It’s time for British Open odds and predictions, but let’s begin with a question.
Put on your thinking cap: What do Jon Rahm, Brooks Koepka, and Wyndham Clark have in common?
If you said they are the winners of the first three majors of the 2022-2023 PGA Tour wraparound season you would be correct. But, this question has multiple answers.
One other answer is all three golfers have the chance to join elite company, as there have been 33 years (dating back to 1922) where there has been a multiple major winner in the same season. But in those 33 years, the list is just 20 golfers who have accomplished that feat.
To no one’s surprise, Jack Nicklaus, who has won the most majors with 18, tops the list when it comes to winning more than one major in a season as he did it five times.
Next is Tiger Woods, second with 15 majors, who did it four times. Interestingly enough, Woods also did it in back-to-back years where he won the Masters and Open Championship in 2005 and then won the Open Championship and the PGA Championship in 2006.
The most recent player to accomplish this was Koepka when he won the US Open and the PGA Championship in 2018. Will Rahm, Koepka, or Clark join the club? (Hint, we’re thinking Koepka is the name to back, but more on that in a minute).
Will there be a player who finally breaks through and wins his first major at this week’s event at Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Wirral, England? Will there be a player off the radar who comes out of nowhere and wins? Will there be a winner who makes this week’s Open Championship not only his first major but his first professional victory?
So many questions and just one more major to get them answered. Don’t forget: It’s an early start time again this week (around midnight Vegas time and a little earlier depending on your time zone) so don’t get shut out.
Odds to Win British Open
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It’s Not Just Another Tournament
This is one of those tournaments that players dream about from a very young age. The history of the Open Championship (or the British Open for many hardcore fans) is deep.
For most pro events, the courses are pretty straightforward. Golfers take aim at the middle of the fairway and fire away. At most Open Championship courses, the players and their caddy step to the first tee, and the challenge begins as maneuvering around the course is Job 1.
Forget taking driver off every par-4 or par-5. In fact, with the runout players find on many of these links-style courses, a lot of players make the shift to driving irons to get distance but also keep shots in play.
In play is the key phrase as, if you’ve ever played a course across the pond, chances are you’ve been in a bunker that has taken you more than one shot to escape from.
Hence the maneuvering around the course phrase. Keep it out of the bunkers and out of the fescue, and you’ll at least give yourself a chance to stay in the hunt.
And if your putter is on when you reach the undulating and huge greens, the odds you score well also increase.
Here Comes That Man Again: Brooks Koepka
If you’re a golf fan, you know there is one certainty when it comes to Brooks Koepka in the majors: He will be in the hunt. At +1800 to win this week, it’s an impressive value.
Koepka has nine wins in PGA Tour events (even though he’s now playing the LIV Tour) and five of those victories have been majors. He won this year’s PGA Championship and was disappointed with a T-2 in the Masters. His lowlight for the majors this year was a T-17 at the US Open.
That’s a pretty good for any player, but when it comes to Koepka, it’s par for the course as he lives for majors.
Like Tiger Woods, who has 15 majors on his resume, it’s all about golf’s biggest four events. His play before these tournaments is geared toward giving himself the best chance to succeed in the next major.
His play after the majors is to work on parts of his game that need work as he readies for the next major. If it’s a major, Koepka will be in the picture come Sunday.
Another Chance to Back Viktor Hovland
Viktor Hovland, a solid bet at +2200, came into last week’s Scottish Open on a roll. But an opening round 73, three-over-par, left him 12 shots off the lead and looking up at about 120 other players.
A second-round 63, seven-under-par, got him back into the picture. He then had a great Saturday round, a 64, before a final-round 72 left him T-25, but it still sends him into this week’s Open Championship on a positive note.
So, two great rounds and two not-so-great rounds. What that adds up to is he’s surely got the potential to win if he plays four consistent rounds. Add in the fact he’s had great finishes the last two Open Championships (a T-12 two years ago and a T-4 last year), and he’s got to be on bettors’ radar.
Hovland’s still looking for that first major, and this just might be the week.
We’re Not Backing Favorites
Face it, Rory McIlroy and Scottie Scheffler are coming into this week as the favorites for a reason: They are hot.
McIlroy is fresh off an impressive victory at the Scottish Open (including birdies on the final two holes that gave him the title by one shot), and Scheffler battled a balky putter and still finished T-3.
With McIlroy being +650 and Scheffler coming in at +700, the value just isn’t there for us. They will certainly be in the picture come Sunday (barring a collapse which we have no reason to think is coming) but we just don’t like the numbers.
We will be backing at least one of them in our Open Championship props bet story, so make sure to check it out.