Shane Lowry celebrates Open triumph by belting out Irish anthems in Dublin pub and sleeping with Claret Jug

22 Jul

Shane Lowry celebrated in style following his first major triumph at the Open Championship at Royal Portrush.

The Irishman completed a fairytale success in Northern Ireland as huge crowds roared him on to a stunning six-shot victory on Sunday, sparking incredible scenes on the 18th green.

Lowry sealed the biggest win of his career on Sunday
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But the celebrations did not stop there, with Padraig Harrington revealing that Lowry and his pals ‘drank all the beer’ in the players’ lounge before travelling back to Dublin.

Videos have since emerged of the newly-crowned Champion Golfer of the Year continuing the festivities at 37 Dawson Street, belting out an upbeat rendition of ‘Fields of Athenry’ while hoisting aloft the Claret Jug.

And it seems Lowry is yet to let it out of his sight.

The 32-year-old posted a snap of himself waking up alongside the 147-year-old trophy on Instagram, with a caption reading: “I pulled last night”.

Lowry has already cancelled plans to play in this week’s WGC-St Jude Invitational in Memphis so he can stay at home and celebrate.

The party continued on Monday afternoon as the Irishman, along with a huge crowd of friends and family, trophy in hand, descended on Dublin’s Boar’s Head pub.

Ann Hourican, who owns the pub, told PA she is delighted to have Lowry and his team in her bar to celebrate.

“We had it organised before so it wasn’t sprung on us or anything like that,” she said.

“Shane has been in a few times before and he’s a good country man, being from Offaly, and we’re from Cavan, so he knew the pub was owned by country people.”

Lowry’s Instagram post on Monday morning
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Despite rumours Lowry had partied through the night and turned up in the same clothes on Monday, Ms Hourican said the golfer was very presentable.

“Oh no, he’s been home and showered and changed and I think he’s had some sleep too so he’s ready for the day again,” she said.

“We’re delighted for him and so proud of him.

The party does not show any signs of stopping

“He’s just handed over the cup and allowed all the punters to have their pictures taken with it, and all his friends are here and they’re so lovely.

“We couldn’t be prouder of him.”

The Open 2019 final round: What time do Shane Lowry and Tommy Fleetwood tee off at Royal Portrush?

21 Jul

Shane Lowry and Tommy Fleetwood will tee off last at Royal Portrush today as they battle it out to claim glory at The Open.

Lowry will hold a four shot lead over Fleetwood heading into the final round of the Major.

Shane Lowry is leading the 2019 Open ahead of the final round
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The Irishman hit a stunning 63 yesterday to jump ahead of the field ahead of the last round at the 148th Open.

Fleetwood, JB Holmes, Brooks Koepka and Justin Rose are among the chasing pack.

talkSPORT 2 will have full coverage of the all the action from Northern Ireland this afternoon and here are the all-important tee times.

