Open Championship 2022 Betting Preview

Media by Associated Press: John Daly of the United States, Zach Johnson, England's Nick Faldo and Louis Ousthuizen, from left, pose for a photo on the Swilken bridge during a 'Champions round' as preparations continue for the British Open golf championship on the Old Course at St. Andrews, Scotland, Monday July 11, 2022. The Open Championship returns to the home of golf on July 14-17, 2022, to celebrate the 150th edition of the sport's oldest championship, which dates to 1860 and was first played at St. Andrews in 1873.

The final major of the 2022 golf season is an extra special one, as the Open Championship is doing its 150th running at the spot where the game originated at St. Andrews in Fife, Scotland. This will be the 29th time this tournament is held at the Old Course, and the first time since 2015, when Zach Johnson claimed his first Claret Jug. 

 

Tiger Woods (66/1) played as an amateur at St. Andrews in 1995 when John Daly (1000/1) went on to win his first British Open championship. Woods would soon claim three Claret Jugs of his own, including two won at St. Andrews, and both former champs are in the field this weekend. 

 

The other St. Andrews winner in the field besides Johnson (300/1), Woods, and Daly is Louis Oosthuizen (50/1), who came out on top here in 2010. Oosthuizen also went to a playoff with Johnson and Marc Leishman here in 2015, so he likes the course. 

 

Collin Morikawa was the 2021 Open Championship winner, paying back 30/1 pre-tournament odds. He was the first player to win in his Open debut since Ben Curtis did it in 2003 and now will try to be the first back-to-back winner since Pádraig Harrington in 2007/08. 

 

The Old Course at St. Andrews

 

The Old Course is iconic, but there are many suspecting it may be past its prime, playing just 100 yards longer than when Woods debuted here nearly 30 years ago. The equipment – and the golfers – have evolved tremendously since then, with the past three winners at St. Andrews posted -15, -16, and -14. Many are expecting this weekend’s winner to reach into the -20 range. 

 

Another thing concerning this course is the weather. The wind picked up in the afternoon over the first 36 holes last weekend in North Berwick at the Scottish Open, causing the likes of Justin Thomas (18/1) and Scottie Scheffler (18/1) to miss the cut. 

 

Heavy rains and strong winds were the story the last time the Open Championship was held at St. Andrews, forcing play to be suspended twice on Friday and Saturday. Most of Saturday was a wash, and in fact, the final round and playoff were finished up on Monday. 

 

Past Winners and Names to Watch 

 

Rory McIlroy won the Open in 2014 at Royal Liverpool and is the 9/1 favorite for the weekend. He was unable to defend his crown in 2015 in St. Andrews due to an injured ankle, making him the first returning champion not in the field for this tournament for over 60 years. 

 

Woods will draw some betting interest this weekend due to being a 2X winner at St. Andrews and withholding from tournaments recently just to make sure his body is ready for the trip to the Old Course. 

 

It’s Jordan Spieth – who won the Open Championship in 2017 and finished a stroke back from qualifying for the playoff at 2015 in St. Andrews – who is drawing a lot of betting attention. Spieth may be a co-favorite by the time things tee off on Thursday.

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