Fab Five at The British Open
Rory McIlroy (+730) – The native of Belfast is considered the logical favorite by the best online sportsbooks posting British Open odds, of which you can find a list if you click the link. Logical because he shot a 61 as a 16-year-old prodigy on the grounds of this course, which has subsequently been overhauled, and he will be plying his trade in front as a hometown hero in front of a legion of adoring fans. It is also important to note McIlroy has won two PGA Tour events this year with a one-stroke win over Jim Furyk in The Players Championship back in March and absolutely crushed it at the RBC Canadian Open in June when he shot a stunning 22 under par for a seven stroke victory over runners-up Shane Lowry and Webb Simpson last month. This is important because seven of the last nine British Open winners had won at least one event over the past year leading up to The Open.
Brooks Koepka (+890) – The 29-year-old West Palm Beach native is a killer when the stakes are high as evidenced by his victories in three of the last six majors. Currently ranked No. 1 in the world entering The Open, Koepka has an ace up his sleeve in that his caddie, Ricky Elliott, who grew up a stone’s throw from the Royal Portrush Golf Club in Portrush, Northern Island and has played, according to his own account, over a thousand rounds at the posh track. Is that the intangible that pushes him to victory? He wouldn’t be a bad choice to include in your British Open picks at nearly 9-1.
Dustin Johnson (+1335) – The 2016 Player of the Year is hoping to leapfrog Brooks Koepka and vacate his No. 2 PGA ranking for the top spot after this one is done. Johnson won the WGC-Mexico Championship in February by besting Rory McIlroy by five strokes when he shot a sizzling 21 under par. However, Johnson has only one career major title on his mantle and the British Open has been his least successful of the four. Johnson failed to make the cut last year and has only one top 10 finish at The Open over the last six years when he tied for ninth in 2016.
Jon Rahm (+1345) – The two-time Irish Open winner comes into this one with a stunning come-from-behind victory at the aforementioned Dubai Duty-Free Irish Open earlier this month. The fiery Spaniard rallied from five strokes down to claim the title by shooting 62 in the final round, edging Englishman Andy Sullivan and Austria’s Bernd Wiesberger by two strokes. Rahm has delivered mercurial performances in the grand slams, missing the cut on three of his last seven occasions but finishing in the top 10 in the other four.
Tiger Woods (+1430) – Love him or hate him, Tiger is relevant again and last year’s British Open co-leader heading into the back nine of the final round could finish the deal this year after faltering late and earning a sixth-place tie in 2018. Back in April, Tiger rekindled the magic that saw him win a whopping 14 majors when he copped the top spot at the 2019 Masters for his 15th grand slam victory. However, the rugged conditions and the length of Royal Portrush will do his ailing back no favors, and when you factor in the wet and windy conditions anticipated over the four-day event, Tiger could very well be toothless in this one.
Free British Open Pick: Brooks Koepka