Open Championship Betting
Vegas Odds Open Championship 2018
The Open Championship, which is also referred to as the British Open, is the third of golf’s four majors. It is the only major played outside of the United States.
Held since 1860, the championship is contested annually in mid-July on prestigious links courses across the United Kingdom. Harry Vardon holds the record for the most Open victories, winning his six titles from 1896 to 1914.
The Open Championship is truly an international event. The top professionals and amateurs from around the world tee it up on such famous courses as St. Andrew’s, Royal Troon, Turnberry and Carnoustie — the site of the 2018 event.
The greats of the game have won here. From Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Tom Watson to Seve Ballesteros, Nick Faldo and Greg Norman to Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Ernie Els — these champions have all sipped from the Claret Jug.
The current champion is Jordan Spieth, who won the 146th Open. It was almost another major collapse for the young Texan, but the three-time major winner obviously learned from his miscues in the 2017 Masters to prevail at Royal Birkdale.
Spieth allowed a three-shot lead to get away before a wild 13th hole in the final round. After 20 minutes of rulings and decisions, Spieth took an unplayable lie from a terrible drive. He ended up making a remarkable bogey before playing the last five holes in five-under par. The jug was his, just days before his 24th birthday.
Spieth is one of three co-favorites for this year’s Open at +1000 (odds provided by Bovada). Dustin Justin, the No. 1-ranked player in the world, and Rory McIlroy, who won the Open in 2014, are also one of the top picks at +1000.
Past champions are also near the top of the betting board. Three-time champion Woods is slotted at +2200, Henrik Stenson +2800 and Mickelson +5000.
Open Championship Las Vegas Betting Tips
The Open record book is packed with famous names and fantastic achievements.
The oldest winner is Tom Morris Sr. (Old Tom Morris) who was 46 years and 102 days old when he won in 1867. And, while Nicklaus has won the Claret Jug three times, he holds the mark for the most runner-up finishes with seven.
Stenson, the 2016 champion, holds the distinction of being the most strokes under par for 72 holes. He finished at 20-under with a 264 total.
Padraig Harrington was the last player to win back-to-back Open titles and the last player to win with a total over par. The Irishman won in 2007 and 2008, his last victory at three-over at Royal Birkdale.
Seven players have led wire-to-wire, including Woods in 2005 and McIlroy in 2014.
Not of all the Open highlights are thrilling victories. Who can forget the 2009 tournament where 59-year-old Tom Watson, a five-time champion, lost in a heartbreaking playoff to Stewart Cink?
And then there’s Jean van de Velde. The Frenchman entered the final hole of the 1999 British Open with a three-shot lead. He triple-bogeyed the hole, and ultimately lost in a playoff, but not before literally jumping into a lake.
Who knows what 2018 has in store for sports bettors and fans.