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The Open Championship Odds & Field

Sam WagmanSports Content Editor
@swagman95
Last Updated: Jul 17, 2023

The Open is golf’s oldest championship event. Established in 1860, it has found a home on the links courses of Scotland, though it also cycles through courses in Northern Ireland as well as England.

Cameron Smith is the reigning champion of The Open Championship, as he held off Rory McIlroy, Cameron Young, and Viktor Hovland to win the first major championship of his career. He will return for only his fourth tournament on the PGA Tour since his victory, as he joined the LIV Golf Tour soon after winning The Open.

As mentioned earlier, The Open Championship cycles through different courses every year, and this year it is hosted at Royal Liverpool Golf Club in England. Royal Liverpool last hosted The Open Championship in 2014, when McIlroy triumphed over Rickie Fowler in his most recent major championship victory.

Let’s dig into the outright odds and take a look at some of the main favorites and sleepers I’m looking at this week.

Odds to Win The Open Championship 2023

The Open Championship Favorites

Rory McIlroy (+750) • DraftKings Sportsbook

McIlroy is the favorite this week, and it’s probably deserved given that the last time this tournament was held at Royal Liverpool, he came out on top. Now that was nine years ago, and McIlroy has not won a major since, but he has placed in the top 10 in eight of his last 10 majors and could be ready to make a run here.

Coming off a win at the Scottish Open last week, McIlroy is primed and in terrific form to try and repeat his 2014 performance.

Scottie Scheffler (+900) • DraftKings Sportsbook

Scheffler has been one of the hottest players in the game of golf this season, with a top-12 finish in every single event he’s played in so far this calendar year. He only has one major title to his name, but should contend to add a second at a tournament that he finished T21 at last year after a down final round.

Don’t be afraid of his single-digit odds number; Scheffler ranks first in a bevy of strokes gained categories for the 2023 season and makes a lot of sense as our PGA pick of the day to win this major championship.

Jon Rahm (+1200) • BetMGM Sportsbook

Many have been speculating that Rahm would win an Open Championship sooner rather than later, given his European heritage and game that’s well suited for links golf. He has a T3 from 2021 and finished T34 last season, but so far has yet to cross the finish line in first.

Since opening the season with four wins in nine starts, Rahm has cooled down, missing the cut in his last tournament. His price tag is a reminder that he can always come out and dominate the competition.

The Open Championship Sleepers

Keegan Bradley (+10000) • FanDuel Sportsbook

In 2014, Bradley played very well at Hoylake en route to a T19 finish. He fits a lot of metrics for this course, including Good Drives Gained, which I think will be integral for maintaining your scoring on a course like this where you don’t really have to shot shape your way around the course.

Si Woo Kim (+12500) • BetRivers Sportsbook

We have seen Si Woo contend recently at major championships, including last year at St. Andrews where he was on the front page of the leaderboard heading into the final round. He is an accurate driver of the golf ball who excels at bunker and around the green play. Looking at my model, I would feel comfortable taking a flyer on one of his placement bets.

The Open Championship Past Winners

YearWinner
2013 Phil Mickelson
2014Rory McIlroy
2015Zach Johnson
2016Henrik Stenson
2017Jordan Spieth
2018Francesco Molinari
2019Shane Lowry
2020No Winner
2021Collin Morikawa
2022Cameron Smith

Author

Sam Wagman

Sam is the Sports Content Editor for The Game Day. He has been in the sports media industry for 4 years, with stints at VegasInsider, Footballguys, and Fantasy Points. Sam specializes in fantasy football content creation and strategy as well as sports betting content strategy with an NFL and PGA focus. Originally from Philadelphia, he enjoys all Philly sports despite now living in Florida. He enjoys playing tennis, pickleball, and golf -- while constantly struggling to break 80 on the course.

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