Who will win the Open Championship in 2023? Odds, betting favorites, expert picks & more to know

This time of year is fun for everyone, but few will be having a better time than golf fans this weekend. Thursday marks the beginning of the 151st installment of the Open Championship, also known as the Open and the British Open, at Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Merseyside, England. The oldest tournament in the sport, the Open brings together dozens of the best golfers in the world with one common goal: Hoisting the Claret Jug.

Last year’s Open saw Australian Cameron Smith finish -20 to best Cameron Young at St. Andrews’ Old Course. Smith enters this year’s Open with +1600 odds to win, a feat which would make him the first back-to-back Open champion since Tiger Woods in 2005 and ’06. 

The usual suspects sit in front of Smith: 2014 Open winner Rory McIlroy (+700), fresh off a big win at the Genesis Scottish Open; world No. 1 Scottie Scheffler (+800), who seems to finish top 10 in every tournament he plays at this point; and Jon Rahm, who has won four tourneys this year including the Masters.

Let’s take a look at the full 2023 Open Championship odds, then pick our best bets and top sleepers to win. We will then review the design and layout of Royal Liverpool GC, look over the weather forecast for the weekend, and list the prestigious group of past Open Championship winners. 

Open Championship odds 2023

Rory McIlroy (+700) sitting atop the Open Championship odds board on BetMGM should surprise nobody. He won the last Open at Royal Liverpool back in 2014 and just finished a win at the Scottish Open with consecutive birdies on the final two holes. He’s a four-time major champion, but he has not won a major since the PGA Championship in ’14. 

Also not surprising, Scottie Scheffler (+800) sits right behind McIlroy for best odds to lift the Claret Jug. The No. 1 golfer in the world has put together a terrific season, finishing top 12 in every event except his first start of the season. He has 15 top-10 finishes and an unfathomable seven straight in the top five. 

McIlroy and Scheffler are the only golfers with shorter than 10-1 odds to take home the Open trophy, but Jon Rahm (+1200) isn’t too far behind. Rahm has been a bit more boom-or-bust, winning the Masters and three other starts this season but also finishing T31 or worse five different times. Most recently, Rahm missed the cut at the Travelers Championship in late June. 

As we mentioned earlier, reigning Open champ Cameron Smith (+1600) has the fourth-shortest odds to win, with fellow LIV golfer and 2023 PGA Championship winner Brooks Koepka (+2000) not far behind. Koepka has five majors throughout his illustrious career. 

Six other golfers sit at 25-1 or better ahead of Thursday, all of whom have enjoyed strong play in 2023: Viktor Hovland (+2000), Rickie Fowler (+2200), Tommy Fleetwood (+2200), Patrick Cantlay (+2500), Tyrrell Hatton (+2500), and Xander Schauffele (+2500)

Below is the full odds board for the top golfers in this year’s Open Championship. Only competitors with odds of 300-1 or better to win the tournament are listed. Odds are subject to change as the tournament draws nearer.

