Open Championship Betting Tips Guide

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The Open Championship staged usually in mid July is the oldest of golf's four majors and like the US Open is hosted annually at alternative venues. We preview past stats and trends for betting pointers.

Open Championship Betting Tips Guide
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Who will win the 2024 Open Championship ?

Brian Harman is the defending Open Champion having registered his first major success at Royal Liverpool in 2023 at the age of 36. OLBG's golf tipsters provide Open Championship tips with analysis on the Outright Open Championship Winner market, plus selections on the various Open Championship golf markets including First Round Leader, Top European, Top GB & Ireland and Top American so check out the Open Championship golf tips before placing your Open golf bets.

Is the Open Championship Live on TV ?

The 152nd Open Championship is scheduled to be shown live on the dedicated Sky Sports Golf Channel in the U.K, tbc.

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When is the 2024 Open Championship ?

The 2024 and 152nd Open Championship commences Thursday 18th July and concludes on Sunday 21st July.

Where is the 2024 Open Championship ?

The 2024 and 152nd Open Championship takes place at Royal Troon in South Ayrshire, Scotland.

Who are the favourites to win the 2024 Open Championship ?

The defending Open Champion is Brian Harman who also won his first major in the process at Royal Liverpool in 2023. Scottie Scheffler, Xander Schauffele and Bryson DeChambeau are the three major winners in 2024 heading to The Open Championship.

Open Championship 12 Jul @ 22:00 - Win Tournament
Scottie Scheffler 5.50
Rory McIlroy 9.00
Xander Schauffele 15.00
Bryson DeChambeau 15.00
Ludvig Aberg 17.00
Collin Morikawa 21.00
Tommy Fleetwood 26.00
Viktor Hovland 26.00
Jon Rahm 26.00
Tyrrell Hatton 29.00

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Open Championship Venue

Similar to the US Open and US PGA Championship, the Open Championship is hosted annually at a different venue. The current roster includes ten links golf courses in the UK which are used in rotation, the only course to stage an Open Championship outside of England and Scotland is Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland. 

The 152nd Open Championship returns to Royal Troon in Scotland for the 10th time and first since 2016 when Henrik Stenson lifted the 'claret jug' beating Phil Mickelson by a three stroke margin.

Royal Troon, Old Course

Distance: 7208 yards

Par: 71

Front 9, 3456 yards, Par 36:

  • Hole 1 'Seal'- 370 yards, Par 4
  • Hole 2 'Black Rock'- 391 yards, Par 4
  • Hole 3 'Gyaws' - 379 yards, Par 4
  • Hole 4 'Dunure' - 555 yards, Par 5
  • Hole 5 'Greenan' - 210 yards, Par 3
  • Hole 6 'Turnberry' - 601 yards, Par 5
  • Hole 7 'Tel-El-Kebir'- 405 yards, Par 4
  • Hole 8 'Postage Stamp' - 123 yards, Par 3
  • Hole 9 'The Monk' - 422 yards, Par 4

Back 9, 3752 yards, Par 35:

  • Hole 10 'Sandhills' - 452 yards, Par 4
  • Hole 11 'The Railway' - 483 yards, Par 4
  • Hole 12 - 429 yards, Par 4
  • Hole 13 'Burmah'- 473 yards, Par 4
  • Hole 14 'Alton' - 178 yards, Par 3
  • Hole 15 'Crosbie' - 502 yards, Par 4
  • Hole 16 'Well' - 553 yards, Par 5
  • Hole 17 'Rabbit' - 218 yards, Par 3
  • Hole 18 'Craigend' - 464 yards, Par 4

Hole 11 named 'The Railway' plays the most difficult on the Old Course at Royal Troon with a stroke index of 1. For a more detailed look at the course layout with a hole by hole description and visual tour head over to the official Royal Troon website.

