The Open Championship returned to the PGA Tour schedule in 2021 after the 2020 tournament was wiped out by the COVID-19 pandemic. The world’s best golfers gathered at Royal St. George’s Golf Club in England, with Collin Morikawa coming out on top. Morikawa, who was +2500 at DraftKings to win on the Wednesday before the start of the tournament, finished 15-under par for the tournament and held off Jordan Spieth and Jon Rahm.
The page below looks at British Open betting odds to win the 2022 tournament. We’ll also look at the different wagering options and strategies for the final major of 2022, as well as some historical betting trends and tourney records.
British Open odds
Rahm was the opening favorite to win the 2022 British Open at St. Andrews with outright winner odds of +1000 of DraftKings on July 19.
Here are the opening British Open odds for 2022. The outright winner odds here are from DraftKings Sportsbook on July 19.
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How the odds are changing
Here we look at how the British Open betting odds changed at DraftKings Sportsbook in the days leading up to the 2021 tournament and during the tourney.
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What is The Open Championship golf tournament?
The Open Championship boasts itself as the most international of the four Majors. There will be 156 players competing for the Claret Jug in mid-July, headlined by reigning champion Shane Lowry.
There are 28 categories to determine exemption from qualifying, while 46 spots will be awarded out of The Open Qualifying Series, which covers 16 events in 11 countries.
The 156-player field will be shrunk to the top 70 and ties following the conclusion of Round 2. If there’s a tie after 72 holes, there will be a four-hole aggregate playoff followed by sudden death, should the tie persist.
The 2019 Open Championship winner was a major longshot. Irishman Shane Lowry (+8000) won in Northern Ireland by 6-shots, proving that fairy tales come true when he lifted the Claret Jug in front or a roaring grandstand at Royal Portrush.
Will another longshot emerge on England’s finest course at Royal St. George’s to capture the Claret Jug? If so, bettors who cash in will join the Open winner in celebration as the 2021 Open champion will also haul in more than $2 million for the biggest winning prize in British Open history.
The last time the Open was held at Royal St. George’s in 2011, Northern Ireland’s Darren Clarke won the major championship by 3-shots over Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson. Clarke was another major longshot winner, and he was ranked 111th in the world at the time. He was also 42 years old and playing in his 20th Open.
Wind is definitely in the forecast at Royal St. George’s and the course with undulated and crowned fairways is softer and more green than expected. The greens are a bentgrass/fescue mix.
Rory McIlroy: “You’re not going to get these huge bounces where it goes into the long, thick rough. It might go into the first cut, but you can still control your ball from there. It’s certainly not as penal or unfair as it has been in previous years. It’s a lot more lush. It’s a lot more green.”
While form seemingly matters, along with British Open and links experience, note that Lowry won the 2019 Open Championship and missed the cut in four straight Opens prior to winning.
Since the Official World Golf Rankings (OWGR) started in 1996, there have been four Open Championship winners ranked outside the top-100. Two of them won at Royal St. George’s, as Ben Curtis pulled off the most improbable win of all. Curtis was ranked 396 in the world at greater than 300-1 odds when he won in 2003.
The average age of the Champion Golfer of the Year is 35.7 – higher than the US PGA Championship (27.7), US Open (27.8), and Masters (34.7), according to Today’s Golfer.
Top favorites have not delivered since 2007 and second favorites have only won the Open Championship once. The average odds of an Open winner since 2011 is near +6000. So put some longshots in your bag, and lean on experienced players who are patient with some proven performances.
Expect the unexpected as weird things happen in links golf. There are strange bounces, pot bunker problems, players bothered by the weather and whacked by the wind.
Seaside links at Royal St. George’s features quirky, undulating fairways and hard greens. The firm course favors low ball hitters who get more rollout. Controlling ball flight and trajectory is more significant in windy conditions. Direction and distance control are crucial skills, particularly with the scoring clubs.
And before you think that bombers like Bryson have a major advantage, look at the moderate hitters who have won the Open more recently: Shane Lowry (2019), Francesco Molinari (2018), Jordan Spieth (2017), Henrik Stenson (2016) and Zach Johnson (2015).
