The 150th Open Championship has arrived on the historic grounds of Old Course at St. Andrews. The event in Scotland, formerly known as the British Open, first saw golfers on these hallowed grounds in 1552. We are going through the Open Championship odds board, looking for the best bets at St. Andrews.
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Schauffele has been in good form lately and showed it at the Scottish Open. Can he follow up and make it back-to-back wins in Scotland, though? Winning the Scottish Open is a nice accomplishment, but finishing atop the British Open leaderboard is the big one.
Woods has three British Open titles, with the most recent back in 2006 following a win in 2005. The better question might be if he’s going to make the cut in The Open. We’ll look deeper into Wood’s chances in a future blog post. For now, let’s get into the 2022 Open Championship betting odds, and our best Open Championship picks.
Previous Winners of the Open Championship?
Tiger Woods is going to have a microscope on him in his bid for a fourth Open Championship. Woods won in 2000, 2005, and then 2006 at Royal Liverpool. No one has won three times at St. Andrews.
— The Open (@TheOpen) July 12, 2022
The Open Championships odds don’t suggest that he’s hoisting the Claret Jug in 2022.
Who has the most Open Championships? Woods is only halfway to catching the leader, Harry Vardon, who has won six titles.
Collin Morikawa is the defending winner at The Open, as he won at Royal St. George’s over Jordan Spieth by 2 strokes at -15 to par. Shane Lowry won in 2019 before the 2020 tournament was cancelled because of Covid-19.
Morikawa hasn’t been at his best since last year. He’s been coasting and going through the motions in 2022. It’s going to be tough on Morikawa to repeat in Scotland. Let’s look at the past winners of the Open Championship.
The Open Championship Odds
Morikawa is +3300 to follow up and defend his Open Championship title in 2022. That sounds about right given his struggles as of late. There are 11 golfers with better odds of winning than Morikawa.
The oddsmakers like him and the public will likely agree. McIlroy won a thrilling Canadian Open three tournaments back, so he isn’t without success recently. He also completed strong work at the U.S. Open to finish T5.
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Jordan Spieth has liked playing in Scotland, so he’s getting respect from the oddsmakers as well. Spieth is tied with Scottish Open winner Xander Schauffele, as the second-favorite at +1600. He won in 2017 and was runner-up last year to Morikawa.
Looking for Tiger Wood’s Open Championship betting odds? Woods is +6600 to win on the Open Championship odds board. I’d need closer to +10000 or more, but making the cut isn’t a reach. You must go down the board past Brooks Koepka, Viktor Hovland, and Joaquin Niemann to find Woods.
The Open Championship Matchup Picks
Dustin Johnson vs. Brooks Koepka
This is an interesting Open Championship head-to-head matchup bet at St. Andrews. Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka both defected to LIV Golf, but will be in the field for The Open.
Johnson is +3300 and Koepka +5000 to win the Open Championship. Koepka has struggled mightily at majors in recent history, so it might be a win if he makes the cut.
If you want to include the “fifth” major at The Players Championship, Koepka was also cut from that tournament. Johnson and Koepka met for the first time on the LIV circuit last week, with Johnson T3 at -9 and Koepka 20th at even to par.
Johnson was decent at the U.S. Open to finish T24 after getting cut from the PGA Championship in May. It’s not so much a play on him, but a fade of Koepka in a major tournament at the Open Championship.
Collin Morikawa vs. Will Zalatoris
Collin Morikawa is a talented golfer, and he’s had success in majors, but I want to see more out of him recently. He’s been a ghost for most of 2022. For a golfer of his caliber, it isn’t acceptable results.
Morikawa has finished T29, T55, T40, CUT, T5, CUT in his previous six tournaments. After finishing T5 at the U.S. Open, he could not build on that performance at the Scottish Open.
If you want the more consistent golfer against Morikawa, Zalatoris is where you want to look in this matchup bet. He just missed out at the U.S. Open after barely missing a putt to force more holes against Matt Fitzpatrick.
Zalatoris finished T6 at the Masters, 2nd at the PGA Championship, and T2 at the U.S. Open for a successful major campaign in 2022. I will take Zalatoris over Morikawa at St. Andrews.
Matthew Fitzpatrick vs. Shane Lowry
Matt Fitzpatrick scrambled for an impressive win on the 18th hole over Zalatoris at the U.S. Open. After going into the fairway bunker, Fitzpatrick delivered a tournament-saving shot that he won’t forget anytime soon.
Fitzpatrick had been coming close for weeks, and he finally broke the door open. He’s been one of the most composed golfers of the year
After winning the U.S. Open, Fitzpatrick showed no letdown at the Scottish Open last week. It can be tough to play well after such a big win, but he was fine to finish T6.
Lowry had something going for a while earlier in the year, but he’s lost his form after finishing T3 in back-to-back tournaments. He hasn’t played a tournament since missing the cut at the U.S. Open. In his past four outings, Lowry was CUT, T10, T32, T23.
He’s closer to home in Scotland, but Fitzpatrick should also feel at home. Fitzpatrick over Lowry appears like a good matchup bet at the Open Championship.
The Open Championship Picks
Justin Thomas (+1800)
The PGA Championship winner returns looking for another major title in 2022. From what he’s showcased this year, Thomas has to be involved near the top of the leaderboard on Sunday.
In a tournament where mid to short-distance wedges will be important, Thomas is one you want on your card. Thomas is one of the best in the business from under 150 yards. I’m not concerned with him struggling in this regard, and it could be the difference in the tournament.
Thomas ranks highly in most Tour stats. He’s in the top-5 in top-10 finishes, scoring average, SG: Total, and SG: Tee-to-Green.
He is coming off a slow performance at the Scottish Open, but I think this is a good chance to get the best value on him. At +2000, his Open Championship odds have to be worth considering.
Matthew Fitzpatrick (+2200)
Matt Fitzpatrick will be passed over on the Open Championship betting odds board after winning the U.S. Open. He can’t win back-to-back majors, right? I don’t know about that. The win was not a fluke. He has all of the confidence in the world right now.
He hasn’t buckled under the pressure at majors this year. Fitzpatrick finished T14 at the Masters and improved on that performance for T5 at the PGA Championship and a win at the U.S. Open.
Most impressive from Fitzpatrick was avoiding a letdown scenario after winning the U.S. Open. He was in good shape in T6 at the Scottish Open last week.
Note that Fitzpatrick ranks in the top-5 in top-5 performances, scoring average, S.G.: Tee-to-Green, SG: Total, and scrambling. What is not to like right now with Fitzpatrick? There is a lot to like at +2500 on the Open Championship odds board.