Golf goes across the pond this week for the season’s fourth and final major championship.
The 2019 Open Championship, also referred to as The Open or The British Open, will play out at Royal Portrush Golf Club in County Antrim, Northern Ireland from July 18 to 21.
Of course, you can now bet on the 2019 golf season’s final major championship in eight states across the US with legal sports betting.
These states are:
Ahead of Thursday’s tee off, betting on the 2019 Open Championship at legal US sportsbooks could not be easier. You simply pick the golfer you think can win it all and lay down a bet at odds found inside a sportsbook’s 2019 Open Championship outrights market.
2019 Open Championship odds
Below is a look at the current 2019 Open Championship outrights odds at four of the top sportsbooks in the country.
|The 2019 Open Championship||FanDuel Sportsbook (NJ)||SugarHouse Sportsbook (PA)||BetStars (NJ)||Parx Sportsbook (PA)|
As you can see, defending champion Francesco Molinari is hardly the favorite.
The 2018 Open Championship was his first and only major title. Plus, a meltdown at The Masters this spring saw him lose a two-stroke lead going into the final round after putting two balls in the water on the back nine.
Tiger Woods went on to win that event, but the aging golf superstar isn’t exactly the top favorite at Royal Portrush this weekend either. Nor is 2019 PGA Championship winner Brooks Koepka.
Although, Koepka has won four out of the last 11 majors and booked two majors wins and two runner-up finishes in the last four, forcing oddsmakers to keep him close.
No true moneyline favorite
There is actually no true moneyline favorite to win just yet. But, at what should be around +800, Rory McIlroy is the current favorite at most legal US sportsbooks. McIlroy won The Open in 2014 and has three other major titles.
Plus, he’s from Northern Ireland, making him a bit of a hometown favorite. In fact, at age 16 McIlroy, now 30, shot a course-record 61 at Royal Portrush.
McIlroy is also ranked No. 3 in the world according to the Official World Golf Ranking and a contender every time golf tees up another major.
As always, a lot of the betting action here in the US should still center around Woods. After all, he is a three-time Open winner.
The issue is that it has been more than a decade (2006) since the last time he won The Open. Plus, at 43, and with a list of old injuries that seem to act up when it rains, traditionally poor weather conditions might be more of a factor for Woods than others.
For Open Championship betting, the best value is at or near the top
Depending on the price, American Dustin Johnson may provide the best value at or near the top. He’s the No. 2 ranked golfer in the world right now. Plus, he did finish among the runner ups at The Open Championship in 2011.
There’s also a feeling among golf experts that the tight nature of the Royal Portrush course suits Johnson’s style of play better than others, in particular, world No. 1 Koepka.
Of course, it all comes down to who plays the best this weekend in Northern Ireland.
Legal US sportsbooks will adjust the odds in these outrights markets heavily after the first two rounds Thursday and Friday. Leaders will emerge and the current favorites will need to play their way into contention along with everyone else.
Here in the US, you can watch the first two rounds to see if they can on the Golf Channel. NBC takes over coverage for the final two rounds Saturday and Sunday.