How to watch the British Open on TV
The 2021 Open Championship will be the fourth year of a 12-year deal for NBC and Golf Channel to broadcast the event. The first two rounds will air on Golf Channel, with the weekend moving over to the more widely-accessible NBC.
How to bet the British Open in the US
Futures odds have been available for the 2021 Open Championship for well over a year. The British Open golf odds have been regularly updated based on golfer performance, health, and public favor. Several different players have held the honor as outright favorite over the last year, with Johnson now No. 1.
The outright odds will fluctuate more over the run-up to the tournament, as more public betting money pours in. Closer to the date of the event, the books will release more Open Championship odds, including leaders after each round, and Top 5, Top 10 and Top 20 probabilities.
Golfers will also be placed in pools, usually in the week of the tournament, based on world ranking, general popularity, country of origin, or first- and second-round tee times, where bettors can back a single golfer out of head-to-head or group matchups. Prop bets will be set for things such as hole-in-ones or low score for the tournament.
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The Open Championship Fun Facts
- Most wins: Harold Vardon won his record six Open titles from 1896-1914. Four players have won the event five times, including Tom Watson, who just missed out on his sixth championship in 2009 at the age of 59.
- Oldest winner: “Old” Tom Morris won The Open in 1867 at the age of 46 years, 99 days.
- Youngest winner: The following year, Morris’ son, “Young” Tom Morris, took the crown at the age of 17 years and 156 days. He also won the following three Open Championships for a record four in a row.
- Highest score on one hole: Herman Tissies, a German amateur, owns the dishonor of carding the highest score on a single hole in the history of The Open Championship. He fired a 15 on the 8th hole at Royal Troon in 1950. The hole played as a 120-yard par-3.
- Best comeback: Paul Lawrie completed a 10-stroke comeback in the final round to win the 1999 Open Championship at Carnoustie. The feat is much better known as Jean Van de Velde’s collapse, which included a triple-bogey on his 72nd hole.
Five of the biggest long shots in British Open history
Ben Curtis (2003)
Curtis entered the 2003 Open Championship at Royal St. George’s ranked No. 393 in the world. His win came by one stroke over runner-ups Vijay Singh and Thomas Bjorn, as the only player to finish under par. He went on to win three other PGA events and picked up three more top 10s in Majors.
Paul Lawrie (1999)
Lawrie was ranked 158th in the world when he was handed his Major title from Van de Velde. The Scotsman won a total of eight times on the European Tour but never again on the PGA circuit.
Darren Clarke (2011)
Clarke arrived at Royal St. George’s – a common venue for longshot winners – ranked 111th in 2011, after ranking as high as eighth in 2001. He finally captured his lone Major at the age of 41.
Todd Hamilton (2004)
Hamilton followed up Curtis’ surprise victory with another the following year at Royal Troon. He was ranked 56th in the world the previous week and vaulted to No. 16 after beating world No. 2 Ernie Els in a playoff.
Tom Kidd (1873)
Kidd’s lone career victory came in his debut at The Open Championship in 1873. He ended Tom Morris Jr.’s record streak of four straight Claret Jugs.
The Open Championship FAQ
Who qualifies for The Open Championship?
Roughly 65 percent of the 156-player Open field is composed of exemptions based on 28 categories, such as former champions of select tournaments and those meeting certain cutoffs in the OWGR by certain dates. Another 46 spots come from The Open Qualifying Series – a selection of tournaments leading up to the event. The final spots are awarded to those who advance from Final Qualifying in the UK.
Where is The Open this year?
The Open returns to The Old Course at St. Andrew’s in 2022. It is the first Open Championship at St. Andrew’s since 2015 when Zach Johnson raised the Claret Jug.
What is the best score ever at the British Open?
Henrik Stenson fired a 20-under score of 264 to claim his lone Major championship at Royal Troon in 2016.
What is the prize money for the 2021 Open Championship?
The purse for the 2022 Open Championship hasn’t yet been decided but it was $11.5 million in 2021. Collin Morikawa took home $2,070,000.
Has anyone ever won back-to-back Open Championships?
Padraig Harrington (2007-2008) is the most recent golfer to go back-to-back at The Open Championship. Woods accomplished the feat the two previous years, and nine others did so before him. Three players have won three in a row, and “Young” Tom Morris holds the all-time record of four straight titles.
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