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SportBritish Open 2019 picks: The 13 best bets to win at Royal Portrush

05:10  16 july  2019
05:10  16 july  2019 Source:   golfdigest.com

Rise and shine: Tiger Woods gets up at 1 a.m. to prepare for Open Championship at Royal Portrush

Rise and shine: Tiger Woods gets up at 1 a.m. to prepare for Open Championship at Royal Portrush In an effort to adjust to the time-zone change, the 15-time major champion has been waking up at 1 a.m., or 6 a.m. local time in Northern Ireland. The time difference means Woods will have to have his body ready for optimal performance earlier in the day than it's used to, hence the unique training strategy with 10 days before the first round. Nike, a longtime sponsor of Woods, posted an Instagram story Monday with Woods speaking into the camera, timestamped at 1 a.m. "Hey Nike, it's Tiger. Wake up!" Woods says into the camera. "It is now 1 a.m. here on the East Coast. Why am I doing this right now? Because it is now 6 a.

Our weekly pre-tournament ranking (with Vegas odds) of the golfers most likely to win the 2019 Open Championship at Royal Portrush . Here's our ever-changing weekly ranking of the best bets (with odds from Westgate Las Vegas Superbook) to win the British Open .

Royal Portrush . Host of The Open in 1951, the stunning Northern Irish links will welcome back The Open in 2019 . View. Find your way to The 148th Open at Royal Portrush .

British Open 2019 picks: The 13 best bets to win at Royal Portrush© Sam Greenwood Brooks Koepka looks over a putt on the 12th green during the first round of the 3M Open.

And then there was one. Thanks to the PGA Tour's new schedule, the British Open is now the fourth and final men's major championship of the season. Also confusing things is the fact that the tournament won't be played in Great Britain for just the second time in its nearly 160-year history, meaning rigid golf fans are going to be even more insistent that it's called the Open Championship. In any event, glory's (new) last shot will take place in Northern Ireland as Royal Portrush plays host for the first time since Max Faulkner won there in 1951. So who is most likely to match Max and claim the claret jug this year? Here's our ever-changing weekly ranking of the best bets (with odds from Westgate Las Vegas Superbook) to win the British Open.

British Open 2019: Tiger Woods continues to study Royal Portrush intently with another 18-hole practice session

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1. Brooks Koepka (10/1)

British Open 2019 picks: The 13 best bets to win at Royal Portrush© Icon Sportswire FARMINGDALE, NY - MAY 19: Brooks Koepka of the United States leans on the Wanamaker Trophy after winning the 2019 PGA Championship at the Bethpage Black course with a score of 8 under par on May 19, 2019 in Farmingdale, New York.(Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Reason to pick: He's won four of his past nine majors and finished runner-up in two others. Oh yeah, and his caddie, Ricky Elliott, just happens to be from Portrush and grew up playing what will be a largely unknown venue for everyone else. We're not making the same mistake as we have in the past: Brooks is OUR favorite to win no matter what Vegas says and no matter what happens between now and the third week in July.

Cause for concern: He could eat something funky on the eve of the tournament? Seriously, it's hard to think of anything with this major-championship monster.

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Experience the 148th Open Championship at Royal Portrush , Northern Ireland. Witness the players prepare their game at Royal Portrush ahead of golf's oldest and most International The final practice day for players and a wonderful opportunity for spectators to interact with the world's best golfers.

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2. Rory McIlroy (8/1)

British Open 2019 picks: The 13 best bets to win at Royal Portrush© Streeter Lecka CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA - MAY 02: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland plays his shot from the third tee during the first round of the 2019 Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow Club on May 02, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Reason to pick: Another golfer with the advantage of some local knowledge, the Northern Ireland native once shot a course-record 61 at Royal Portrush. When he was 16. McIlroy also has been the best golfer throughout the entire 2019 season with 11 top-10s in 14 PGA Tour starts, including two victories.

