4 Best Prop Bets for British Open

148th Open Championship - Previews
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The Open Championship (British Open) tees off this Thursday, July 18, at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland. It's golf's fourth and final major of the season. With every big name in the sport prepared to fight for the Claret Jug, most bettors could be wagering on more than just which name will be raising it come Sunday afternoon.

FanDuel Sportsbook is filled with dozens of various props around the historic golf tournament, so let's take a look at which ones might prove the best heading into the weekend.

1. Rory McIlroy - Finishing Position: Top-5 (+195)

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A lot of golf fans might not know this, but Rory McIlroy holds the course record at Royal Portrush, shooting a 61 at just 16 years old. It is, after all, his home course, as a native of Northern Ireland. Simply put, he knows this course better than most anyone on tour, and with the type of talent he has to back it up, this number could present value for Rory's finishing position.

2. Brooks Koepka - Finishing Position: Top-5 (+230)

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No one on tour has dominated the major championships like Brooks Koepka has over the past three years, in fact, it's not even close. He's won three of the last six majors and placed second in two of the other three. Like Rory, Koepka has a similar advantage on this course in terms of familiarity. No, this isn't Koepka's home course, but it is his caddy's home course. Although, with that type of insight behind his bag, it might as well be Koepka's home course. When you combine his recent domination in majors and his caddy's wealth of knowledge, this prop could provide some serious value.

3. Top GB (Great Britain) and IRE (Ireland) Player: Rory McIlroy (+240)

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We come back to Rory yet again here, but the value is there given what he's up against. No Englishman has won the Open Championship since Nick Faldo did it back in 1992, and Rory is the most recent winner (2014) of this event from Great Britain or Ireland. With Rory's knowledge of this course and the great season he's having in 2019 (two wins, 11 top-10 finishes, second in scoring average and third in FedExCup points), it seems he's got everything in his favor to have an outstanding week at home.

4. Top Asian Player: Hideki Matsuyama (+200)

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Hideki Matsuyama has been a model of consistency throughout his career. He has yet to win a major, but he always seems to be in contention or close to it. He already has five top-10 finishes this season and ranks eighth in birdie average and 12th in scoring average. Additionally, no other Asian player comes close to Matsuyama's résumé heading into this weekend.

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