No Canadian has ever won The Open, although Canadian dual citizen Austin Connelly was in contention just a few years ago. Corey Conners also seems to be in contention everywhere these days. As a result, Canadians may have more than one reason to follow The Open Championship every year.
Here’s how to bet on the Open Championship at legal Canadian online betting sites, including live PGA Championship odds.
Open Championship odds 2022
Here’s a look at the favourites to win The Open Championship at the top online sportsbooks in Canada. Click on any odds to go right to the online sportsbook and start getting your PGA bets in.
Open Championship prop bets
Golf majors typically have almost as many props in play as the Super Bowl. Here’s a look at a few proposition wagers you may find available when online golf betting on The Open Championship golf tournament:
- Will There Be a Hole-in-One?
- Will A New Course Record Be Set?
- Number Of Players Under Par?
- Over/Under On The Winning Total Score?
- Will There Be A Playoff?
- Nationality Of The Winner
Open Championship live odds
Live betting has been a game-changer for golf. It gives you the chance to place bets on a tournament like The Open in the middle of any round at odds that change in real-time based on exactly what’s going on out on the course.
The betting is mostly on the same markets that are available before each round, but the odds are constantly changing based on the current leaderboard and various other on-the-course factors. Plus, live betting opens up opportunities for you to bet on the action hole-by-hole and even shot-by-shot.
Of course, all these live betting odds can change in an instant, which makes online sportsbooks and sportsbook apps the best way to play. You simply won’t be able to get a bet down fast enough any other way.
Bet on Open Championship holes
When the Open is held at Royal St George’s Golf Club in Sandwich, Kent, England, for example, that means the field will have to contend with the deepest bunker in championship golf on Royal St George’s fourth hole and its infamous Par-5 14th, well known as one of the toughest in all of golf.
That also means you’ll have the chance to bet on these specific holes, and every other at Royal St George’s, or St. Andrews, or wherever the Open is held. Most sportsbooks allow you to bet on how specific golfers or the entire field will perform on each hole on the course, giving you the chance to bet that one golfer will perform well on a specific hole, or that the hole will get the best of the field throughout the tournament.
Tiger Woods odds at Open Championship
Tiger Woods has won three Open Championships (2000, 2005, 2006). He’s also posted four other Top-10 finishes. However, Woods was in a car crash in February 2021 and missed The 2021 Open Championship due to injuries he sustained to both legs.
Woods is 45 and questions remain about his ability to play golf again, but if he is ever listed in the field for an Open Championship, expect plenty of action put down on him to win. Especially at long Open Championship betting odds, there might not be a better golfer to put a bet down on than Tiger.
Open Championship odds boosts
Sportsbooks will offer all kinds of PGA odds boosts and other promos surrounding the Open Championship. That’ll mean free Open Championship bets to anyone who bet on some other events, giveaways offering payouts on some of the top golfers in the game cutting, and odds boost on the favourites to contend at The Open Championship.
Check here closer to The Open Championship start dates to find the latest promos.
An Open Championship betting truth to take seriously
Here’s an inarguable truth about The Open Championship:
1. Links courses are tougher
The Open is traditionally played on a coastal links golf course. Links courses are built on open terrain often without trees. However, there’s lots of sand, deep pot bunkers, gorse bushes, and incredibly slow greens. Links courses are shaped by their natural surroundings, which means they are not manufactured or manicured like many golf courses.
Weather and wind also play big factors in links courses. Add it up and you’ll see links golf courses are traditionally tougher than most, which means it takes a resilient golfer to win The Open.
Betting odds on Open Championship favourites
- Dustin Johnson: Since becoming the top-ranked golfer in the world and winning the 2020 Masters, Johnson has become the favourite to win anything and everything on the PGA Tour.
- Rory McIlroy: Having won The Open in 2014 makes McIlroy a perennial favourite.
