British Open golf betting

The Open, played in mid-July each year, is the golfing major most steeped in tradition, with the tournament first played at Prestwick in Scotland in 1860.

It is the oldest of the four majors and the winner is presented with arguably the most sought-after trophy in the sport: the auld claret jug, which dates back to 1872.

The Open, or Open Championship or British Open, depending on your location, is distinctly different from the other three majors, largely because it is, of course, the only one played outside the United States.

It is conducted by The R & A (The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews) and as of 2019, the British Open is the final major of the year, after the PGA Championship was moved forward to fit between the US Masters and US Open.

Further distinguishing the Open from the other majors, it is played on a rotation of seaside links course in Scotland, England and sometimes Northern Ireland, including in 2019. These are courses often built on sand dunes with few trees and mostly natural undulations, with plenty of treacherous pot bunkers. The courses are often severely affected by seaside weather, especially the wind, meaning one day they can be torn apart by the modern pro golfer, the next they can have their revenge as the winds howl and the courses become close to unplayable.

It all makes for spectacular theatre and it really is the favourite tournament of many golfing purists, especially when played at the Old Course at St Andrews, as it is every five years or so.

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Quick guide to the 2019 British Open

Dates: July 18-21
Defending champion: Francesco Molinari
Who is hot: Jon Rahm won the Irish Open a few backs back with a final-round eight-under 64. Bernd Wiesberger won the Scottish Open last week and was second in the Irish Open. Both players could win without surprising, particularly Rahm, who is among those widely considered to hold the unwanted title Best Player Not To Have Won A Major.

Top 10 from 2018 The Open
276: Francesco Molinari (Italy)
278: Kevin Kisner (US), Rory McIlroy (Northern Ireland), Justin Rose (England), Xander Schauffele (US)
279: Kevin Chappell (US), Eddie Pepperell (England), Tiger Woods (US)
280: Tony Finau (US), Matt Kuchar (US), Jordan Spieth (US)

Betting on 2019 British Open

Rory McIlroy $9.00
Brooks Koepka $11.00
Dustin Johnson $17.00
Jon Rahm $17.00
Tiger Woods $17.00
Justin Rose $21.00
Adam Scott $26.00
Francesco Molinari $26.00
Xander Schauffele $26.00
Justin Thomas $29.00
Tommy Fleetwood $29.00
Henrik Stenson $31.00
Rickie Fowler $31.00
Jason Day $34.00
Jordan Spieth $34.00
Matt Kuchar $34.00
Patrick Cantlay $34.00

Recent champions at The Open

Year Champion (country) Course Total score To par
2009 Stewart Cink (US)* Turnberry, Scotland 278 −2
2010 Louis Oosthuizen (South Africa) St Andrews, Scotland 272 −16
2011 Darren Clarke (Northern Ireland) Royal St George’s, England 275 −5
2012 Ernie Els (South Africa) Royal Lytham & St Annes, England 273 −7
2013 Phil Mickelson (US) Muirfield, Scotland 281 −3
2014 Rory McIlroy (Northern Ireland) Royal Liverpool, England 271 −17
2015 Zach Johnson (US)* St Andrews, Scotland 273 −15
2016 Henrik Stenson (Sweden) Royal Troon, Scotland 264 −20
2017 Jordan Spieth (US) Royal Birkdale, England 268 −12
2018 Francesco Molinari (Italy) Carnoustie, Scotland 276 −8
2019 ??? Royal Portrush, Northern Ireland ?? ??

* Won in play-off

Full list of Open champions, venues, scores

Tips for betting on The Open

One eye on the weather: Weather is a huge factor in this tournament. At many of these links courses, players can enjoy great misfortune or fortune based simply on their tee times. It is not uncommon for players to strike the worst or best of the conditions on each of the first two days, given the large field size. For example, a player starting early on the Thursday might strike wind-and rain-free conditions in the morning, while the afternoon players are blown sideways. And you could have the opposite the following day. Check and double check the latest forecast on the day.

Ride the wind players: On these links courses, it can often pay to pick a player capable of playing with knock-down shots; that is, they can keep their ball flight low when required. It really is a completely different style to what you will see week to week on the US PGA Tour. That said, if the wind does not blow, the long bombers who hit the ball a mile in the air will be back in business. The courses are not usually overly long and can be there for the taking. It’s not uncommon to see the longer hitters playing their second shot to a par five with a short iron if conditions are favourable.

Internationals rule: A quick look at our list of past winners and you will notice that in the past 30 years or so not many English or Scottish players have won. There are plenty of Americans, South Africans, Australians and Irish littering the list of champions, alongside some Brits. In short, nationality does not matter too much when seeking the winner of this wonderful event.