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SportBritish Open 2019 live blog: Brooks Koepka starts strong at Royal Portrush; Rory McIlroy still struggling

17:35  18 july  2019
17:35  18 july  2019 Source:   golfdigest.com

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Odds for the 2019 British Open at Royal Portrush have been updated, but the favorite for the final major of the year remains the same: Rory McIlroy . The second-best odds to win the Claret Jug belong to the No. 1 player in the world, Brooks Koepka . The 29-year-old seeks his first British Open

The 2019 Open Championship, featuring 2019 PGA Championship winner Brooks Koepka , 2019 Master champion Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy , begins on Thursday, July 18, 2019 Tiger Woods will compete in the 2019 British Open at Royal Portrush Golf Club in Northern Ireland this weekend.

British Open 2019 live blog: Brooks Koepka starts strong at Royal Portrush; Rory McIlroy still struggling© David Davies - PA Images Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy takes a drop shot on the 1st during day one of The Open Championship 2019 at Royal Portrush Golf Club. (Photo by David Davies/PA Images via Getty Images)

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10:05 a.m.: Um, so this just happened...

This player shall remain nameless. Kidding! It was Justin Harding. Sorry, Justin.

10:01 a.m.: Kevin Kisner continues his roller coaster round with a long birdie on No. 16. Take that, Calamity Corner! After getting to four under, Kisner gave all those shots back. But this latest birdie has him back in red figures with one hole to go.

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The 2019 British Open begins on Thursday at Royal Portrush , kicking off the final major of the golf season. McIlroy will have some stiff competition at the Open Championship 2019 , as Brooks Koepka —winner of four majors over the last two years—is right on his heels at +1000 odds.

Rory McIlroy is the betting favorite but will he withstand the pressure to win the first British Open in He has set up shop at Portrush for a week prior to the championship and has gained a huge leg up While Koepka , Woods, Rahm and McIlroy all should thrive here, Scott’s devotion to the week could

9:54 a.m.: Rory. Gulp. After getting a couple strokes back followig that nightmarish start, the four-time major champ gave them both back on No. 16. McIlroy missed a short par putt then missed an even shorter attempt for bogey. Northern Ireland is not happy.

9:45 a.m.: Here comes Jordan Spieth! The three-time major champ makes his third birdie in five holes to begin his week and quickly move to T-2. Spieth has struggled since his last win, but it came at the 2017 Open and he also played in the final group at Carnoustie last year. The guy would clean up playing full time on the European Tour.

9:39 a.m.: Aaaaand Adam Scott misses his birdie try. In other predictable results, Rory McIlroy juuuust comes up short on another long birdie bid on No. 15. He remains at three over par. At least, he's two shots ahead of Scott.

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The 2019 British Open returns to Northern Ireland at scenic Royal Portrush . A stacked field will be contending for the final major of the year, with several pl. Brooks Koepka has been on fire this year, but a crowd containing Rory McIlroy , Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods and more will be looking to stop him.

Brooks Koepka once again comes in as the betting favorite with +700 odds to win. While it's impossible to ignore Koepka 's run of dominance in majors over the past couple of years, there are still plenty of guys at the top who have either won or performed very well over the years at the British

9:33 a.m.: Adam Scott has had a miserable day (Glad I bet on him!), but he hits a brilliant 2-iron into the par-3 16th. Yep, TWO-iron. This hole is a beast. By the way, it's called "Calamity Corner." Little-known fact.

9:24 a.m.: Actually, it sounds like they did find G-Mac's ball, though not until after the new three-minute search period. It used to be five minutes before the recent rule change. What. A. Dagger.

9:22 a.m.: Unfortunate scene at the 18th hole, where Graeme McDowell found the high grass off the tee and was unable to find his ball even with a huge search party. He now has to make the worst walk in golf, back to the tee to hit his third. Through 14 holes, the Northern Irishman was at three under, one back. He's since dropped shots at 15, 17 and will now surely drop at least one, likely two at the 18th to post a round of over par. Ouch.

9:10 a.m.: Well, well, well, look who it is:

British Open 2019 live blog: Brooks Koepka starts strong at Royal Portrush; Rory McIlroy still struggling© Golf Digest

Weather has calmed a bit. Don't let Spieth get hot!

