British Open Expert Picks: Our Staff’s Favorite Bets for the Final Round at Royal Portrush
Justin Rose is 20-1 to win the British Open entering the Final Round. Ian Rutherford, USA Today Sports. Pictured: Justin Rose
- The final round of the 2019 British Open begins at 2:32 a.m. ET at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland.
- Our staff lists their favorite bets for Sunday's golf action at Royal Portrush:
The Final Round of the 2019 Open Championship begins at 2:32 a.m. ET on Sunday and even though Shane Lowry is the odds-on favorite to lift the Claret Jug, there’s plenty to talk about heading into the final round at Royal Portrush.
There are 18 holes of Major Championship Golf left in 2019 and our staff has picked their favorite bets for Sunday’s finale:
The Bet: Xander Schauffele (-150) over Cameron Smith.
I’ve been impressed with Smith so far this week, after a tumultuous season that can only be described as disappointing so far.
At some point, though, I think his luck runs out — if it didn’t already Saturday, with an even-par 71. Schauffele has been a top-10 machine at majors, based largely on some gritty final rounds.
Give me the known commodity with X-man going comparatively low once again.
The Bet: Henrik Stenson (+105) over Jordan Spieth
Matt Kuchar over Jordan Spieth was my target in Round 3 and that was pushed. I’ll go back to shorting Spieth again, but this time with Henrik Stenson, who is one of the best links players on tour.
The Bet: Shane Lowry -175, Stenson (+105) over Spieth
I’ll back Lowry. I think that -175 number is a slight on how good he is. He’s not a flukey major leader. He’s won a WGC title and been in this spot before. This is just a four-shot lead with a pack trailing behind.
He’s up seven on everyone but Fleetwood and J.B. Holmes. There are far less chasers to concern himself with. He really doesn’t have to worry too much about a low round coming from the back to put pressure on because he pulled so far ahead of most of the field.
It’s a situation we’ve seen a few times on tour in the last few weeks where guys have just stretched their lead to the point where outside of a small group of 4-5 players, everyone else is probably out of it.
I’m also tagging along with Justin here to target Spieth again. Stenson is one of the best ball strikers in the world and the emphasis on that will be ramped up in adverse conditions. Spieth has been struggling finding fairways in calm conditions, but has avoided disaster to this point. With the wind picking up, it’s likely he could stray even further off line and put up a couple big numbers — Joshua Perry