The 2022 Open Championship Golf Betting Tips & Odds

It’s all eyes on St Andrew’s for the 2022 Open Championship Golf Betting

Rory McIlroy / Northern Ireland ©IMAGO/ZUMA Wire 06/26/2022

The 2022 Open Championship Golf Betting tips are in focus as we look ahead to the fourth and final Major of the year.

It is the amazing St Andrews which plays host to this year’s edition of the Major and the prize purse for the winner has been bumped up to $2.5 million.

In our 2022 Open Championship Golf Betting tips preview, we look at the main contenders in this year’s field. Our betting experts also examine the golf odds for this year’s tournament, look back at some history and make some tips.

2022 Open Championship Golf Betting Odds

Rory McIlroy 8/1
Xander Schauffele 11/1
Jon Rahm 12/1
Jordan Spieth 12/1
Scottie Scheffler 12/1
Matthew Fitzpatrick 14/1
Justin Thomas 18/1
Shane Lowry 18/1
Cameron Smith 20/1
Patrick Cantlay 22/1
Will Zalatoris 22/1
Collin Morikawa 25/1
Dustin Johnson 25/1
Tommy Fleetwood 28/1
Hideki Matsuyama 33/1
Joaquin Niemann 33/1
Louis Oosthuizen 33/1
Max Homa 33/1
Tyrrell Hatton 33/1
40/1 bar
* (odds recorded at 03:33 GMT on July 12th, 2022 at Betfair)

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When and Where is the 2022 Open Championship Golf?

The 2022 edition of the Open Championship begins on July 14th and draws to a conclusion on July 17th.

It’s back to the famous St Andrews venue for this year’s renewal of the golf major. This is the 30th time that the Major has been hosted on the Old Course there.

It’s the first time since 2015 the Open Championship has been played at St Andrew’s.

There is a cut after 36 holes and from there only the top 70 on the leaderboard (including ties) go on to compete over the weekend. If there is a tie at the end of the regulation play, a four-hole playoff will come into play and if still nothing is settled there will be sudden-death holes.

The 2022 Open Championship Golf is over a total distance of 7,297 yards, which is the exact length that the Old Course played in 2015.

About the Open Championship Golf Tournament

There is no older golf tournament in the world than The Open, which was established in 1860. The inaugural event was played at Prestwick Golf Club, a 12-hole links course and it was three rounds of action.

One of the most famous pieces of golf silverware is the Claret Jug and it was first handed out in 1873. The first name on the Claret Jug was Young Tom Morris who won the 1872 Open Championship, but the trophy wasn’t ready in time for it to be given out.

St Andrews first hosted the Open Championship in 1873 with Musselburgh joining in the action the following year. The tournament was shared between Prestwick, Musselburgh and St Andrews until Muirfield came onto the scene in 1892.

The first non-Scottish player to win an Open Championship was England’s John Ball in 1890. It wasn’t until 1907 that the first non-British player won the tournament, which was France’s Arnaud Massy. The first non-European to win the Open was American Jock Hutchison in 1921.

The Open Championship Golf tournament is annually held in mid-July and is now the final Major of the year to be played. That’s because in 2019 the PGA Championship was brought forward to the month of May.

Some 2022 Open Championship Golf Records

The most successful player in the history of the Open Champions is Jersey’s Harry Vardon who won the title six times, with the final one of his successes in 1914. James Braid (SCO), John Henry Taylor (ENG), Peter Thomson (AUS) and Tom Watson (USA) are the only players to have won the major exactly five times.

Other famous players to have landed the Open Championship title on more than one occasion include Gary Player (3), Jack Nicklaus (3), Seve Ballesteros (3), Nick Faldo (3), Tiger Woods (3) and Arnold Palmer (2).

There have been more Open Championship winners from the United States than any other country. There have been 30 American winners, totalling 45 Open Championship wins.

Nationality Tournament Wins Winners
United States 45 30
Scotland 41 22
England 22 13
South Africa  10 4
Australia 9 4


Who is the Reigning Champion?