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Up at the 18th, Kiradech Aphibarnrat rolls in a bomb from the front part of the green to post a 68, putting him one off the lead. BARN RAT!

8:55 a.m.: Par for Rory at the 12th to remain at three over. Feels like a big missed opportunity, as that's the last par 5 he'll play today.

8:45 a.m.: A poor tee shot forced Scotland's Robert Macintyre to hack one back out into the fairway and try to get up and down from ... no idea how many yards since the Open's web site and app doesn't have shot tracker (what is that about?). But Bobby Mac hit a great third, then an even better fourth with his par putt but it power lipped out and he cleaned up his bogey for a 68. What a start for the 22-year-old, who has quietly had an excellent recent stretch on the European Tour, including back-to-back runner-up finishes in May at the British Masters and the Made in Denmark. If you bet on him pre-tourney you got him at 200-1. He's dropped to 66-1 as of now, still a decent number for a guy one off the lead.

8:34 a.m.: At the par-5 second, Brooks Koepka just misses chipping in for an eagle. Tap-in bird gets him to one under. Yawn.

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8:31 a.m.: Rory rolls in the par for a heck of a save to keep the good momentum going. Now he'll have the par-5 12th, another chance to get one back. At the 18th, Frittelli settles for bogey to card a three-under 68. Still a hell of an opening round for a guy who didn't even know he was playing in this tournament until last Sunday.

8:27 a.m.: Looks like Rory had a better lie than we thought, and he nearly chipped it in for birdie. Still has about five feet to clean up his par.

8:22 a.m.: The Open weather has officially arrived. Umbrellas are out, rain jackets are on and the wind is blowing. Somebody must have turned on the "PROPER GOLF" machine. It's already getting to the players, including McIlroy, who just badly missed the green right and found some high grass at the 11th. He'll need a mini miracle to get up and down for par.

Ahead at 18, John Deere Classic winner Dylan Frittelli pulls one well left of the green and has a long chip he'll try to get close, save par, and post a 67. That'd be the ultimate escape to the clubhouse with the weather that's rolled in. Scotland's Robert Macintyre is looking to do the same as he sits at four under through 17 holes.

8:17 a.m.: Par for Brooks Koepka at the first as some rain begins to fall at Royal Portrush. Better start than Rory had, some would say.

8:15 a.m.: From off the green at the 14th, Northern Ireland's own Graeme McDowell rolls in a birdie to get to three under for the tournament, one off the lead. That produced a nice roar for the hometown hero. What a story that would be.

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8:09 a.m.: Garcia makes an eight-footer on the 18th for par to shoot 68. It's his first major round in the 60s since his Masters triumph in 2017.

8:04 a.m.: Brooks Koepka takes iron off the opening tee and finds the short stuff. All he's trying to do is build on his 2-1-2 major finishes this season. No biggie.

7:54 a.m.: McIlroy birdies the ninth to move to three over. Forget claret jug; should McIlroy make a weekend run, need a Sunday ceremony with Matt Kuchar officially passing the backdoor torch to Rors.

7:50 a.m.: Not a ton of action as of late. Potrush beginning to show its teeth.

7:42 a.m.: Phil wraps up his round, a five-over 76. That's the makings of a quick exit.

7:35 a.m.: Sergio Garcia, who's been in the wilderness over the past year, is up to T-4 with a three-under round. The Barn Rat isn't far behind, two under through 13 holes. And Dylan Frittelli, last week's John Deere Classic winner, moves to four under, just a stroke behind Webb.

7:27 a.m.: Things are starting to get away from Molinari. Two holes after making bogey, the Open champ signs for a double and is now two over on his day.

7:22 a.m.: For the first time all morning we have a Rickie Fowler sighting. Even for his round, Fowler puts his third at the par-6 seventh to four feet. Fowler is one that has excelled on links layouts, don't be surprised if he finds himself in the weekend mix.

7:20 a.m.: Rory bounces back with a birdie at the seventh. We have the makings of an all-time backdoor top 10.

7:12 a.m.: So...things are moving quickly for David Duval. The former Open champ was two under through two. He's now 13 over, thanks to hitting the wrong ball on the seventh which lead to a 15.

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Check that, Duval's 15 was changed to a 13. So there's that.

7:02 a.m.: Robert MacIntyre moves to four under, which is now a shot behind Simpson, who is five under thru 13.

