Open odds favor McIlroy’s home cooking

Rory McIlroy has been blunt about how much it would mean to him to win the 148th Open Championship ay Royal Portrush in his home country of Northern Ireland.

The world’s No. 3-ranked player built his summer schedule around piquing for this week’s highly-anticipated final major of 2019. McIlroy, who has 11 top-10s in 14 starts this year, has not competed in the United States since a T9 at the U.S. Open.

Rory McIlroy
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He traveled to Europe for last week’s Scottish Open, where he finished T34, but has remain undeterred in his confidence of being a huge factor at Royal Portrush. McIlroy has far more experience at the undulating links course than any of the other marquee players.

That history – and his strong play throughout 2019 – is why McIlroy is either the favorite or co-favorite by most sportsbooks entering the week. While PointsBet lists McIlroy and Brooks Koepka at +800 on Monday, FanDuel (+900 McIlroy, +1000 Koepka) and William Hill (+800, +900) give a slight edge to McIlroy.

It’s heady stuff for the 30-year-old who hasn’t won a major in five years and who will have enormous pressure on his shoulders this week.

Koepka has won four majors during that span and enters as the No. 1 player in the world. No. 2 Dustin Johnson has finished second at each the past two majors. He is +1400 by PointsBet, +1500 by William Hill and +1600 by FanDuel.

PointsBet actually has Jordan Spieth (+1200) as the third betting favorite, despite the Texan entering the week at No. 38 and having taken time off since missing the cut at the Travelers Championship last month. The illustrate the varying analysis of the state of Spieth’s game, FanDuel lists Spieth at a modest -280 to even make the cut and the 10th betting favorite to be the top finisher from the United States (+1900).

Jon Rahm, coming off a win at the Irish Open two weeks ago, is the third betting favorite by William Hill (+1500) and FanDuel (+1600). Tiger Woods, who arrived at Royal Portrush over the weekend, is +1400 by PointsBet, +1600 by William Hill and +1800 by FanDuel.

FanDuel is also offering a wide range of Prop Bets, from finishing position to individual matchups.

FanDuel Prop Bets:

–Top 5 Finish: McIlroy +900, Koepka +1000, Rahm +1600, Johnson +1700, Woods +1800,
–Top 10 Finish: McIlroy +105, Koepka +115, Johnson +150, Rahm +160, Justin Rose +175, Woods +220
–Match Betting: McIlroy -128 vs. Koepka +104; Rose -122 vs. Woods +100; Xander Schauffele (-118) vs. –Francesco Molinari -106)
–Top USA Player: Koepka +470, Johnson +650, Woods +850, Schauffele +1000, Patrick Cantlay +1300
–Make Cut: McIlroy -1050, Koepka -900, Johnson -750, Rahm -750, Woods -430
–Make Cut (Highest Odds): David Duval +240

Outright Winner Odds (PointsBet)
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Rory McIlroy: +800
Brooks Koepka: +800
Jordan Spieth: +1200
Dustin Johnson: +1400
Tiger Woods: +1400
Jon Rahm: +1400
Justin Rose: +1600
Francesco Molinari: +1800
Xander Schauffele: +2000
Tommy Fleetwood: +2200
Rickie Fowler: +2500
Justin Thomas: +2500
Adam Scott: +2500
Jason Day: +2800
Henrik Stenson: +2800
Bryson DeChambeau: +2800
Patrick Cantlay: +3000
Sergio Garcia: +3300
Hideki Matsuyama: +3500
Alex Noren: +4000
Paul Casey: +4000
Phil Mickelson: +4000
Matt Kuchar: +4000
Patrick Reed: +5000
Louis Oosthuizen: +5000
Tony Finau: +5000
Marc Leishman: +5000
Zach Johnson: +5000
Matt Wallace: +5000
Graeme McDowell: +5000
Gary Woodland: +5500
Matthew Fitzpatrick: +6000
Ian Poulter: +6000
Tyrrell Hatton: +6600
Bubba Watson: +6600
Shane Lowry: +6600
Bernd Wiesberger: +6600
Eddie Pepperell: +7500
Branden Grace: +8000
Webb Simpson: +8000
Paul Dunne: +8000
Brandt Snedeker: +8000
Danny Willett: +8000
Russell Knox: +8000
Rafael Cabrera Bello: +8000
Thomas Pieters: +8000
Chris Wood: +10000
Jimmy Walker: +10000
Kevin Chappell: +10000
Thorbjorn Olesen: +10000
Ryan Fox: +10000
Kevin Kisner: +10000
Haotong Li: +10000
Cameron Smith: +10000
Byeong Hun An: +12500
Emiliano Grillo: +12500
Ryan Moore: +12500
Brian Harman: +12500
Luke List: +12500
Kiradech Aphibarnrat: +12500
Beau Hossler: +12500
Daniel Berger: +15000
Charl Schwartzel: +15000
Kevin Na: +15000
Jason Dufner: +15000
Keegan Bradley: +15000
Padraig Harrington: +15000
Joost Luiten: +15000
Alexander Levy: +15000
Peter Uihlein: +15000
Dylan Frittelli: +15000
Si Woo Kim: +15000
Kyle Stanley: +15000
Charley Hoffman: +15000
Alexander Bjork: +17500
Hudson Swafford: +17500
Austin Cook: +20000
Ross Fisher: +20000
Russell Henley: +20000
Jorge Campillo: +20000
Charles Howell: +20000
Ernie Els: +20000
Jeunghun Wang: +20000
Danny Lee: +20000
Grayson Murray: +20000
Satoshi Kodaira: +25000
Stewart Cink: +25000
Mikko Korhonen: +25000
Paul Lawrie: +25000
Shubhankar Sharma: +25000
Todd Hamilton: +50000
Darren Clarke: +50000
Mark Calcavecchia: +50000
David Duval: +50000
Tom Lehman: +50000

–Field Level Media (@FieldLevelMedia)

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