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Golfer Odds
Rory McIlroy +700
Scottie Scheffler +800
Jon Rahm +1200
Cameron Smith +1600
Brooks Koepka +2000
Viktor Hovland +2000
Rickie Fowler +2200
Tommy Fleetwood +2200
Patrick Cantlay +2500
Tyrrell Hatton +2500
Xander Schauffele +2500
Collin Morikawa +2800
Shane Lowry +2800
Dustin Johnson +3300
Jordan Spieth +3300
Matt Fitzpatrick +4000
Tom Kim +4500
Bryson DeChambeau +5000
Cameron Young +5000
Justin Rose +5000
Tony Finau +5000
Wyndham Clark +5000
Max Homa +5000
Sam Burns +5500
Justin Thomas +6600
Min Woo Lee +6600
Robert Macintyre +6600
Talor Gooch +6600
Patrick Reed +6600
Hideki Matsuyama +8000
Adam Scott +8000
Sungjae Im +9000
Jason Day +10000
Keegan Bradley +10000
Louis Oosthuizen +10000
Ryan Fox +10000
Brian Harman +12500
Denny McCarthy +12500
Joaquin Niemann +12500
Padraig Harrington +12500
Russell Henley +12500
Si Woo Kim +12500
Byeong-Hun An +12500
Branden Grace +15000
Gary Woodland +15000
Matthew Jordan +15000
Sahith Theegala +15000
Nicolai Hojgaard +15000
Adrian Meronk +17500
Kurt Kitayama +17500
Lucas Herbert +17500
Sepp Straka +17500
Alexander Björk +20000
Ewen Ferguson +20000
Harris English +20000
J.T. Poston +20000
Nick Taylor +20000
Phil Mickelson +20000
Rasmus Højgaard +20000
Thomas Detry +20000
Thomas Pieters +20000
Adam Schenk +25000
Alex Noren +25000
Brendon Todd +25000
Chris Kirk +25000
Daniel Hillier +25000
Emiliano Grillo +25000
Jordan Smith +25000
Seamus Power +25000
Thorbjørn Olesen +25000
Tom Hoge +25000
Victor Perez +25000
Yannik Paul +25000
Abraham Ancer +30000
Andrew Putnam +30000
Davis Riley +30000
Laurie Canter +30000
Matt Wallace +30000
Taylor Moore +30000
Billy Horschel +35000
Christiaan Bezuidenhout +35000
Henrik Stenson +35000
Joost Luiten +35000
K.H. Lee +35000
Lee Hodges +35000
Richard Bland +35000
Takumi Kanaya +35000
Antoine Rozner +40000
Charl Schwartzel +40000
Francesco Molinari +40000
Keita Nakajima +40000
Matthew Southgate +40000
Pablo Larrazabal +40000
Richie Ramsay +40000
Romain Langasque +40000
Thriston Lawrence +40000
David Lingmerth +40000
Adrian Otaegui +50000
Alex Fitzpatrick +50000
Danny Willett +50000
David Micheluzzi +50000
Guido Migliozzi +50000
Jorge Campillo +50000
Kalle Samooja +50000
Marcel Siem +50000
Michael Kim +50000
Rikuya Hoshino +50000
Sami Välimäki +50000
Scott Stallings +50000
Seungsu Han +50000
Stewart Cink +50000
Zach Johnson +50000
Adri Arnaus +60000
Ben Griffin +75000
Callum Shinkwin +75000
Connor Syme +75000
Dan Bradbury +75000
Kyungnam Kang +75000
Marc Warren +75000
Nacho Elvira +75000
Taiga Semikawa +75000
Trey Mullinax +75000
Alejandro Canizares +100000
Alex Maguire +100000
Bio Kim +100000
Brandon Robinson-Thompson +100000
Christo Lamprecht +100000
Connor McKinney +100000
Darren Clarke +100000
Ernie Els +100000
Graeme Robertson +100000
Gunner Wiebe +100000
Harrison Crowe +100000
Haydn Barron +100000
Hiroshi Iwata +100000
Hurly Long +100000
Jazz Janewattananond +100000
Jose Luis Ballester +100000
Kazuki Higa +100000
Kazuki Yasumori +100000
Kensei Hirata +100000
Kyle Barker +100000
Marco Penge +100000
Martin Rohwer +100000
Mateo Fernandez de Oliveira +100000
Michael Stewart +100000
Ockie Strydom +100000
Oliver Farr +100000
Oliver Wilson +100000
Shubhankar Sharma +100000
Taichi Kho +100000
Tiger Christensen +100000
Travis Smyth +100000
Zack Fischer +100000
John Daly +300000

Open Championship 2023: Expert picks

Below is a breakdown of the best candidates to consider betting on from this year’s Open Championship field. Feel free to bet any of these golfers as potential winners, but understand that some make for better top-10 finish wagers or DFS value picks.

Meanwhile, some of the sleeper candidates will be high-quality plays in SuperDraft lineups. SuperDraft allows DFS players to select any six golfers they want in their tournament lineup, but the longer shots to win the tournament come with multipliers that increase their total fantasy points scored.

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Open Championship 2023: Best bets to win tournament

As boring as it sounds, we can’t get away from Rory McIlroy (+700) as the best bet to win it all this weekend. He’s one of the nine golfers in the field of 156 who has played this course, and he just so happened to win it in 2014. He’s also coming off a dominant showing at the Genesis Scottish Open, having carded 22 total birdies and one eagle throughout the weekend. After a bumpy Round 1, McIlroy bogeyed just five total holes between Rounds 2 and 4. Royal Liverpool is tailor-made for McIlroy’s skill set, with a unique combination of elite power, precision, and mental focus.

Of course, Scottie Scheffler (+800) is a fantastic bet to win any complex course these days and an even better bet to finish in the top 10. The OWGR No. 1 has been masterful from tee-to-green, and like McIlroy, he saves himself from trouble with effortless ease. Simply put, if and when Scheffler turns it on with the putter, he could go on a rampage to finish the year. He ranks No. 1 in SG:OTT and SG:APP, No. 6 in SG:ARG, and in the top 10 in scrambling. 

