The world’s best golfers are heading to Royal Portrush for the first Open on Northern Irish soil since 1951.
Links golf can trip up even the most in-form golfers. Could that lead to a surprise winner of the Claret Jug in the final major of the season?
Read on for our Open predictions and browse our latest golf odds ahead of all the action at Royal Portrush…
The British Open 2019 Predictions
The Open Predictions – Outright Tips
Henrik Stenson – 22/1– Never rule out the importance of experience on a links course. The 2016 Open champion has the calm head needed to excel across this course and seems to be hitting form at just the right time. Fourth in the Scottish Open last week, a steady opening few rounds from Stenson could put him bang in contention on the final day.
Patrick Cantlay – 22/1 – Patrick had a strong Masters this year finishing T9 with a four under par final round at Augusta. That suggests the under-the-radar American finally has the game to suit the big occasion. Cantlay also leads the PGA tour in scrambling this year. That’s a pivotal skill to have in the locker to win on a links course.
Justin Thomas – 25/1– The 26-year-old has struggled of late to replicate the form of two years ago which culminated in victory at the 2017 PGA Championship. However, a Top 10 finish at the Scottish Open suggests the American could finally be getting to grips with the challenge of links golf. He’s missed the cut at the last two Opens but is ninth on scoring average this year. That consistency could come into play if he builds early momentum in this major.
The Open Predictions – Each-Way Tips
Shane Lowry – 40/1 – Shane hasn’t been in the best of form at The Open in recent times, missing the cut in each of the last four Open Championships. However, he is renowned as one of the best chippers on tour. That creativity could come to fruition around the risky greens of Royal Portrush. Irishman Lowry is familiar with the conditions at Royal Portrush. He could provide good each-way value despite a poor return in recent majors.
Bernd Wiesberger – 50/1 – After a difficult year with injury last year, he’s turned it around with three top 10 finishes in his last five events. Victory at the Scottish Open last week will also be a huge morale boost for the Austrian. Can he emulate Phil Mickelson’s feat in 2013 by claiming both the Scottish Open and British Open trophies within the same fortnight?
Graeme McDowell – 55/1 – A McDowell victory would be a hugely popular story given his affection for Royal Portrush. However, he’s also bringing some genuine form into this tournament. The 2010 US Open winner has played this course hundreds of times and that knowledge could prove invaluable – particularly if the weather turns. McDowell ranks second in strokes gained putting on the PGA Tour. If other parts of his game are on point he’ll be in with a real shot of a fairy-tale victory.
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