2022 British Open: Betting odds for the top 20 PGA Tour players at St. Andrews

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We’re closing in on the start of the 2022 Open Championship at the Old Course at St. Andrews, as the golf world settles in for one of the most anticipated major championships in recent memory. The Home of Golf hosting the 150th edition of the Open has excitement through the roof.

Tiger Woods has returned to the Old Course looking to capture his third Claret Jug at St. Andrews, but Rory McIlroy enters as the betting favorite.

With all the LIV defections, we decided to take a look at the betting odds for PGA Tour players, using the FedEx Cup standings as the base.

Scottie Scheffler (+1500)

2022 Open Championship
2022 Open Championship

Scottie Scheffler talks with the media during a press conference ahead of the 150th Open Championship at St. Andrews. (Photo: Michael Madrid-USA TODAY Sports)

Scottie Scheffler didn’t have a win on the PGA Tour at the beginning of 2022. Now? He has four of them, including a major as well as a World Golf Championship title. The young Texan grabbed his first win at the WM Phoenix Open, then, two starts later, took home the title at Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club & Lodge. After slipping on the red cardigan, Scheffler took a trip to his home state for the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play. He took down the match-play assassin, Kevin Kisner, in the championship for his third win in four outings. In his next start, Scheffler slipped on the green jacket. A decent stretch of golf for the 26-year-old. Scheffler lives in Dallas and thanks to his record-setting year, has topped $21 million on the golf course.

Sam Burns (+4000)

2022 Travelers Championship
2022 Travelers Championship

Sam Burns on the 12th hole during the second round of the 2022 Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Connecticut. (Photo: Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

During a season dominated by Scottie Scheffler, Sam Burns has put together quite the résumé, including a playoff win over his best buddy (and world No. 1 Scheffler). Burns started his year on a great note, winning his first event of the new season at the Sanderson Farms. After a stretch of three straight missed cuts, the 25-year-old bounced back nicely once the Tour got to Florida. For his second win of the season, Burns went back-to-back at the Valspar Championship. Seven days after a top 20 at the PGA Championship, Burns took down Scheffler at the Charles Schwab Challenge. The Louisiana resident turned pro in 2017 and has earned over $14 million on the golf course.

Xander Schauffele (+1500)

2022 Genesis Scottish Open
2022 Genesis Scottish Open

Xander Schauffele hoists the trophy after winning the 2022 Genesis Scottish Open at The Renaissance Club in North Berwick, Scotland. (Photo: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Xander Schauffele’s last solo win on the PGA Tour entering this season came at the 2019 Sentry Tournament of Champions. Before going to New Orleans for the Zurich Classic, Schauffele had just one top 10 on the season. He and partner Patrick Cantlay won the team event that week, ending the drought. However, he was still waiting for his next solo victory. After four straight top 20s, Schauffele broke through at the Travelers Championship, winning by two shots. Then, just over a week later, the 28-year-old won the JP McManus Pro Am at Adare Manor. Later that week, the Olympic gold medalist added the Genesis Scottish Open to his résumé. A fantastic stretch of golf that included three trophies in 14 days. The Las Vegas resident has earned nearly $25 million on the golf course.

Rory McIlroy (+900)

2022 Travelers Championship
2022 Travelers Championship

Rory McIlroy smiles as he finishes his round on the ninth green during the first round of the 2022 Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Connecticut. (Photo: Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

Rory McIlroy had an interesting start to the year. He struggled mightily at the Ryder Cup, but found something during his Sunday singles match and decided to enter the CJ Cup. The move paid off as he would go on to win in Vegas. A week after missing the cut at the Valero Texas Open, McIlroy rattled off a great stretch of golf — finishing 2nd at the Masters thanks to a Sunday 64, 5th at the Wells Fargo, 8th at the PGA Championship, a second straight win at the RBC Canadian Open, T-5 at the U.S. Open and a T-19 at the Travelers Championship. The four-time major winner continues to climb the PGA Tour’s all-time earnings list at more than $64 million.

Patrick Cantlay (+2000)

2022 Open Championship
2022 Open Championship

Patrick Cantlay and his caddie on the third tee during a practice round ahead of the 150th Open Championship at St. Andrews Old Course. (Photo: Michael Madrid-USA TODAY Sports)

Patrick Cantlay’s first win this season came at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans with Xander Schauffele. The 30-year-old Cantlay has finished inside the top 10 eight times, two of which are runner-ups (WM Phoenix Open and RBC Heritage). The Florida native continues to be the model of consistency missing just two cuts on the season compared to 10 top-20 finishes. Cantlay won the FedEx Cup in 2021.

Justin Thomas (+2000)

2022 Genesis Scottish Open
2022 Genesis Scottish Open

Justin Thomas on from the 16th during the second round of the 2022 Genesis Scottish Open at The Renaissance Club in North Berwick, Scotland. (Photo: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

One of the highlights of Justin Thomas’ season came in May, when the 2017 PGA Championship winner came back from eight strokes behind in the final round to make a playoff in the 2022 PGA Championship at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, where he beat Will Zalatoris by one stroke to capture his second major championship. The victory was the 15th of his PGA Tour career. Other career milestones include victories at the 2021 Players Championship and the 2019 BMW Championship. One of the best players from tee to green on the PGA Tour, Thomas is always a threat to strike in the biggest events.

