St. Andrews is the home of golf, so it doesn’t get much better than this. Can McIlroy see off the strong field and win his first major since 2014? Or will there be a new breakout golfing star to take the honors?
The Timing is Right
McIlroy looks set to make a serious charge at winning the Open Championship and that’s reflected in his odds to win the Open Championship.
The Northern Irishman is +1000 to add another major to his record but has not won since 2014 could be playing on his mind. He has been in excellent form this year, including a win at the RBC Canadian Open tournament and a T5 finish at the U.S. Open.
There is no better course for McIlroy to get that big win than St. Andrews. Despite the added pressure that comes with it, he has a tonne of expertise playing The Old Course Open Championship odds are respecting his chances.
He often provides bettors a significant return on their investment and we think he can end his major drought this week.
Gary Player is in agreement with us, who thinks the course suits McIlroy best.
“He is the most talented golfer in the world today. He has the best swing, he is a physical specimen – I admire him so much because of his work ethic – and a wonderful young man,” Player said.
“He draws the ball, which is a big advantage at St. Andrews and the greens are big, so there won’t be much chipping – which I don’t think is the best part of his game. He is my pick to win.”
There is value in his Open Championship odds and he should be the hardest to beat.
Schauffele: A Man on Fire
The reputation of being a golfer who often finishes near the top of the scoreboard but is unsuccessful has been shattered by player Xander Schauffele. He comes off wins in the Scottish Open and Travelers Championship, which were too good to ignore.
The best quality in a golfer is confidence and the American is filled with it after a gritty victory in Scotland. It was a great follow-up to his victory at home and it proves he has become a complete golfer.
McIlroy wasn’t in the Scottish Open field but he got the better of Scottie Scheffler and Jon Rahm. Therefore, he demands attention in betting markets and +1400 is a good value for those who bet on golf.
Schauffele knows how to win without being flashy, which is required in the Open Championship.
“It’s what links golf promotes, getting the ball in the hole. I was telling myself that; it doesn’t really have to be pretty,” Schauffele told PGA Tour. “It wasn’t very pretty, unfortunately, but I got the ball in the hole and one better than everyone else.”
We expect more money to come for Schauffele in Open Championship odds markets, so lock in the current quote.
Value with Woodland
Gary Woodland, the 2019 U.S. Open champion, pulled a disappearing act after his historic victory but he is back on track for the Open Championship.
The American placed T10 at the 2022 U.S. Open before producing a good four rounds at the Scottish Open. He would have finished higher up the leaderboard had it not been for a tough final round, but it should give him confidence.
He’s built for the conditions at St. Andrews and Open Championship odds have him at +8000. That’s an astronomical price for a quality golfer who is steadily getting back to his major championship-winning best.Follow us on Twitter