Dan Favale | Tue 16/07/2019 - 03:53 EDT

British Open 2019 Betting Odds: Can Tiger Woods Get First Win Since 2006?

British Open 2019 Betting Odds: Can Tiger Woods Get First Win Since 2006?
The 2019 British Open, also known as The Open Championship, is set to tee off for the 148th consecutive year, and the betting field is super interesting. In something of a weird twist, last year's winner, Francesco Molinari, is considered a long shot while bigwigs like Brooks Koepka, Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson pace the field. Who should you bet on? Don't sweat it. We've got you covered.

Entering Monday July 15, here are the six golfers laying the best 2019 British Open Odds. All lines come courtesy of the folks at Bovada

  • Brooks Koepka (+750)
  • Rory McIlroy (+800)
  • Dustin Johnson (+1200)
  • Tiger Woods (+1200)
  • Jon Rahm (+1400)
  • Justin Rose (+1400)

Las Vegas’ odds on the British Open are bound to change, so please be sure double-check these lines before placing your wagers.

 

In the meantime, we’ll use these latest British Open odds to help you identify the best possible bets. Our breakdown of this year’s tournament will include:

  • British Open odds to make the cut
  • Vegas odds on the British Open winner
  • Analysis on top British Open contenders
  • Prediction for Tiger Woods
  • Prediction for British Open winner

2019 British Open Betting Breakdown

  • When: July 18 to July 21
  • Where: County Antrim, Northern Ireland
  • Course: Royal Portrush Golf Club
  • Purse: $10,750,000

Odds to Win 2019 British Open

Below is every golfer laying a +5000 or better to win the 2019 British Open. These extensive odds once again come from Bovada:

  • Brooks Koepka (+750)
  • Rory McIlroy (+800)
  • Dustin Johnson, Tiger Woods (+1200)
  • Jon Rahm, Justin Rose (+1400)
  • Francesco Molinari, Jordan Spieth (+2000)
  • Xander Schauffele (+2200)
  • Tommy Fleetwood, Rickie Fowler (+2500)
  • Adam Scott (+3000)
  • Patrick Cantlay, Jason Day, Bryson DeChambeau, Henrik Stenson, Justin Thomas (+3300)
  • Paul Casey, Sergio Garcia, Hideki Matsuyama, Louis Oosthuizen (+4000)
  • Tony Finau, Matt Kuchar, Marc Leishman, Shane Lowry, Phil Mickelson, Webb Simpson, Gary Woodland (+5000)

If you’re looking for names to avoid out of fear that they’ll miss the 2019 British Open cut, we feel you. Here are a couple of names we’re worried about:

Phil Mickelson (+5000)

Color us concerned about Phil Mickelson. He missed the cut at the 3M Open earlier this month. It was the sixth time he lasted just 36 holes since winning the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro Am in February.

We’re not saying he’s incapable of making the cut, but at the time, if you’re looking for a long-shot investment, it’s best to avoid his +5000 in favor of someone else who has been swinging the club a little bit better.

Francesco Molinari (+2000)

Yes, we’re this worried about Molinari. Last years’ British Open champ has noticeably fallen off.

In 2018, he ranked second in strokes it took to reach the green from the tee. In 2019, however, he’s dropped to 57th in that same category. This isn’t the course to mess around with his struggles. You’re better off betting on someone else unless you can get a better return than +2000.

Justin Rose (+1400)

Perhaps it’s tempting to roll the dice on Justin Rose after he contended for a 2019 U.S. Open championship. We’re not quite there.

Not only has the British Open statistically been the worst tournament of Rose’s career, but he has failed to impress since struggling mightily at Pebble Beach. Your money is better off being invested in a more serious contender.

Best 2019 British Open Value Bets

Tiger Woods (+1200)

It’s a little surprising that Tiger Woods isn’t laying top-two odds—or anything under +1000, really. He hasn’t won the British Open since 2006, but this isn’t 2015. Woods isn’t fighting to get back on the map. He’s already there.

This isn’t just about Woods winning the 2019 Masters, although that’s certainly part of it. He has won two of his past eight official starts. That’s a big deal. We don’t care that he’s played sparingly over the past year compared to many in the field.

Brooks Koepka (+750)

Look, it’s tough to get great value out of a favorite. Brooks Koepka is an exception.

Consider his recent performances. Of his past nine majors, he’s won four and finished second in two. That’s an absurd ratio. Rory McIlroy is making an 11th-hour push to enter the British Open as the odds-on favorite.

That’s fine. Such a shift only stands to increase your potential return on Koepka, who is clearly the PGA Tour’s best golfer at the moment. 

Jordan Spieth (+2000)

It bears mentioning that Jordan Spieth hasn’t picked up a victory in two years. That said, it’s equally important to note that said victory came at the 2017 British Open by a three-stroke margin. 

Spieth has traditionally played well at The Open overall. He debuted in this tournament back in 2013 and has since picked up three top-10 finishes, including that 2017 victory.

Rickie Fowler (+2500)

Oddsmakers are getting lower and lower on Rickie FowlerAt this rate, if you wait until just before the opening tee-off, you might be able to pick him up at +3000 or +3300.

Even at +2500, Fowler is an intriguing proposition. He is 18th this season in strokes it has taken to get from the tee to the green—a solid ranking. He has also come close to winning The Open before. He lost by two strokes to McIlroy in 2014.

Everyone continues to be worried by Fowler’s absence of victories. The British Open will be his 40th start, and he remains winless throughout that stretch.

But that’s arguably a reason to push the bill. He’s too talented not to eventually pick up a championship.

Sergio Garcia (+4000)

Sign us up for Sergio Garcia’s dark-horse odds. He has never won at The Open, but he has two runner-up placements (2007 and 2014).

Garcia has been playing pretty well of late, and more importantly, he almost never misses the cut at the British Open. He has failed to crack the third round just twice since 2005, during which time he’s secured seven top-10 finishes and five top-five placements. That consistency is worth riding as a long shot.

2019 British Open Winner Prediction

This will be a semi-popular prediction, but we’re going with Jordan Spieth. He seems overdue for a victory and usually fareds quite well at The Open. 

Remember, Spieth was tied for the lead at the British Open last year after three rounds. If he didn’t shoot a 76 on Day 4, we might be talking about his potential to repeat.

Other participants are worth your time. Again: Tiger Woods is back, and betting on Brooks Koepka is never a bad decision these days. But given his track record and the value he’s laying, we’re inclined to roll with Spieth.

OSB British Open Winner Prediction: Jordan Spieth (+2000) 

Check out this list of the best online sportsbooks so you can decide which one to use for your 2019 British Open betting:

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