The Open final round tee times

0732 Ashton Turner

0742 Shubhankar Sharma (Ind), Kiradech Aphibarnrat (Tha)

0752 Nino Bertasio (Ita), Eddie Pepperell

0802 Thorbjorn Olesen (Den), Paul Waring

0812 Branden Grace (Rsa), Jason Kokrak (USA)

0822 Callum Shinkwin, Jim Furyk (USA)

0832 Bubba Watson (USA), Kevin Streelman (USA)

0842 Bernd Wiesberger (Aut), Kyle Stanley (USA)

0857 Paul Casey, Benjamin Hebert (Fra)

0907 Matt Wallace, Adam Hadwin (Can)

0917 Thomas Pieters (Bel), Francesco Molinari (Ita)

0927 Louis Oosthuizen (Rsa), Andrew Wilson

0937 Yosuke Asaji (Jpn), Stewart Cink (USA)

0947 Joost Luiten (Ned), Doc Redman (USA)

0957 Ryan Fox (Nzl), Inn-choon Hwang (Kor)

1007 Charley Hoffman (USA), Yuki Inamori (Jpn)

1017 Ernie Els (Rsa), Lucas Bjerregaard (Den)

1032 Aaron Wise (USA), Lucas Glover (USA)

1042 Sergio Garcia (Spa), Patrick Cantlay (USA)

1052 Mikko Korhonen (Fin), Dustin Johnson (USA)

1102 Robert Macintyre, Rory Sabbatini (Svk)

1112 Romain Langasque (Fra), Kevin Kisner (USA)

1122 Graeme McDowell, Tom Lewis

1132 Erik Van Rooyen (Rsa), Justin Harding (Rsa)

1142 Tyrrell Hatton, Webb Simpson (USA)

1152 Byeong-Hun An (Kor), Matthew Fitzpatrick

1207 Patrick Reed (USA), Justin Thomas (USA)

1217 Russell Knox, Sang Hyun Park (Kor)

1227 Xander Schauffele (USA), Cameron Smith (Aus)

1237 Dylan Frittelli (Rsa), Andrew Putnam (USA)

1247 Alex Noren (Swe), Matt Kuchar (USA)

1257 Henrik Stenson (Swe), Jordan Spieth (USA)

1307 Tony Finau (USA), Jon Rahm (Spa)

1317 Danny Willett, Lee Westwood

1327 Justin Rose, Rickie Fowler (USA)

1337 J.B. Holmes (USA), Brooks Koepka (USA)

1347 Tommy Fleetwood, Shane Lowry

The Open 2019: Shane Lowry sets Royal Portrush course record as he goes into final round four shots clear of Tommy Fleetwood

20 Jul

Shane Lowry takes a four shot lead into the final round of The Open after a scintillating round of 63 at Royal Portrush on Saturday.

The Irishman broke the course record with an eight-under-par round to have a commanding lead over the rest of the field.

Shane Lowry leads The Open by four shots
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Lowry came close to equalling the record for lowest round at a major championship but missed his birdie chance on the 18th hole.

Tommy Fleetwood is in second place with a round of 66 to take him to 12-under-par.

It is not the first time Lowry has taken a four shot lead going into the final round of a major.

Tommy Fleetwood is in second place at Royal Portrush
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At the 2016 U.S Open, he led Dustin Johnson by four shots but faded in the final round as the American won the title.

Shane Lowry told Sky Sports: “I’m still a bit fuzzy. I just really enjoyed today. Obviously I played great golf, the crowd were incredible and I just felt so comfortable. I know there’s a tough 24 hours ahead of me but there’s nowhere I’d rather be.

“I said to my caddie walking off 17 that the next half an hour, we might never experience it again so let’s enjoy it.

“It was one of the most incredible days of my life.

“I hope I am going to be able to deal with it but I think I’m ready for it.”

American J.B Holmes is in third place on 10-under-par while Brooks Koepka and Justin Rose are a further shot back on nine-under-par.

Brooks Koepka is seven shots behind the leader
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Tee times for the final round have been moved forward due to adverse weather forecast.

The first tee will be at 7.32am with the leaders going out at 1.47pm.

You can listen to live action from the final round at Royal Portrush on talkSPORT 2.

The Open 2019: Rory McIlroy ‘hasn’t had enough credit’ for his recovery from horror start, says Claret Jug contender Tommy Fleetwood

19 Jul

Rory McIlroy ‘hadn’t had the credit he deserves’ for recovering from his nightmare start to The Open, Claret Jug contender Tommy Fleetwood has told talkSPORT.

The Northern Irishman teed off his home tournament at Royal Portrush with a quadruple bogey on the opening par four – dubbed a ‘snowman’ – which immediately left him in a bit of a pickle.

Rory McIlroy has the start to forget at his home Open Championships at Royal Portrush
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He hit just two birdies as he carded a first-round score of 79 – the sixth-worst score of the opening day.

McIlroy was back out on the course, which has been hit with typical Northern Irish links conditions, on Friday afternoon and faces a fight to make the cut.

He began his second round eight-over par, with the projected cut set at one-over.

But Fleetwood, who went into the clubhouse on seven-under after round two – tied third at the time of writing, has praised Rory for his recovery after a horror start.

The Englishman told talkSPORT’s Georgie Bingham and Bob Bubka on Hawksbee and Jacobs: “It’s hard for us to have any say or opinion on it.

“He clearly had a rough day.

McIlroy hit a wayward drive off the first tee which went out-of-bounds, and his re-take wasn’t much better
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“The hard part is that whenever Rory doesn’t do something great it’s in front of everybody and this week he’s got the added expectation of being a home Open.

