelson (-3)15/1Muirfield

Open Championship 2019 Recommended Bets

Spieth threatened a resurgence in form earlier this year but has since fallen off again. There is still enough evidence to suggest that the 2017 Champion can make another run at The Claret Jug. He goes into this with few expecting him to win and while knowing he isn't a million miles away from his best form. Add to that the fact he has done it in this event before, and that he rarely wilts when in the mix at a major, and Spieth should be considered a value bet each-way at odds of 20/1 with Betfair.

Kuchar's price of 66/1 each-way with Coral is another which just can not be ignored. Just two years ago he was runner-up in this event to Spieth, and he has shown flashes this year on the PGA Tour, while not hitting his peak form. How many times have we seen 'Kuch' in and around the top spots in a leaderboard come Sunday? If you fancy a low-cost interest bet then Kuchar should be your pick.

Tiger has not dazzled since his epic Masters win. However, the British Open provides what is by far his best chance to win a 16th major crown. Woods just loves this tournament, and at this stage of his career, links golf is made for his game. If he employs the same sensible strategy off the tee that he did last year in Carnoustie, and putts anywhere near as well as he did at Augusta, Woods' impeccable iron game will do the rest. He is too far down in the betting at 14/1 to win with Royal Panda and is worthy of major consideration.

Will Rory McIlroy Deliver a Claret Jug on Home Soil?

The Co Down star has shown glimpses of the Rory of old this year in his win at The Players and, more recently, the Canadian Open.

But this year's Open Championship presents a unique challenge for the World No 3 - delivering in front of an expectant home crowd.

All eyes will be on McIlroy and he has already acknowledged that will affect his preparation.

Taking that into account, and knowing how these testing greens will put a premium on nerveless putting, McIlroy to win at best odds of 9/1 with Betway is not too enticing.

Backing European Players in the 2019 Open Championship?

Royal Portrush will, of course, present a totally different challenge to what we see on the PGA Tour each week.

Is staying away from the American stars who failed so miserably at Le Golf National during the Ryder Cup the right play for punters?

Betting favourite Brooks Koepka is 8/1 with Paddy Power. Despite his brilliance, and let's remember Koepka is a major machine, he is not too tempting at that price.

Brooks has proven he is much more than just a bomber, but even still, this is not a course that sets up perfectly for him. If you're looking for value in this one, Koepka is tough to go for. Dustin Johnson sits at third-favourite, and can be backed at 12/1 with William Hill. Again, there is not a lot to suggest this is a course that suits DJ.

Two Americans who know what it takes to win in this event, Tiger Woods and Jordan Spieth, are the ones to watch.

Spieth has enjoyed somewhat of a renaissance in recent times and should be strongly considered for an each-way bet at 20/1, in the event he won two years ago.

Woods showed last year at Carnoustie that links golf still suits him to a tee. With the green jacket already secured, Woods will have total confidence if he is again in the mix on Sunday this time around. 14/1 is Tempting for Tiger

Matt Kuchar is Mr Consistency, and while he has not been at his very best this year, it's still been quite a solid showing so far. Kuchar has the skill to conquer a tough Open venue, as he showed in 2017 when his compatriot Jordan Spieth edged him out at Royal Birkdale. He has to be worth a shot each-way at 66/1 with Coral.

European Ryder Cup stars Francesco Molinari and Tommy Fleetwood are 20/1 and 25/1 respectively, both with Bet365. Italian Molinari has not looked his usual calm, composed self since Tiger took him down at The Masters. Fleetwood, meanwhile, has not had a terrible season so far but isn't near his best either. Both will understandably tempt punters at those prices but the form book would make you think twice.

Henrik Stenson and Phil Mickelson Open Championship Chances?

Stenson and Mickelson played out one of the most entertaining final rounds in Open Championship history when Stenson claimed The Claret Jug in 2016 at Royal Troon.

Both have had up-and-down years so far, with Stenson recently trending in the right direction and Mickelson less so. They have, however, both shown enough promise this year to suggest they are being underrated going into this one. Take your pick of Mickelson each-way at 50/1 with Ladbrokes or Stenson each-way at 40/1 with BetVictor.