Royal Troon, Best Open Championship Score 

  • 264 (-20) - Henrik Stenson (2016)

Open Championship Winners and Scores at Royal Troon (since 2000)

YearChampionScore
2004Todd Hamilton (USA)274 (-10)
2016Henrik Stenson (SWE)264 (-20)

2016 Open Championship at Royal Troon (Top Ten)

PositionGolferScore
1stHenrik Stenson (SWe)264 (-20)
2ndPhil Mickelson (USA)267 (-17)
3rdJ B Holmes (USA)278 (-6)
4thSteve Stricker (USA)279 (-5)
T5Sergio Garcia (ESP)280 (-4)
T5Tyrrell Hatton (ENG)280 (-4)
T5Rory McIlroy (NIR)280 (-4)
8thAndrew Johnston (ENG)281 (-3)
T9Bill Haas (USA)282 (-2)
T9Dustin Johnson (USA)282 (-2)
T9Soren Kjeldsen (DEN)282 (-2)

The Open Championship Last Ten Winners

As already mentioned the Open Championship is annually hosted by a roster of ten links golf courses so the tournament travels around the United Kingdom meaning recent previous course form may be sparse. However, it is still worth noting the previous winners roll of honour as this highlights players who generally perform well on links courses and are proven major winners.

Here is a table showing the last ten Open Championship winners, their nationality and world ranking at the time of winning:

YearChampionVenue
2023Brian Harman (USA) (26)Royal Liverpool, England
2022Cameron Smith (AUS) (6)St Andrews, Scotland
2021Collin Morikawa (USA) (4)Royal St Georges, England
2019Shane Lowry (IRE) (33)Royal Portrush, N. Ireland
2018Francesco Molinari (ITA) (15)Carnoustie, Scotland
2017Jordan Spieth (USA) (3)Royal Birkdale, England
2016Henrik Stenson (SWE) (6)Royal Troon, Scotland
2015Zach Johnson (USA) (25)St Andrews, Scotland
2014Rory McIlroy (NIR) (8)Royal Liverpool, England
2013Phil Mickelson (USA) (5)Muirfield, Scotland

*2020 There was no Open Championship staged due to the covid pandemic.

Nationality

Europe

  • Scotland have been the most successful European nation with 41 wins however it's only two since 1920 (Sandy Lyle 1985 & Paul Lawrie 1999).
  • 82 of the 151 Open Championships have been won by a European golfer, that's a 54% success rate.

USA 

  • The winning most single nation, also providing five of the last ten Open Championship winners.
  • 46/151 (30%) have been won by a player from the USA.

Rest of The World

  • South Africa have provided ten wins in this category.
  • 23/151 (15%) have been won by a player from a continent excluding North America and Europe.

World Ranking

  • 10/10 were ranked in the world's top 35 heading into the Open
  • 8/10 were ranked inside the world's top 25
  • 6/10 were ranked inside the world's top 10

Current Form

  • All ten winners had a top 5 finish within their last 7 tour events, 8 of the last 9 winners had a top 5 within their last 3 events.
  • Eight of the last ten winners had won a tour event earlier in the year, the two exceptions were Zach Johnson (2015) and Brian Harman (2023).
  • Five of the last nine winners finished in the top 8 at the US PGA Championship, the 2nd, 3rd & T4 in 2022 finished in the Top 8 at the PGA Champ.
  • Four winners since 2000 have won the US PGA Championship in the same season (Woods x 2, McIlroy & Harrington), 2021 Open Championship winner Collin Morikawa won the PGA Championship in 2020.

