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Nigel Seeley’s three from the tee for The Open

Nigel Seeley 16 Jul 2019
Royal Portrush Golf Club (credit:USA TODAY Network/SIPA USA/PA Images)

The Open betting tips for this week’s major tournament. Read on for our expert tips for The Open taking place at Royal Portrush Golf Club in Northern Ireland.

READ MORE: Find out how you can get 10 places for your each-way Open bets.

The Open

Golf’s oldest Major Championship returns to Royal Portrush Golf Club and to Northern Ireland for the first time since 1951 this week and its local boy Rory McIlroy who is the bookmakers favourite to lift the famous claret jug in the 148th Open Championship.

McIlory's whole season has been geared up for another major challenge in his homeland and he will be very popular with the punters especially as he holds the course record at Portrush with a 61 that he shot when the three time major champion was just 16 years-of age. Rory, will certainly be in contention over the course of the next few days and he will be cheered on by the overwhelming support that he will receive, but that comes with an added pressure and for that reason I won't be taking odds of 8/1. I do expect many to though, and a Rory win will be a disaster for the bookmakers.

The man for the majors over the last two seasons has been Brooks Koepka and the American will lead the US challenge and like Rory the PGA Champion will be a very popular choice with punters at the general 10/1 as he never lets them down in the big ones. Koepka was runner-up at both the US Masters and the US Open this year and he won the PGA Championship and with two top 10s in The Open, the challenge that Portrush will through at the four time major winner won't be a problem as his caddie Ricky Elliott learned the game at this venue and another good showing is expected.. 

Another American Dustin Johnson is third in the betting lists at 14/1 and DJ is always a danger at any major as he has the potential to rip the course up, but after starting the season on fire with wins on both the PGA and European Tour he looks as though he has peaked to early and for that reason he is one to avoid for me this week.

Three From The Tee

Jon Rahm @ 14/1 Coral

One man who is in the form of his life though heading into The Open is the man who I believe will win this week and that is JON RAHM and the talented Spaniard is my headline selection at 14/1.
Rahm is arguably playing the best golf in the World at this moment and he arrives in Northern Ireland with confidence sky high after he won the Irish Open for the second time in his last start a fortnight ago playing some of the best golf of the year in his brilliant final round 62. Both of Rahm's wins in Ireland have been on links courses and he clearly has a fondness for the conditions and for the country, but saying that his Open record is a poor one with no better than a 44th finish in his three previous starts. This year though he is in the form of his life and this is his moment to make that major breakthrough and arriving with form figures of 3-2-1 in his last three starts and with excellent form figures at all three majors, thirrd at the US Open, fourth in the PGA Championship and ninth at the US Masters there is no golfer hotter in the World right now than the 24 year-old and providing he can keep his head, which is his only fault in what else is a perfect golf game, he is the man most likely to be holding the famous claret jug on Sunday evening.

Xander Schauffele @ 28/1 bet365
* Odds correct at 11:08 BST on 16/7/2019

The man who I expect to lead the US challenge this week is another player who always performs well on the big stage and this is XANDER SCHAUFFELE at 28/1 with bet365. Schauffele arrives in Northern Ireland fresh after taking a bit of time of since the 25 year-old finished third at the US Open last months. In his ten major starts so far in his career he has made top five on no less than five occasions and top 10 in seven of his ten starts and in his two previous Open Championships he was runner-up last year to Francesco Molinari and was tied for 20th in 2017, so he has proven he can handle the conditions and a first major doesn't look that far away. Schauffele is also an interesting bet in the top American market where he is available at 11/1 fourth in the betting behind Koepka, DJ and the man that nobody is mentioning this week the current US Masters Champion Tiger Woods.

Rafael Cabrera Bello @ 66/1 bet365
* Odds correct at 11:08 BST on 16/7/2019

At the general odds of 66/1 another Spaniard will give you a good run for your money this week and that is in-form RAFAEL CABRERA BELLO who looks the best each-way option in the field.
RCB was our 28/1 headline tip a fortnight ago at the Irish Open and lead in the final round by three shots at one stage before finally succumbing to Rahm's final round 62 brilliance to finish in a share of fourth to add to his runner-up spot at the same event in 2017, both on links courses which will encourage his backers this week. That fourth in Ireland was sandwiched between a third at the BMW International and a ninth at the Scottish Open last week which is not the form of a 66/1 outsider. This will be his eighth start at The Open Championships and the talented 35 year-old has made the cut in seven of those and was fourth at last year’s Open (his best major finish) and he arrives this time around in great form and a much more improved player and of the players just behind the big guns he looks the one likely to challenge at the top of the leaderboard. RCB is always a fast starter and as well as backing him each-way at the 66s he is also worth a look at 66/1 again with bet365 in the first round leader market.

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