The British Open Odds: Compare the latest prices for the 149th Open Championship from Royal St George's
The 149th Open Championship gets underway this week from Royal St George’s down in Kent. The tournament should have taken place at this course in the ‘Garden of England’ in 2020, but due to the pandemic was pushed back. Ben Curtis was a 500/1 at this very venue back in 2003 and we’ve taken a look at some of the main betting markets ahead of this year’s renewal.
First up it’s worth noting that there are some drastic differences in the each-way places that are being offered from the bookmakers. Paddy Power and Boyle Sports are both paying 12 places at 1/6 the odds, with Betfair and Betfred offering 10 places at 1/5. William Hill and 888 Sport are both paying nine places with bet365 going eight, all at 1/5.
Jon Rahm is the clear favourite heading into the tournament, priced at just 7/1 with several firms, an implied probability of 12.5%. Coming here off the back of his US Open win at Torrey Pines, many regard Rahm to be playing the best golf in the world right now and he’s the only player in the market at a single figure price.
Brooks Koepka and 2017 Open winner Jordan Speith come next in the market and can be backed at 18/1 with bet365. Since 2009 Rory Mcllroy has finished first, second, third, fourth and fifth at The Open, but will be looking for a big improvement after missing the cut at Portrush in 2019 and is being offered at 20/1. Justin Thomas, Xander Schauffele and Dustin Johnson, round off the head of the market, again all priced at 20/1 with bet365.
Top GB and Ireland Player
2019 and most recent winner Shane Lowry is 35/1 to repeat his success in Northern Ireland of two years ago but is just an 8/1 shot in the Top Great Britain and Ireland player market. Rory Mcllroy is the favourite at 5/1, with 29-year-old Tyyrell Hatton not far behind at 7/1.
Four places each-way are offered by most bookmakers on this market, with Matthew Fitzpatrick, Lee Westwood,Tommy Fleetwood and Paul Casey all being priced at around 9/1. Scotland’s Robert Macintyre is 12/1 with William Hill, while Justin Rose, who has only two top-10 finishes at Open Championships since 1999 and is 14/1 shot in this market.
First Round Leader
J.B Holmes was the first round leader at the last Open Championship after shooting an impressive 66 at Portrush. As many as eight places each-way are available on this market with both Betfair and Paddy Power for which Jon Rahm heads at 16/1.
After scoring an eight at the first hole in his first round in 2019 Rory Mcllroy will be hoping for a better start and is 28/1 to top the leaderboard after round one. Jordan Speith also topped the pile after round one in 2017 when he went on to lift the Claret Jug and is an attractive 33/1 with BetVictor to do so this time round.
Top Australian Player
11 players make up the Top Australian market, with most bookmakers offering three places each-way. Marc Leishman is the shortest price at around 7/2 with 2019 winner in this market, Cameron Smith available to be backed at a current best price of 9/2 with Paddy Power.
The last Australian winner of The Open was Greg Norman back in 1993, which in fact came at this venue of Royal St George’s, when ‘The Great White Shark' finished on 13 under par, defeating Nick Faldo by two strokes.
Former World Number One and 2012 runner up Adam Scott can be backed at 5/1 along with 25-year-old Lucas Herbert who became a wire-to-wire winner of the Irish Open in July and tied fourth in Scotland last week. Jason Day has only one top-10 finish in his career at The Open and is another former world number one, who can be backed at 11/2 in this market with Paddy Power.
Top American player
Only three of the last ten winners of the tournament have been from the United States with Jordan Spieth the last to do so at Royal Birkdale in 2017. Spieth is one of five players who bet365’s have gone 8/1 about at the head of the market, along with Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Justin Thomas and Xander Schauffele.
2020 US Open winner Bryson DeChambeau has only made the cut in one of his three visits to The Open and is priced at 16/1 to be the top American. Colin Morikawa was a major winner in 2020, collecting the PGA Championship and is the only other player at 18/1 is then only other player shorter than 20/1 in this market.
Best of luck to anyone having a punt on the Golf. We’ve got a full preview and tips for what’s set to be an excellent work from our man Jamie Worsley. Please always gamble responsibly.