With the fourth and final PGA Tour major upon us, the British Open, that gives us plenty of options when it comes to prop bets.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at eight possible bets players might want to make, and keep tabs on while they are watching golf and having breakfast.
The Open Championship will tee off late Wednesday night/early Thursday morning in US time zones, so make sure to get these wagers in early. We will be using odds from DraftKings for our prop bets, but line shop at other top-rated sportsbooks.
Best British Open Betting Props
Scheffler-McIlroy Both Finish in Top Five (+550)
In our main Open Championship story, we said we weren’t going to pick Rory McIlroy or Scottie Scheffler to win because at +650 and +700, those are tough odds to swallow. But what we do like is for both of them to finish in the top five at +550.
Now looking at the odds, it is lower but the fact they each just have to finish in the top five gives us a little breathing room, and we still get a decent payday out of it.
With both of them having been in the top five last week at the Scottish Open (with McIlroy winning), we like the fact both come in with tons of momentum.
Rahm-Fowler-Hovland All Finish Top 20 (+500)
Staying with the theme of multiple players having great weeks, we’re going to look at a trio of players all finishing in the top 20.
The three players–Jon Rahm, Rickie Fowler, and Viktor Hovland–will pay off at +500 if they all have solid weeks.
All three have been playing well at times, but just not as consistent as we would like. With this being a major and all three of them showing signs of top-notch golf, we like these odds a lot.
Robert MacIntyre Will Not Have First-Round Bogey (+2200)
Robert MacIntyre came oh-so-close to winning last week’s Scottish Open. If not for McIlroy going birdie-birdie on the final two holes, we might be having a different conversation this week about last week’s tournament.
We think MacIntyre will go bogey-free in his first round at the Open Championship at +2200. Last week, he did have one bogey in his first round, but he came out cautiously and played solid golf while not trying to force things in the early going.
We’re hoping he comes out with the same game plan this week, plays a fairways-and-greens round, and goes bogey-free.
McIlroy-Scheffler Finish 1-2 (+3500)
If you’re looking for one longshot bet that could pay off in a big way, this is it. Look at McIlroy-Scheffler to finish 1-2 in the tournament at +3500.
In this bet, either one of them can win but they have to finish 1-2. With as hot as they have been, it’s certainly not out of the question and at those odds, the payday is substantial.
We said we didn’t like them at +650 and +700, but for the two of them to go 1-2, we love +3500. It might just come down to a shootout between two of the top three players in the world.
Hole-In-One & Playoff (+600)
Here’s another bet that relies on two longshot bets. One of those is there will be a hole-in-one. On the face, the odds of any ace come in at a lowly -220.
In the playoff bet, the odds are +350 that the event will go past 72 holes. But put those two bets together–that there will be a hole-in-one at any time during the tournament and that there will be a playoff–and those odds move up to +600.
At those odds, we like the chances of both options coming through.
Winner Won’t Be in Final Pairing (+200)
At +200, these certainly aren’t the best odds this week. But the reason we like it to pay off is the fact there will be a lot of factors that can come into play.
The weather will be a big one but the other factor is can the final group stand up to the pressure. They are in the last group because they are leading or near the lead.
The problem is if someone goes out and posts a low score, the pressure ramps up, and that last group may be forced to play catch-up. On a links-style course (or any course for that matter), there’s so much that can go wrong — bad bounces, horrible weather, tightness under the collar — or so many more factors that can come into the picture.
Stewart Cink Top-40 Finish (+360)
This is one for the old-timers. We’re going to look at Stewart Cink finishing in the top 40 at +360. He’s won the Open Championship before (in dramatic fashion over Tom Watson in 2009) and had a resurgence in his game in recent years.
Cink’s now played a pair of PGA Tour Champions events with two top-10 finishes, but that’s not the same caliber of competition. Still, he’s won twice on the PGA Tour since turning 47 a couple of years ago, so the results are still positive.
Can he compete with the young guns once again across the pond? With his recent Champions Tour play, it’s been a positive sign.
Different Type of Top-Finisher Trifecta (+3000)
We’re going to take another flyer on top players, but this time one of them has to finish in the top five, one of them has to finish in the top 10, and one of them has to finish in the top 20.
Sounds easy, but it’s definitely a challenge. We’re going to look at a money-making trio consisting of McIlroy finishing in the top five, Collin Morikawa finishing in the top 10, and Max Homa finishing in the top 20.
That bet comes in at +3000.
McIlroy is the easier choice out of the bunch. Morikawa is showing good signs of his game coming around. Homa is just always in the picture. Granted, he’s not always near the top recently, but all he needs is to be in the top 20.
There you have it, eight prop bets to whet your appetite and keep you glued to the 2023 Open Championship through all four days.