2024 US PGA Championship Result

Here are the top 8 finishers and scores including ties at the 2024 PGA Championship which took place in May 2024. The number in brackets after the player is their world ranking prior to the PGA Championship:

RankPlayerScore
1stXander Schauffele (3)263 (-21)
2ndBryson DeChambeau (124)264 (-20)
3rdViktor Hovland (7)266 (-18)
T4Thomas Detry (71)269 (-15)
T4Collin Morikawa (13)269 (-15)
T6Justin Rose (68)270 (-14)
T6Shane Lowry (43)270 (-14)
T8Billy Horschel (69)271 (-13)
T8Scottie Scheffler (1)271 (-13)
T8Robert MacIntyre (75)271 (-13)
T8Justin Thomas (31)271 (-13)

Major Record

  • Eight of the last ten winners had all finished in the top 9 at a previous Open Championship, the exceptions being Cameron Smith in 2022 and the 2021 winner Collin Morikawa was making his Open debut.
  • Six winners since 2016 were winning their first major, Colin Morikawa being the exception.
  • No defending champion has won since Padraig Harrington (2008)

Head over to the official Open Championship website for more historical stats on the Open Championship.

Official World Golf Rankings - Top 30

Nine of the last ten Open Championship winners were ranked inside the world's top 30 in the Official World Golf Rankings and the 2019 winner Shane Lowry was just outside at number 33. 

Here are the top 30 players in the OWGR (correct at 27th June 2024):

1. Scottie Scheffler

  • Major Titles: 2
Open BestLast 7 EventsLast Win2024 PGA
T8 (2021)Won Travelers (Jun 24)Travelers (Jun 24)T8

2. Rory McIlroy

  • Major Titles: 4
Open BestLast 7 EventsLast Win2024 PGA
Won (2014)Won Wells Fargo (May 24)Wells Fargo (May 24)T12

3. Xander Schauffele

  • Major Titles: 1
Open BestLast 7 EventsLast Win2024 PGA
T2 (2018)Won US PGA (May 24)US PGA (May 24)Won

4. Ludvig Aberg

  • Major Titles: 0
Open BestLast 7 EventsLast Win2024 PGA
n/a2nd Masters (Apr 24)RSM Classic (Nov 23)MC

5. Wyndham Clark

  • Major Titles: 1
Open BestLast 7 EventsLast Win2024 PGA
T33 (2023)T3 RBC Heritage (Apr 24)Pebble Beach (Feb 24)MC

6. Viktor Hovland

  • Major Titles: 0
Open BestLast 7 EventsLast Win2024 PGA
T4 (2022)3rd US PGA (May 24)BMW Champ (Aug 23)3rd

7. Collin Morikawa

  • Major Titles: 2
Open BestLast 7 EventsLast Win2024 PGA
Won (2021)2nd Memorial (Jun 24)ZOZO Champ (Oct 23)T4

8. Patrick Cantlay

  • Major Titles: 0
Open BestLast 7 EventsLast Win2024 PGA
T8 (2022)T3 US Open (Jun 24)BMW Champ (Aug 22)T53

9. Bryson DeChambeau

  • Major Titles: 2
Open BestLast 7 EventsLast Win2024 PGA
T8 (2022)Won US Open (Jun 24)US Open (Jun 24)2nd

10. Jon Rahm

  • Major Titles: 2
Open BestLast 7 EventsLast Win2024 PGA
T3 (2021)3rd LIV Nashville (Jun 24)Masters (Apr 23)MC
60% from the Top 10 in the world rankings

6 of the last 10 Open Championship winners were ranked in the top ten in world (OWGR).

11. Brian Harman

  • Major Titles: 1
Open BestLast 7 EventsLast Win2024 PGA
Won (2023)T9 Travelers Champ (Jun 24)Open Champ (Jul 23)T26

12. Tommy Fleetwood

  • Major Titles: 0
Open BestLast 7 EventsLast Win2024 PGA
2nd (2019)T13 Wells Fargo (May 24)Dubai Inv (Jan 24)T26

13. Hideki Matsuyama

  • Major Titles: 1
Open BestLast 7 EventsLast Win2024 PGA
T6 (2013)6th US Open (Jun 24)Genesis Inv (Feb 24)T35

14. Sahith Theegala

  • Major Titles: 0
Open BestLast 7 EventsLast Win2024 PGA
T34 (2022)2nd RBC Heritage (Apr 24)Fortinet Champ (Sep 23)T12

