We’re mid-July and the PGA’s last Major of the year, The Open Championship. Also sometimes referred to as the British Open, The Open Championship will be held at Royal Portrush Golf Club in Northern Ireland.
There is some history at this course. The first time The Open was help outside of Scotland or England was right here at Portrush, back in 1951. The Barbasol Championship is also this weekend in Nicholasville, Kentucky, but I will focus on The Open Championship.
The word on the street about Portrush is it’s a relatively straight-forward golf course. Unlike most other Link courses in the UK, you won’t find deep pot bunkers. However, the Dunluce course was designed into natural sand dunes and features dramatic elevation changes and sloping fairways.
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2019 The Open Championship
Where: Royal Portrush Golf Course, Portrush, Northern Ireland
Length: 7,344 yards (6,715 meters)
When: July 18th – 21st, 2019
Winner’s Share: $1,900,000
Defending Champion: Francesco Molinari
TV Coverage: Golf Channel, NBC
Last week I looked pretty good going into the final round at the John Deere Classic, with 4 guys having a chance to win. Our top guy going into the 4th round, Ryan Moore, shot a 72 and fell to T18, but 3 other guys also finished Top 18, including Charles Howell III at T6. View my Picks for the PGA 2019 John Deere Classic here.
Now on to what we’re all here for, who is going to win The 2019 Open Championship.
Odds courtesy of America’s Bookie
Henrik Stenson +2300
The 37th ranked golfer in the World has been in top form. Although Henrik hasn’t played since the U.S. Open a month ago, he finished T9 after finishing T8 the week before at the RBC Canadian Open.
In the last 3 years at The Open, he has finished T35, T11 and won it all in 2016. Stenson has the complete game to get it done here again in 2019. He’s currently 31 in Strokes Gained: Approach to Green and 20th in Strokes Gained: Tee to Green. At +2300, I really like Henrik Stenson’s value this week.
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Rory McIlroy +700
I hate to go chalk here, but the reality is Rory has a great chance to hoist the Claret Jug on Sunday. As a 16 year old, he shot a 61 here, and may be one of the few golfers with some real experience here.
Adding to that, McIlroy is 1st in Strokes Gained: Tee to Green, 1st in Strokes Gained: Off the Tee, 6th in Strokes Gained: Approach the Green, 21st in Strokes Gained: Around the Green and 40th in Strokes Gained: Putting. Those 5 stats are my main contributors this week, and no one has a better average than Rory in those, and it’s not even close.
I am also recommending Rory at +160 as a Top 5 Finisher.
Patrick Cantlay +2300
Cantlay is one of the best golfers the ordinary golf fan doesn’t know much about. The 27 year old from Long Beach, California currently sits at #6 in the FedEx Cup Rankings and is the #10 golfer on the OWGR.
This season, he has a win (the memorial), a 2, two T3’s, T5, T6, T7 and two T9’s. He can also be found atop the same stat categories I mentioned for Rory. Cantlay is 4th in Strokes Gained: Tee to Green, 10th in Strokes Gained: Off the Tee, 12th in Strokes Gained: Approach the Green and 25th in Strokes Gained: Putting.
Brooks Koepka +850
I just can’t leave Koepka off my list. Not only has he been an absolute beast in Majors, but also his caddie, Rickie Elliott is a Northern Irishman, and possibly knows this course better than anyone.
As if Brooks needed another advantage, he has one. Like Rory, I will also put a few quid on Koepka as a Top 5 Finisher at +200.
Variety is the spice of life they say, so here’s a Free Pick for the CFL this Friday.
Other golfers I like this week:
Hideki Matsuyama +3500
Jason Day +3500
Jon Rahm +1350
Picks by Joe Berra
Posted July 17th, 2019