“But it’s Rory McIlroy, who knows what he could do today. He could shoot a really low one, we just don’t know.

“I didn’t really know what he shot yesterday but I know he started off bad and then came back really well.

Fleetwood has fared better and is in a good position to challenge for the Claret Jug ahead of an exciting weekend of golf
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“I actually think he did unbelievably well, if you think about all the pressure he’s under, to get back through that period where he quad the first, and he had a rough finish, but that middle straight – I think he probably hasn’t had the credit he deserves for doing that.”

Listen back to Tommy Fleetwood on Hawksbee and Jacobs IN FULL above!

The Open 2019: After Rory McIlroy start, David Duval shoots worst score on hole at the tournament for 69 years

18 Jul

David Duval recorded the highest score on any hole at The Open for 69 years during the opening round at Royal Portrush on Thursday.

The 2001 champion suffered a total horror show at the par 5 seventh to shoot an almost-unprecedented 13.

The seventh hole proved treacherous for Duval
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It is believed to be the worst performance on any single hole at the historic tournament since Herman Tissies recorded a 15 on the par 3 eighth at Troon in 1950.

Incredibly, Duval’s score originally went down as 15 before it was corrected.

The 47-year-old is thought to have played at least three shots off the tee and then hit someone else’s ball, incurring a two-shot penalty.

Duval lifted the Claret Jugs 18 years ago
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It followed a quadruple bogey eight on the par 4 fifth and a bogey on the par 3 sixth, which means he played three holes in 13 over.

Former Open champions are given lifetime entry to the tournament and Duval made a positive start with back-to-back birdies in his opening two holes.

The American has retired following the first round at two of the previous three Opens, and with his current position of 13-over par and last on the leaderboard, it would be no surprise if he did the same again.

Tournament favourite Rory McIlroy endured a similar nightmare on the opening hole, albeit not so calamitous.

The Northern Irishman carded a quadruple-bogey eight to dampen hopes of a home winner at Royal Portrush.


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Rory McIlroy breaks woman’s phone in disastrous start to The Open before missing two-foot tap-in

18 Jul

Rory McIlroy could not have imagined a worse start to the 2019 Open Championship in his home country, making a disastrous quadruple-bogey on the very first hole at Royal Portrush.

The bookmakers’ favourite, who shot the course record when he was 16, may have played himself out of contention already.

McIlroy suffered a nightmare start on the first hole
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McIlroy was the talk of the town ahead of the first Open in Northern Ireland for 68 years – and huge crowds gathered to watch their homegrown hero on the opening tee.


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His wayward iron shot travelled out of bounds and actually hit a fan, cracking a phone screen inside their pocket, and his provisional third shot wasn’t much better, finding the left rough.

Huge crowds watched on in bemusement
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Playing his fourth, the Northern Irishman hacked his approach into a greenside bush, which resulted in an unplayable lie and a penalty drop.

A chip to eight feet left him with a chance to ‘save’ triple-bogey, but he walked off with an eight – the dreaded snowman – when his putt slid by.

McIlory had one of those days at Royal Porturush
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McIlroy made another bogey at the third to slip to five-over, before briefly steadying the ship.

A run of two birdies and ten pars saw him arrive at the 16th three-over, but then disaster struck again.

The four-time major champion hit the green at ‘Calamity Corner’ and left his birdie putt six-feet short.

His par putt rode over the lip and then, shockingly, he missed the two-foot tap-in for bogey to drop back to five-over.

The woeful start sparked memories of when McIlroy’s hero, Tiger Woods, lost his ball with his first shot of the 2003 Open at Royal St George’s.

Woods somehow managed to recover from his triple-bogey to finish tied for fourth, just two shots back from eventual winner Ben Curtis.

McIlroy will hope to rebuilt following the dreadful start
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Meanwhile, McIlroy’s compatriot, Darren Clarke, delighted the huge crowds at Royal Portrush by storming into an unlikely early lead.

The Northern Irishman was given the honour of taking the first tee shot as the tournament got underway at 6:35 this morning.

Clarke raced to two-under thru six holes
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Clarke is a major winner from this decade, having claimed the 2011 Open, but few people expected the 50-year-old to mount a serious challenge this week, with McIlroy considered Northern Ireland’s best chance of a home victor.