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Cause for concern: McIlroy's major drought will extend to more than five years if he doesn't win and he faces a bit of extra pressure with this "home game" and being made the betting favorite (More ammo for Brooks!). Of course, if he does win, he's suddenly the front-runner for Player of the Year honors.

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Watch: Grillo aces par-3 13th at Royal Portrush It was quite the up-and-down rollercoaster opening nine for Emiliano Grillo at Royal Portrush. But one swing on the second nine undid the handful of downs, as fans erupted in excitement.

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The Open Championship 2019 Start List as betting .betfair.com assesses the form of the golfers appearing at Royal Portrush this week. Your major championship analysis for this week's 148th Open at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland.

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3. Tommy Fleetwood (25/1)

British Open 2019 picks: The 13 best bets to win at Royal Portrush© OLI SCARFF England's Tommy Fleetwood smiles during a practice round at the 2017 Open Championship.

Reason to pick: They don't call him "Fleetwood the Flusher" for nothing. There are few with Tommy's ball-striking ability, which will be a major asset in the Northern Ireland winds.

Cause for concern: After a great year in the majors in 2018, Fleetwood has done no better than a T-36 at the Masters this year. Also, his overall Open record is nothing special, although trending in the right direction with a T-27 and a T-12 after three consecutive missed cuts.

4. Francesco Molinari (20/1)

British Open 2019 picks: The 13 best bets to win at Royal Portrush© Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images Francesco Molinari high-fives patrons as he walks off the 18th green during the third round of the 2019 Masters.

Reason to pick: A year ago, all this guy did was beat Tiger Woods head-to-head at Carnoustie and pull away from a pack of contenders to win his first major championship. He's been relatively quiet since nearly adding a second at the Masters, but finished T-16 at Pebble Beach in Open-like conditions.

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Our final weekly pre-tournament ranking (with Vegas odds) of the best bets to win the 2018 British Open at Carnoustie Golf Links. Reason to pick : The last time the Open was played in Scotland, Stenson put forth one of the British Open 2019 : A second chance for Royal Portrush - Golf Digest.

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Cause for concern: After ranking second in strokes gained: tee-to-green on the PGA Tour last season, Francesco has fallen to 57th. The ball-striking will need to be tightened up if he's to claim the claret jug again.

5. Tiger Woods (18/1)

British Open 2019 picks: The 13 best bets to win at Royal Portrush© Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images Tiger Woods smiles as he walks on the 18th hole during the third round of the 2019 Masters.

Reason to pick:The reigning Masters champ has won two of his past eight official stroke-play starts going back to last year's Tour Championship. Before winning at Augusta National, many thought the Open—with its firmer fairways and slower greens—would be his best chance to claim another major, something he nearly did at Carnoustie last year. He's also crept down from 12/1 to 18/1 the past few weeks... value!

Cause for concern: The lack of reps. He has had only eight offical stroke-play starts since last year's Tour Championship. That's less than one a month. Tiger will not tee it up (for real) between a T-21 at the U.S. Open and Royal Portrush. He took a similar break between the Masters and the PGA and missed the cut at Bethpage Black. But at least we know he won't have any problem adjusting to the time difference thanks to his 1 a.m.(!) wake-up calls.

6. Dustin Johnson (12/1)

British Open 2019 picks: The 13 best bets to win at Royal Portrush© Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images Dustin Johnson looks on during Monday's practice round prior to the 2019 Masters.

Reason to pick: He's the World No. 2 and he's played his best golf in the biggest events this season with runner-ups at the year's first two majors and a win at the WGC-Mexico Championship.

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Best Bets - British Open July 13 , 2019 By VI News VegasInsider.com. PGA Tour Betting Preview British Open Royal Portrush Golf Club – Par 72 – 7,337 yards. The final Major of the revamped PGA schedule has all but arrived, and golf fans over in Ireland are thrilled that they get to host a Major

Tiger also won the 2002 U.S. Open at Bethpage Black. After he won the Masters that year. Reason to pick : The World No. 1 is never a bad bet , especially at a big, wet course where there will be a premium on driving distance. British Open 2019 : A second chance for Royal Portrush - Golf Digest.

