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2022 British Opens Odds & Expert Picks: Bets for Tony Finau, Christiaan Bezuidenhout at St. Andrews

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2022 British Open Odds

Golfer Odds
Rory McIlroy +1000
Xander Schauffele +1400
Jordan Spieth +1600
Jon Rahm +1800
Matt Fitzpatrick +1800
Scottie Scheffler +1800
Justin Thomas +2000
Cameron Smith +2500
Collin Morikawa +2500
Patrick Cantlay +2500
Shane Lowry +2500
Will Zalatoris +2500
Dustin Johnson +3300
Tommy Fleetwood +3300
Tyrrell Hatton +3300
Brooks Koepka +4000
Louis Oosthuizen +4000
Sam Burns +4000
Hideki Matsuyama +4000
Viktor Hovland +4000
Joaquin Niemann +5000
Max Homa +5000
Tony Finau +5000
Bryson DeChambeau +6600
Justin Rose +6600
Tiger Woods +6600
Sungjae Im +6600
Seamus Power +8000
Adam Scott +8000
Corey Conners +8000
Gary Woodland +8000
Marc Leishman +8000
Patrick Reed +8000
Ryan Fox +8000
Cameron Young +8000
Abraham Ancer +10000
Billy Horschel +10000
Christiaan Bezuidenhout +10000
Robert Macintyre +10000
Sergio Garcia +10000
Keegan Bradley +12500
Paul Casey +12500
Webb Simpson +12500
Mito Pereira +12500
Thomas Pieters +12500
Aaron Wise +12500
J.T. Poston +12500
Brian Harman +15000
Danny Willett +15000
Jason Kokrak +15000
Kevin Kisner +15000
Lee Westwood +15000
Lucas Herbert +15000
Russell Henley +15000
Victor Perez +15000
Cameron Tringale +15000
Harold Varner III +15000
Talor Gooch +15000
Adrian Meronk +15000
Haotong Li +15000
Joo-hyung Kim +15000
Jordan Smith +15000
Keith Mitchell +15000
Sebastian Munoz +15000
Sahith Theegala +15000
Kurt Kitayama +15000
Francesco Molinari +15000
Emiliano Grillo +20000
Harris English +20000
Ian Poulter +20000
Padraig Harrington +20000
Phil Mickelson +20000
Sam Horsfield +20000
K.H. Lee +20000
Tom Hoge +20000
Kevin Na +20000
Chris Kirk +20000
Dean Burmester +20000
Luke List +20000
Si Woo Kim +20000
Bernd Wiesberger +20000
Erik van Rooyen +20000
Min Woo Lee +20000
Henrik Stenson +25000
Richard Bland +25000
Stewart Cink +25000
Thomas Detry +25000
Adri Arnaus +25000
Mackenzie Hughes +25000
Nicolai Hojgaard +25000
Pablo Larrazabal +25000
Zach Johnson +25000
Jamie Donaldson +25000
Brandon Wu +25000
Dylan Frittelli +30000
Guido Migliozzi +30000
Alexander Bjork +30000
Jason Scrivener +30000
Justin Harding +30000
Laurie Canter +30000
Marcus Armitage +30000
Matthew Jordan +30000
Richard Mansell +30000
Sepp Straka +30000
Thirston Lawrence +30000
Wyndham Clark +30000
Fabrizio Zanotti +30000
Trey Mullinax +35000
Garrick Higgo +35000
Shaun Norris +40000
Shugo Imahira +40000
John Catlin +40000
Ashley Chesters +50000
Brad Kennedy +50000
Ernie Els +50000
Kazuki Higa +50000
Keita Nakajima +50000
Marco Penge +50000
Min-kyu Kim +50000
Scott Vincent +50000
Sihwan Kim +50000
Takumi Kanaya +50000
Yuto Katsuragawa +50000
Zander Lombard +50000
David Law +50000
Anthony Quayle +75000
Ben Campbell +75000
Chan Kim +75000
Min-Gyu Cho +75000
Sadom Kaewkanjana +75000
Aaron Jarvis +100000
Aldrich Potgieter +100000
Alex Wrigley +100000
Barclay Brown +100000
Darren Clarke +100000
David Carey +100000
Dimitros Papadatos +100000
Filiippo Celli +100000
Jack Floydd +100000
Jamie Rutherford +100000
Jediah Morgan +100000
John Daly +100000
John Parry +100000
Jorge Fernandez Valdes +100000
Justin De Los Santos +100000
Justin Leonard +100000
Lars van Meijel +100000
Matthew Griffin +100000
Oliver Farr +100000
Paul Lawrie +100000
Robert Dinwiddie +100000
Ronan Mullarney +100000
Sam Bairstow +100000
Matt Ford +150000
David Duval +200000
Mark Calcavecchia +200000
Stephen Dodd +200000
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We had a couple chances on Sunday with Jordan Smith and Matti Schmid both getting late tee times for the final rounds on Sunday, but neither played well at all to close out the Scottish Open or Barbasol Championship unfortunately.