That changed with Clarke’s superb birdie at the first, followed by another two more in his opening six holes, which was better than any of the other early starters managed.

The veteran finished with a very respectable even-par round.

The Open 2019: Hometown hero Darren Clarke enjoys dream start at Royal Portrush

18 Jul

Darren Clarke delighted the huge crowds at Royal Portrush by storming into an unlikely early lead at the 2019 Open Championship.

The Northern Irishman was given the honour of taking the first tee shot as the tournament got underway at 6:35 this morning.

Clarke raced to two-under par through six holes
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Clarke is a major winner from this decade, having been victor at the 2011 Open, but few people expected the 50-year-old to mount a serious challenge this week.

That changed with a superb birdie at the first, followed by another two more in his opening six holes, which was better than any of the other early starters managed.

Clarke, who now plies his trade of the Champions Tour, has previously declared Royal Portrush his favourite golf course in the world.

The former champion, who has missed three of the last four cuts at majors, also benefited from some bright early weather before the rain arrived to raise the difficulty level later in the morning – and his current score of one-under could look ever better at the end of the day.

Clarke has pieced together a promising early round
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One player who felt the full force of that test was fellow Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy.

The favourite made a horrendous start at a place where he shot a course-record 61 as a 16-year-old in 2005.

Remarkably, he made a quadruple-bogey eight on the par-four first.

The Open 2019 LIVE: Commentary on talkSPORT as Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and the rest eye Royal Portrush glory

17 Jul

The 148th Open Championship is set to take place at Royal Portrush this weekend and talkSPORT 2 have the best of the action live.

Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Brook Koepka and the rest of the world’s best golfers are set to take on the prestigious links course in Northern Ireland as they strive to claim the Claret Jug.

Francesco Molinari won the famous trophy at Carnoustie last summer while Jordan Spieth won at Royal Birkdale in 2017.

Rory McIlroy is among the favourites to win the 2019 Open at Royal Portrush
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Now golf’s superstars are at Royal Portrush for just the second time in Open history, 68 years after the first in 1951.

This weekend will see the final Major of the year following Woods’ incredible win at the Masters, Koepka’s third straight PGA Championship crown and Gray Woodland taking the US Open last month.

McIlroy, the 2014 Open champion, is the red hot favourite to claim glory in his homeland but there’s a stellar field once again this weekend.


Five outside bets to win golf’s oldest major championship at Royal Portrush, including 90/1 shot


The Open 2019: Date and start times

The Major will start on Thursday, July 18 and conclude on Sunday, July 21.

Former champion Darren Clarke will hit the opening tee shot at Royal Portrush with play getting under way at 6:35am.

The Open 2019: Live on talkSPORT

talkSPORT 2 will have coverage of The Open on each day of the tournament.

We will have 12 hours of dedicated commentary on Thursday and Friday starting 6am while our programme will get under way at 10am over the weekend after the cut.

To tune in, just click here for the live stream or click the radio player below.

You can also listen through the talkSPORT App, on DAB Digital Radio or on MW 1053 or 1089.

For more information about how to listen LIVE on talkSPORT click here.

Tiger Woods will be looking for glory at The Open
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The Open 2019: Tee times

