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The 2022 Open Championship: Detailed Guide & Predictions

The final major of the year is already fast approaching us, as the world’s best golfers will be preparing themselves to play in The 2022 Open Championship in a matter of weeks’ time.

While many of them will descend upon the iconic St. Andrews course in Scotland, the event is going to be one that is highly anticipated. Therefore, we thought it would be the right time to take a look at what to expect.

In this article, we will aim to provide you with everything that you need to know about the upcoming major, giving you as much information about the event as possible while also highlighting which golfers are thought to be the best predictions when it comes down to trying to identify a possible winner.

When is The 2022 Open and where is it played?

The 2022 Open Championship, which many golf fans around the world may know as either The Open or the British Open, is the final major of the year and will take place at the iconic St. Andrews golf course in Fife, Scotland.

This year’s event is particularly special, as it is the 150th edition of the world’s oldest golf major to be on the schedule. Indeed, players will descend upon Scotland over the course of a week in July, with the First Round being played on July 14. The winner will be crowned on July 17 after 72 holes of challenging golf.

How long is the course?

The 2022 Open will be held at St Andrews for the 30th time in its history this year, with players competing on the Old Course. 

This year’s course will consist of a distance of 7,297 yards (6.67km), with the front nine and the back nine both featuring a par score of 36; thus totaling 72 for the round. It is the same distance as the last time this competition was played here.

Who will be playing?

As of writing, players from each of the PGA Tour, European Tour, and Japan Golf Tour programs will all be eligible to participate provided they have met the various criteria that is required. This year’s event will also see golfers who decided to split from the PGA Tour and join the LIV Golf Series able to participate, too.

This has meant that there is a field of 156 golfers expected to be participating in the upcoming major.

What are the predictions?

Naturally, with 156 players thought to be participating in the upcoming 150th Open Championship, it would seem it could be pretty hard to try and identify a golfer who has the best chance of obtaining the win and taking home what will be a lucrative prize pot.

Nonetheless, according to the latest golf betting odds, it would seem that there are two players who are perhaps ahead of the rest of the field and this will likely be due to their ability to play links golf.

Rory McIlroy has been listed as the favorite at +800 while Jon Rahm is priced at +900 to be the winner of this year’s British Open. American quartet, Brooks Koepka, Collin Morikawa, Scottie Scheffler, and Justin Thomas have all been priced at +1,400 as the most likely to challenge for the championship.

What happened the last time The Open was played at St. Andrews?

The last time this event was played here was back in 2015, which saw Zach Johnson win a four-hole playoff against Louis Oosthuizen and Marc Leishman after each of them shot -15 for the tournament. Jason Day and Jordan Speith both tied fourth as they were one shot back on -14.

This was Johnson’s second and final major of his career to date, with the 2023 U.S. Ryder Cup captain going to want to put on a good performance in his return to the course some seven years later.

Final Thoughts

With it being the 150th edition, this year’s 2022 British Open will be one that will be truly special for all of the golfers that take part, although it will undoubtedly be rather special for the individual who is able to win the event!

Fans alike will certainly be excited to see what happens in Scotland, and the golfer that wins will ultimately deserve to do so as they will need to be at the very best of their game over the four-day period the competition is played.