Open Championship value picks, top 10 finish picks, SuperDraft & DFS lineups

We would be remiss if we didn’t mention Brooks Koepka (+2000), one of the best major competitors of the 21st century. His 2023 PGA Championship victory marked his fifth career major championship, and he has finished top-10 at 14 of the past 22 major championships he has played. We would take Koepka at +2000 over Jon Rahm (+1200), simply based on percentage of fairways hit.

We also love Xander Schauffele (+2500) as a value pick, as his efficient driver and strong short game should serve him well this weekend. Schauffele ranks sixth on the TOUR in SG:APP and among the top 15 in scrambling and putting (SG:Putting). Like Koepka, Schauffele has a clutch gene when it comes to majors. He has finished in the top 10 in six of his past seven U.S. Opens and has two T2s and a T3 to his name in past major appearances.

Another strong value bet is Jordan Spieth (+3300), a strong across-the-board golfer. Spieth ranks among the top 10 on TOUR in scrambling, approach from 150-175 yards, long drives, and putting from nine feet or more. He also excels at par-5 scoring, so he should make plenty of noise on this massive course.

Open Championship sleeper picks

Our favorite sleeper for this weekend is Keegan Bradley (+10000), a superb ball-striker who always seems to step up in majors. He’s a well-rounded competitor with tremendous driving and approach efficiency, fantastic par-save scrambling, and an underrated putter. He should be way shorter than +10000. 

We also like Denny McCarthy (+12500), a superb short-game player and the best putter on TOUR. He’s finished in the top 10 in three of his past four tournaments and looking extremely confident coming into this major. His world-class putter makes him a contender every weekend, but his improved tee-to-green game this season makes him a dark horse to win it all at Royal Liverpool this Sunday. At the least, consider betting him to finish in the top 10 or 20. 

Sporting News will be releasing a more fleshed-out list of sleepers, values bets, and long shots as we get closer to the Open, so keep an eye out! 

Open Championship 2023 course breakdown: Royal Liverpool Golf Club

Royal Liverpool GC seems like a perfect venue for the Open Championship, as it serves as one of the oldest and most respected clubs in England. Also known as “Hoylake,” for the town it’s located in along the Wirral Peninsula in the northwest county of Merseyside, the course is known for hilly fairways, deep bunkers, and fast-running greens. With some rain and gusty conditions (which we’ll talk about soon), this seaside course should present the field of 156 golfers with quite a challenging weekend. 

Dating back to 1869, Royal Liverpool is the second-oldest seaside course in England. The club actually sits about 30 minutes west of Liverpool, and its breathtaking waterfront views make it one of the most picturesque locations for a major championship. At 7,341 yards, the par-72 also stands among the longest courses to host The Open Championship. 

The course itself is relatively flat for the most part, however, it’s far from standard. In fact, it’s almost circular by design. How it plays will depend largely on the conditions. In 2006 when Tiger Woods won the Open at Royal Liverpool, it was dry and yellow. In ’14 when McIlroy won, it was soft and green.

As usual, the rough at the Open will be thick and dangerous. Accurate ball-strikers and players with strong approach games will likely be the ones standing out of the pack, but elite scrambling skills will be put to the test, as well. Golf bettors will want to pinpoint players from the field with strong fairway hit percentages, greens in regulation percentages (GIR percentage), strokes gained off the tee (SG:OTT), and strokes gained on approach (SG:APP) when making their wagers.

Of course, players like Scheffler can more than make up for rough stretches with the driver or putter with efficient around-the-green play (SG:ARG). Scheffler’s short game has been outstanding all year, despite his flat-stick continuing to let him down on putts over five feet. If the world No. 1 can turn some three-puts into two-putts and two-putts into one-putts, he could cruise to the second major championship and first Open Championship of his career.

Open Championship 2023: Weather forecast

Located on England’s northwest coast, Royal Liverpool GC is no stranger to high winds — and this weekend will be no exception. Gusts are expected between 20 and 25 miles per hour throughout the opening day on Thursday, with a chance of brief showers in the morning and then dry conditions the rest of the day with the temperature around 16°c (61°F). Friday will be no different, with chances of early rain and gusts between 16 and 20 miles per hour but mostly sunny conditions throughout the day and temps around 15°c (59°F). 