Starting at hole 1 on Thursday, July 18.
0635 Charley Hoffman, Darren Clarke (NIrl), James Sugrue (a) (Irl)
0646 Emiliano Grillo (Arg), Sung Kang (Kor), Thomas Thurloway (a) (Eng)
0657 Andy Sullivan (Eng), Christiaan Bezuidenhout (Rsa), Alexander Levy (Fra)
0708 Zander Lombard (Rsa), Chan Kim, Brandon Wu (a)
0719 Richard Sterne (Rsa), Romain Langasque (Fra), Matthias Schmid (a) (Ger)
0730 Matthew Fitzpatrick (Eng), Padraig Harrington (Irl), Andrew Putnam
0741 Eddie Pepperell (Eng), Bubba Watson, Rafael Cabrera-Bello (Spa)
0752 Phil Mickelson, Shane Lowry (Irl), Branden Grace (Rsa)
0803 Mike Lorenzo-Vera (Fra), Alex Noren (Swe), Sam Locke (Sco)
0814 Webb Simpson, Sergio Garcia (Spa), Cheng-Tsung Pan (Tai)
0825 Ryan Palmer, Andrea Pavan (Ita), Dylan Frittelli (Rsa)
0836 Kyle Stanley, Robert Macintyre (Sco), Andrew Johnston (Eng)
0847 Mikko Korhonen (Fin), Oliver Wilson (Eng), Curtis Knipes (a) (Eng)
0903 Sungjae Im (Kor), Ian Poulter (Eng), Kiradech Aphibarnrat (Tha)
0914 Henrik Stenson (Swe), Xander Schauffele, Graeme McDowell (NIrl)
0925 Haotong Li (Chn), Russell Knox (Sco), Bernd Wiesberger (Aut)
0936 Connor Syme (Sco), Jason Kokrak, Austin Connelly (Can)
0947 Zach Johnson, David Duval, Corey Conners (Can)
0958 Bryson DeChambeau, Francesco Molinari (Ita), Adam Scott (Aus)
1009 Gary Woodland, Rory McIlroy (NIrl), Paul Casey (Eng)
1020 Rickie Fowler, Kevin Kisner, Hideki Matsuyama (Jpn)
1031 Si Woo Kim (Kor), Jim Furyk, Jimmy Walker
1042 Luke List, Alexander Bjork (Swe), Paul Waring (Eng)
1053 Shugo Imahira (Jpn), Nate Lashley, Benjamin Hebert (Fra)
1104 Mikumu Horikawa (Jpn), Callum Shinkwin (Eng), Garrick Porteous (Eng)
1115 Matthew Baldwin (Eng), Prom Meesawat (Tha), Jack Senior (Eng)
1136 Joaquin Niemann (Chi), Tom Lehman, Miguel Angel Jimenez (Spa)
1147 Byeong-Hun An (Kor), Jorge Campillo (Spa), Chris Wood (Eng)
1158 Joel Dahmen, Adri Arnaus (Spa), Dimitrios Papadatos (Aus)
1209 Rory Sabbatini (Svk), Stewart Cink, Inn-choon Hwang (Kor)
1220 Erik Van Rooyen (Rsa), Kurt Kitayama, Jake McLeod (Aus)
1231 Shaun Norris (Rsa), Ryan Fox (Nzl), Dong-kyu Jang (Kor)
1242 Keith Mitchell, Tyrrell Hatton (Eng), Thomas Pieters (Bel)
1253 Justin Thomas, Tommy Fleetwood (Eng), Thorbjorn Olesen (Den)
1304 Louis Oosthuizen (Rsa), Brooks Koepka, Shubhankar Sharma (Ind)
1315 Billy Horschel, Jazz Janewattananond (Tha), Aaron Wise
1326 Jordan Spieth, Marc Leishman (Aus), Danny Willett (Eng)
1337 Cameron Smith (Aus), Adam Hadwin (Can), David Lipsky
1348 Chez Reavie, Paul Lawrie (Sco), Justin Harding (Rsa)
1404 Tom Lewis (Eng), Takumi Kanaya (a) (Jpn), Brandon Stone (Rsa)
1415 Lucas Glover, Joost Luiten (Ned), Nino Bertasio (Ita)
1426 J.B. Holmes, Ernie Els (Rsa), Abraham Ancer (Mex)
1437 Brandt Snedeker, Lee Westwood (Eng), Brian Harman
1448 Justin Rose (Eng), Tony Finau, Lucas Bjerregaard (Den)
1459 Dustin Johnson, Jason Day (Aus), Keegan Bradley
1510 Tiger Woods, Matt Wallace (Eng), Patrick Reed
1521 Patrick Cantlay, Jon Rahm (Spa), Matt Kuchar
1532 Kevin Streelman, Doc Redman, Robert Rock (Eng)
1543 Yuta Ikeda (Jpn), Adrian Otaegui (Spa), Isidro Benitez (Mex)
1554 Patton Kizzire, Sang Hyun Park (Kor), Yuki Inamori (Jpn)
1605 Yoshinori Fujimoto (Jpn), Doyeob Mun (Kor), Andrew Wilson (Eng)
1616 Gunn Charoenkul (Tha), Yosuke Asaji (Jpn), Ashton Turner (Eng)

The Open 2019 Final Round LIVE: Shane Lowry and Tommy Fleetwood go for glory at Royal Portrush – commentary on talkSPORT 2

17 Jul

The 148th Open Championship will be decided at Royal Portrush today and talkSPORT 2 will have all the action live.

