Rory McIlroy Favored Over Xander Schauffele at St. Andrews

2022 Open Championship Odds

Odds via BetMGM, as of 10 am ET on Monday.

Golfer Odds
Rory McIlroy +1000
Xander Schauffele +1400
Jordan Spieth +1600
John Rahm +1800
Matt Fitzpatrick +1800
Scottie Scheffler +1800
Justin Thomas +2000
Cameron Smith +2500
Collin Morikawa +2500
Patrick Cantlay +2500
Shane Lowry +2500
Will Zalatoris +2500
Dustin Johnson +3300
Tommy Fleetwood +3300
Tyrrell Hatton +3300
Brooks Koepka +4000
Louis Oosthuizen +4000
Sam Burns +4000
Hideki Matsuyama +4000
Victor Hovland +4000
Joaquin Niemann +5000
Max Homa +5000
Tony Finau +5000
Bryson DeChambeau +6600
Justin Rose +6600
Tiger Woods +6600
Sungjae Im +6600
Seamus Power +8000
Adam Scott +8000
Corey Conners +8000
Gary Woodland +8000
Marc Leishman +8000
Patrick Reed +8000
Ryan Fox +8000
Cameron Young +8000
Abraham Ancer +10000
Billy Horschel +10000
Christiaan Bezuidenhout +10000
Robert McIntyre +10000
Sergio Garcia +10000
Keegan Bradley +12500
Paul Casey +12500
Webb Simpson +12500
Mito Pereira +12500
Thomas Pieters +12500
Aaron Wise +12500
JT Poston +12500
Brian Harman +15000
Danny Willett +15000
Jason Kokrak +15000
Kevin Kisner +15000
Lee Westwood +15000
Lucas Herbert +15000
Russell Henley +15000
Victor Perez +15000
Cameron Tringale +15000
Harold Varner III +15000
Talor Gooch +15000
Adrian Meronc +15000
Haotong Li +15000
Joo-hyung Kim +15000
Jordan Smith +15000
Keith Mitchell +15000
Sebastian Munoz +15000
Sahith Theegala +15000
Kurt Kitayama +15000
Francesco Molinari +15000
Emiliano Grillo +20000
Harris English +20000
Ian Poulter +20000
Padraig Harrington +20000
Phil Mickelson +20000
Sam Horsfield +20000
KH Lee +20000
Tom Hoge +20000
Kevin No +20000
Chris Kirk +20000
Dean Burmester +20000
Luke List +20000
Si Woo Kim +20000
Bernd Wiesberger +20000
Eric van Rooyen +20000
Min Woo Lee +20000
Henrik Stenson +25000
Richard Bland +25000
Stewart Zink +25000
Thomas Detry +25000
Adri Arnaus +25000
Mackenzie Hughes +25000
Nicolai Hojgaard +25000
Pablo Larrazabal +25000
Zach Johnson +25000
Jamie Donaldson +25000
Brandon Wu +25000
Dylan Frittelli +30000
Guido Migliozzi +30000
Alexander Bjork +30000
Jason Scrivener +30000
Justin Harding +30000
Laurie Canter +30000
Marcus Armitage +30000
Matthew Jordan +30000
Richard Mansell +30000
Sepp Straka +30000
Thirston Lawrence +30000
Wyndham Clark +30000
Fabrizio Zanotti +30000
Trey Mullinach +35000
Garrick Higgo +35000
Shaun Norris +40000
Shugo Imahira +40000
John Catlin +40000
Ashley Chesters +50000
Brad Kennedy +50000
Ernie Els +50000
Kazuki Higa +50000
Keita Nakajima +50000
Marco Penge +50000
Min-kyu Kim +50000
Scott Vincent +50000
Sihwan Kim +50000
Takumi Kanaya +50000
Yuto Katsuragawa +50000
Zander Lombard +50000
David Law +50000
Anthony Quayle +75000
Ben Campbell +75000
Chan Kim +75000
Min-Gyu Cho +75000
Sodom Kaewkanjana +75000
Aaron Jarvis +100000
Aldrich Potgieter +100000
Alex Wrigley +100000
Barclay Brown +100000
Darren Clarke +100000
David Carey +100000
Dimitros Papadatos +100000
Filippo Celli +100000
Jack Floyd +100000
Jamie Rutherford +100000
Jediah Morgan +100000
John Daly +100000
John Parry +100000
Jorge Fernandez Valdes +100000
Justin De Los Santos +100000
Justin Leonard +100000
Lars van Meijel +100000
Matthew Griffin +100000
Oliver Farr +100000
Paul Lawrie +100000
Robert Dinwiddie +100000
Ronan Mullarney +100000
Sam Bairstow +100000
Matt Ford +150000
David Duval +200000
Mark Calcavecchia +200000
Stephen Dodd +200000