Cameron Smith (+2000)

2022 Open Championship
2022 Open Championship

Cameron Smith tees off the 3rd during a practice round ahead of the 150th Open at St Andrews Old Course in St Andrews, Scotland. (Photo: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Australian Cameron Smith got his calendar year off to a great start, winning the Sentry Tournament of Champions in Hawaii. He shot an incredible 34 under, the most under par in a 72-hole event on the PGA Tour since 1950. Yet he wasn’t done yet winning big events, as he captured the Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass two months later. Crazy weather with cooler temps and high winds caused havoc through the tournament, but Smith tamed the course and came out on top, shooting 13 under. He followed that performance up with a tie for third at the Masters. The 28-year-old has won more than $24 million during his career.

Hideki Matsuyama (+4000)

2022 Genesis Scottish Open
2022 Genesis Scottish Open

Hideki Matsuyama on the 10th hole during a practice round ahead of the 2022 Scottish Open at The Renaissance Club in North Berwick, Scotland. (Photo: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

There aren’t many players who are stronger than Hideki Matsuyama when it comes to approaching the green. Look no further than his approach shot into the 18th green during the Sony Open in Hawaii. With an incredible 3 wood from the fairway, he hit his shot within 5 feet and made an eagle putt to shoot consecutive rounds of 63 on the weekend and capture his eighth PGA Tour title. Matsuyama also won earlier in the season at the ZOZO Championship. The 2021 Masters champion has also won two WGCs during his career and is one of the most consistent players week in and week out.

Max Homa (+5000)

2022 U.S. Open
2022 U.S. Open

Max Homa plays his shot from the 10th tee during the second round of the 2022 U.S. Open. (Photo: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports)

Max Homa got off to a quick start to his season, capturing the season-opening Fortinet Championship in September. But that wouldn’t be the only time Homa found the winner’s circle this season. He won again at the Wells Fargo Championship, winning at 8 under with three rounds in the 60s. That week will be remembered for rainy conditions at TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm. Homa is consistent in all aspects of his game, and he has won four times during his PGA Tour career, including Tiger Woods’ event at the 2021 Genesis Invitational.

Will Zalatoris (+3000)

2022 Genesis Scottish Open
2022 Genesis Scottish Open

Will Zalatoris tees off the 4th during the first round of the 2022 Genesis Scottish Open at The Renaissance Club in North Berwick, Scotland. (Photo: Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

Will Zalatoris has come close to capturing his first major championship. Last season, it was a runner-up finish at the Masters. This year, Zalatoris lost in a three-hole playoff by one stroke to Justin Thomas at the PGA Championship at Southern Hills, and a month later, he tied for second at the U.S. Open at the Country Club at Brookline. Zalatoris is one of the best ball strikers on Tour and dominates in Strokes Gained: Approach. His putting has been better during major championships, but during non-majors, it’s one facet of the game he has struggled with. Even with that, Zalatoris has still been one of the most consistent players week to week.

Matt Fitzpatrick (+2000)

2022 U.S. Open
2022 U.S. Open

Matt Fitzpatrick talks to NBC’s Mike Tirico after winning the 2022 U.S. Open. (Photo: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports)

There have been doubters of Matt Fitzpatrick’s game, but it hasn’t stopped him from having a dominating season. He’s one of the top players on Tour in terms of total strokes gained per round. His driving distance has vastly improved, which is one of the reasons why he went on to capture his first major championship victory, claiming the title during the U.S. Open at The Country Club at Brookline. His cross-handed chipping also is a talking point, but he dominates around the greens, as well. The U.S. Open victory was the first PGA Tour win of Fitzpatrick’s career, and he also was in the final pairing at the PGA Championship.

Jordan Spieth (+1500)

2022 Open Championship
2022 Open Championship

Jordan Spieth takes questions during his media session ahead of a practice round for the 150th Open at St. Andrews Old Course in St. Andrews, Scotland. (Photo: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

Notoriously one of the best players on and around the greens, Jordan Spieth has continued his trend of thrilling moments between him and his caddie, Michael Greller, and incredible golf shots. Look no further than when he recorded two eagles during the final round of the RBC Heritage in April, helping him get into a playoff, where he topped Patrick Cantlay on the first playoff hole for his 13th career PGA Tour victory. Needing just a victory in the PGA Championship to complete the career grand slam, Spieth made the cut but finished T-34 at Southern Hills in his latest attempt to join one of the most exclusive clubs in the sport.

Jon Rahm (+1500)

2022 Open Championship
2022 Open Championship

Jon Rahm during a practice round for the 150th Open Championship at St. Andrews Old Course. (Photo: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports)

Jon Rahm is one of the best players in the world when it comes to Strokes Gained: Tee to Green, so it’s no surprise to see him enjoy as much success as he does. Rahm won in May at the Mexico Open at Vidanta, which marked his seventh PGA Tour title. Last season, Rahm was victorious in the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines, capturing his first major championship. The season before, he won the Memorial Tournament and the BMW Championship. Rahm had a stretch of 14 consecutive made cuts, dating from the Sentry Tournament of Champions to the Genesis Scottish Open.

