The Open 2019: Tee times, TV channel schedule and latest odds for the championship

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Who will lift the Claret Jug at Royal Portrush? - PA
Who will lift the Claret Jug at Royal Portrush? - PA

What is it?

It is the 148th edition of golf's oldest major the Open Championship. 

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When is it?

The tournament begins on Thursday July 18 with the final round on Sunday July 21. 

Where is it?

The Open returns to the island of Ireland for the first time since 1951 and Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland is the venue. 

Max Faulkner won that year, and Portrush is the home town of 2011 Open winner and crowd favourite Darren Clarke

Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell will also attract plenty of support, and McIlroy shattered the course record with a stunning 61 aged just 16 years old. 

<span>Rory McIlroy won the 2014 Open at Hoylake</span> <span>Credit: Getty Images </span>
Rory McIlroy won the 2014 Open at Hoylake Credit: Getty Images

What TV channel is it on?

Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Golf will have exclusive live coverage of all four days of the Open Championship. BBC, the Open's previous broadcaster, will have a nightly highlights show. 

Alternatively you can bookmark this page and return on Thursday to follow the scores and how your favourite players are faring. 

Watch the Open Championship through NOW TV with a Sky Sports Day Pass for £8.99

Round one tee times

  • 0635 - Darren Clarke, Northern Ireland; a-James Sugrue, Ireland; Charley Hoffman, United States.

  • 0646 -Emiliano Grillo, Argentina; Sung Kang, South Korea; a-Thomas Thurloway, England.

  • 0657 -Andy Sullivan, England; Christiaan Bezuidenhout, South Africa; Alex Levy, France.

  • 0708 - Chan Kim, United States; Zander Lombard, South Africa; a-Brandon Wu, United States.

  • 0719 - Richard Sterne, South Africa; Romain Langasque, France; a-Mattias Schmid, Germany.

  • 0730 - Padraig Harrington, Ireland; Matt Fitzpatrick, England; Andrew Putnam, United States.

  • 0741 -Bubba Watson, United States; Eddie Pepperell, England; Rafa Cabrera Bello, Spain.

  • 0752 -Phil Mickelson, United States; Shane Lowry, Ireland; Branden Grace, South Africa.

  • 0803 -Alex Noren, Sweden, Mike Lorenzo-Vera, France; Sam Locke, Scotland.

  • 0814 -Webb Simpson, United States; Sergio Garcia, Spain; C.T. Pan, Taiwan.

  • 0825 -Ryan Palmer, United States; Andrea Pavan, Italy; Dylan Frittelli, South Africa.

  • 0836 -Kyle Stanley, United States, Bob MacIntrye, Scotland; Andrew Johnston, England.

  • 0847 -Mikko Korhonen, Finalnd; Oliver Wilson, England; a-Curtis Knipes, England.

  • 0903 -Ian Poulter, England; Sungjae Im, South Korea, Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Thailand.

  • 0914 -Henrik Stenson, Sweden; Xander Schauffele, United States; Graeme McDowell, Northern Ireland.

  • 0925 -Li Haotong, China; Russell Knox, Scotland; Bernd Wiesberger, Austria.

  • 0936 -Jason Kokrak, United States; Connor Syme, Scotland; Austin Connelly, Canada.

  • 0947 - Zach Johnson, United States; David Duval, United States; Corey Conners, Canada.

  • 0958- Francesco Molinari, Italy; Bryson DeChambeau, United States; Adam Scott, Australia.

  • 1009 -Rory McIlroy, Northern Ireland; Gary Woodland, United States; Paul Casey, England.

  • 1020 -Rickie Fowler, United States; Kevin Kisner, United States; Hideki Matsuyama, Japan.

  • 1031 -Jim Furyk, United States; Si Woo Kim, South Korea; Jimmy Walker, United States.

  • 1042 - Luke List, United States; Alexander Bjork, Sweden; Paul Waring, England.

  • 1053 - Shugo Imahira, Japan; Nate Lashley, United States; Benjamin Hebert, France.

  • 1104 - Mikumu Horikawa, Japan; Callum Shinkwin, England; Garrick Porteous, England.

  • 1115 - Prom Messawat, Thailand; Matthew Baldwin, England; Jack Senior, England.

  • 1136 -Tom Lehman, United States; Joaquin Niemann, Chile; Miguel Angel Jimenez, Spain.

  • 1147 - Beyong Hun An, South Korea; Jorge Campillo, Spain; Chris Wood, England.

  • 1158 - Joel Dahmen, United States; Adri Arnaus, Spain; Dimitrios Papadatos, Australia.

  • 1209 - Stewart Cink, United States; Rory Sabbatini, South Africa; Innchoon Hwang, South Korea.

  • 1220 - Erik van Rooyen, South Africa; Kurt Kitayama, United States; Jake McLeod, Australia.

  • 1231 - Ryan Fox, New Zealand; Shaun Norris, South Africa; Dongkyu Jang, South Korea.