15. Max Homa

  • Major Titles: 0
Open BestLast 7 EventsLast Win2024 PGA
T10 (2023)T8 Wells Fargo (May 24)Nedbank (Nov 23)T35

16. Tom Kim

  • Major Titles: 0
Open BestLast 7 EventsLast Win2024 PGA
T2 (2023)2nd Travelers (Jun 24)Shriners Open (Oct 23)T26

17. Russell Henley

  • Major Titles: 0
Open BestLast 7 EventsLast Win2024 PGA
T20 (2015)T7 US Open (Jun 24)Mayakoba (Nov 22)T23

18. Tony Finau

  • Major Titles: 0
Open BestLast 7 EventsLast Win2024 PGA
3rd (2019)T3 US Open (Jun 24)Mexico Open (Apr 23)T18

19. Keegan Bradley

  • Major Titles: 1
Open BestLast 7 EventsLast Win2024 PGA
T15 (2013)T2 Charles Schwab (May 24)Travelers Champ (Jun 23)T18

20. Matt Fitzpatrick

  • Major Titles: 1
Open BestLast 7 EventsLast Win2024 PGA
T20 (2019)T5 Memorial (Jun 24)Alfred Dunhill (Oct 23)MC
80% came from the Top 25 players in the world rankings

8 of the last 10 Open Championship winners were ranked in the top 25 in the world (OWGR).

21. Matthieu Pavon

  • Major Titles: 0
Open BestLast 7 EventsLast Win2024 PGA
MC (2017)5th US Open (Jun 24)Farmers Ins (Jan 24)MC

22. Tyrrell Hatton

  • Major Titles: 0
Open BestLast 7 EventsLast Win2024 PGA
T5 (2016)Won LIV Nashville (Jun 24)LIV Nashville (Jun 24)T63

23. Cameron Young

  • Major Titles: 0
Open BestLast 7 EventsLast Win2024 PGA
2nd (2022)T9 Travelers (Jun 24)Evans Scholars Inv (May 21)T63

24. Sepp Straka

  • Major Titles: 0
Open BestLast 7 EventsLast Win2024 PGA
T2 (2023)T5 Memorial (Jun 24)Jon Deere (Jul 23)MC

25. Justin Thomas

  • Major Titles: 2
Open BestLast 7 EventsLast Win2024 PGA
T11 (2019)T5 Travelers (Jun 24)PGA Champ (May 22)T8

26. Sam Burns

  • Major Titles: 0
Open BestLast 7 EventsLast Win2024 PGA
T42 (2022)T9 US Open (Jun 24)WGC Match Play (Mar 23)MC

27. Jason Day

  • Major Titles: 1
Open BestLast 7 EventsLast Win2024 PGA
T2 (2023)T4 Wells Fargo (May 24)Byron Nelson (May 23)T43

28. Sungjae Im

  • Major Titles: 0
Open BestLast 7 EventsLast Win2024 PGA
T20 (2023)Won Woori Champ (Apr 24)Woori Champ (Apr 24)MC

29. Akshay Bhatia

  • Major Titles: 0
Open BestLast 7 EventsLast Win2024 PGA
n/aT5 Travelers (Jun 24)Texas Open (Apr 24)MC

30. Byeong Hun An

  • Major Titles: 0
Open BestLast 7 EventsLast Win2024 PGA
T23 (2023)3rd Wells Fargo (May 24)LECOM Classic (Feb 22)T43

Author Information

James Banting writes the words and maintains the data for this Open Championship Betting Tips Guide. As Tipster Competition assistant James works closely with our Golf Tipsters, settling bets and ensuring accuracy in all results which are also utilised in the updates for all the Golf Previews on OLBG

James Banting

James Banting

Tipster competition assistant

James is a knowledgeable sports betting specialist with over 20 years of experience in the sports betting industry. Today James focuses on producing informative betting content on the major sporting events throughout the year in Horse Racing and Tennis, as well as contributing to our Cricket and Golf Content.

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