British Open Odds & Picks

2015 British Open Odds, Betting Analysis & TV Info

This week the best golfers in the world will descend upon the Old Course at St Andrews in Fife, Scotland with the 2015 Open being hosted at the oldest and most iconic golf course in the world. The Swilcan Bridge and Hell Bunker are recognized by young & old and unlike most other golf major calibre courses, the greatest feature of the Old Course is that despite its grand status it remains a public golf course, open to all.

The biggest story heading into the 2015 British Open is defending champion Rory McIlroy pulling out of the tournament due to an injured his left ankle sustained while playing soccer with his friends and later learned that he had sustained a total rupture of an ankle ligament and the associated joint capsule. On Wednesday McIlroy announced he would not be able to defend his title in this week’s 144th British Open on the Old Course. He will be the first to not make an attempt to defend the claret jug since Ben Hogan in 1954, but more on that later.

McIlroy’s injury leaves the door open for Jordan Spieth — now the 2015 British Open betting favorite — to continue his run at the Grand Slam. McIlroy had been the British Open betting favorite prior to his injury and at the time of his announcement almost a staggering 40% of all money wagered on the golf betting futures was on McIlroy to win the 2015 British Open. The news is disappointing for golf fans who were hoping to see a potential showdown between Spieth and McIlroy, but hopefully McIlroy will make a full recovery soon.

Take a look at the Las Vegas golf betting odds for some of the biggest golfers in the world for the upcoming 2015 British Open:

Golfer Odds
Jordan Spieth 9-2
Dustin Johnson 12-1
Justin Rose 16-1
Rickie Fowler 16-1
Adam Scott 18-1
Henrik Stenson 20-1
Louis Oosthuizen 20-1
Tiger Woods 20-1
Jason Day 25-1
Martin Kaymer 25-1
Phil Mickelson 25-1
Sergio Garcia 25-1
Bubba Watson 28-1
Paul Casey 28-1
Hideki Matsuyama 33-1
Branden Grace 35-1
Patrick Reed 40-1
Shane Lowry 40-1

A Closer Look At The 2015 British Open Odds, My Betting Analysis & How To Watch

The Open Championship
Date: July 16– 19 2015 
Start Time: 4:00 AM ET 
Location: St Andrews, Scotland 
Stadium: Old Course at St Andrews 
TV Info: ESPN 
Stream: Watch ESPN
First Round: July 16th 4AM- 3PM
Second Round: July 17th 4AM- 3PM
Third Round: July 18th 7AM- 3PM
Final Round: July 19th 6AM- 3PM
Purse: $9,200,000
Par: 72
Length: 7,305 yards
Course rating: 72.1 rating
Previous British Opens: 28 times; most recent 2010 (Louis Oosthuizen)

“Continuing to assess extent of injury and treatment plan day by day. Rehab already started…Working hard to get back as soon as I can”. With that tweet, Rory McIlroy, at the time the 9/2 favorite to win The Open Championship, also called the British Open, at St. Andrews from July 16 through July 19, threw sportsbooks for a loop. With one single tweet, McIlroy changed the entire complexion of the British Open for every sportsbook on the planet.

No longer was McIlroy the favorite. He was now a 9 to 1 shot while Masters and U.S. Open Championship winner Jordan Spieth became a 5 to 1 shot. Last week, the odds changed again because McIlroy confirmed that he will indeed miss the third major of the year due to injury. For the first time since Ben Hogan in 1954, the British Open defending champ will not be there to defend his title.

Jodran Spieth’s odds to win the 2015 British open are 9/2. At 9/2, Spieth might actually be an overlay to win the British Open. He’s already won the first two major tournaments of the year. Although the odds are long on anybody to win the Grand Slam in golf, Spieth entered this year with his eye on winning majors. That’s why you will never see Jordan Spieth playing soccer, like Rory McIlroy did, during the golf season. After Spieth, the odds go up by a large margin. That’s a sign that sportsbooks are well aware of Spieth’s chances of winning the Open Championship compared to everybody else’s.

Dustin Johnson, who just needed to make a putt in order to beat Spieth for the U.S. Open title, is the second choice at 12/1. Johnson being the second choice makes a lot of sense. In order to succeed at St. Andrews, golfers have to be able to drive the ball far. Johnson is ranked first on the PGA Tour in driving distance at an average of 319 yards per drive.

Driving distance being crucial for success at St. Andrews has to be the reason why Tiger Woods, who has failed to make the cut in 3 out of 8 events this golf season and hasn’t finished in the Top 10 in any tournament yet, is the sixth choice at 20 to 1. Woods, whose longest drive was 359 in the first round of the Greenbriar Classic on Thursday, July 9, use to own St. Andrews. Two out of Tiger’s three British Open Championships occurred at St. Andrews.

The golfers that are going off at lower odds than Tiger in sportsbooks are Adam Scott at 22/1, Justin Rose 18/1 and Louis Oosthuizen at 22/1. Watch out for Adam Scott. He’s ranked third on the Tour in yards per drive at 309. Louis Oosthuizen should be tough as well. He won the British Open the last time that it was at St. Andrews in 2010.

Here are the top 10 golfers that have had the most wagers since defending British Open champion Rory McIlroy pulled out from the tourney due to injury.