American Collin Morikawa won the 2021 Open Championship, which was hosted at Royal St George’s. The American won the event by two strokes from compatriot Jordan Spieth. That was a monumental tournament for Morikawa.

That’s because it was his Open Championship debut.

He became the first debutante to win it since Ben Curtis got his nose in front in 2003 (which incidentally was also at Royal St George’s). The year before, Morikawa had won the 2020 PGA Championship on his debut at that major.

There is a quote of 25/1 odds on the win for Morikawa in 2022 Open Championship Golf Betting odds* (odds recorded at 03:33 GMT on July 12th, 2022 at Betfair).

The last player to win the tournament in back-to-back years was Padraig Harrington who secured the 2007 and 2008 titles at Carnoustie and Royal Birkdale respectively.

In 2022 Morikawa has taken two top-five finishes. But a missed cut at the Scottish Open last week will raise question marks.

Current Open Championship golf venues in rotation

  • Old Course at St Andrew’s
  • Muirfield
  • Royal St George’s Golf Club
  • Royal Liverpool Golf Club
  • Royal Troon Golf Club
  • Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club
  • Carnoustie Golf Links
  • Royal Portrush Golf Club
  • Royal Birkdale Golf Club
  • Turnberry

Who is the current Golf Betting Favourite?

Rory McIlroy is the current 8/1 favourite to sweep the title in 2022 Open Championship Golf Betting odds* (odds recorded at 03:33 GMT on July 12th, 2022 at Betfair).

The former champion has been in good form this season in the majors. He took a Top 5 finish in both the Masters and the US Open. Along with that, there was a Top 10 at the PGA Championship for him.

McIlroy has taken a Top 10 finish in six of his last eight appearances at the Open Championship. The major drought since 2014 rolls on for McIlroy, but he’s expected to be in the frame this week.

Our betting prediction:
Xander Schaeuffele

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* (odds recorded at 03:33 GMT on July 12th, 2022 at Betfair)


Other leading contenders in 2022 Open Championship Golf Tips

Spain’s JON RAHM is towards the head of the 2022 Open Championship Golf Betting market as well at 12/1* (odds recorded at 03:33 GMT on July 12th, 2022 at Betfair).

Rahm hasn’t had the greatest season on the links during 2022. He took some time to really get going in the Open Championship as well. But in his last two appearances has taken some big steps forward.

There was a third-place finish for Rahm last year at Royal St George’s. Is there more to come from him?

XANDER SCHAUFFELE is a pretty consistent one to follow when it comes to the majors. He has only been outside the Top 25 in four in seven of his previous 21. He goes to St Andrew’s bang in form as well.

A hot streak of form since a chance of equipment peaked when he scooped the Scottish Open last week. Scaheuffle’s previous best finish in the Open Championship was a runner-up spot three years ago.

Another with a good track record at the Open Championship is former winner JORDAN SPIETH. The American is at 12/1 in golf betting for this year’s title* (odds recorded at 03:33 GMT on July 12th, 2022 at Betfair).

Spieth is just a very good links player because he is wonderfully creative and positive and he was a runner-up last year at Royal St George’s. It’s the kind of thing that can’t be overlooked and Spieth has been good on coastal courses in 2022, including a T10 at the Scottish Open last week.

2022 Open Championship Golf Betting Top 5 Finish

Rory McIlroy 5/2
Xander Schauffele 11/4
Jordan Spieth 3/1
Matthew Fitzpatrick 7/2
Jon Rahm 4/1
Scottie Scheffler 4/1
Justin Thomas 9/2
Shane Lowry 9/2
Patrick Cantlay 5/1
Cameron Smith 11/2
Collin Morikawa 6/1
Will Zalatoris 6/1
Joaquin Niemann 13/2
Tommy Fleetwood 13/2
Brooks Koepka 7/1
Tony Finau 7/1
Tyrrell Hatton 7/1
15/2 bar
* (odds recorded at 03:33 GMT on July 12th, 2022 at Betfair)

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Players to consider for Golf betting

Our betting experts have looked at some of the main players in the betting market for the 2022 Open Championship Golf Betting.

