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:
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
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.
After much consideration, I have decided not to play in the Open Championship at St. Andrews. I’m… https://t.co/G6nYJPcD9e
— Rory Mcilroy (@McIlroyRory) July 8, 2015
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.
Jordan Spieth looks ahead to the British Open: http://t.co/Iek7hPy81u
— USA TODAY Sports (@USATODAYsports) July 13, 2015
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.
— Golf Digest (@GolfDigest) July 13, 2015
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)
|Player||Odds to Win|
|J B Holmes||80/1|
|Graham De Laet||125/1|
|Rafa Cabrera Bello||125/1|
|Miguel Angel Jimenez||150/1|
|Jaco Van Zyl||250/1|