Betting Top 20 Finishes For The Open Championship

  • Only five golfers at the 150th Open Championship have odds shorter than +2000.
  • Of those golfers, Xander Schauffele’s history at the Open and recent play makes his +1600 odds the best value.
  • Other longshots to finish inside the top 20 such as Tony Finau(+130), Max Homa(+130), and Mackenzie Hughes(+500) may be the best bets based on history as well.

ST ANDREWS, Scotland – The 150th version of the Open Championship will tee off on Thursday morning at the Old Course.

The field this week is full of many of golf’s biggest names, including the biggest name of them all, Tiger Woods(+6600). This week’s jam-packed field has taken an effect on the odds, as only five golfers have odds shorter than 20-1 to win the tournament from online sportsbooks.

Odds To Win The Open Championship

  • Rory McIlroy +1000
  • Jon Rahm +1600
  • Jordan Spieth +1600
  • Xander Schauffele +1600
  • Scottie Scheffler +1800
  • Matthew Fitzpatrick +2000
  • Will Zalatoris +2000
  • Cameron Smith +2200
  • Justin Thomas +2200
  • Shane Lowry +2200

Betting On Top 20 Finishes Based On Recent Form

Betting outright on who will win the Claret Jug comes with the largest payouts on The Open Championship, but betting on top 20 finishers is much easier and still comes with some larger payouts.

To find the best bets for this year’s British Open, the average of the past 10 PGA Tour events for each golfer were found, as were the average finish at the last five Open Championships.

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Combining those averages and listing off golfers whose average finish is better than 20th leads to one golfer, Xander Schauffele. Schauffele has undoubtedly been on a roll lately winning his last two events, the Scottish Open and Travelers Championship, but limiting golf bettors to one bet may take some of the fun out of the last major of the year.

Expanding that list to golfers whose average finish when combing their past 10 PGA Tour events and past five Open Championships reveals many of the favorites and a few longshots.

Name T20 Odds Last 10 Events Average Open Finish Comb. Avg
Xander Schauffele -195 8.66 27.25 17.95
Rory McIlroy -275 9.33 32.2 20.76
Jordan Spieth -170 29.71 12.6 21.15
Scottie Scheffler -170 35.71 8 21.85
Tony Finau +130 31.66 19.8 25.73
Max Homa +130 17.5 40 28.75
Mackenzie Hughes +500 52.87 6 29.43

Seeing that many of the Open Championship’s favorites are on that list may add some credibility to it. The credibility boost, and standout statistics, mean some of the best bets on the Open are on top 20 underdogs such as Tony Finau(+130), Max Homa(+130), and Mackenzie Hughes(+500).