  • Jordan Spieth 13% (9-2)
  • Justin Rose 12% (15-1)
  • Louis Oosthuizen 12% (18-1)
  • Dustin Johnson 10% (10-1)
  • Tiger Woods 9% (25-1)
  • Jason Day 9% (25-1)
  • Henrik Stenson 9% (20-1)
  • Rickie Fowler 8% (25-1)
  • Phil Mickelson 8% (25-1)
  • Adam Scott 6% (18-1)

Here are full odds to win the 2015 Open Championship:

Player Odds to Win
Jordan Spieth 9/2
Dustin Johnson 12/1
Rickie Fowler 16/1
Justin Rose 18/1
Henrik Stenson 20/1
Tiger Woods 20/1
Adam Scott 22/1
Louis Oosthuizen 22/1
Jason Day 28/1
Hideki Matsuyama 30/1
Bubba Watson 33/1
Paul Casey 33/1
Phil Mickelson 33/1
Sergio Garcia 33/1
Martin Kaymer 35/1
Shane Lowry 35/1
Branden Grace 40/1
Brandt Snedeker 50/1
Brooks Koepka 50/1
Matt Kuchar 50/1
Patrick Reed 50/1
Jimmy Walker 55/1
Tommy Fleetwood 66/1
Victor Dubuisson 66/1
Bernd Wiesberger 70/1
Jim Furyk 70/1
Billy Horschel 80/1
Charl Schwartzel 80/1
Danny Willett 80/1
Graeme McDowell 80/1
Ian Poulter 80/1
J B Holmes 80/1
Kevin Kisner 80/1
Lee Westwood 80/1
Luke Donald 80/1
Zach Johnson 80/1
Byeong-Hun An 90/1
Francesco Molinari 90/1
Alexander Noren 125/1
Bill Haas 125/1
Charley Hoffman 125/1
Ernie Els 125/1
Gary Woodland 125/1
Graham De Laet 125/1
Jamie Donaldson 125/1
Jason Dufner 125/1
Keegan Bradley 125/1
Marc Warren 125/1
Padraig Harrington 125/1
Rafa Cabrera Bello 125/1
Ryan Moore 125/1
Ryan Palmer 125/1
Andy Sullivan 150/1
Brendon Todd 150/1
Danny Lee 150/1
David Howell 150/1
Geoff Ogilvy 150/1
George Coetzee 150/1
Harris English 150/1
Hunter Mahan 150/1
Joost Luiten 150/1
Kevin Na 150/1
Marc Leishman 150/1
Miguel Angel Jimenez 150/1
Ross Fisher 150/1
Stephen Gallacher 150/1
Webb Simpson 150/1
Alexander Levy 200/1
Ben Martin 200/1
Eddie Pepperell 200/1
James Morrison 200/1
John Senden 200/1
Kiradech Aphibarnrat 200/1
Retief Goosen 200/1
Robert Streb 200/1
Russell Henley 200/1
Russell Knox 200/1
Thomas Aiken 200/1
Thomas Bjørn 200/1
Thongchai Jaidee 200/1
Tyrell Hatton 200/1
Brian Harman 250/1
Daniel Berger 250/1
David Lingmerth 250/1
Jaco Van Zyl 250/1
Jonas Blixt 250/1
Kevin Streelman 250/1
Pablo Larrazabal 250/1
Soren Kjeldsen 250/1
Steven Bowditch 250/1
Carl Pettersson 300/1
Greg Owen 300/1
Marcel Siem 300/1
Matt Jones 300/1
Matteo Manassero 300/1
Mikko Ilonen 300/1
Morgan Hoffmann 300/1
Paul Lawrie 300/1
Anirban Lahiri 350/1
Bernhard Langer 400/1
Cameron Tringale 400/1
Darren Clarke 400/1
David Hearn 400/1
Marcus Fraser 400/1
Stewart Cink 400/1
Anthony Wall 500/1
Edoardo Molinari 500/1
Gary Boyd 500/1
Greg Chalmers 500/1
James Hahn 500/1
Jordan Niebrugge 500/1
Koumei Oda 500/1
Matt Every 500/1
Ollie Schneiderjans 500/1
Rod Pampling 500/1
Romain Wattel 500/1
Ryan Fox 500/1
Scott Hend 500/1
Tadahiro Takayama 500/1
Tim Clark 500/1
Wen-Chong Liang 500/1
John Daly 600/1
Brett Rumford 750/1
Justin Leonard 750/1
Tom Watson 750/1
Adam Bland 1000/1
Ashley Chesters 1000/1
Ben Curtis 1000/1
David Duval 1000/1
David Lipsky 1000/1
Hiroyuki Fujita 1000/1
Jonathan Moore 1000/1
Mark Young 1000/1
Pelle Edberg 1000/1
Robert Dinwiddie 1000/1
Romain Langasque 1000/1
Scott Strange 1000/1
Taichi Teshima 1000/1
Todd Hamilton 1000/1
Tom Lehman 1000/1
Yuta Ikeda 1000/1
Alistair Balcombe 1500/1
Ben Taylor 1500/1
Mark O’Meara 1500/1
Paul Dunne 1500/1
Paul Kinnear 1500/1
Scott Arnold 1500/1
Shinji Tomimura 1500/1
Gunn Yang 2000/1
Mark Calcavecchia 2000/1
Nick Faldo 2500/1
Sandy Lyle 2500/1