But there is a deep field and considering that there have been a lot of recent winners of the major who have gotten the job done at big prices, it’s worth exploring more.

ZACH JOHNSON was the winner the last time that the Open Championship was held at St Andrew’s. When he landed that 2015 victory, he did so from around 140/1 in golf betting odds. He is a longer 250/1 pull this time around* (odds recorded at 03:33 GMT on July 12th, 2022 at Betfair).

SHANE LOWRY arrived in form with a good Top 3 finish in the JP McManus Pro-AM recently. He has been racking up the Top 20 finishes extremely well the season and is a good links player. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see the 2019 winner Lowry have a crack at the top ten.

TOMMY FLEETWOOD may get into the picture and he was a runner-up at Royal Portrush a couple of years ago. The Englishman arrives after a good Top 5 at the Scottish Open last week and has a good record in the final round at the Old Course.

Another Englishman who could bring some form to the table is TYRRELL HATTON who got back on track at the Scottish Open last week with a Top 25. He is another experienced links player to watch for and he has taken a couple of Top 10 finishes at the Open in the last five visits.

Open Championship betting trends

Looking back over the last 10 years of the Open Championship golf betting, punters have seen some long-priced winners prevail. Last year’s winner at Royal St George’s Collin Morikawa had been 40/1 pre-tournament.

Just one of the last 10 winners of the major has done so at under 20/1, which was Jordan Spieth with his 2017 title. Three of the last ten winners have got the Claret Jug from triple figures pre-tournament in golf betting.

Last 10 Winners of the Open Championship

Year Player Nationality To Par
2021 Collin Morikawa United States -15
2019 Shane Lowry Ireland -15
2018 Francesco Molinari Italy -8
2017 Jordan Spieth United States -12
2016 Henrik Stenson Sweden -20
2015 Zach Johnson United States -15
2014 Rory McIlroy Northern Ireland -17
2013 Phil Mickelson United States -3
2012 Ernie Els South Africa -7
2011 Darren Clarke Northern Ireland -5

2022 Open Championship Golf Betting First Round Leader Odds

Rory McIlroy 14/1
Xander Schauffele 20/1
Jordan Spieth 25/1
Matthew Fitzpatrick 28/1
Shane Lowry 28/1
Cameron Smith 33/1
Jon Rahm 33/1
Scottie Scheffler 33/1
Tony Finau 33/1
40/1 bar

* (odds recorded at 03:33 GMT on July 12th, 2022 at Betfair)

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2022 Open Championship Golf Betting Predictions

Who is fitting the bill for 2022 Open Championship Golf Betting tips at St Andrew’s? There are a couple of names that jump off the list.

The first of those is JORDAN SPIETH who is a proven, steady hand on the links and his form by the sea this year counts for a lot.

Spieth is first up in 2022 Open Championship Golf Betting tips at 12/1* (odds recorded at 03:33 GMT on July 12th, 2022 at Betfair)

XANDER SCHAUFFELE at 11/1 also has plenty of appeal* (odds recorded at 03:33 GMT on July 12th, 2022 at Betfair).

The American is just coming in hot right now after his score at the Scottish Open. That just completed a tremendous upswing in form by him and he has a previous second-place finish in the Open to boot.

We are going to make one further selection, a longer-priced pick for 2022 Open Championship Golf Betting tips.

That is TOMMY FLEETWOOD from 28/1* (odds recorded at 03:33 GMT on July 12th, 2022 at Betfair).

The Englishman did go heartbreakingly close two years ago at Royal Portrush. A nice Top 5 finish at Renaissance for last week’s Scottish Open puts Fleetwood on the reader. Plus he has averaged 67 in previous final-round appearances on the Old Course.

Betfair 12 Places for the 2022 Open Championship Golf Betting

Up to 12 places can be taken on the outright winner market for the 2022 Open Championship Golf Betting at Betfair.

The 12 places on the tournament outright are covered at 1/5 odds.

Punters at Betfair do have the option of backing outright winner selections with different place terms, such as Winner – 10 Places or Winner – 8 Places.

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