Shane Lowry, Tommy Fleetwood and the rest of the world’s best golfers are set to take on the prestigious links course in Northern Ireland for the final round as they strive to claim the Claret Jug.

Francesco Molinari won the famous trophy at Carnoustie last summer while Jordan Spieth won at Royal Birkdale in 2017.

Shane Lowry is looking for glory in the Open
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Now golf’s superstars are at Royal Portrush for just the second time in Open history, 68 years after the first in 1951.

This afternoon will see the final Major of the year decided following Tiger Woods’ incredible win at the Masters, Brooks Koepka’s third straight PGA Championship crown and Gray Woodland taking the US Open last month.

Rory McIlroy, the 2014 Open champion, was the red hot favourite to claim glory in his homeland but crashed out on Friday.

Now Lowry and Fleetwood will battle it out on the final day.

The Open 2019: Date and start times

The Major started on Thursday, July 18 and will conclude on Sunday, July 21.

Former champion Darren Clarke hit the opening tee shot at Royal Portrush.

Play will get under way at 7:32am on Sunday with the leaders teeing off at 1:47pm.

The Open 2019: Live on talkSPORT

talkSPORT 2 will have coverage of The Open on each day of the tournament.

We will have 12 hours of dedicated commentary on Thursday and Friday starting 6am while our programme will get under way at 10am over the weekend after the cut.

To tune in, just click here for the live stream or click the radio player below.

You can also listen through the talkSPORT App, on DAB Digital Radio or on MW 1053 or 1089.

For more information about how to listen LIVE on talkSPORT click here.

Tommy Fleetwood is in contention at the Open
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The Open 2019: Final round tee times

0732 Ashton Turner
0742 Shubhankar Sharma (Ind), Kiradech Aphibarnrat (Tha)
0752 Nino Bertasio (Ita), Eddie Pepperell
0802 Thorbjorn Olesen (Den), Paul Waring
0812 Branden Grace (Rsa), Jason Kokrak (USA)
0822 Callum Shinkwin, Jim Furyk (USA)
0832 Bubba Watson (USA), Kevin Streelman (USA)
0842 Bernd Wiesberger (Aut), Kyle Stanley (USA)
0857 Paul Casey, Benjamin Hebert (Fra)
0907 Matt Wallace, Adam Hadwin (Can)
0917 Thomas Pieters (Bel), Francesco Molinari (Ita)
0927 Louis Oosthuizen (Rsa), Andrew Wilson
0937 Yosuke Asaji (Jpn), Stewart Cink (USA)
0947 Joost Luiten (Ned), Doc Redman (USA)
0957 Ryan Fox (Nzl), Inn-choon Hwang (Kor)
1007 Charley Hoffman (USA), Yuki Inamori (Jpn)
1017 Ernie Els (Rsa), Lucas Bjerregaard (Den)
1032 Aaron Wise (USA), Lucas Glover (USA)
1042 Sergio Garcia (Spa), Patrick Cantlay (USA)
1052 Mikko Korhonen (Fin), Dustin Johnson (USA)
1102 Robert Macintyre, Rory Sabbatini (Svk)
1112 Romain Langasque (Fra), Kevin Kisner (USA)
1122 Graeme McDowell, Tom Lewis
1132 Erik Van Rooyen (Rsa), Justin Harding (Rsa)
1142 Tyrrell Hatton, Webb Simpson (USA)
1152 Byeong-Hun An (Kor), Matthew Fitzpatrick
1207 Patrick Reed (USA), Justin Thomas (USA)
1217 Russell Knox, Sang Hyun Park (Kor)
1227 Xander Schauffele (USA), Cameron Smith (Aus)
1237 Dylan Frittelli (Rsa), Andrew Putnam (USA)
1247 Alex Noren (Swe), Matt Kuchar (USA)
1257 Henrik Stenson (Swe), Jordan Spieth (USA)
1307 Tony Finau (USA), Jon Rahm (Spa)
1317 Danny Willett, Lee Westwood
1327 Justin Rose, Rickie Fowler (USA)
1337 J.B. Holmes (USA), Brooks Koepka (USA)
1347 Tommy Fleetwood, Shane Lowry

The Open 2019: Five outside bets for golf’s oldest major championship at Royal Portrush, including 90/1 tip

17 Jul

The 148th Open Championship at Royal Portrush is going to be very special.

