An Irishman was the favorite heading into the Open Championship at Royal Portrush on Thursday. An Irishman is now favored over the field heading into Sunday’s final round, but it’s not Rory McIlroy, a +600 pre-tournament favorite.
After carding an 8-under-par 63 on Saturday, Shane Lowry is now a -175 betting favorite against the rest of the field. His 63 set a new course record at Royal Portrush.
Lowry now sits at 16-under for the tournament, four strokes better than Tommy Fleetwood.
Lowry did not receive the same attention as Rory prior to Thursday’s opening round. He was an 80/1 longshot in the betting market.
Despite shooting 5-under on Saturday, Fleetwood could not keep pace with Lowry, who fed off the home crowd support. Fleetwood entered the Open at 25/1.
J.B. Holmes, who was tied for first after the second round, finished at 2-under for his round on Saturday and is now at 10-under for the tournament.
Brooks Koepka, a popular choice heading into the weekend due to recent success at majors, shot 4-under and is now seven strokes behind Lowry at 9-under. Justin Rose joins Koepka at 9-under and Rickie Fowler follows one stroke behind.
Three years ago, Lowry led the U.S. Open after 54 holes, but shot a final-round 76 en route to a second-place finish. He has not won a major in his career.
For bettors looking to fade Lowry, Fleetwood is 7/2, Koepka is 10/1 and Rose is 20/1. Holmes follows at 40/1 and Fowler is 50/1. The field is priced at +155.
Due to strong winds and potential rainfall, Sunday’s tee times have been moved up an hour. The first players will tee off at 2:32 a.m. ET, with Lowry and Fleetwood teeing off at 8:47 a.m.