2022 British Open Odds, Field: Rory McIlroy Favored Over Xander Schauffele at St. Andrews
Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images. Pictured: Rory McIlroy.
- Golf's two hottest players, Rory McIlroy and Xander Schauffele, top BetMGM's Open Championship odds board on Monday.
- McIlroy has been a top-10 machine this summer, while Schauffele has incredibly won his last two starts.
- Check out the entire odds board and a tournament preview for the British Open below.
2022 Open Championship Odds
Odds via BetMGM, as of 10 a.m. ET on Monday.
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|Si Woo Kim||+20000|
|Erik van Rooyen||+20000|
|Min Woo Lee||+20000|
|Jorge Fernandez Valdes||+100000|
|Justin De Los Santos||+100000|
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In the midst of a pretty incredible heater, Rory McIlroy is the consensus betting favorite this week for the 150th playing of the Open Championship.
McIlroy sat out the Scottish Open, but it’s not like he needed it to enter The Open in any better form than he’s already in. In the Northern Irishman’s last seven stroke-play starts, he has one win (the RBC Canadian Open), five top-10 finishes and a worst result of T19. No one in the world is playing better than McIlroy at this moment.
Just behind McIlroy is Travelers and Scottish Open winner Xander Schauffele, who has finished in the top 20 in each of his last six starts. Winning in back-to-back starts is incredible, but three seems unrealistic … right?
After that pair is Jordan Spieth at 16-1, coming off a strong showing at the Scottish Open, followed by Jon Rahm, Matt Fitzpatrick and Scottie Scheffler all at 18-1.
Scheffler’s missed cut at the Scottish Open surely isn’t encouraging, but his results this summer have been. After winning four tournaments in the first 3 1/2 months of 2022, Scheffler has five top-10 finishes in his last six starts, including a T2 at the U.S. Open. This will be his second appearance at The Open, having finished T8 last year. His major-championship record is quite incredible, missing one cut in his last nine starts and finishing in the top 10 six times.
Next up is Justin Thomas at 20-1. It’s rare to see Thomas with a number that big next to his name, but he has missed two of his last four cuts, including a stunning 10-over MC at the Scottish Open, while Spieth has four top-10 finishes in his last eight starts.
Will Zalatoris and reigning Claret Jug winner Collin Morikawa headlined the next group at 25-1.
Zalatoris has, like Thomas, also missed two of his last four cuts, but his major record this year is stunning. The 25-year-old went T6 at the Masters, second at the PGA Championship and T2 at the U.S. Open. This will be his first Open Championship appearance after he had to withdraw last year.
Morikawa, the reigning champion, also missed the cut at the Scottish Open. Morikawa won last year at Royal St. George’s in his first tournament of links golf ever, so imagine what he could do with some experience under his belt.
Since the turn of the century, there have been four Open Championships played at St. Andrews.
The first two were won by Tiger Woods in 2000 and ’05, and he won those by a combined 13 strokes. Then, it was Louis Oosthuizen cruising to a seven-stroke win in 2010. Five years later, Zach Johnson bested Oosthuizen and Marc Leishman in a four-hole playoff (the standard length at The Open) for the win.
Since Woods last won The Open in 2006, a British or Irish player has won this event five times, with Padraig Harrington going back-to-back in 2007 and ’08, Darren Clarke famously winning in ’11, McIlroy in ’14 at Royal Liverpool and then Shane Lowry in ’19 at Royal Portrush.
Last year, Oosthuizen was in position for the rare wire-to-wire major win, but he ultimately showed the form on Sundays that have kept him a bridesmaid at majors for so long. It’s not like he was awful with a 1-over 71, but Morikawa delivered a 5-under day to finish four clear of the South African and two ahead of Jordan Spieth, who won his Claret Jug back in 2017.
The most famous Open Championship course, St. Andrews is iconic. There’s a reason Tiger went out of his way to ensure he would be playing this year.
St. Andrews has had many renovations over the past 15 years, but it hasn’t really been to add great distance. The course is right around 7,300 yards now as a par-72, and it should look pretty similar to what it was like in 2015.
This is a typical links golf track, with pot bunkers that look like absolutely no fun at all and rough that, well, is more like really tall grass.
The biggest challenge for players this week will be in the form of any potentially bad weather. Zach Johnson won at 15-under here back in 2015, with two of his rounds coming in the 70s.