Our each way betting tips for this years inaugural British Open Championship reviews the best each way bets to get our readers the best biggest rewards for the smallest stake.
We’ve analysed all the competitors taking to the greens at Royal Portrush, accounting for recent form, form in this major and form across courses similar to this famous cliff top links course on the beautiful Northern Irish coast of County Antrim.
The Open 2019 betting tips and predictions
We’ve researched, reviewed and compared odds on the bookie’s Open contenders to guide you to the best value bets in this year’s tournament.
We’re predicting the following top 6 golfers to go all the way this weekend and make the final cut, and holding on for a chance up right up to the final turn this Sunday.
- Rory McIlroy (9/1 with Betfred)
- Francesco Molinari (34/1 with MoPlay)
- Patrick Cantlay (28/1 with Royal Panda)
- Xander Schauffele (28/1 with MoPlay)
- Adam Scott (30/1 with Ladbrokes)
- Tommy Fleetwood (35/1 with 888 Sport)
Bookie promotions for the Open
Usually you’ll find most bookmakers are paying out on the top 6 with 1/5th of the odds on an each way bet, but this year the following bookies are paying out more.
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Our analysis below lays out the reasons these contenders are worth a punt at their current price.
The Open 2019, Royal Portrush: Thursday 18 – Sunday 21 July 2019
World ranking: 3
Last year’s finish: Tied 2nd
He might be the bookie’s favourite and an obvious choice, but there’s very strong reasoning behind this pick.
Rory’s Open record
Rory has a undeniable record at the Open, including winning the 143rd Open at Royal Liverpool in 2014, and finishing joint 2nd last year, just two shots off the leader.
In the last 5 years since winning the the Open, McIlroy has finished in the top five every time he’s competed.
Rory’s stomping ground
It’s fair to say he knows the course. Rory grew up just an hour from Royal Portrush, learning his craft on this very course from an early age. He still holds the course record of a 61 round which he achieved at the tender age of 16!
Not many of the players on the tour have experience on this course. Being familiar with the course, and being able to assess how the conditions can impact each hole will certainly give McIlroy the upper hand.
You’d be daft not to put a few quid on McIlroy this weekend, despite the short odds.
Best odds to win: 9/1 with Betfred
World ranking: 7
Last year’s finish: Winner
Last year’s winner has continued his impressive form throughout this season.
Fran’s fine form continues
He impressed at the WGC Dell Match play in march, reaching the semi finals only to lose out by 1 to the winner, Kevin Kisner.
Molinari followed that up with a dominant win at the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill. He continued that form into the Masters weekend where he was in contention on the last day, finishing 5th at the Augusta.
Best odds to win: 34/1 with MoPlay
World ranking: 10
Last year’s finish: 12th
The tipsters are going all in on Cantlay. His recent form and top PGA tour ranking is the likely factor.
He’s having a superb season with five top 5 finishes to date, and a T24 his worst finish since March. His bogey free round last time out at the Memorial means his arrives at the Open in the best form out of all the competitors.
Finally at the top of his game
He’s been through a tough time personally, with the passing of his close friend and caddie, which has seen his climb to the top take longer than expected. However, this season it’s looking like he’s finally arrived to go toe-to-toe with the big boys.
His accuracy from fairway to pin is second to none. His extraordinary ability to remain focus and avoid mistakes will be of great advantage to him through tough conditions and immense pressure this weekend.
At an ever shortening price, you’d need to get on this guy sooner rather than later.
Best odds to win: 28/1 with Royal Panda
World ranking: 11
Last year’s finish: Tied 2nd
Schauffele is the most exciting and promising young prospect on the circuit at the moment.
He pushed Molinari all the way in Carnoustie last year, and his impressive run in the Majors this past year has not seen him finish outside the top 16.
He was also the runner up in this year’s Masters, and tied for 3rd in the US Open.
He handles the wind really well, so the conditions should be in his favour this weekend.
Being one of the younger players in the competition, the only factor that might play against him is his relative lack of experience. Very few players under 30 have won the Open, but we all know that didn’t matter to Jordan Speith in 2017.
Best odds to win: 28/1 with MoPlay
World ranking: 16
Last year’s finish: Tied 17th
It’s well known that Scott’s putting has let him down over the years. Despite making huge leaps forward, significantly improving that end of his game in the last couple of years, we don’t expect it to be a significant factor in his success at Royal Portrush.
Putting stats tend to hold less weight on a links courses, and the Major experience and short game Scott has under his belt will hold him in good stead.
Scott is always worth a bet in a Major, and at 30/1 he offers good value.
Best odds to win: 30/1 with Ladbrokes
World ranking: 20
Last year’s finish: Tied 12th
Having grown up on the coast, you could argue Tommy Fleetwood is the master of links golf. He tackles the ever-changing wind direction with confidence and precision. He’ll be well supported as he’s one of the fans’ favourites in the UK.
Rain is due over the weekend, and Fleetwood has proven time and time again that the wet and windy conditions has no detrimental effect on his game.
We’re expecting Fleetwood to kick on from his promising start this season, in his favourite environment with a supportive crowd behind him.
This really could be the major where he fulfils his potential and meets his fans high expectations.
Tommy is well worth the punt at 35/1.
Best odds to win: 35/1 with 888 Sport
* All odds correct as of 8:00 on Thursday 18 July 2019