While the majority of the PGA Tour season is held in the United States, July brings a change of scenery as all of the world’s top golfers travel across the Atlantic Ocean to compete for the British Open, the oldest of golf’s four major championships and the only one held outside of North America. While the location of this prestigious tournament changes each year, the level of competition remains constant, and we’ve witnessed some fantastic finishes over the years.
This is one of the best tournaments in world golf if you are part of the betting community. By July each year, it is normally apparent who is going to excel and who is going to struggle at the Open, and the links-style courses in the United Kingdom definitely appeal to a certain playing style. So who will be your pick when the British Open gets underway? Below is a comprehensive overview of the tournament, including odds from a variety of providers and our best betting tips to help you win big.
British Open Odds 2018
Latest Odds Update: November 1, 2017
Recent Winners at the British Open
- 2017 – Jordan Spieth (-12)
- 2016 – Henrik Stenson (-20)
- 2015 – Zach Johnson (-15)
- 2014 – Rory McIlroy (-17)
- 2013 – Phil Mickelson (-3)
Multiple Winners at the British Open
- Harry Vardon – 6 (1896, 1898, 1899, 1903, 1911, 1914)
- James Braid – 5 (1901, 1905, 1906, 1908, 1910)
- John Henry Taylor – 5 (1894, 1895, 1900, 1909, 1913)
- Peter Thomson – 5 (1954, 1955, 1956, 1958, 1965)
- Tom Watson – 5 (1975, 1977, 1980, 1982, 1983)
Our first betting tip relates to the outright market at the British Open, and we are going to come right out and say it: picking an overall winner in a major golf tournament is hard work combined with a little bit of luck. You really need to do your research here, and even if you do, the unpredictable British weather conditions can turn a field on its head. Past results at the Open will give you an indication of how different the tournament plays each year.
For example, look at Padraig Harrington’s 2008 victory at Royal Birkdale. Harrington became just the second person to defend his British Open title since five-time champion Tom Watson managed it in 1983, and did so with a 72 hole score of +3. Incredibly, this was four shots better than his nearest rival, and the cut was set at +9. Not a single player shot an under-par round in the third round due to the extreme winds, and blustery conditions are somewhat synonymous with the open links-style courses.
One look at the results in the last four years tells you exactly what can happen when the winds are tame, and Henrik Stenson took full advantage of the conditions in 2016 when he set the record for the lowest score at the Open with -20. This also has a lot to do with the course – the eight tournaments held at Royal Troon since World War II have yielded an average score of just under -12.
The 2018 edition will be held at Carnoustie Golf Links in Angus, Scotland, and the last three winning scores make it extremely difficult to predict the outcome of the event: -9 in 1975, +6 in 1999 and -7 in 2007. And with no way to predict the conditions until closer to the event, your best bet is to bide your time in the outright market.
The mere fact that the favourites are offering odds of +1000 tells us that the betting companies have no idea of who will win the tournament at this stage, so unless you have a crystal ball, steer clear until at least the Spring.
Alternative Betting Lines
If you are finding it tough to choose from a list of 156 golfers when selecting an outright victor, you’re not alone. For this very reason, the top sportsbooks offer a list of other lines to help you narrow down your selection. Our favourite market is the ‘top 20 finish’ line. Most of the top chances will appear at very low odds to finish in this range, however you can certainly get good odds on an outsider to have a better than expected tournament.
You can also bet on whether or not a player will make the cut in a tournament, and this is a great option at the British Open as seemingly any player can crumble under the difficult conditions. Here’s a tip – it is very rare to see a young player win at the British Open, and in fact one look at the list of winners and top-ten finishers over the years tells you that experience is vital. Betting on a player like Phil Mickelson to make the cut or a young up-and-comer like Jon Rahm to miss the cut could be a smart pick.
Most of these lines will be revealed much closer to the event, so stay tuned. As always, we will provide you with the best selection of odds and provide more tips and trends as the tournament approaches.
British Open Betting Odds 2018
The 2018 British Open looks to contain one of the most open fields in the history of the event, where seemingly anyone could take home the famous trophy. The conditions at Carnoustie will test even the greatest golfers on tour, meaning that victory could quite easily fall to one of the older players.
To help you pick a winner, we have everything you need right here. From pre-tournament futures odds, to individual round and handicap markets, not to mention a wide variety of prop betting options, our top ranked sportsbooks listed below have golf fans covered throughout the event.
We would normally discuss the favourite for a tournament in considerable detail, however one look at the list of odds for the 2018 British Open will tell you that nobody in the field is a stand out. The usual suspects are all there – 2017 winner Jordan Spieth joins 2014 winner Rory McIlroy and world number-one Dustin Johnson as the three most likely according to the bookies, although in truth any one of the names listed above is in with a chance.
In fact, alongside Spieth and McIlroy, you will also see the other three winners from the last five tournaments; Phil Mickelson (2013), Zach Johnson (2015) and Henrik Stenson (2016) all appear above. So who will surge into outright favouritism and win the event in 2018?
Here are some facts to help you make your decision:
- Only four out of the last ten winners of the British Open were ranked in the top ten at the time.
- Seven out of the last ten winners of the tournament were 35 years old or older.
- Nine out of the last ten winners had previously managed a top-six (or better) finish at the Open.
- Just four out of the last ten winners were American.
Although it’s practically impossible to pick a winner this far out from the event, we rate the chances of Sergio Garcia for the 2018 British Open. He finally broke his major championship duck in last year’s Masters, and he certainly fits the criteria above – he is over 35, has finished in the top six at the Open (six times to be exact), he’s not American and at the time of writing he’s only just managed to squeeze into the world’s top ten.
Garcia certainly has the experience to fit the bill – he played at the tournament when it was last held in Carnoustie (1999) and has participated in every tournament since that date. He has finished in second on two occasions and is definitely due a victory. He is our pick and appears at odds up to +2000 according to the four companies listed above.
Whoever you choose, there is no doubt that the 2018 British Open is going to be one of the most exciting tournaments of the season, and the added uncertainty surrounding the playing conditions will have punters on the hook right up until the first drive. All the action begins on July 19th, 2018 from the Carnoustie Golf Links, don’t miss a minute!