The fourth and final major of the year is just a chip shot away at the birthplace of golf. St. Andrews in Scotland will once again host the Open Championship for the 29th time at the Old Course July 14-17. The par 72 links course will play to 7,297 yards. All 78 bunkers have been rebuilt for the 150th edition of the Open Championship.
St. Andrews Old Course hole-by-hole guide
Due to the links style of play, set-up and capricious weather, momentum is not necessarily rewarded at the Open compared to its major brethren. Keep that in mind as you bump and run, scramble and evaluate some of the golf stats and odds of the leading favorites and challengers.
Understand the unpredictability that can often surround The Open, and that links experience and patience is preferred. However, it’s clearly not required as Collin Morikawa (-15) won the 2021 tournament in his British Open debut last year. He finished 2-shots ahead of Jordan Spieth with Jon Rahm and Louis Oosthuizen 4-shots behind.
In the 2015 Open Championship at St. Andrews, Zach Johnson won a 3-man playoff over Louis Oosthuizen and Marc Leishman with a 15-under par score of 273. Jordan Spieth and Jason Day were one stroke back.
Oosthuizen won the 2010 Open at St. Andrews by 7-shots with a 16-under par score of 272. Lee Westwood, Paul Casey, Rory McIlroy and Henrik Stenson rounded out the top 5 finishers.
When Tiger Woods (-14) went wire-to-wire for a 5-shot win over Colin Montgomerie to win the Claret Jug at the 2005 British Open, he pocketed $1.26 million.
This year’s Open Champion and ‘Champion Golfer of the Year’ will receive a record amount to be announced in the weeks ahead by the R & A, and could approach the 2022 U.S. Open payout of $3.15 million.
As you watch and wager on the Open Championship, know that the par-4 17th is the toughest hole on The Open rota. In 2015, there were 55 double bogeys or worse, and the average scores on No. 17 over the last 40 years account for six of the 10 most difficult holes played in The Open.
The drivable 18th ranks as the easiest par 4 on The Open rota.
Leading Favorites Odds to Win 2022 Open Championship
The odds to win vary at different sportsbooks, and will adjust ahead of the Open as the tournament nears and more bets are placed on the golfers. Here are the current odds to win for the leading favorites and contenders, courtesy of FanDuel Sportsbook.
- +800 – Rory McIlroy
- +1200 – Jon Rahm, Scottie Scheffler
- +1400 – Justin Thomas
- +1600 – Jordan Spieth, Collin Morikawa
- +1800 – Matt Fitzpatrick
- +2000 – Cameron Smith, Shane Lowry
- +2200 – Will Zalatoris, Xander Schauffele
- +2700 – Dustin Johnson, Viktor Hovland, Patrick Cantlay
- +2900 – Hideki Matsuyama
- +3300 – Tyrrell Hatton, Brooks Koepka
- +4100 – Tommy Fleetwood, Louis Oosthuizen, Bryson DeChambeau
- +4100 – Paul Casey, Sam Burns, Tiger Woods, Cameron Young
- +4800 – Tony Finau
- +5000 – Daniel Berger, Sergio Garcia, Robert MacIntyre, Joaquin Niemann
The 156-player field is made up of the world’s top golfers along with additional qualifiers and the best amateurs. The players with the low 70 scorers (and ties) after 36 holes make the cut and play the weekend at St. Andrews. In the event of a tie after 72 holes, a four-hole aggregate play-off will take place following the completion of the final round on holes, 1, 2, 17 and 18.
The R&A has also confirmed that players on the LIV Golf Series will be allowed to play at St Andrews if eligible for the tournament.
Fortunately, Rory McIlroy remains on the PGA Tour, where he has the lowest scoring average this year at 68.63. The 33-year-old Irishman and No. 3 ranked player in the world is also first in strokes gained, and he’s finished top-5 including a win in four of his last seven PGA Tour starts with a worst finish of T-19. McIlroy’s British Open record is excellent in 12 appearances with five top-5 finishes including a win, second, fourth and fifth since 2014.
Fans that watch and wager and like to bet on favorites will be lining up on McIlroy to break through for his first major victory since 2014.
You can bet on it.