  • 1242 - Tyrrell Hatton, England; Keith Mitchell, United States; Thomas Pieters, Belgium.

  • 1253 - Justin Thomas, United States; Tommy Fleetwood, England; Thorbjorn Olesen, Denmark.

  • 1304 - Brooks Koepka, United States; Louis Oosthuizen, South Africa; Shubhankar Sharma, India.

  • 1315 - Billy Horschel, United States; Jazz Janewattananond, Thailand; Aaron Wise, United States.

  • 1326 - Jordan Spieth, United States; Marc Leishman, Australia; Danny Willett, England.

  • 1337 - Cameron Smith, Australia; Adam Hadwin, Canada; David Lipsky, United States.

  • 1348 - Paul Lawrie, Scotland; Chez Reavie, United States; Justin Harding, South Africa.

  • 1404 - a-Takumi Kanaya, Japan; Tom Lewis, England; Brandon Stone, South Africa.

  • 1415 - Lucas Glover, United States; Joost Luiten, Netherlands; Nino Bertasio, Italy.

  • 1426 - Ernie Els, South Africa; J.B. Holmes, United States; Abraham Ancer, Mexico.

  • 1437 - Brandt Snedeker, United States; Lee Westwood, England; Brian Harman, United States.

  • 1448 - Justin Rose, England; Tony Finau, United States; Lucas Bjerregaard, Denmark.

  • 1459 - Dustin Johnson, United States; Jason Day, Australia; Keegan Bradley, United States.

  • 1510 - Tiger Woods, United States; Matthew Wallace, England; Patrick Reed, United States.

  • 1521 - Jon Rahm, Spain; Patrick Cantlay, United States; Matt Kuchar, United States.

  • 1532 - Kevin Streelman, United States; Doc Redman, United States; Robert Rock, England.

  • 1543 - Adrian Otaegui, Spain; Yuta Ikeda, Japan; Isidro Benitez, Mexico.

  • 1554 - Patton Kizzire, United States; Sang Hyun Park, South Korea; Yuki Inamori, Japan.

  • 1605 - Yoshinori Fujimoto, Japan, Doyeob Mun, South Korea; Andrew Wilson, England.

  • 1616 - Gunn Charoenkul, Thailand; Yosuki Asaji, Japan; Ashton Turner, England. 

What do we know about Royal Portrush? 

The Dunluce course at Portrush usually plays as a par-72 for the members, but at the Open two par fives will be converted to stiff par fours and the course will play to a par of 70. 

It is a classic links layout designed by Harry Colt who also designed Wentworth's West course in its original form. 

Like most links courses the pot bunkers and sea breezes will be the course's main defence.

Portrush is not a habitual host of professional tournaments so there is not much course history to analyse, but expect to see a typical links track with no water or tress. 

It is not quite as tough as Carnoustie nor as quirky as St Andrews, just a straightaway test of golf. 

<span>The links at Portrush is located close to the town</span> <span>Credit: PA </span>
The links at Portrush is located close to the town Credit: PA

What happened last year?

The 2018 Open was one for the ages, helped by the roasting hot British summer that baked out Carnoustie's fairways and had the course playing hard and fast in a way rarely seen in the modern game. 

Tiger Woods came close to completing a sensational comeback with a fourth Claret Jug, leading on Sunday with eight holes to play. 

He came undone with a double-bogey at the 11th however, and the ultra consistent Francesco Molinari never faltered over the closing stretch to win his first major. 

Who are the leading contenders and what are their odds?

  • Brooks Koepka 10/1

  • Rory McIlroy 9/1

  • Dustin Johnson  16/1

  • Jon Rahm 16/1

  • Tiger Woods 20/1

  • Francesco Molinari 25/1

  • Justin Rose 20/1

  • Tommy Fleetwood 30/1

  • Jordan Spieth 35/1

Rickie Fowler 30/1

What is our prediction?

Koepka, McIlroy and Johnson are worthy favourites and, with frightening levels of expectation on McIlroy playing in Northern Ireland, Koepka is the most likely to prevail. His caddie Ricky Elliott is also a Portrush native, which could be crucial in compensating for a perceived lack of links experience. 

Woods' sharpness is an unknown having not played since the US Open, and we think he needed the course to have dried out more than it has. His best Opens in recent times have come in fast running conditions - at Carnoustie last year and Murfield in 2013 - when he can keep driver in the bag and two-iron his way around. 

Rahm has form and links history in Ireland on his side, but his temperament is questionable. Rose's putter was rad hot at the US Open and if he marries that with anything like his best ball striking he could be the man to beat. 

Irishman Shane Lowry and Englishman Matt Wallace will attract support, but we sense their best golf might have already come earlier in the year.  

Fowler and Matt Kuchar are our American fancies, while Adam Scott at 28/1 looks a rock solid each way bet with some bookmakers paying 10 places. 

Further down the list, you could do far worse than Haotong Li and the ever consistent Bernd Weisberger if a longshot tickles your fancy. 

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