The Open Championship 2023 Preview, Golf Odds Guide & Betting Tips: Great Scott

Last updated September 25th, 2023

Scottie SchefflerThe fourth and final major of the golfing year is set to tee off in the UK this week. The Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake is the setting for the 151st Open Championship, and the majority of the world’s best players will be in attendance.

Many of those players used the Scottish Open to get acclimatised. In blustery conditions, Rory McIlroy claimed the trophy, and he is leading the way in The 2023 Open betting odds this week. Read on for our full Open golf preview with betting tips.

After leading the way for much of the Scottish Open before closing out a one-shot win, Rory McIlroy starts as favourite this week, and he can be claimed at best industry odds of 15/2. We have to go back to 2014 to find Rory’s only Open Championship title, but it came on this Royal Liverpool course, and that’s seen an increase in his backers. McIlroy also has the form, following his second win of the season on Sunday.

Behind McIlroy, Scottie Scheffler slots in as second favourite at a top price of 8/1. Scheffler extended a long run of top 10 finishes with a tie for third at the Scottish Open, and he’s another player on a hot streak of form coming into Thursday.

Behind the market leaders, Jon Rahm is a relatively distant third favourite at a best of 14/1. Rahm started the season with a string of wins, but has dipped in the last few weeks. He is not at his best, but he has the game to rediscover his touch at this Royal Liverpool course.

Next is the defending Open Champion. Australia’s Cameron Smith won the tournament at St Andrew’s 12 months ago, but he has been largely absent from the Tour since that point following his defection to LIV Golf. Smith is also available at 14/1 in places for this 2023 Open renewal, but he carries a top price of 18/1.

Next up are Brooks Koepka and Viktor Hovland who are both available at 22/1. Koepka won the PGA Championship in May after narrowly losing out at the Masters a month earlier. Hovland is another player who has performed well in Majors this year, with a tie for seventh at the Masters and a runner-up slot at the PGA Championship.

Moving through the odds, Rickie Fowler and Xander Schauffele are listed at 25/1, while Patrick Cantlay and Tyrrell Hatton are both available at 28/1. Hatton was leading the Scottish Open on the final day before fading in the final holes, while Fowler and Schauffele were also in contention for a time.

Other players to mention in this section include Tommy Fleetwood at 29/1, Shane Lowry at 33/1, Jordan Spieth at 35/1, Collin Morikawa at 35/1 and Dustin Johnson at 35/1. Fleetwood is attracting interest after a solid run, and it would have been even better, but for a double bogey at the last on Sunday.

Lowry is the 2019 Open Champion and he has returned top 20 finishes in each of the first three majors this year.

Leading the list of underdogs this week is Matt Fitzpatrick at 50/1, followed by Tony Finau at 55/1. Fitzpatrick is the 2022 US Open Champion, but his form has been inconsistent since claiming his first major title. Finau won the Mexican Open a few weeks ago, and should benefit from his power hitting, if the conditions remain calm.

Justin Rose, Max Homa and Bryson DeChambeau are quoted at 60/1, followed by Sam Burns at 65/1. Rose has also shown a return to form in recent weeks, while DeChambeau has been consistent in the first three Majors of 2023.

Before we move on, some other names to consider include Tom Kim at 66/1, Wyndham Clark at 66/1, Justin Thomas at 80/1, Robert MacIntyre at 80/1, Jason Day at 100/1, Brian Harman at 100/1 and Louis Oosthuizen at 125/1. As with any major, there is great depth to the field, and we can’t rule out a challenge from the outsiders.

Our Preview’s 2023 Open Championship Course & Betting Trends with Tips Verdict

The Royal Hoylake Golf Club has hosted The Open on 12 previous occasions. The most recent of these was in 2014 when Rory McIlroy claimed the Claret Jug by two strokes from Rickie Fowler and Sergio Garcia.

The course itself is a par 71 and it will come in at around 7,283 yards. There will be some benefit for the power hitters in places, but there is punishing rough on many holes for those who go astray. When Tiger Woods won here in 2006, he ranked first for Driving Accuracy and second for Greens in Regulation.

Power, accuracy and form are key this week, and one name that stands out is that of Scottie Scheffler. The odds may not be exciting, but his consistency has been phenomenal since the start of the year. He has been unable to convert this into wins recently, but maybe the final major of the year will give him greater focus. Scottie certainly has the game for the course, and he is our pick for the outright win. Three more top 10 finish selections are added as we look forward to a thrilling four days in Liverpool.

  • Scottie Scheffler to win at 15/2 each-way with Bet365 (paying eight places).
  • Top 10 Finish Betting Tips (best odds in brackets): Rickie Fowler (5/2 BetVictor, Betfred), Tony Finau (5/1 Bet365), Bryson DeChambeau (5/1 Bet365).