In the midst of a pretty incredible heater, Rory McIlroy is the consensus betting favorite this week for the 150th playing of the Open Championship.

McIlroy sold out the Scottish Open, but it’s not like he needed it to enter The Open in any better shape than he’s already in. In the Northern Irishman’s last seven stroke-play starts, he has one win (the RBC Canadian Open), five top-10 finishes and a worst result of T19. No one in the world is playing better than McIlroy at this moment.

Just behind McIlroy is Travelers and Scottish Open winner Xander Schauffele, who has finished in the top 20 in each of his last six starts. Winning in back-to-back starts is incredible, but three seems unrealistic…right?

After that pair is Jordan Spieth at 16-1, coming off a strong showing at the Scottish Open, followed by John Rahm, Matt Fitzpatrick and Scottie Scheffler all at 18-1.

Scheffler’s missed cut at the Scottish Open certainly isn’t encouraging, but his results this summer have been. After winning four tournaments in the first 3 1/2 months of 2022, Scheffler has five top-10 finishes in his last six starts, including a T2 at the US Open. This will be his second appearance at The Open, having finished T8 last year. His major-championship record is quite incredible, missing one cut in his last nine starts and finishing in the top 10 six times.

Next up is Justin Thomas at 20-1. It’s rare to see Thomas with a number that big next to his name, but he has missed two of his last four cuts, including a stunning 10-over MC at the Scottish Open, while Spieth has four top-10 finishes in his last eight starts.

Will Zalatoris and reigning Claret Jug winner Collin Morikawa headlined the next group at 25-1.

Zalatoris has, like Thomas, also missed two of his last four cuts, but his major record this year is stunning. The 25-year-old went T6 at the Masters, second at the PGA Championship and T2 at the US Open. This will be his first Open Championship appearance after he had to withdraw last year.

Morikawa, the reigning champion, also missed the cut at the Scottish Open. Morikawa won last year at Royal St. George’s in his first tournament of links golf ever, so imagine what he could do with some experience under his belt.

Low Winners

Since the turn of the century, there have been four Open Championships played at St. Andrews.

The first two were won by Tiger Woods in 2000 and ’05, and he won those by a combined 13 strokes. Then, it was Louis Oosthuizen cruising to a seven-stroke win in 2010. Five years later, Zach Johnson bested Oosthuizen and Marc Leishman in a four-hole playoff (the standard length at The Open) for the win.

Since Woods last won The Open in 2006, a British or Irish player has won this event five times, with Padraig Harrington going back-to-back in 2007 and ’08, Darren Clarke famously winning in ’11, McIlroy in ’14 at Royal Liverpool and then Shane Lowry in ’19 at Royal Portrush.

Last year, Oosthuizen was in position for the rare wire-to-wire major win, but he ultimately showed the form on Sundays that have kept him a bridesmaid at majors for so long. It’s not like he was awful with a 1-over 71, but Morikawa delivered a 5-under day to finish four clear of the South African and two ahead of Jordan Spieth, who won his Claret Jug back in 2017.

The Course

The most famous Open Championship course, St. Andrews is iconic. There’s a reason Tiger went out of his way to ensure he would be playing this year.

St. Andrews has had many renovations over the past 15 years, but it hasn’t really been to add great distance. The course is right around 7,300 yards now as a par-72, and it should look pretty similar to what it was like in 2015.

This is a typical links golf track, with pot bunkers that look like absolutely no fun at all and rough that, well, is more like really tall grass.

The biggest challenge for players this week will be in the form of any potentially bad weather. Zach Johnson won at 15-under here back in 2015, with two of his rounds coming in the 70s.

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