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The Open Championship 2022 - Golf Picks & Predictions

The fourth and final major, The Open Championship, will tee off this Thursday on the Old Course at St. Andrews. This will be the 150th edition of the The Open and is the 30 time that the tournament has been hosted by St Andrews. This year's field consists of 156 golfers that will be trimmed to the top 70 plus ties after Friday's second round.

The Old Course at St. Andrews is a par-72 that is 7,313 yards. This course is not what is considered a traditional layout for a par 72 as there are only two par 3s and a pair of par 5s. The fairways are extremely wide and firm which will make for very long drives. The course consists of 110 bunkers and over-sized greens that make for big targets. Bentgrass and fescue will make up the fairways while native grasses will make up the rough. The greens are fescue based with poa annua and bentgrass.

Tiger Woods is in this week's field after missing out on the US Open. Woods is a long shot in this week's tournament at 50-1. The favorite is Rory McIlroy at 9-1 and Jon Rahm has the second best odds at 14-1. Scottie Scheffler has the third best odds at 15-1. Scheffler earned his first major by winning the Masters in April and has won three other tournaments this season. 

 

Top 25 odds for The Open Championship

Rory McIlroy 9-1

Jon Rahm 14-1

Scottie Scheffler 15-1

Xander Schauffele 16-1

Jordan Spieth 16-1

Matthew Fitzpatrick 18-1

Justin Thomas 18-1

Shane Lowry 22-1

Collin Morikawa 25-1

Will Zalatoris 25-1

Cameron Smith 25-1

Patrick Cantlay 25-1

Dustin Johnson 35-1

Tyrrell Hatton 35-1

Brooks Koepka 35-1

Tommy Fleetwood 35-1

Louis Oosthuizen 40-1

Viktor Hovland 40-1

Hideki Matsuyama 40-1

Sam Burns 40-1

Joaquin Niemann 45-1

Max Homa 50-1

Justin Rose 50-1

Tony Finau 50-1

Tiger Woods 60-1

Collin Morikawa (25-1) has had an up and down season. Morikawa finished in the top five four times since the start of January but none since the Masters this past April. Morikawa has not finished higher than 26th since his strong finish at the Masters but Morikawa has finished in the top 10 five times in his 10 major starts, which includes a pair of victories. Morikawa will host the Claret Jug on Sunday as the tournament’s winner. Prediction winner: Collin Morikawa 25-1.

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