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2022 British Open Odds, Picks & Betting Predictions

2022 British Open Odds, Picks & Betting Predictions
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It doesn’t get much bigger in modern golf than the oldest golf tournament in the world celebrating an epic milestone while being played on the oldest golf course in the world. We get that this week with the 150th Open Championship set to tee off from the Old Course at St. Andrews on Thursday.

With the LIV Golf controversy, the PGA Tour’s response and the top DP World Tour players mixed in, the “British Open” is must-watch golf at its apex. It’s also must-bet golf.

The golf betting board is littered with well-known names. Rory McIlroy is the favorite at most top betting sites and betting apps with +900 odds to win. Xander Schauffele, who has won his last two tournaments including the Scottish Open last week, is +1200. Scottie Scheffler is +1400 while Justin Thomas, Jordan Spieth and Jon Rahm are close behind at +1600.

Nine other players are at +3500 or under in the latest golf odds. Tiger Woods also makes his return; he’s +6000.

Top 2022 British Open Odds

Player Win Top 5 Top 10
Rory McIlroy +900 +225 +100
Xander Schauffele +1200 +330 +150
Scottie Scheffler +1400 +350 +160
Justin Thomas +1600 +400 +180
Jordan Spieth +1600 +400 +180
Jon Rahm +1600 +400 +180
Matthew Fitzpatrick +1800 +400 +200
Patrick Cantlay +2000 +400 +200
Shane Lowry +2200 +450 +240
Cameron Smith +2800 +500 +300
Will Zalatoris +3000 +500 +300
Collin Morikawa +3000 +500 +300

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2022 British Open Predictions & Picks

Cameron Smith, Top-10 Finish

Odds: +300 at DraftKings

Smith has the game that matches up well with the Old Course. He ranks fifth on the PGA Tour in approach shots, is top 15 in both par-4 scoring and 3-putt avoidance, and is top 20 in proximity to the hole. Nobody else on the tour can combine those overall numbers.

He’s also come through with a third at The Masters and 13th at the PGA Championship, and he won The Players Championship. Among golfers with top-10 potential, Smith’s odds have the best value.

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Christiaan Bezuidenhout, Top 40 Finish

Odds: +100 at BetMGM

Don’t worry about how to pronounce the name, the guy is golfing well with three top 20s in the last four events. That includes a runner-up at the John Deere and, just as impressive, 16th at the Scottish Open that had many of the top players in the field. He hasn’t been great in majors this year but with a top-five ranking in proximity to the hole and a top 40 ranking in both par-4 scoring and putting, we like even money for a Top 40.

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Xander Schauffele, Top-10 Finish

Odds: +150 at Caesars Sportsbook

Nobody is playing better right now than Schauffele. He’s won the last two tournaments, including last week’s Scottish Open, used as a warmup for this week’s major. He’s finished top 20 in six straight events, including the PGA Championship and U.S. Open.

Now it’s his turn to break out, perhaps even win. When it comes to three of my favorite stats categories of the week – Strokes Gained: Approach, Par 4 Scoring and 3-Putt Avoidance – Schauffele is the only golfer in the field who’s top 10 in all three on the tour.

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2022 British Open Betting Tips

The Old Course is long but expect a ton of roll off the tees. How much? Drives in the range of 400 yards will happen. This course could ultimately turn into a driver-wedge-putter experience.

Hitting long is great, but approach shots and putting will be the biggest keys to winning. The greens are undulating and difficult, so either getting it close to the hole (proximity) and/or avoiding the blow-up three-putt and four-putt spots will be important to making the cut and placing high.

2022 British Open, Date & TV

When: Thursday-Sunday, July 14-17

Where: Old Course, St. Andrews, Fife, Scotland

TV: USA Network (early coverage), NBC (main coverage) and streaming on Peacock

About the Author

Adam Thompson for Bookies.com
Adam Thompson
NFL writer and expert Adam Thompson joined Bookies.com in 2019 after a successful run as senior handicapper for SportsLine and CBSSports.com. He's long been estabilshed as one of the nation's premier NFL and MLB handicappers, and his horse racing and PGA picks have produced major winners over the last 12 months.