Here are the latest odds on the British Open via our friends over at BetMGM Sportsbook:
Cameron Smith +1600: Smith won here last year with an absolutely ridiculous -20 score, yet he still won by just a single stroke over another Cameron, Cameron Young. He's been in great form as of late, and coming into this event, he should be one of the top contenders yet again.
Scottie Scheffler +1200: He's the No. 1 ranked golfer in the world and he has never won this event in the past. That tells me that this could be his time to shine and collect a major championship victory. That, and you are getting a great 12/1 odds on the best golfer on the planet right now.
The British Open is often refered to as just "The Open Championship" by many. It's the oldest golf tournament in the world, and one of the most prestigious. It was founded in 1860, and this will be the championship's 151nd year of play. It would have 152 if not for the COVID pandemic in 2020, which caused it to be cancelled for the first time since World War ll. The Open is one of the four men's major golf tournaments, the others being the Masters Tournament, the PGA Championship and the U.S. Open. Since the PGA Championship moved to May in 2019, the Open has been chronologically the fourth and final major tournament of the year.
It is called The Open because it is open to all, professional and amateur golfers alike. Of course, you have to be qualified to actually contend. The winner receives the Claret Jug, and gets to keep the trophy until the next Open, at which point it must be returned, and a replica is provided as a replacement for the winner to hold on to for his accomplishment.
Here is some more general information about the tournament:
Last season, Cameron Smith won the event with a remarkable -20 final score, which tied the lowest final score (72 holes) in relation to par at the event. Henrik Stenson also won the British Open with that same score in 2016. In 2021, Colin Morikawa won the British Open with a score of -15, two strokes ahead of runner-up Jordan Speith. In 2020, as mentioned before, the event was cancelled due to the COVID pandemic, which marked the first time since World War ll that it was cancelled.
In 2019, the Irishman Shane Lowry won the British Open with the same score as Morikawa at -15, but he crushed the field with a dominant 6-stroke win over Tommy Fleetwood. He also set the event record with the lowest score after 54 holes at 197. We haven't had any former champions win the event in the last 10 years, so someone will be looking to become a 2x champ.