- Brooks Koepka: The Open is one of the two majors Koepka hasn’t won, but finishing T-2 at the 2021 PGA Championship on a South Carolina course that looked a lot like a links course suggests he may be ready to change that. Koepka just comes to play in any Major championship
Top Canadian at the Open Championship
Listowel, Ontario’s Corey Conners has long represented Canada’s best hope at the Open Championship. Conners missed the cut at The Open Championship in 2019 but proved to be a contender in majors in 2021 and finished 15th at the Open Championship.
Through the first 20 events on the PGA Tour in 2021, Conners posted seven top-10 finishes, including an 8th place finish at The Masters. Conners was also the leader after the first round of the 2021 PGA Championship after shooting a 67. He finished T-17, but Top 20 finishes in the year’s first two majors suggest he’s going to compete in the final two as well.
However, Hamilton, Ontario’s Mackenzie Hughes finished tied for sixth at the 2021 Open Championship at Royal St. George’s Golf Course, making him the top finishing Canadian golfer.
When/Where is the Open Championship?
- Dates: July 14-17, 2022
- Edition: 150th
- Field: 156 players
- Location: Old Course, St Andrews Golf Club, Scotland
- Weather: Avg. Temp. 22° high/ 13° low with 6/30 day rain and an average hourly wind speed of 11.4 miles per hour
- Expected Purse: $10,750,000
- TV: TSN (Canada) NBC and Golf Channel (US)
Ranking the worst 3 Open Championship collapses
Tiger Woods shot an 81 in the third round at Muirfield during the 2002 British Open, ruining his chance at a Grand Slam. But even that doesn’t make the following list of the top three worst Open Championship collapses:
Thomas Bjorn (2003)
Bjorn had a three-shot lead with four holes to play at Royal St George’s. He bogeyed 15, then took three shots to get out of the bunker at 16, and double-bogeyed. He also bogeyed 17 and Ben Curtis won by a shot.
Greg Norman (1989)
Norman rallied at Royal Troon in the 1989 British Open, coming back from seven shots down and shooting a 64 on Sunday to force a four-hole playoff with Mark Calcavecchia and Wayne Grady. He even birdied the first two playoff holes before a bogey on the third started his downfall.
Norman was in a tie with Calcavecchia heading into the final playoff hole, but his tee shot landed in a bunker, his second shot landed in another bunker and his third went out-of-bounds. Norman didn’t even finish the hole and Calcavecchia won the title uncontested.
Adam Scott (2012)
Scott led by four shots entering the final round at Royal Lytham. He also led by four shots with four holes to play, then he bogeyed every one of the final four holes handing Ernie Els the title. That included missing a par putt on 18 that would have forced a playoff.
Open Championship betting FAQ
Who has won the most Open Championships?
Harry Vardon has won the most Open Championships with six (1896, 1898, 1899, 1903, 1911, 1914). Jack Nicklaus holds the record for the most runner-up finishes with seven (1964, 1967, 1968, 1972, 1976, 1977, 1979).
Who hit the last hole-in-one at The Open Championship?
England’s Jonathan Thomson hit an ace on 16th hole at The 2021 Open Championship. Louis Oosthuizen’s ace on the 178-yard 14th hole at Royal Troon in 2016 was the last hole-in-one shot at The Open before that.
How many Canadians play in the Open Championship every year?
Around 65% of the 156-player field are exemptions from 28 categories, including former champions of majors and other tournaments. 46 others qualify from The Open Qualifying Series leading up to The Open and the final spots are awarded to those who advance from Final Qualifying in the UK in July. Very few Canadians meet these criteria, although Corey Conners did in 2019 and again this year. Plus, Hamilton, Ontario’s Mackenzie Hughes qualified and finished tied for sixth at the 2021 Open Championship.
Is The Open Championship harder to win than PGA/Masters/US Open?
The Open Championship is considered the hardest major to win because The Open is played on a links course. Links courses are open terrain courses with very few trees, lots of sand, deep bunkers, gorse bushes, high winds, and slow greens. Links courses are more natural and less manufactured or manicured, making them tougher to play than the Masters or US Open.