The 2019 Open Championship will be contested between July 18-21 at Royal Portrush, Northern Ireland. The majority of the field have already been confirmed with four-time major winner and recent winner of the PGA Championship, Brooks Koepka the early favorite to win the Claret Jug (Paddy Power have him priced at 8/1, alongside Rory McIlroy).
The field will initially stand at 156, but at the halfway stage (after hole 36) will be dramatically cut to just 70 players (taking into consideration any ties). If you don’t fancy punting on one of the favorites, who else is there to consider? Fear not, we will run through four players to watch out for at this year’s Open Championship.
Justin Rose @ 18/1
Best Open Championship finish: T2 (2018)
Majors results this year: Cut (Masters); T29 (PGA Championship); T3 (US Open)
Justin Rose may only have one major win to his name, but he’s had plenty of top 10 finishes across all four competitions and finished as the joint-runner-up at the Open last year. He hasn’t played any events since the US Open, which saw him tied for third-place but he’s consistently up there, playing steady rounds of golf. It’s surely about time Rose added to his major titles?
Jon Rahm @ 20/1
Best Open Championship finish: T44 (2017)
Majors results this year: T9 (Masters); Cut (PGA Championship); T3 (US Open)
Jon Rahm comes into the final major of the year in probably some of the best form of his professional golf career to date. Despite being cut from the PGA Championship, he went on to record a T3 finish at the US Open, came T2 at the Andalucía Masters and is currently playing in the Irish Open. Having only turned professional in 2016, the Spaniard is slowly making his mark on the major tournaments and the world number 11 will no doubt make his breakthrough very soon.
Jordan Spieth @ 20/1
Best Open Championship finish: 1 (2017)
Majors results this year: T21 (Masters); T3 (PGA Championship); T65 (US Open)
He’s dropped outside of the PGA top 30, following his meltdown at the US Open, which saw him call out his caddie on national TV and eventually finish T65. But the 25-year-old already has three majors to his name (he’s missing the PGA Championship to complete a career Grand Slam) and will need to keep his cool in Royal Portrush if he is to have any chance of success. Spieth won the Open Championship two years ago at Royal Birkdale, so knows what is needed to win the coveted Claret Jug.
Graeme McDowell @ 40/1
Best Open Championship finish: T5 (2012)
Majors results this year: Absent (Masters); T29 (PGA Championship); T16 (US Open)
Very much an underdog going into the Open, we couldn’t help but include Portrush-born Graeme McDowell, who has plenty of experience of the Dunluce Links course. He secured his place in the final golfing major of the year by finishing T8 at the Canadian Open, fulfilling one of his lifelong dreams and while he may not be arriving at the tournament in the greatest of form – or with the best track-record in the Open – would there be anything more magical than G-Mac wowing in front of a home crowd, at the course he’s played at since he was a boy?
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