Billy Horschel (+10000)

2022 U.S. Open
2022 U.S. Open

Billy Horschel walks to the 11th green during the second round of the 122nd U.S. Open Championship at The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts. (Photo: Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

There has been no shortage of big wins for Billy Horschel during his career, and that has continued to be the case this season. He captured Jack Nicklaus’ event at Muirfield Village, winning the Memorial Tournament in May for his seventh PGA Tour title. The best season of his professional career, however, came during the 2013-14 campaign, when he got hot at the right time, winning twice in the playoffs—at the BMW Championship and the Tour Championship—to capture the FedEx Cup title. Horschel is one of the strongest players on Tour in terms of total strokes gained per round.

Tom Hoge (+30000)

AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am 2022
AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am 2022

Tom Hoge holds the trophy after winning the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am golf tournament championship at Pebble Beach Golf Links. (Photo: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)

Tom Hoge accomplished something he had never done before in February by winning at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. It was the first career victory for Hoge, who shot a 63 in the first round and followed that up with rounds of 69-69-68 to clinch the title. He also finished second at The American Express in January. Hoge recorded a T-9 finish at the PGA Championship in May, which was his best finish ever in a major. He’s making his first start in the Open Championship at St. Andrews. From late May to July, Hoge missed five consecutive cuts.

Sungjae Im (+10000)

2022 Masters
2022 Masters

Sungjae Im looks over the No. 6 green during the second round of the 2022 Masters at Augusta National Golf Course. (Photo: Katie Goodale-Augusta Chronicle/USA TODAY Sports)

The 24-year-old South Korean star is one of the game’s best at scrambling around the greens and has used the skill to produce impressive results this season — including a T-8 at the 2022 Masters. Im also started the 2021-22 season in style, winning his second PGA Tour event at the Shriners Children’s Open and it wasn’t close — Matthew Wolff placed second, but trailed Im by four strokes. In his first 20 starts of the year, Im finished in the top 25 a dozen times.

Cameron Young (+10000)

2022 Memorial Tournament
2022 Memorial Tournament

Cameron Young watches his second shot on the 18th hole during the first round of the 2022 Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio. (Photo: USA TODAY Network)

A native of Scarborough, New York, where his father, David, is director of golf at Sleepy Hollow Country Club, Young showed promise from an early age, becoming the youngest winner of the Carter Cup in 2011 as well as Metropolitan Golf Association Junior champion. He was named MGA Player of the Year in 2015, twice won the prestigious Ike, and claimed the Westchester Golf Association Amateur title, too. Using a booming driver, Young had a hot stretch in late spring with consecutive top-3 finishes at the RBC Heritage, Wells Fargo Championship and the PGA Championship.

Viktor Hovland (+5000)

2022 Open Championship
2022 Open Championship

Viktor Hovland takes his ball from the cup on the 10th green during a practice round ahead of the 150th Open Championship at St. Andrews Old Course. (Photo: Michael Madrid-USA TODAY Sports)

With a laser-sharp iron game, the native of Oslo, Norway, has had a tremendous impact on the game as he approaches his 25th birthday. Hovland, who played at Oklahoma State, posted top-10 finishes in the Genesis Invitational, Arnold Palmer Invitational and the Players Championship during a three-start stretch earlier this year. He won his third PGA Tour event to start the 2021-22 season, capturing the World Wide Technology Championship at Mayakoba by four strokes.

Collin Morikawa (+3000)

2022 Open Championship
2022 Open Championship

Collin Morikawa approaches the 15th green during a practice round ahead of the 150th Open Championship at St. Andrews Old Course. (Photo: Michael Madrid-USA TODAY Sports)

With two major victories and four PGA Tour wins in his first three full seasons as a pro, Morikawa has quickly become one of the sport’s most recognizable faces. In his first 14 events this season, Morikawa made the cut a dozen times and finished inside the top 10 seven times with a pair of runner-up finishes, at the CJ Cup and Genesis Invitational. Morikawa held a share of the 36-hole lead at last week’s U.S. Open and finished T-5. In his first two years on Tour, Morikawa finished second and then first in Strokes Gained: Approaching the Green.

J.T. Poston (+10000)

2022 John Deere Classic
2022 John Deere Classic

J.T. Poston shakes the hand of his caddie Aaron Flener after winning the 2022 John Deere Classic (Photo: Marc Lebryk/USA TODAY Sports)

After failing to make the cut in his first six starts of the 2021-22 season, something clicked with Poston, who captured his second PGA Tour victory at the John Deere Classic in July, topping Christiaan Bezuidenhout and Emiliano Grillo by three strokes. The Hickory, North Carolina, native played his college golf at Western Carolina and later moved to St. Simon’s Island, Georgia. One of the keys to Poston’s success is a fitness regimen that helped him add 25 pounds of muscle.

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