It’s only the second time The Open has been played outside England or Scotland, and the first time since 1951.

The Claret Jug is on offer this week for one man
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It’s a sell out and if recent Irish Opens are anything to go by, the atmosphere will be electric.

The weather isn’t looking great, and that’s one of the reasons why The Open is so special – it’s all part of it and opens up the betting to an outsider.

Royal Portrush will examine every part of the player’s game, that’s for sure. It’ll really test the mental side too.

We’re looking for players who have major pedigree, good form, and with the weather a factor, a tough mentality.

The course looks very fair and quite generous off the tee, but the rough is brutal. It’s a serious challenge, so we’re after a real ball striker.

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The course was reimagined by Martin Ebert a few years ago, there are drivable Par 4s, scoring chances and there’s also disaster everywhere.

Look out for the 16th hole, aptly named ‘Calamity Corner’. It’s one of the most intimidating Par 3s in the world.

So outside of Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson and the other big names, where is the value for your fiver? We have five players who have got to be worth a look , and here’s why…

Adam Scott – 33/1

Adam Scott is a former world no. 1
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The Aussie has flown under the radar this year because he doesn’t play in many events, but he’s played unbelievably well all season with six top-ten finishes.

After Open heartbreak in 2012, we think he’s ready to win another major. He swings the club as well as anyone and his putting stats are surprisingly good in 2019 (tied 23rd ‘strokes gained’ on the PGA Tour).

He’s available for odds as long as 33/1, so he is an outsider, but we reckon he’ll be in the mix on Sunday.

Tip – Winner

Patrick Reed – 90/1

Patrick Reed’s fortunes could be on the up
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We think there’s real value in Patrick Reed, he’s available at 90/1 – seriously long odds for the 2018 Master’s Champion.

The Open is at Royal Portrush this year, and it’s the first Open in Northern Ireland since 1951.

It’s going to be the best atmosphere at an Open for years, maybe ever. If there’s one player outside of McIlroy and Graeme McDowell who will thrive off the Irish crowd, then its Captain America. Especially as he’s grouped with Woods.

Reed has really struggled since The Ryder Cup last year, but with David Leadbetter as his new coach, his stats have been steadily improving.

Tip – Each Way

Rafa Cabrera Bello – 66/1

Cabrera Bello is in red hot form on the links courses
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He’s a top player that probably hasn’t won enough. The Spaniard is always a really good bet for a Top 20, he’s a great ball striker and a very good putter.

If there is an area where he struggles it’s pitching and chipping, but being a tight links course, we think putting from off the green will help him.

The main reason he will do well this week is because he is streaky. He’ll often play well for a couple of months at a time, and he’s playing well and showing some great from over the last few weeks, with top-ten finishes at the Irish and Scottish Opens.

Tip – Top 20

Matt Wallace – 50/1

Wallace has risen to the challenge of the majors
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This guy has won at every level that he’s played, he seems to know how to get it done.

After playing well in the PGA Championship and The US Open, we believe he’s ready to contend this week.

There isn’t a standout part to his game, he does everything well, and he is sneaky long too, averaging 303 yards off the tee.

The Brit is back on home shores and he’s played a lot of links golf over the years.

We think he’s beginning to build his season around the majors, and his heads seems to be in the right place.

There are plenty of other high profile Brits we’ll all be looking out for this week, but we wouldn’t be surprised to see him as the top Brit this week.

Tip – Each Way, Top Brit

Louis Oosthuizen – 50/1

Louis Oosthuizen’s chances could depend on his back
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He has one of the best swings in the world and if it wasn’t for a bad back, we’re certain he would have won more majors.

He’s the 2010 Open champion, which he won in similar weather conditions to those forecast for this week, so he’s a very good wind player.

We expect him to play well this year, he has really focused his game on the majors over the last few seasons.

He hits the ball beautifully with a neutral ball flight, putts well and has genuine major quality. He’s an Open Champion, a Dunhill Links Champion and has unluckily finished 2nd in all the majors during his career.

We’re sure that, provided his back is OK, he’ll be in the mix on Sunday.

Tip – Each Way

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