2019 British Open Prop Bet Preview

Yesterday we looked at the British Open–also euphemistically referred to as ‘The Open Championship’–and looked for some winning players on the futures betting board. The Open Championship is the final major of the PGA season and always one of the more entertaining events of the year. With the event being held at Royal Portrush in County Antrim, Northern Ireland it’s downright historic. Not only is Northern Ireland is the home country of the British Open odds betting favorite Rory McIlroy this is the first time in 68 years that the tournament has been played in the country.

One of the great things about golf betting is the sheer number of ways you can wager on a tournament. With countless variations such as futures, matchups, prop bets and more it’s a perfect sport for a value oriented player. Here are a few prop bets we like for this weekend:

2019 OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP AT ROYAL PORTRUSH PROP BET PREVIEW

GROUP A WAGER

This wager lists several players from the field. You pick the one you think will post the best finish and if he does you cash a ticket. Since we already like favorite Rory McIlroy this weekend we’ll take a position on him here. He’s in a group with some serious players–Brooks Koepka, Jon Rahm, Dustin Johnson and Tiger Woods–but he’s having a great year and this is a made to order spot for him to get a win on a course he has absolutely shredded throughout his career.

BET RORY MCILROY +220 TO WIN GROUP A

GROUP D WAGER

Matt Wallace is our ‘top longshot’ for the weekend at +4000. So why not take him at a nice price to win Group D over Matt Kuchar, Hideki Matsuyama, Jason Day and Bryson DeChambeau? Wallace is the hottest property on the European tour. Fans either love or hate his mega-confident bordering-on-obnoxious persona but he’s got the swagger necessary to win a championship on golf’s biggest stage. He’s still looking for his first major victory but it’s likely just a matter of time. He’s played well in big events this year with a T3 at the PGA Championship, a T6 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and a T12 at the US Open.

BET MATT WALLACE +450 TO WIN GROUP D

LOWEST 18 HOLE SCORE

How far back does Rory McIlroy goes here at Royal Portrush Golf Club? It’s well known that for a long time he held the course record of 61. He set this mark when he was 16 years old. The course has been renovated since then and the current record is a bloated-by-comparison 65 set by Caolan Rafferty. With the best golfers in the world taking a crack at it this weekend in one of the biggest tournaments in the sport there’s good reason to think that there will be a new course record come Monday morning. We would like to have an extra stroke on this prop so we could go ‘Under 64.5’ but the plus money price is nice.

BET LOWEST 18 HOLE SCORE UNDER 63.5 STROKES +155

WILL THERE BE A PLAYOFF?

For awhile, the British Open was synonymous with playoff winners. John Daly won the 1995 championship in a playoff and between then and 2009 there were six more that needed a playoff to determine the winner. There were back to back playoffs in 1998 and 1999 which made it three playoffs in five years. Since 2009, however, there has only been one playoff–Zack Johnson won in a playoff at St. Andrews in 2015. That’s three years without a playoff an only one in the last 9 years. This is one of those high risk/low reward bets like the ‘Will there be a safety?’ prop bet in the Super Bowl. They’re tough to pull the trigger on, but statistically you’re getting the best of it and that’s the name of the game when it comes to sports betting.

BET WILL THERE BE A PLAYOFF? NO -400

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