Cause for concern: Other than a T-2 at the 2011 Open Championship, DJ's best finish in this championship has been a pair of T-9s in 2012 and 2016.

7. Jordan Spieth (40/1)

British Open 2019 picks: The 13 best bets to win at Royal Portrush© Stuart Franklin/Getty Images Jordan Spieth looks over a putt on the third green during the final round of the 2019 AT&T Byron Nelson.

Reason to pick: Spieth is still searching for a first win in nearly two years, but that victory came at the Open. He was also tied for the 54-hole lead at last year's Open before a final-round 76. It's possible that no one benefits more from the slower greens in this event than Spieth, whose aggressive style allows him to make more long putts without worrying about too many slick comebackers.

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Cause for concern: Of course, you have to hit greens to have opportunities, and Spieth only ranks 137th in strokes gained: approach. He's also 198th in final-round scoring average. Still, his 40-to-1 odds seem a bit high. Lock that in while you can.

8. Xander Schauffele (20/1)

British Open 2019 picks: The 13 best bets to win at Royal Portrush© Masterpress

Reason to pick: X has consistently marked a spot on major-championship leader boards since joining the PGA Tour at the start of the 2016-'17 season. He's finished in the top 10 in half of his 10 career major starts, including three top-three finishes in his past five. That includes a runner-up at last year's British Open and a T-3 at this year's U.S. Open.

Cause for concern: At some points, the close calls get frustrating. Just ask Rickie Fowler.

9. Jon Rahm (16/1)

British Open 2019 picks: The 13 best bets to win at Royal Portrush© Ross Kinnaird Jon Rahm waves to the crowd after his putt on the eighteenth hole during the final round of the 2019 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open.

Reason to pick: Rahm vaults into the ranking after his incredible performance at the Irish Open. The young Spaniard shot 64-62 over the weekend at Lahinch to win the tournament for the second time in three years. Clearly, he's feeling pretty good about himself if he was bold enough to wear this to Wimbledon:

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There are two courses at Royal Portrush - the Valley Course and the Championship Course, called the Dunluce Course. Since then he's gone on to win the Championship and contend a couple more times and him and Stenson's Open three years ago is arguably the best in living memory.

Reason to pick : McIlroy mades a big move after winning the Players Championship, ending a frustrating run of close calls and emerging as the new He's also the only player to finish in the top 10 in each of the past five Masters. And statistically, he’s having the best putting season of his PGA Tour

Cause for concern: Portrush doesn't figure to be as much of a shootout and we've seen how easily this fiery player can be flustered.

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10. Patrick Cantlay (25/1)

British Open 2019 picks: The 13 best bets to win at Royal Portrush© Andrew Redington/Getty Images Patrick Cantlay acknowledges patrons after finishing on the 18th green during the third round of the 2019 Masters.

Reason to pick: It's been quite a season for Cantlay, who won the Memorial and had top-10s at the Masters and PGA Championship. And as Columbia professor and statistician Mark Broadie recently pointed out, Cantlay ranks No. 2 in strokes gained total when adjusted for course difficulty (Rory is No. 1). Considering Portrush's potential difficulty, that bodes well for the young American. He jumps back into the top 10 while Jason Day gets the boot.

Cause for concern: This will be just his second Open Championship start. That being said, he finished T-12 in his debut last year, so don't be surprised to see him climb into these rankings at some point.