Now, we’re on to the final major of the season with the Open Championship at St. Andrews.

Not much of a lead-in is necessary here. St. Andrews has been fairly straightforward over the years as long as the weather doesn’t get involved. If the current forecast holds, it doesn’t appear like it will be too much of a factor this time around.

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The Course

The Old Course is set to play a little over 7,300 yards for a par-72. The scoring hasn’t been too difficult without the aforementioned weather. The last four winners each reached at least 14-under par, which is fairly low for a major championship. The Opens as whole have been fairly gettable lately with five of the last seven winners reaching 15-under or better.

We’ve seen a solid run of winners here historically with strong Augusta pedigree. Most recently Zach Johnson in 2015, but also Tiger Woods, Nick Faldo, Seve Ballestros and Jack Nicklaus. But on the flip side, we also had Louis Oosthuizen in 2010. It doesn’t look too crazy now given his track record for contending in majors, but at the time of his victory he’d only made one cut in eight major starts so if there ends up being a decent tee draw edge, it can open up this field quite a bit.

The Favorites

Rory McIlroy opens as the favorite at around +1000. He was third here in 2010 which included a second round 80 on the awful side of a weather draw, then missed the 2015 version with an injury. The form has been great this year, especially in majors where he’s finished inside the top 10 in the first three.

Xander Schauffele and Jon Rahm are next up at around +1400. Schauffele has taken over the hottest golfer in the world title from Scottie Scheffler with wins in each of his last two starts. Both he and Rahm will be making their Old Course debuts this week.

Behind them are Scheffler, Jordan Spieth and Matthew Fitzpatrick between +1600 and +1800. Spieth is the only one of the bunch who has played here before, finishing fourth in 2015. Both he and Fitzpatrick are coming off top-10s in the Scottish Open on Sunday, while Scheffler missed the cut.

In the +2000s, we see Justin Thomas, Shane Lowry, Cameron Smith, Will Zalatoris, Patrick Cantlay and Collin Morikawa. Lowry has played here twice, but the best result was just 37th. He’s reached a different level in his career in that time, though, so it’s hard to read too much into those results.

Of this range, Scheffler and Smith were early adds to the card during the first couple months of the year at +4000. I wouldn’t play Scheffler at the current number, but Smith in the high +2000s is definitely still worth a look. He’s coming off a good week at the Scottish where he finished 10th and improved his ball striking quite a bit. I’m not sure how popular he’ll be but if there’s some drift during the week into the +3000s, then he’d be a solid play given how well he’s played this season.

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The Mid-Tier

With the two aforementioned bets already on the card, I won’t be betting a whole lot down in this range, but I’ll start here with Tony Finau at +5000 at BetMGM, BetRivers or WynnBet. Finau hasn’t played the Old Course, but has solid Open form. He’s made all five cuts with no finish worse than 27th. His third in 2019 is the best major finish of his career, so this has been a spot where he’s been comfortable in the past. Outside of a bad driving week at the U.S. Open last month, his ball striking has been solid for a couple months now.

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The Longshots

With the depth of talent in golf and the form of the best players in solid shape, we haven’t seen too many longshots this season.

But St. Andrews has been a place for players to pop up. The last two winners, Johnson and Oosthuizen, could both have been found at triple digits prior to their wins, so this isn’t a bad spot to take a chance.

One play I have that’s no longer available in this range is Max Homa at 150-1. He’s about a third of that price now at most places. If something in the +7000s or 8000s pop up somewhere, he’d be worth a look, but I’m not really looking at his current number.

Instead, I’ll be going down here with Christiaan Bezuidenhout at 110-1 on FanDuel. Bezuidenhout was 16th at the Scottish and second at the John Deere over the past two weeks. He’s also got four top-20 finishes in his past six starts. In those high-end finishes, he’s been able to pair up a solid approach game with a good putting week. Bezuidenhout doesn’t have a high major finish to date, but he has made the cut in seven of 10 starts.

Open Championship Card

  • Tony Finau +5000 (.66 units)
  • Christiaan Bezuidenhout +12000 (.25 units)

Total Stake: 0.91 units

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