The Open 2022 Golf Tips & Predictions

The 2022 Open Championship, golf’s final major of the season, will be played at the Old Course at St Andrew’s, Scotland, from 14-17 July.

The 150th Open Championship, the oldest and most-prestigious tournament in golf, returns to the Old Course at St Andrew’s for the first time since 2015.

A star-studded field will tee up at the Home of Golf, but only one player will be able to their hands on the Claret Jug.

Here are the main contenders.

Winner: Rory McIlroy

11/1 (SportNation)

Rory McIlroy, the bookies’ favourite to win the Open, has not won a major championship for eight years.

But he is closer than ever before to ending his drought.

McIlroy has achieved successive top-10s at the majors this year. He was second at the Masters, eighth at the US PGA Championship and fifth at the US Open.

The 33-year-old plays well at this event, too. He won the Open in 2014 and has placed in the top five in each of the last three years.

McIlroy finished third the last time he competed for the Claret Jug at St Andrew’s, back in 2010.

Winner: Xander Schauffele

18/1 (Bet365)

He is second favourite in the betting, but Xander Schauffele appears to be the player to beat at St Andrew’s.

Schauffele is on a hot streak of form, having won the last three events he has played in.

The 28-year-old American triumphed at the Travelers Championship last month, before claiming victories on the links at the JP McManus Pro-Am and Genesis Scottish Open.

Schauffele has recorded nine top-10s at the majors over the course of his career, including finishing second at the Open in 2018, and is certain to contend this week.

Winner: Matt Fitzpatrick

25/1 (SportNation)

Matt Fitzpatrick is “not proud” of his record at the Open, but his current form is too good to ignore this week.

Fitzpatrick produced a remarkable display to win the first major championship of his career at the US Open last month. That triumph came after he previously contended at the US PGA Championship, where he eventually came fifth.

The 27-year-old has never finished higher than 20th when competing for the Claret Jug, although he showed his prowess on the links with a sixth-place finish at the Scottish Open last week.

Winner: Louis Oosthuizen

60/1 (BetVictor)

Louis Oosthuizen is always worth backing to win the Open.

Oosthuizen won the Open when it was played at the Old Course at St Andrew’s in 2010, claiming the only major of his career so far with a seven-shot victory.

History almost repeated itself in 2015, but the South African lost to Zach Johnson in a play-off after tying for the lead after 72 holes.

Oosthuizen came third at last year’s Open, a result which followed second-place finishes at the US PGA Championship and US Open respectively.

Winner: Tiger Woods

100/1 (SportNation)

Tiger Woods has won the Open Championship three times in his career, two of which came at the Old Course at St Andrew’s.

But Woods has barely played professional golf since almost losing his leg in a car accident last year.

Can the 15-time major champion win this week? For anyone else it would be impossible. But with Woods, you never know.

All odds are subject to change

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