10. Adam Scott (30/1)

British Open 2019 picks: The 13 best bets to win at Royal Portrush© Sam Greenwood DUBLIN, OHIO - JUNE 01: Adam Scott of Australia watches his tee shot on the fourth hole during the third round of The Memorial Tournament Presented by Nationwide at Muirfield Village Golf Club on June 01, 2019 in Dublin, Ohio. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

Reason to pick: The Aussie's worst finish in his past five major starts? A T-18 at this year's Masters. Scott also had a run of four consecutive top-10s at the Open from 2012-2015. Of course, that runner-up in 2012 was pretty rough …

Cause for concern: Normally, we'd say putting, but Scott is rolling it this season, ranked a superb (for him) 24th in strokes gained: putting. No, this is just a matter of actually closing the deal. Incredibly, the man with the perfect swing hasn't won since March—of 2016.

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Former British Open champion Henrik Stenson went 52 holes without a dropped shot before a double bogey on the 17th left him six shots off the lead alongside Three places are also up for grabs for the British Open next week at Royal Portrush , where Donaldson won his first European Tour title in the

12. Justin Rose (20/1)

British Open 2019 picks: The 13 best bets to win at Royal Portrush© Keyur Khamar SAN DIEGO, CA - JANUARY 27: Justin Rose of England uses AimPoint to read his putt on the fourth hole green during the final round of the Farmers Insurance Open on Torrey Pines South on January 27, 2019 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Keyur Khamar/PGA TOUR)

Reason to pick: Rose had a disappointing final round at Pebble Beach, but the fact that he contended at a U.S. Open despite not being sharp from tee to green shows how much his all-around game has improved. Having been moved from 16/1 to 20/1, however, presents pretty good value.

Cause for concern: This has been Rose's worst major as a pro. If you take out the T-4 he had as a 17-year-old phenom in 1998, Rose only has two top-10s. However, both have come in the past four years, including a T-2 last year at Carnoustie.

13. Rickie Fowler (25/1)

British Open 2019 picks: The 13 best bets to win at Royal Portrush© Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images Rickie Fowler plays a shot during a Monday practice round prior to the 2019 Masters.

Reason to pick: Despite a down year off the tee (51st in strokes gained), Fowler still ranks 18th in strokes gained: overall, and has proven to be a great wind player throughout his career. Like Rose, he's also been downgraded (from 20/1) in the weeks leading up to the event, which provides a potentially bigger payout.

Cause for concern: This will be Fowler's 40th career major start. And despite having finished in the top five in one-fifth of those events, he's still searching for that first victory.

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Justin Thomas (25/1)

British Open 2019 picks: The 13 best bets to win at Royal Portrush© Sam Greenwood (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

Reason to pick: This is mostly a value pick based on those 40-to-1 odds for a guy who was No. 1 in the world just last year. But Thomas is also an attractive pick based on being ranked third this season in strokes gained: approach.

Cause for concern: But … he's going to have to do better once he reaches those greens. JT only ranks 168th in strokes gained: putting, and he's struggled since returning in May from a wrist injury. Plus, we liked him a lot better at 40-to-1 odds last week.

Jason Day (30/1)

British Open 2019 picks: The 13 best bets to win at Royal Portrush© Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images Jason Day acknowledges patrons on the 18th green during the second round of the 2019 Masters.

Reason to pick: The former World No. 1 seems reinvigorated now that he has Steve Williams on the bag, and the pair are already seeing results. After a T-21 at the U.S. Open in their debut together, Day finished T-8 at the Travelers Championship.

Cause for concern: Day's short game (90th in strokes gained: around the green) and putting (35th after being in the top six three of the past four seasons) have taken a hit. As a result, none of his six top-10s this season have translated into victories.

Gary Woodland (60/1)

British Open 2019 picks: The 13 best bets to win at Royal Portrush© Ezra Shaw/Getty Images Gary Woodland celebrates with the trophy after winning the 2019 U.S. Open.

Reason to pick: Did you happen to catch the U.S. Open? Those 50-to-1 odds are pretty tasty for someone ranked No. 12 in the world.

Cause for concern: Although he's never missed a cut in seven Open starts, only once (a T-12 in 2016) has Woodland finished inside the top 30 in golf's oldest major.

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