6:56 a.m.: Schauffele makes an excellent recovery from the heather, his ball trickling off the 10th green. At one under for the day, the X-Man is T-12.

6:48 a.m.: Apparently Phil cut birdies out of his diet as well. Mickelson is three over, T-65 out of the 81 players to tee it up so far.

6:40 a.m.: Hold the phone; we have a BEEF sighting! Andrew Johnston is in the red heading into Portrush's par-5 12th hole. Another fan favorite, Eddie Pepperell, is two under heading into the closing stretch.

6:30 a.m.: Rory's woes continues, his approach on the fifth sailing to the right of the score board. He gets a favorable drop and puts it on the green, but the poor cat is all over the place.

6:20 a.m.: Kiz rolls is a 15-footer at the third, now three under through four. Else, Portrush's own Graeme McDowell is two under through seven holes, while defending champ Francesco Molinari is one under through four.

6:18 a.m.: Lowry birdies the par-5 12th to get back to four under, a tie for the lead. With him is Webb Simpson, who has birdied four of his past five holes. Don't be surprised to see some low scoring from the morning wave.

6:10 a.m.: Hometown hero Darren Clarke makes his way up the 18th hole. The former Open champ has carried himself well, even on the day and in a position to make a run at the weekend.

6:02: a.m.: Kevin Kisner is two under through three. Kiz had a run at last year's claret jug, through the opening holes that doesn't look like an aberration.

5:55 a.m.: Brooks is on the Iron Throne, Tiger is more god than man, Phil is big with people who yell "BABA BOOEY" and Spieth is your mom's favorite golfer. But that twitter just held a funeral for itself because he made an 8 shows no player engenders themselves to fans like Rory McIlroy.

Brooks Koepka and Rory McIlroy, shake hands and come out fighting

Brooks Koepka and Rory McIlroy, shake hands and come out fighting Two of the best players in the world, Brooks Koepka and Rory McIlroy, are in the final pairing in the final round of the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational . (Photo by Ben Jared/PGA TOUR via Getty Images) MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Big Game Brooks vs. Rory the Resilient. Sunday’s final round of the World Golf Championships-FedEx St. Jude Invitational isn’t to decide a major championship. But it is a major opportunity — especially for the 30-year-old Northern Irishman. “It is exciting,” said McIlroy, who leads Koepka by a stroke through 54 holes at TPC Southwind after a sizzling eight-under 62 on Saturday.

British Open odds have Rory McIlroy as the betting favorite in his home country of Nothern Ireland. McIlroy set the record for lowest score ever at Royal Portrush when he was just 16 years old, shooting a 61 back in 2005. Fast forward to 2019 , and the 30-year-old would love nothing more than to win his

Unfortunately, it's continuing to go sideways, as Rory makes bogey at the third after his tee shot at the par 3 goes into the high stuff.

5:50 a.m.: Nothing to see here, just Xander Schauffele three under through six. He's like Brooks Koepka before Brooks Koepka became BROOKS KOEPKA.

5:43 a.m.: No better for Rory at the second, missing a six-footer for bird. Got to feel for the dude.

5:33 a.m.: With his 8 on the first hole, McIlroy's live odd of winning the Open take an amazing plunge:

5:29 a.m.: On the other side of the leader board, Shane Lowry just made a birdie on the 10th hole, his fourth birdie of the day, to become the first player to get to four under. Now there was a sleeper pick.

5:24 a.m.: A missed 10-foot putt for a 7 leaves Rory with an opening quadruple-bogey 8. Yep, it's a lot quieter out here at Portrush than it was 15 minutes ago.

5:20 a.m.: McIlroy is forced to take a unplayable and drop, then chips on the green with his sixth shot.

5:16 a.m.: McIlroy's first ball did go OB. Hitting his fourth from a gnarly lie, he pulls the shot left of the green into even thicker gorse.

5:10 a.m.: Double ugh ... as he pulls his provisional left, too.

5:09 a.m.: Ugh ... pulled tee ball with an iron for McIlroy's opening shot. And he's going to hit a provision ball out of fear that it might have gone OB left.

