British Open 2022 Best Bets & Predictions: McIlroy, Scheffler Among Golfers to Watch

Devon Platana

Tue Jul 12 2022

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The 2022 PGA TOUR hasn’t missed its mark when it comes to entertaining golf fans around the world. That trend is expected to continue overseas this week as the sport’s top competitors will meet for the final major tournament of the year: the 2022 British Open.

Also known as the Open Championship, this year’s event is taking place at the Old Course at St Andrews in St Andrews, Scotland. Festivities will kick off on Thursday, July 14 before concluding on Sunday, July 17.

Legacies are made at the British Open. Collin Morikawa proved that last year when he finished 15-under-par at Royal St. George’s to win the tournament for the first-ever time. Only time will tell if we’ll see another first-time champion or a repeat winner in a few days.

Here’s a look at the latest 2022 British Open betting odds from FanDuel Sportsbook, along with the best bets that you can make heading into the event.

2022 British Open Betting Odds and Tournament Information

  • Date: July 14 to July 17, 2022
  • Course: Old Course at St Andrews in St Andrews, Scotland
  • Purse: $14,000,000
  • 2021 British Open Winner: Collin Morikawa

Odds to Win the 2022 British Open Tournament

  • Rory McIlroy (+1000)
  • Xander Schauffele (+1400)
  • Jordan Spieth (+1500)
  • Jon Rahm (+1600)
  • Scottie Scheffler (+1600)
  • Matthew Fitzpatrick (+1800)
  • Justin Thomas (+2000)
  • Shane Lowry (+2000)
  • Cameron Smith (+2200)
  • Patrick Cantlay (+2400)
  • Will Zalatoris (+2700)
  • Tommy Fleetwood (+2800)
  • Collin Morikawa (+2800)
  • Dustin Johnson (+3200)
  • Tyrrell Hatton (+3400)
  • Tony Finau (+3400)
  • Joaquin Niemann (+3700)
  • Hideki Matsuyama (+3700)

Odds are via FanDuel Sportsbook.

Best Bets for the 2022 British Open

Rory McIlroy (+1000)

Rory McIlroy is one of the several returning champions competing in the 2022 British Open this week. The 33-year-old veteran won the tournament when it was held at Royal Liverpool back in 2014, winning it all by finishing 17-under-par.

On one hand, McIlroy finished T-5 or better in his three Open Championship entries following his victory. On the other, he’s failed to make the cut and finished T-46 in his two entries since that run.

Nevertheless, McIlroy has been a trustworthy betting option in 2022. He’s finished inside of the top 10 in five of his last seven events, which includes a victory at the RBC Canadian Open. His other two events over that stretch resulted in T-18 and T-19 showings.

Once you combine McIlroy’s British Open success, as well as the successful run that he’s currently on, it’s not hard to like him winning another major title this week.

Scottie Scheffler (+1600)

Like McIlroy, Scottie Scheffler has been money more often than not during this golf season. The 26-year-old phenom leads the PGA Tour with four victories in 2022 and looks to add on to that total in Scotland this week.

Bettors might feel hesitant after Scheffler missed the cut at the Scottish Open over the weekend, but there’s no reason to panic. Before that, he found himself inside of the top 20 in eight of nine tournaments.

Can Scottie Scheffler continue his impressive 2022 PGA TOUR at the British Open?

The thing about Scheffler is that he’s also stepped it up when a major title has been on the line this year. Even though he’d rather forget about missing the cut at the PGA Championship, he did win the Masters Tournament and also placed T-2 at the U.S. Open.

Although he doesn’t have much experience at the Open Championship, he did impress in his debut in 2021, placing T-8. Scheffler’s a much better golfer compared to then, making him one of the better betting options this week.

Shane Lowry (+2000)

If you’re looking to get a bit more value out of your British Open pick, I suggest going with Shane Lowry at +2000 odds.

Lowry is another returning champion, having won The Open by six strikes back in 2019. He didn’t come as close to winning it last year, but he did finish T-12, showing that he can still hang with the best that the tournament has to offer.

Lowry also hasn’t been too bad on the PGA Tour. He’s found himself inside of the top 25 in eight of his last 11 outings, including a trio of T-3 finishes, as well as a second-place showing at the Honda Classic.

Xander Schauffele Top 5 (+280)

Xander Schauffele has momentum on his side as he enters the Open Championship coming off a victory at the Scottish Open. It was his second victory in as many outings as the 28-year-old had just won the Travelers Championship to close out June.

Schauffele isn’t a stranger to making the top 5. It’s something he’s done six times already this season and even once at the British Open when he placed T-2 in 2018. It isn’t the biggest sample size, but his success is worth noting.

It’s hard to argue that anyone in golf is hotter than Schauffele at the moment. He seems locked in a posed to do some damage in Scotland this week, making a top-5 finish a realistically achievable goal.

Louis Oosthuizen Top 10 (+480)

Louis Oosthuizen is far from a tournament favorite this year, but that doesn’t mean that bettors should count him out as a betting option.

For starters, Oosthuizen has had success at St Andrews, having won the 2010 British Open. Yes, that was quite some time ago, however, that doesn’t change the fact that few people in this year’s field have had as much success at the Old Course as he has.

Since his victory, Oosthuizen has had a mixed bag of showings, missing the cut three times in 10 appearances. Having said that, he placed T-2 the next time the tournament was held at St Andrews (2015) and even placed T-3 just last year.

I don’t know if the dynamic South African golfer has what it takes to win it all this year. However, I do think a top-10 finish in Scotland is within the realm of possibility and there’s great value to be had at +480 odds.

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Devon Platana
Devon Platana

Devon is a Master of Journalism graduate who joined the sports betting world in 2020. His favorite leagues to cover are the NHL, NBA and NFL, and has a soft spot for fantasy football specifically. Outside of sports, he enjoys the finer things in life like pasta, live music and getting even more tattoos.