The 2019 Open Championship will be the 148th edition of the tournament and is taking place between the 18th and 21st of July. It is being held at the Royal Portrush Golf Cup in County Antrim, Northern Ireland and it will be the second time it has taken place there. Here we cover the favourites heading into the competition.

Rory McIlroy

The 30 year old and former World number one heads in as the general favourite and has already proved a popular selection with punters using the offers at He is a four time major winner that includes a victory in this competition back in 2014. This saw Rory win the Championship from wire to wire, becoming just the sixth player to do so as he posted a score of 17 under. McIlroy is also one of just four players to have won three majors by the age of 25. He continues in top form, so must have a leading chance of success.

Brooks Koepka

The 29 year old is without a doubt the current leading player on the tour, that sees him sitting as the World number one. He already has four major victories in date, coming in the PGA Championship and U.S. Open. This saw him defend his title in both with the 2018 and 2019 victories in the PGA Championship and the 2017 and 2018 U.S. Open successes. Brooks is the general second favourite and continues to challenge in each major, so heads in with as good a chance of any player. His best finish to date at the Open Championship was a tie for sixth back in 2017 when Jordan Spieth landed the title posting a score of 12 under.

Dustin Johnson

The 35 year old is the current World number two having been surpassed by the previously mentioned Koepka. Johnson had held the number one ranking for a remarkable 64 consecutive weeks, which is the fifth longest run in the history of golf. Johnson is one of only three players to have won a tour tournament in each of his first twelve seasons as a professional. He heads into the 2019 Open as the general third favourite, which is little surprise considering he continues to challenge in major competitions. Johnson amazingly still only has one major title to date following his victory in the 2016 U.S. Open. His greatest finish at the Open was a tie for second back in 2011.