The anticipation is building as we inch closer to the fourth and final major of the season. The 2019 British Open, also known as the Open Championship, tees-off from Royal Portrush Golf Club in Northern Ireland on Thursday, July 18. Golf fans everywhere are already beginning to research which players have the best chance of lifting the Claret Jug and locking in their picks. Vegas lists Rory McIlory and Brooks Koepka as the co-favorites at 8-1, with Dustin Johnson (12-1), Jon Rahm (14-1) and Tiger Woods (16-1) close behind in the latest 2019 Open Championship odds. Meanwhile, a number of past champions like Francesco Molinari (20-1), Jordan Spieth (30-1), Louis Oosthuizen (30-1), Henrik Stenson (40-1) and Phil Mickelson (80-1) are among the 2019 Open long shots who have a strong chance to add to their Claret Jug collection. Before locking in any 2019 Open Championship picks of your own, listen to the PGA predictions from the proven computer model at SportsLine.

SportsLine’s prediction model, built by DFS pro Mike McClure, has nailed the last two majors entering the weekend. It predicted Gary Woodland’s first career major championship at the U.S. Open even though he wasn’t the favorite entering the weekend. The result: Woodland held off a late charge from Koepka and won by three strokes. The model also called Koepka’s historic victory at the 2019 PGA Championship, predicting he’d hold his lead in the home stretch. In all, their advanced computer model has nailed a whopping six majors entering the weekend, and anyone who has followed it is way up.

Now with the 2019 Open Championship field taking shape, SportsLine simulated the event 10,000 times, and the results were surprising. One huge shocker the model is calling for: Tiger Woods, a three-time champion and one of the top Vegas favorites, stumbles big-time and doesn’t even crack the top 10 at Royal Portrush. 

Woods won his 15th major championship earlier this year at the Masters. It was his first major title since the 2008 U.S. Open and the first time in his career he came from behind to win a major. Woods can tie Sam Snead with 82 career PGA Tour victories with a win at Royal Portrush, which is hosting the Open for the fist time since 1951. 

Woods has 10 career top-10 finishes at this major, but the Open Championship 2019 will be his first start since finishing 21st at the U.S. Open in June. He’s played in just three tournaments since his victory at Augusta, finishing outside the top 20 in two of them. SportsLine’s model says he won’t earn his 16th career major championship at the Open 2019 and sees far better values in a loaded field.

Another surprise: Xander Schauffele, a 25-1 long shot, makes a strong run at his first major championship title. He’s a target for anyone looking for a huge payday.

Schauffele is an emerging star who has played extremely well in majors. In fact, he has finished in the top 10 in four of his last six major starts, which includes a runner-up finish at last year’s Open Championship.

Plus, Schauffele enters the final major of the season ranked in the top 15 in scoring average (69.782) and birdie average (4.27). He has all the tools needed to make a run to the top of the 2019 Open Championship leaderboard, so he’s a value selection to put on your radar at Royal Portrush.

Also, the model says five other golfers with Open Championship odds of 20-1 or longer will make a strong run at the title. Anyone who backs these underdogs could hit it big.

So who will win the British Open 2019, and which long shots stun the golfing world? Check out the odds below and visit SportsLine now to see the projected 2019 British Open leaderboard from the model that’s nailed two straight golf majors, and find out.  

Brooks Koepka 8-1
Rory McIlroy 8-1
Dustin Johnson 12-1
Jon Rahm 14-1
Tiger Woods 16-1
Justin Rose 20-1
Francesco Molinari 20-1
Rickie Fowler 25-1
Xander Schauffele 25-1
Patrick Cantlay 25-1
Tommy Fleetwood 25-1
Jordan Spieth 30-1
Justin Thomas 30-1
Adam Scott 30-1
Louis Oosthuizen 30-1
Bryson DeCahmbeau 30-1
Jason Day 40-1
Hideki Matsuyama 40-1
Matt Kuchar 40-1
Henrik Stenson 50-1
Paul Casey 50-1
Graeme McDowell 50-1
Gary Woodland 50-1
Matt Wallace 50-1
Marc Leishman 60-1
Sergio Garcia 60-1
Tony Finau 60-1
Shane Lowry 60-1
Patrick Reed 60-1

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