2023 The Open Championship Odds & Betting Picks

2023 The Open Championship Odds & Betting Picks

The Open Championship, commonly known as the British Open, is the fourth and final major of 2023 in the world of golf. It’s the 151st edition of the event, making it the oldest golf tournament in the world. For the final time this year, we’ll see the top players from the PGA Tour, DP World Tour, and LIV Golf play in the same event. Due to the agreement between the three parties that’s in the final negotiation stage, the golf world could look much different by time we get back to the Masters for the first major of 2024. Here the 2023 The Open Championship Betting Preview.

The site of the tournament visits different places in England, Scotland, and Northern Ireland. St. Andrews in Scotland, regarded as the oldest course in the world, has hosted the most, with 30.

Last year’s 150th edition was held at St. Andrews, and Cameron Smith was victorious by one stroke over Cameron Young. Rory McIlroy, who hasn’t won a major since 2014, nearly broke that drought, but he shot just 2-under par in the final round (compared to Smith’s -8) and finished third by two strokes.

Tom Watson and Peter Thomson share the modern record with five titles apiece. Each year since Ernie Els won his second Claret Jug in 2012, the winner has been a first-time champion of this event.

The Course

Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake, England, is located along the coast in the northwest part of the country. The course dates back to 1869 and has hosted the Open Championship on 12 previous occasions. The last time, in 2014, McIlroy led wire-to-wire to win what is still his most-recent major championship.

Changes have been made to the course since then. It has dropped from par 72 to par 71, but the course length is slightly increased to 7,383 yards. The 532-yard par-5 10th hole in 2014 is now a par-4, 507-yarder, and the former par-3 15th was eliminated in favor of a 136-yard hole, which is the 17th. It isn’t long, but those who miss the green will suffer thanks to surrounding bunkers that are up to 12 feet below the green level.

The weather will also be a factor this week. In typical British Open fashion, rain, chilly temperatures, and strong winds are in the forecast.

Can McIlroy Break His Major Drought at Hoylake?

Rory McIlroy’s (+700)

Major drought of nine years has been a hot topic as of late, but it takes center stage this week thanks to the British Open returning to the site of his last major win. In addition, McIlroy won his first PGA Tour event of 2023 this past weekend at the Genesis Scottish Open. It comes after several close calls in recent weeks, including a runner-up at the U.S. Open as a part of six straight top 10s. Aside from a missed cut at the Masters, McIlroy has also finished inside the top 10 in six of his last seven majors.  

Scottie Scheffler (+750)

Is just behind McIlroy in the odds and is on a run of strong finishes that’s bordering on legendary status. Scottie Scheffler scored his seventh consecutive top-five finish in Scotland last week and has 19 top-12 finishes in 2023. What’s missing from Scheffler’s resume, however, is a win in this tournament. He was 21st in this event last year but was well-positioned before a final-round 74 sent him down the leaderboard.

2023 The Open Championship Other Contenders

Jon Rahm (+1000)

Isn’t quite as much of an odds-on favorite as McIlroy and Scheffler since cooling down from extraordinarily hot start to the season from the Sentry Tournament of Champions to the Masters. Rahm missed the cut at the Travelers Championship and promptly took three weeks off to reset his focus. That approach worked for McIlroy after missing the cut at Augusta, so we’ll see if it’s a good move by Rahm.

Cameron Smith (+1400)

Of LIV Golf, is the defending champion. Like McIlroy, he comes in on a high note after winning the LIV event in London two weeks ago. He remained in the UK and rested last weekend, so he could be difficult to deal with while looking to be the first back-to-back champion in this major since Padraig Harrington in 2008-09.

A large group of golfers are at +2000, including PGA Championship winner Brooks Koepka, whose best finish in this event is fourth in 2019. Viktor Hovland has been one of Europe’s best golfers and was fifth at St. Andrews last year. He was in the final group with McIlroy last year until a rough final round sent him down to fifth. Hovland was runner-up to Koepka at the PGA and won the Memorial Tournament last month. Rickie Fowler, who won three weeks ago and is in the midst of a career resurgence, is at +2000 along with a pair of Englishmen, Tommy Fleetwood and Tyrrell Hatton. The two have been consistent contenders this year but do not have a win to their credit. Fleetwood lost a playoff at the RBC Canadian Open last month and was runner-up to Shane Lowry in the 2019 British Open. He grew up 25 miles away from this course, was sixth last week at the Scottish Open, and finished fifth at the 2022 Open Championship.

2023 The Open Championship Longshots

Englishman Justin Rose (+4000) has good value, and he has a win at Pebble Beach earlier this year. Another big name to watch is Bryson DeChambeau (+5000). Like Koepka, the big hitter is healthy and could shorten this course with his renowned power. DeChambeau also has a runner-up finish two starts ago on the LIV circuit.

Of the top-two favorites, we’re sure Scheffler will notch another top 10, but McIlroy should be a threat to win. Further down the list, we’ll back Smith to repeat, Hovland, Fleetwood, and DeChambeau as an underdog pick.

2023 Open Championship Odds by Jazzsports

Rory McIlroy+700
Scottie Scheffler+750
Jon Rahm+1000
Cameron Smith+1400
Brooks Koepka+2000
Viktor Hovland+2000
Rickie Fowler+2000
Tommy Fleetwood+2000
Tyrrell Hatton+2000
Xander Schauffele+2500

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