The Open 2022 | Golf Betting Preview, Odds & Tips
The final leg of golf’s major season takes us to St Andrew’s in Scotland for The Open, to see who can join Scottie Scheffler, Justin Thomas and Matthew Fitzpatrick on this year’s major roster.
The Old Course at St Andrews Links in Fife will be hosting the 150th Open Championship, delayed by a year due to the pandemic.
The par 72 course has already played host to The Open four times this century. The first two were won by Tiger Woods in 2000 and 2005, while Louis Oosthuizen and Zach Johnson added their names to an illustrious list of winners at the course by lifting the Claret Jug there in 2010 and 2015 respectively.
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On the most recent visit, Dustin Johnson led after rounds 1 and 2, but a final round 66 from namesake Zach was enough to secure him a place in a three-man play-off, where he overcame Louis Oosthuizen and Australian Marc Leishman to bag a second major victory following his Masters win in 2007.
It was one of the rare occasions the famous Claret Jug was handed out on a Monday after suspensions for bad weather forced the tournament into an extra day.
Famous features at the Old Course include the Swilcan Burn, the Swilcan Bridge, the famous ‘Road Hole’ 17th, and the Valley Of Sin, an eight-foot deep depression in front of the 18th green.
A three-hole aggregate play-off will take place in the event of players being tied after 72 holes, with sudden death required if that isn’t enough to determine a winner.
There have been five playoffs since the turn of the century to crown The Open winner, including Zach Johnson’s victory the last time the tournament was held at St Andrews. Jack Nicklaus also required a play-off at the Old Course to win the second of his three Open championships, while Costantino Rocca forced the tournament into extra holes here in 1995 by draining a mammoth putt from the Valley of Sin, before losing out to American John Daly.
Collin Morikawa will be the defending Open champion this year, but he is only one of only five Americans to bring the Claret Jug back across the Atlantic in the last 16 years.
In that period there have been two winners from South Africa (Louis Oosthuizen and Ernie Els) and seven European winners including Padraig Harrington (twice), Darren Clarke, Rory McIlroy, Henrik Stenson, Francesco Molinari and Shane Lowry.
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Will Zalatoris will be hoping to go one better this time as he has now finished runner-up in the last two major championships. If he finishes second again, he will complete an unwanted grand slam of runner-up spots, having also played the bridesmaid at the 2021 Masters won by Hideki Matsuyama.
This year’s Masters champion Scottie Scheffler nearly doubled his major tally by finishing tied-2nd with Zalatoris at the US Open and he also bagged a top ten finish on his Open debut last year at Royal St George’s.
The latest betting for The Open sees Rory McIlroy out in front at odds of 9/1. He hasn’t won one of golf’s big four since the 2014 PGA Championship, but there are signs a fifth major championship win is just around the corner with three top-tens in the three majors this year.
McIlroy’s form, including a win at the recent Canadian Open, means he is back up to number 2 in the world rankings, sandwiched between Scottie Scheffler (1st) and John Rahm (3rd) .
Scheffler and Rahm are joint second favourites for the Claret Jug at 11/1, with Justin Thomas (16/1), Collin Morikawa (18/1), Matt Fitzpatrick (20/1) and Shane Lowry (20/1) all prominent in the early betting with BoyleSports.
9/1 Rory McIlroy
11/1 Scottie Scheffler
11/1 Jon Rahm
16/1 Justin Thomas
18/1 Collin Morikawa
20/1 Matt Fitzpatrick
20/1 Shane Lowry
22/1 Will Zalatoris
22/1 Jordan Spieth
25/1 Cameron Smith
28/1 Brooks Koepka
28/1 Sam Burns
28/1 Dustin Johnson
28/1 Viktor Hovland
28/1 Xander Schauffele
28/1 Patrick Cantlay
*Prices correct at time of publication.
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