British Open Preview: The Open Championship Odds

Cameron Smith British Open

The best golfers in the world are across the pond in the United Kingdom for the 2022 Open Championship. There is a really strong field ready to go with a number of primetime competitors looking to win it all – even if some have left to the controversial LIV Tour. Let’s take a look at the betting odds and see who has a good chance of winning.

The Favorites

The favorite for the final major of the year is Rory McIlroy (+900), who has been on fire throughout his last couple of tournaments. All seven of them have seen him finish inside the top 20, with five of them seeing him get inside the top 10. Just to top it all off, McIlroy has been able to pick up a second-place finish at The Masters just a couple of months ago. The talent is certainly there and he’s got the consistency to back it up. That’s why he’s favored.

Among the favorites is Xander Schauffele (+1400), who is also on a tear lately. He’s won back-to-back events including the Scottish Open and the Travelers Championship. When looking at the best golfers in the country without a major win, Schauffele is definitely at or near the top of the list. Maybe he’ll take that next step this week at t St. Andrew.

Lastly, there is Scottie Scheffler (16-1). Scheffler is ranked No. 1 in the world right now and already has a major win in 2022 to back it up. He’s also picked up four wins throughout the current PGA Tour season, which is currently the most on the tour. This is just the second Open Championship of his career, though, which could make for a challenge.

The Longshots

Tommy Fleetwood (+3500) is a golfer many bettors are eyeing. He was able to finish in second place at the Open back in 2019 and has been doing very well in windy conditions lately. When it comes to his recent competitions, he’s finished in a tie for fourth place at the Scottish Open. He’s done well at big events this year, finishing fifth at the PGA Championship and 14th at The Masters. His odds are pretty long to win, which could make for a tremendous value bet here.

Tony Finau (+5000) is the next competitor who might be worth a shot. Finau has been slowly improving throughout every tournament that he’s participated in this year. He’s finished in the top 13 in three of his last four outings, including a runner-up and a fourth. He’s also been able to finish inside the top 10 twice in the Open competition over his career. His current odds are listed lower than Fleetwood for the moment, which makes his value that much better for the time being.

Another player worth keeping an eye on is Joaquin Niemann (+4500). Neimann has been one of the stellar golfers when it comes to driving. St. Andrews happens to be a course that requires solid driving ability, something that Niemann could take advantage of throughout the event. He’s not been the best when it comes to putting, though, which is why his odds are long. If he straightens that out this week, he could be in line for a good showing.