This week brings the final major of 2022 and there will be cause for celebration at the Old Course at St Andrews as it marks the 150th Open Championship.
Collin Morikawa will be defending the title he won at Royal St George’s last year and the American is a 30/1 chance to retain the Claret Jug.
World No 2 Rory McIlroy, who won the Open at Royal Liverpool in 2014, is 10/1 favourite, while the in-form Xander Schauffele, who has won the Travelers Championship and the Scottish Open in the last month, is 16/1.
Tiger Woods, who has won the Open twice at St Andrews but has been struggling with injuries sustained in a car crash, is 90/1 to win his fourth Open.
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McIlroy ready to join the greats
Rory McIlory has already celebrated an Open triumph but a victory at the home of golf would be extra special and the man from Northern Ireland is playing the sort of golf that could make such a hope a reality.
The greatest names in the game all have a St Andrews triumph on their résumé and McIlroy should be confident that he can join the list of illustrious names.
McIlroy has form figures of 2-8-5 in this year’s three majors and it is only a month ago that he won his 21st PGA Tour title with victory at the Canadian Open.
He has always been a great driver, but his approach play and short game have improved markedly in recent weeks – and also this is a course he loves.
The 33-year-old has finished in the top three of the Dunhill Links Championship four times and smashed an opening 63 at the 2010 Open before being derailed by the Friday elements.
He looks charged to make a push for a fifth major title.
Tip: Rory McIlroy to win outright @ 10/1 with bet365
Consistent Lowry always looks a contender
Shane Lowry, who won the 2019 Open by a street, has yet to taste victory this year, but he has regularly challenged for some of the game’s big prizes in the opening half of 2022 and has to be considered.
Lowry suffered a bad draw and missed the cut at last month’s US Open, but he has finished in the top 20 in nine of his 13 tournaments this year, bouncing back from his Brookline disappointment to finish tied for ninth at the star-studded JP McManus Pro-Am.
The man from Offaly, who won the Irish Open as an amateur in 2009, should always be feared on a links layout and he can make his presence felt again.
Tip: Shane Lowry to win outright @ 22/1 with bet365
Spieth can lead the Stateside charge
There will be plenty of eyes on Xander Schauffele after his recent double success, but do not be surprised if the best American effort comes from 2017 winner Jordan Spieth.
The Texan can adapt better than most to the range of conditions that players face on regular PGA Tour events and he missed out on a play-off place by just one shot the last time that the battle for the Claret Jug took place at St Andrews.
He has never missed an Open cut and with world No 1 Scottie Scheffler making his St Andrews debut and Justin Thomas having never made much of an impression in the British major, Spieth could lead the challenge from across the Pond.
Tip: Jordan Spieth top American @ 8/1 with bet365