|Date : 18th - 21st July | Course : Royal Portrush, 7317yds, par 72 | Champion : Shane Lowry|
2019 Open Results & Odds
Shane Lowry made it a memorable tournament for the Irish with victory at the 2019 Open at Royal Portrush. Available pre-tournament at 70/1 to win on the Dunluce links, Lowry laid the foundations for victory with a course record 63 in the third-round. With a four-shot lead and bookmakers rating his chances at 1/2 for victory, the Irishman made it a relatively comfortable win in difficult conditions as he eventually took the title by six-shots.
Back in second was Lowry’s final day playing partner and closest pursuer, Tommy Fleetwood (pre-tournament 30/1) The Englishman initially cut the lead to three on the first hole, following a Lowry bogey but that was the closest Fleetwood got as he missed a number of chances on the front nine to close the gap. Tony Finau (80/1) was a never nearer third-place as he notched up another creditable major performance (5th Top 10 in the last eight majors) while Lee Westwood (110/1) made some ground on Lowry on the final day before falling back to a tie for fourth. Also in fourth was Brooks Koepka (11/1) who recorded his ‘worst’ major finish in his last five majors.
Tournament favourite Rory McIlroy (9/1) just came up short of the cut mark after a valiant effort (2nd round 65) to right a disastrous first round 79. Also narrowly missing the cut were two more home favourites in Padraig Harrington (250/1) and Darren Clarke (750/1) while Tiger Woods (20/1) struggled missing the cut by four.
The 2019 Open Championship lived up to expectations as the tournament made it's first trip over the Irish Sea since 1951. Breaking the course record on the Saturday along with a solid final-day performance meant Shane Lowry was a well deserved Champion Golfer of 2019.
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2018 Open Championship Results & Odds
Pre-tournament 33-1 chance, Francesco Molinari became the first Italian major winner with victory in the 2018 Open at Carnoustie. Three shots off the lead going into the final round, while the field frittered away shots in the strong winds, Molinari characteristically played solid golf to par every hole until the 14th. Birdies on 14 and 18 meant the Italian posted a score which proved beyond the final pairings and took the title by 2-shots. Not unfancied in the betting having shown strong form on the PGA Tour including a decisive 8-shot victory at the Quicken Loans National - Molinari has progressed from a modest European Tour player to one of the top talents in the world and the title Champion Golfer of 2018 is well deserved.
American trio, Jordan Spieth (pre-tournament 22-1), Xander Schauffele (110-1) and Kevin Kisner (250-1) tied the lead going into the final round but all struggled in the tougher conditions especially defending champion Spieth who failed to register a birdie in his final round 76. Along with Schauffele and Kisner in a tie for second were Rory McIlroy (20-1), who made a late charge for he title and Justin Rose (16-1) scraping through the cut with a 10-foot putt on Friday, best of the weekend 64/69 propelled the Englishman up the field. Tiger Woods (28-1) also made a push on the final day, in a tie for the lead heading in the back-nine, a double-bogey on 11 and bogey on 12 quickly dashed the chances of a 15th major.
Dustin Johnson, who led the betting as 12-1 favourite, struggled missing the cut, along with fancied players Justin Thomas (30-1), Sergio Garcia (35-1) and Jon Rahm (22-1) . Despite a wet Friday morning and the windy Sunday, conditions were (in Open-terms) relatively benign although Carnoustie still showed her teeth with the winning score of -8 the highest to par since Phil Mickelson's victory in 2013 at Muirfield.
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2000 - 2018 Open Winners