It has been a month since our last major, but golf will take center stage once again this week for the 150th Open Championship.
The Open Championship is the last of the four majors, but figures to be the most wide-open compared to what we have seen at such events in 2022. Scottie Scheffler torched the course in Augusta to win the Masters, and Justin Thomas secured a comeback victory at the PGA Championship. Matthew Fitzpatrick notched his first major victory when he won the U.S. Open by one stroke in June.
So, what’s in store for us this weekend? Rory McIlroy entered the event as the favorite with a price of +900, followed by Jon Rahm and his value of +1000. But recent history tells us that there might be more value further down the board at this event.
All odds via WynnBET’s online sportsbook as of Wednesday, July 13.
The Open Championship
Date: July 14 through July 17, 2022
Location: St. Andrews, Scotland
Course: St Andrews Links Old Course
Par: 72 (Two Par-3 holes/14 Par-4 holes/Two Par-5 holes)
Greens: Fescue/Browntop bentgrass/Poa annua
2021: Collin Morikawa
2019: Shane Lowry
2018: Francisco Molinari
2017: Jordan Spieth
2016: Henrik Stenson
Odds to Win the Open Championship
Rory McIlroy +900
Jon Rahm +1000
Scottie Scheffler +1200
Xander Schauffele +1200
Jordan Spieth +1500
Justin Thomas +1500
Matthew Fitzpatrick +1500
Cameron Smith +1800
Collin Morikawa +1800
Shane Lowry +1800
Patrick Cantlay +2000
Will Zalatoris +2000
Dustin Johnson +2500
Sam Burns +2500
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Justin Thomas — I wanted one super elite player on my card, and it looks like Justin Thomas has the best value because he’s drifted down to 22/1 at some places. He’s coming off a missed cut in the Scottish Open, and doesn’t have the best history at The Open. But Thomas can play well when this event gets windy, and he’s able to score low in a hurry as we saw during his comeback bid at the PGA Championship. Starting the card with Thomas, who will have a morning tee time in Round 1, just feels right.
Will Zalatoris — Nobody deserves to find the winner’s circle more than Will Zalatoris. This year has been full of heartbreaking defeats for Zalatoris, including a loss in a three-hole playoff at the PGA Championship and a runner-up finish at the U.S. Open. He was also forced to withdraw from last year’s Open debut due to injury. I couldn’t picture a more perfect ending to the major golf season than for Zalatoris to finally secure his first PGA victory.
Sam Burns — Picking up four wins in the last 15 months, Burns has been in the mix at majors as of late and might be knocking on the door. He finished 20th at the PGA Championship and placed 27th at the US Open. He ranks first in Strokes Gained: Putting, which will be crucial given the longer greens here. It is always tough to get too invested in long shots at majors, but Burns can certainly contend when he's on.
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