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British Open 2019: Runners and Riders

16 July 2019

The last major of the season is almost upon us. Who's in the running for the Claret Jug?

The final major of the season swings round this week with the Open Championship set to tee off on Thursday.

The world’s best will battle it out at Royal Portrush Golf Club, Northern Ireland in the 148th edition of this prestigious tournament.

But who will be lofting the Claret Jug high in the sky come on Sunday evening?

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One cannot look past local boy Rory Mcllory (+950) who knows the venue like the back of his hand and shot a course record score of 61 at the age of 16. Can the four time major winner cope with the pressure of trying to prevail on home soil though?

World number one Brooke Koepka (+1100), fresh from successfully defending his USPGA Championship in May, and also finishing runner-up in both the Masters and US Open, will be looking to finish a fine season in style.

There or thereabouts

Dustin Johnson (+1700) is enduring a dry spell having gone three years without a major. D.J has gone on record with his feelings about this tournament (its not his favorite gig) but a number one spot on Sunday will change his view surely?

2019 witnessed a return to the glory days for Tiger Woods (+2000) with THAT iconic Masters win ending an eleven year drought. Can he win his 16th major and edge closer to Jack Nicklaus’ magic 18?

Further afield

Is this the breakthrough moment for Patrick Cantlay (+2500)? The Californian has enjoyed a fruitful season having won the Memorial tournament and posted eight top-10 finishes. His World Number Ten ranking is just reward but can Cantlay catapult himself further up the rankings with his first major?

Nearly man Rickie Fowler (+3700) must be wondering if he will ever claim that maiden title. The longer he goes without, the more you sense the opening tag will be career defining. But this tournament is renowned for throwing up a surprise winner. Over to you, Rickie.

Outside bet

Jordan Spieth (+4300), the man on everybody’s lips between only a couple of years ago with three quickfire majors, has struggled to hit such heights since. His last success in 2017 came in this very tournament though and a third place finish at the PGA Championship suggests Spieth could be on his way back.

*Odds as per DraftKings (July 16)

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