It is one of the most prestigious golf tournaments in the world, and the 148th edition of the British Open at the Royal Portrush Golf Club in Northern Ireland, will sort out the contenders from the pretenders, with the course long in length as well as the potential for rain.
Francesco Molinari is the defending champion, but the field’s wide open, which should make for fascinating viewing, and you won’t miss a key moment when watching it live at home or streaming the rounds to a mobile device if you’re out and about.
2019 Open Championship Preview
This will be the second time that Royal Portrush will host the British Open, with the other occasion being in 1951. The course is 7344 yards in length with a par of 71 and with seven holes being 450 yards or further in distance, scoring may well prove difficult, as is generally the tradition with this tournament no matter where it is played. The Open consists of players from the European Tour, the PGA Tour and the Japan Golf Tour, with a host of Australians set to play, most notably major winner Jason Day, who has gone close in previous British Opens but looks to be in the right frame of mind to play a major part in the tournament.
When: July 18-21
Where: Royal Portrush Golf Club, Northern Island
The player to beat is clearly Brooks Koepka. He has won four of the past nine majors, including the PGA Championship, and finished runner up in a further major which was the 2019 US Open. It’s been a long time since we have seen a player as consistent as he has in majors. His form in 2019 on the big stage has been outstanding and to further help his cause, his caddie is Ricky Elliot, a guy who grew up playing at Portrush and knows the course like the back of his hand, which will be such an advantage given the course will be foreign to the majority of the playing list, so Koepka is the one to beat. That said, Tigers Woods can’t be discounted given his performance at the Augusta Masters. He’s a sentimental favourite, and all eyes will be on him early. Hopefully he can produce again on the big stage, but don’t look for the British Open Free to air in Australia.
Open Championship Live TV Times (AEST)
|Thurs 18 July||LIVE Round One||3:30pm – 5:00am||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Thurs 18 July||Round 1 Replay||9.00am – 2.30pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Fri 19 July||LIVE Round Two||3:30pm – 5:00am||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Fri 19 July||Round 2 Replay||9.00am – 2.30pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Sat 20 July||LIVE Round Three||7:00pm – 5:00am||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Sat 20 July||Round 3 Replay||9.00am – 2.30pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Sun 21 July||LIVE Final Round||6:00pm – 4:00am||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Sun 21 July||Final Round Replay||9.00am – 2.30pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
Sydney Australia time, adjust for regional differences. British Open replays will be available daily on Kayo and Fox Sports starting 18 July.
Watch or Stream the British Open Live
You won’t find this year’s British Open on Free to Air, but Fox Sports (Foxtel/Kayo) will provide the most complete LIVE coverage of this prestigious event, including news, replays and one hour highlights after each round, as well as the option to watch the Open Championship live online with Foxtel Now.
So if you’re a resident of Australia you may wish to consider the Kayo Sports 14 days free trial which offers the exact same programming and broadcasts as Foxtel. With Kayo you can stream the British Open free to eligible mobile devices, or catch the action later using their on-demand options.
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British Open Golfers to Watch
In terms of overall consistency in 2019, Rory McIlroy has been the best golfer on the PGA tour, with 11 top 10 finishes in 14 PGA Tour starts, highlighted by two wins and some excellent efforts in the Majors. He is a Northern Island boy and does have experience at the course having shot a course record 61 at Portrush, and any experience on a relatively unknown course is such an advantage. The only negative is that it will be five years without a major win if he’s unsuccessful here, but a win would see him firmly in discussion as player of the year.
There are few on the tour who can strike a ball better than Tommy Fleetwood, nicknamed “Fleetwood The Flusher”. He can really hit the ball with purpose and accuracy, which will be a definite advantage with likely strong wins to be facing golfers throughout the tournament. As good as he hits the ball, his form at the Majors this year has been ordinary, with his best effort being a tie for 36th at the Masters. But he has got better at the British Open in recent years and if his ball striking is on point, he’s in this tournament up to his ears.
It’s a great mystery as to why Jordan Spieth hasn’t really threatened over the last couple of years, but bear in mind his last win did come in this tournament back in 2017. And also, he did lead the Open last year after three rounds but self-destructed in the final round and lost all hope of winning. His accuracy in 2019 has been awful but perhaps the slower greens and his ability to sink longer putts keeps him in the mix, but on the tour, he ranks 201st for final round scoring, which is a horrendous statistic for a player worthy of being number one in the world. He could prove to be quite dangerous here, as he will entered overlooked, and best of all, you have the option of live British Open streaming if you’re out and about.