The golf season's fourth and final major championship — the 2022 Open Championship at St. Andrews — is underway, with Round 3 teeing off Saturday. See the latest odds and a breakdown of key favorites from the British Open field.
Live odds to win the Open Championship
The Open Championship pre-tournament favorites
Rory McIlroy (+1,000)
While still in the midst of an eight-year major championship drought, Rory McIlroy has found himself atop the board after posting strong finishes of solo-second, solo-eighth, and T5 in this year's majors.
One of those four major victories came at the 2014 Open Championship at Royal Liverpool, and while he remains winless in the majors since 2014, he's given himself great chances, finishing second at this year's Masters, eighth at the Southern Hills PGA Championship, and T5 at the U.S. Open three weekends ago.
Will this be the week he cashes in on those strong finishes and claims his fifth major title?
Xander Schauffele (+1,400)
Xander is entering St. Andrews in the best form of his career, fresh off back-to-back victories at the Travelers and last week's Scottish Open, not to mention a win at the JP McManus Pro-Am in between as well as at the Zurich Classic alongside Patrick Cantlay earlier in the spring.
He's quickly turned what was a very quiet year into arguably the best of his career, skyrocketing up the odds board as a result. Can he parlay all of that good form into a first major title?
Jordan Spieth (+1,800)
Jordan Spieth's form is nothing to write home about, but when you have an Open Championship resume that includes a win in 2017, a runner-up finish in 2021, and a T4 in the last St. Andrews edition, it's clear his position amongst the leaders on the board is deserved.
On top of that, he played well at last week's Scottish Open and was just one shot back with five holes to play. Don't be shocked if he's knocking on the door of his second Claret Jug come Sunday.
Scottie Scheffler (+1,800)
Already with four Tour wins, including his first major championship title at the Masters, it's clear World No. 1 Scottie Scheffler isn't slowing down.
He's coming off a runner-up finish at the U.S. Open, further proof his game can travel almost anywhere. That includes links golf, as he finished T8 here in his Open Championship debut a year ago.
After joining the odds board at +4,500, Scheffler is all the way up into third at 18/1.
Jon Rahm (+1,800)
Death, taxes, and Jon Rahm among the top favorites in every event he plays in. He's also running third on the board, listed at +1,800.
He finished at T3 at Royal St. George's in last year's Open behind Collin Morikawa and Jordan Spieth and finished no worse than T8 in 2021's four majors. In 2022, he hasn't been as consistent but is coming off his best major finish of the year: T12 at Brookline.
He'll be eager to get back into contention once again at St. Andrews.
The Open Championship pre-tournament longshots
Tiger Woods (+6,000)
It's clear Tiger Woods sitting out the U.S. Open was about preparing for St. Andrews.
It's on the friendlier side of major championship walks and it's a course he's had great success at, winning this event twice here.
Expect some scouting trips and plenty of coverage as Tiger prepares for the season's final major. It may end up being the last time he plays this tournament at St. Andrews.
Robert MacIntyre (+13,000)
A name you might not have heard much of but should start paying attention to is Robert MacIntyre.
The 25-year-old Scotland native is as good on the greens as anyone in the world and has played superbly at the Open Championship in recent years, with finishes of T6 and T8 in two of his last three Open Championship starts.
He plays much of his season on the DP World Tour but has become a much more consistent player week-to-week. Don't be shocked if he's lingering near the top of the leaderboard come the weekend.
Odds to make the cut
Making the cut at a major is a very big deal for golfers and for bettors. Once available we will post golfers' odds of making the cut along with the cutline the oddsmakers are projecting on our British Open projected cut page and look for more Open Championship props odds on our props page.
Picks and predictions
Covers will have pre-tournament British Open picks and predictions, showing our best bets before the first round at St. Andrews. We’ll follow that up with round-by-round picks and predictions for each day of The Open Championship.
Round 2 Picks & PredictionsBy Andrew Caley
- Rory McIlroy outright (+360)
- Shane Lowry over Collin Morikawa in R2 (-125)
- Aaron Wise over Talor Gooch in R2 (+100)
Pick made July 14Read the full analysis on these British Open Round 2 picks.
Picks, Props, & Matchup Best BetsBy Tour Junkies
- Patrick Reed Top 20 (+450)
- Kurt Kitayama Top 20 (+550)
- Zach Johnson Top 40 (+420)
Pick made July 12Read the full analysis on these British Open finish picks and more.
Tiger Woods: Open Championship Picks & Best BetsBy Andrew Caley
- Round 1 Top 20 Finish (+375)
- To Make the Cut (-165)
- Top 40 (+125)
Pick made July 12Read the full analysis on these Tiger Woods picks.
Sleeper Picks & Predictions: Could Louis Strike Again on Familiar Grounds?By Ashley Anderson
- Louis Oosthuizen (+4,000)
- Hideki Matsuyama (+5,000)
- Ryan Fox (+8,000)
Pick made July 12Read the full analysis on these Open Championship sleeper picks.
A Favorite, a Sleeper, and a Long Shot for St. AndrewsBy Chris Gregory
- Favorite: Jordan Spieth (+2,200)
- Sleeper: Tommy Fleetwood (+4,000)
- Longshot: Robert MacIntyre (+13,000)
Pick made July 11Read the full analysis on these Open Championship picks.
Open Championship golf betting history
Keep in mind that when The Open Championship last got underway in 2019, Lowry was a massive long shot at +8,000. We take a look at some recent Open Champions their closing odds to win according to SportsOddsHistory.com:
|Year||Open Championship winner||Closing odds|
|2020||Event canceled due to COVID-19||N/A|
How to bet on golf
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Open Championship Odds FAQs
Rory McIlroy is the current betting favorite to win the 2022 Open Championship, listed at +1,000. Xander Schauffele is close behind with better than 15/1 odds.
Collin Morikawa entered the 2021 British Open with odds of +3,000, closing at +190 before the final round, which he won.
The 2022 British Open is being played at Old Course at St. Andrews in Scotland.