The Old Course at St. Andrews will host the 150th Open Championship on July 14–17 in Scotland, which will be the fourth and last major of the 2022 PGA Tour season.
156 players will fight for the chance to take home the coveted Claret Jug and $2.5 million of the Open Championship’s historic $14 million purse, a 22 percent growth from the $11.5 million in prize money available in 2021 when Collin Morikawa won the tournament in his debut.
The 2014 Open Championship champion and No. 2 player in the Official World Golf Ranking, Rory McIlroy, is the +900 betting favorite to win his second Open Championship and fifth major championship overall.
The odds for the 30th Open held at St. Andrews are as follows: last weekend’s Scottish Open winner Xander Schauffele is the second favorite at +1,200, followed by the 2022 Masters champion Scottie Scheffler at +1,400.
Although the aforementioned players should do well in the year’s last major, there is better value lower on the odds board. The three underdog choices for the 150th Open Championship are highlighted below.
(Odds provided by Caesars Sportsbook)
- Louis Oosthuizen: +4,000
- Hideki Matsuyama: +4,000
- Ryan Fox: +6,000
Prior to his departure to the LIV Golf tour, the South African golfer had suffered with ailments earlier in the season and had not produced many encouraging performances on the PGA Tour. In both the Shriners Children’s Open and Phoenix Open, Oosthuizen’s highest result on the PGA Tour was a T14; in his previous eight outings, he never did better than 30th.
Due to injuries, he had to withdraw from the RSM Classic and the Masters. He later went back to play at the PGA Championship, where he tied for 60th. His next start came at the U.S. Open at The Country Club in Brookline, where he missed the cut after shooting a round-one score of 77. Thoughts of a turnaround were raised by Oosthuizen’s eighth-place showing in the BMW International Open the following week.
Since then, he has competed in both the LIV tour tournaments in Portland and London, placing sixth in the latter and tied for 10th in the former due to the more competitive field that included Bryson DeChambeau, Brooks Koepka, Abraham Ancer, and Patrick Reed.
The St. Andrews course, where the 39-year-old Oosthuizen won his last major championship in 2010, may be where he turns a corner just in time for the tournament. He’s not only won the Claret Jug at The Old Course once previously; in Oosthuizen’s lone prior Open appearance at St. Andrews, he finished in a tie for second place after falling to Zach Johnson in a four-hole playoff.
He tied for third in the Open at Royal St. George’s last year, and upon his return to Scotland, he may totally restore his form.
Few people anticipated that Matsuyama would win a Green Jacket at Augusta in 2021, and his odds for the 2022 Open suggest that others do not have faith in his prowess on The Old Course. However, the OWGR No. 14 golfer has had a successful season thus far on the PGA Tour and might pull off an upset there.
The Japanese superstar has finished in the Top 10 six times this season, including at the U.S. Open, and has won the ZOZO Championship and Sony Open in Hawaii. Matsuyama’s performance in the Scottish Open last weekend was erratic, and he missed the cut with rounds of 73 and 74, but he possesses the talent necessary to gel at St. Andrews.
In terms of a DP World Tour player to keep an eye on, Ryan Fox, 35, has been on a run this season. He has finished no lower than 15th since winning the Ras al Khaimah Classic in February, and he has posted four consecutive Top 3 finishes in his previous four outings.
Fox is currently ranked 48th in the OWGR and fourth on the DP World Tour. In addition, he is Top 10 in putts per GIR, is Top 4 in strokes gained on approach, and is inside the Top 20 in driving distance and strokes gained around the green on the DP World Tour.
Fox finished tied for 49th at St. Andrews in 2015 and has only missed one cut in five Open outings. He has improved since then and will enter this competition hot off a second-place showing in the Irish Open.
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