He wasn’t born the last time the tournament came to Royal Portrush back in 1951 but the 2019 Open odds on Rory McIlroy to get a fairytale win in front of a home crowd this weekend have dropped like a stone at Bet365, one of the best online sportsbook sites in the UK these days. He knows the course, he’ll have the support, but there’s plenty of players in this massive field who could ruin it all, not least of which are Tiger Woods, Brooks Koepka and Francesco Molinari.
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“I am well aware of the challenges.” said defending champion Francesco Molinari who this year garners only a 28/1 chance of winning on this tricky, long, par 71 links course. Royal Portrush can break or make golfers. Indeed the round of 61 he put in here fourteen years ago is one of the reasons there are 2019 Open odds on Rory McIlroy at all. Whether he can turn in a similar performance this time round is a different matter, although that 8/1 price suggests he could.
Of course, as anyone who likes to bet on sports in the UK regularly will tell you, this would be a bit of a turn around in recent performance. T34 in the Scottish open is hardly the sort of warm-up to give you confidence. However, in front of a home crowd he could well rise to the challenge and produce one of those classics we hope to see when they hit the links and whilst he’s the clear favorite at the bookies, Jon Rahm has closed up to 14/1 behind the ever capable Brooks Koepka.
Brooks Koepka Could Spoil Rory’s Dreams
Koepka garners an equitable 11/1 from Bet365 which puts him far more in contention than the 18/1 being offered on Dustin Johnson or the 22/1 on Justin Rose. The big discussion point, however, has been the 20/1 on Tiger Woods who has decided between big tournaments the best thing he can do is hibernate, with some questioning how sharp he’ll be without the practice. Still, his profligacy with his time do lend weight to picking up those 2019 Open odds on Rory McIlroy.
- Bryson DeChambeau – 40/1
- Jordan Spieth – 40/1
- Hideki Matsuyama – 40/1
- Jason Day – 40/1
- Matt Kuchar – 35/1
- Rickie Fowler – 30/1
- Justin Thomas – 30/1
- Tommy Fleetwood – 30/1
- Francesco Molinari – 28/1
- Henrick Stenson – 28/1
- Adam Scott – 28/1
- Patrick Cantlay – 28/1
- Xander Schauffele – 25/1
“I want to enjoy it and give these crowds something to cheer for.” Said Rory going on to set himself the lowest bar ever in sporting history, “One of my goals coming here is to enjoy the moment. To enjoy being in the spotlight and the centre of attention.” Mission accomplished, eh? It isn’t as if he’s got a choice with much of Northern Ireland taking advantage of UK gambling laws to back those 2019 Open odds on Rory McIlroy, their own homegrown golfing champion.
Recent days have also seen the likes of Henrik Stenson, Adam Scott and Patrick Cantlay all close up to 28/1 as they settle into the conditions on their practice rounds, whilst Xander Schauffele particularly claws his way up to 25/1 after doing nicely in the gusty conditions where occasional winds of 25kph could decimate the field. They’re all quite some way back on those 2019 Open odds on Rory McIlroy but odder things have happened, and there’s still more big names in play.
Tommy Fleetwood, Justin Thomas, and Rickie Fowler all get 30/1 despite knowing the course quite well, which is probably why they don’t get the 40/1 Bet365, one of the best online betting sites in the UK, gives Jason Day, Hideki Matsuyama, Bryson DeChambeau and the ever capable Jordan Spieth. The 2019 Open odds on Rory McIlroy pulling off a fairytale win are as attractive as you could wish for, but I’d not count out Brooks Koepka at 11/1 spoiling it all for everyone.