Saturday could bring the most challenging conditions, with light showers likely throughout the day but temperatures consistent with Thursday and Friday. Gusts on Saturday will be coming from the west-southwest at about 20 miles per hour. Sunday will similarly feature light rain throughout the day, particularly into the late morning and early afternoon. The final round should be less breezy, though, with west-southwest gusts blowing around 10-14 miles per hour. 

Open Championship past winners

Here is a look at every winner of The Open Championship since World War II. As we mentioned earlier, Cameron Smith is the most recent champion, having shot -20 at Old Course at St. Andrews last year. Collin Morikawa won the major in 2021, shooting -15 at Royal St. George’s. The ’20 event was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Year Golfer Venue Score
2022 Cameron Smith St. Andrews -20
2021 Collin Morikawa Royal St. George’s -15
2019 Shane Lowry Royal Portrush -15
2018 Francesco Molinari Carnoustie -8
2017 Jordan Spieth Royal Birkdale -12
2016 Henrik Stenson Royal Troon -20
2015 Zach Johnson St. Andrews -15
2014 Rory McIlroy Hoylake -17
2013 Phil Mickelson Muirfield -3
2012 Ernie Els Royal Lytham & St. Annes -7
2011 Darren Clarke Royal St. George’s -5
2010 Louis Oosthuizen St Andrews -16
2009 Stewart Cink Turnberry -2
2008 Padraig Harrington Royal Birkdale +3
2007 Padraig Harrington Carnoustie -7
2006 Tiger Woods Royal Liverpool -18
2005 Tiger Woods St. Andrews -14
2004 Todd Hamilton Troon -10
2003 Ben Curtis Sandwich -1
2002 Ernie Els Muirfield -6
2001 David Duval Royal Lytham & St. Annes -10
2000 Tiger Woods St. Andrews -19
1999 Paul Lawrie Carnoustie +6
1998 Mark O’Meara Royal Birkdale E
1997 Justin Leonard Royal Troon -12
1996 Tom Lehman Royal Lytham & St Annes -13
1995 John Daly St. Andrews -6
1994 Nick Price Turnberry -12
1993 Greg Norman Royal St. Georges, Sandwich -13
1992 Nick Faldo Muirfield -12
1991 Ian Baker-Finch Royal Birkdale -8
1990 Nick Faldo St. Andrews -18
1989 Mark Calcavecchia Royal Troon -13
1988 Seve Ballesteros Royal Lytham & St. Annes -11
1987 Nick Faldo Muirfield -5
1986 Greg Norman Turnberry E
1985 Sandy Lyle Royal St. Georges, Sandwich +2
1984 Seve Ballesteros St Andrews -12
1983 Tom Watson Royal Birkdale -9
1982 Tom Watson Royal Troon -4
1981 Bill Rogers Royal St. Georges, Sandwich -4
1980 Tom Watson Muirfield -13
1979 Seve Ballesteros Royal Lytham & St. Annes -1
1978 Jack Nicklaus St. Andrews -7
1977 Tom Watson Turnberry -12
1976 Johnny Miller Royal Birkdale -9
1975 Tom Watson Carnoustie -5
1974 Gary Player Royal Lytham & St. Annes -2
1973 Tom Weiskopf Royal Troon -12
1972 Lee Trevino Muirfield -6
1971 Lee Trevino Royal Birkdale -10
1970 Jack Nicklaus St. Andrews 283
1969 Tony Jacklin Royal Lytham & St. Annes 280
1968 Gary Player Carnoustie 289
1967 Roberto de Vicenzo Hoylake 278
1966 Jack Nicklaus Muirfield 282
1965 Peter Thomson Royal Birkdale 285
1964 Tony Lema St. Andrews 279
1963 Bob Charles Royal Lytham & St. Annes 277
1962 Arnold Palmer Troon 276
1961 Arnold Palmer Birkdale 284
1960 Kel Nagle St. Andrews 278
1959 Gary Player Muirfield 284
1958 Peter Thomson Royal Lytham & St. Annes 278
1957 Bobby Locke St. Andrews 279
1956 Peter Thomson Hoylake 286
1955 Peter Thomson St. Andrews 281
1954 Peter Thomson Birkdale 283
1953 Ben Hogan Carnoustie 282
1952 Bobby Locke Royal Lytham & St. Annes 287
1951 Max Faulkner Royal Portrush 285
1950 Bobby Locke Troon 279
1949 Bobby Locke Sandwich 283
1948 Henry Cotton Muirfield 284
1947 F Daly Hoylake 293
1946 Sam Snead St. Andrews 290

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