5:08 a.m.: Ok, we've really been building to this point all morning. Rory McIlroy had made his way to the first tee and the ovation is the loudest we've heard so far. McIlroy met with the media on Wednesday and did a not job of downplaying the importance of this event and the pressure he might be feeling. If he's being honest, you have to like McIlroy's chances this week, playing a course that he has a familiarity with and playing as well as he has throughout 2019. But you've got to think that deep down, this tournament isn't really just like any other Open for Rory.

4:58 a.m.: There hasn't been a repeat winner of the Open Championship since Padraig Harrington in 2007-'08. It's something that Francesco Molinari would like to remedy as he steps to the first hole. However, the 36-year-old seems to still be unpacking the mental baggage of losing the lead in the final round of the Masters in April. Since finishing T-5 to Tiger Woods, he has only posted one top-40 finish in five starts.

4:45 a.m.: Schauffele, with a birdie on No. 2, is two under and tied for the lead. That didn't take long, did it.

4:27 a.m.: Admit it, you're the guy who tells you're buddies that Xander Schauffele is your sleeper pick in every major these days. Well, No. 1, he can't really be a sleeper when he has five top-six finishes in majors since 2017. And No. 2, he made a birdie on the first hole. We're guessing you're going to like having taken him as your sleeper this week.

4:13 a.m.: Like Clarke to start the championship, the ovation is large for another Northern Ireland native as Graeme McDowell tees off on the first hole. Unlike Clarke or McIlroy, McDowell grew up in Portrush proper, making him the player with the most local ties to the area.

4:10 a.m.: A long eagle putt on the second hole moves Andrew (Beef) Johnston into a six-way tie for the lead at two under. Johnston only qualified for the Open last week with a T-4 finish in Scotland. After become a mini-celebrity with his eighth-place finish at the 2016 Open at Troon, the Englishman has struggled on the course and off. He recently discussed his mental health struggles, so it's nice to see his game coming around of late.

3:52 a.m.: Among the storylines that will be playing out over the next four days, as often is the case at the British Open, is the weather. Players were greeted with cooler temperatures and even a little sun at the start of the round, but the forecast is a little precarious for the rest of the day:

6 am-12 p.m.: Bright spells but with passing heavy showers likely (70 percent) 12 p.m.-6 p.m.: Sunny spells with a continued chance of passing showers (reducing from 70 percent to 30 percent)

3:41 a.m.: We have a Rory McIlroy sighting on property. He doesn't tee off for another 90 minutes.

3:33 a.m.: If you're looking for some background on Royal Portrush and it's return as Open host, take a minute to read Mike Stachura's story from the July issue of Golf Digest](https://www.golfdigest.com/story/an-opening-for-the-open). You might also like this piece from Ryan Herrington on what it took for the R&A to transform Royal Portrush from classic links to fully loaded Open Championship venue.

3:25 a.m.: We mentioned the rain from Wednesday softening the greens, and indeed there are birdies to be had on the course. Through the first the first nine threesomes, 25 birdies have been made compared to 20 bogeys.

3:16 a.m.: And just like that, Clarke finds a bit of trouble off the tee on the par-5 seventh hole, making his first bogey and falling back into a tie for first at two under with British Amateur champion James Segrue, who is part of the opening threesome.

3:01 a.m.: If you're just getting up and not sure you've cleared your blurry eyes, don't worry. They aren't deceiving you. Darren Clarke is leading the Open after six holes at three under par. The 50-year-old native of Northern Ireland was asked a few weeks ago if he'd be the first player off the tee to start this year's tournament. Naturally Clarke was flattered, even if the honor felt slightly ceremonial. But the 2011 Open winner found the fairway and made birdie on No. 1, followed by two more on the third and fifth holes to jump to an early—and well received—lead.

Brooks Koepka and Rory McIlroy, shake hands and come out fighting.
Two of the best players in the world, Brooks Koepka and Rory McIlroy, are in the final pairing in the final round of the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational . (Photo by Ben Jared/PGA TOUR via Getty Images) MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Big Game Brooks vs. Rory the Resilient. Sunday’s final round of the World Golf Championships-FedEx St. Jude Invitational isn’t to decide a major championship. But it is a major opportunity — especially for the 30-year-old Northern Irishman. “It is exciting,” said McIlroy, who leads Koepka by a stroke through 54 holes at TPC Southwind after a sizzling eight-under 62 on Saturday.

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