The Open Championship 2022: Preview & Picks for Degenerates

The Open Championship 2022: Preview & Picks for Degenerates

Golf fans rejoice whether it be happiness or sadness as the fourth and final Major of the year has finally arrived. With one dramatic season in the Golf world, this major couldn’t have come any sooner. 

This past season has been one hell of a ride. With many notable Golfers leaving the PGA in dramatic fashion for the LIV Tour, the drama has only increased throughout the year. From friends turning to enemies, and enemies becoming teammates, this was the last sport we thought would endure so much drama. 

The sport of Golf has become the new NBA and we love it.

With all that being said, the ReRack Picks crew is happy to preview and share our picks for the 150th Open. 

Operation Bankrupt Vegas begins now…

Location: Saint Andrews, Fife, Scotland

Dates: July 10th-17th, 2022

Previous Winners of The Open Championship

YEARVENUECHAMPIONCOUNTRYSCOREODDS
2021Royal St. George’sCollin MorikawaUSA265 (-15)
2019Royal PortrushShane LowryIreland269 (-15)
2018CarnoustieFrancesco MolinariItaly276 (-8)
2017Royal BirkdaleJordan SpiethUSA268 (-12)
2016Royal TroonHenrik StensonSweden264 (-20)

The Favorites to Win Outright for The Open Championship

Rory Mcllroy (+900)

Jon Rahm (+1200)

Scottie Scheffler (+1200)

Justin Thomas (+1400)

Collin Morikawa (+1800)

Matt Fitzpatrick (+2000)

Staff Picks to Win Outright

Emperor’s Picks:

Will Zalatoris (+2200)

The time has come. It is time for Zalatoris to finally earn his first major after finishing second in what it seems like a billion years. 

Zalatoris is the only Top 30 golfer in the world to yet win a Major Championship, despite placing second in three majors. Another quick note to add on Zalatoris is that he shot a 69 in round one last year, his first time playing in The Open, but sadly had to pull out due to back soreness.

Although there are many others favored better, my top pick to win this tournament is Zaaltoris. He’s due for a Major Championship victory.  

Tommy Fleetwood (+3300)

My second pick to win outright for The Open 2022 is Englishman, Tommy Fleetwood. Tying for fourth last week at the Scottish Open, I feel like Fleetwood is playing in a more comfortable environment and can stay hot. Love the value with Fleetwood. 

Dustin Johnson (+3500)

My last outright pick to win The Open Championship is the one and only LIV Tour legend, Dustin Johnson. 

I am promising everyone right now. I will continue to bet at least one LIV Tour player to win outright in every single Major until it happens. Can you imagine how funny the golf world will be when a LIV Tour player wins a Major? It’s going to send the golf world into a chaotic frenzy and we need that!

This weekend we ride DJ.  

JIGO’s Picks:

Scottie Scheffler (+1200 via BetMGM)

The world’s #1 golfer, why wouldn’t I throw a little something on Scheffler to win. He has performed well at not only every major this year but also every tournament in the FedEx Cup. He is consistently playing top 10 so obviously, I’ll make a somewhat safer bet and take Scottie.

Will Zalatoris (+2200 via BetMGM)

Will has been knocking on the door for a while now, over the past two years his name has been in the mix every Sunday at every major tournament. In the past year, he has finished T6th in the Master’s, 2nd in the PGA Championship, and T2nd in last month’s US Open. But for some reason, he hasn’t been able to break through but I think the Open will be his time. Out of my four picks for a straight-up winner, Zalatoris is by far my favorite. The odds are great given he has been so close to winning a significant 3 times this year already. I really think this weekend Will Zalatrois will come out as the victor.  

Matt Fitzpatick (+1600 via BetMGM)

For me, I think it is always a smart bet to place a little action on the previous major winner. In this case, it is a British guy with braces who wears Skechers, not an ideal bet. But still, I do not undermine Fitzpatrick’s talent and willpower to win. Likewise to Will Zalatoris, Fitzpatrick’s name has been in the mix at every major this year. He tied for 14th at the Masters, tied for 5th at the PGA Championship, and came out victorious at the US Open in Brookline last month. So although Matt Fitzpatrick is a complete space cadet a 1u bet would not hurt. DO NOT COUNT OUT THE NERD

Tiger Woods (+5000 via BetMGM)

I mean you would be crazy not to take Tiger Woods to win, in any tournament. There is something about rooting for Tiger to win that is unmatched, that Sunday red brings fear into other golfers’ minds. Tiger has won the Claret Jug at St Andrew’s twice before, in 2000 and 2005, and although two decades ago you can never count out the GOAT.

Top 40 Finishes

Emperor’s Picks:

  • Abraham Ancer (+140)
  • Henrik Stenson (+230)
  • Brooks Koepka (-115)
  • Max Homa (-115)
  • Tiger Woods (+120)

Top 30 Finishes

Emperor’s Picks:

  • Seamus Power (+162)
  • Tommy Fleetwood (-105)
  • Dustin Johnson (+100)
  • Will Zalatoris (-120)

Top 20 Finishes

Emperor’s Picks:

Xander Schauffele (+100)

Top 10 Finishes

Emperor’s Picks:

  • Xander Schauffele (+210)
  • Brooks Koepka (+475)
  • Rory Mcllroy (+125)

JIGO’s Picks:

Rory McIlroy (+100)

Rory has always been a very consistent golfer when it comes to Majors. So I think he will perform well again, cannot confirm a top 5 but I think a top 10 finish is somewhat safe. 

Matt Fitzpatrick (+175)

This is a little on the riskier side but Fitzpatrick has been playing so well all year, especially in major events. In the US Open last month he showed that he has that clutch gene in him, I expect Matt to play well and to at least finish in the top 10. 

Top 5 Finishes

JIGO’s Picks:

Scottie Scheffler (+350)

This year has won the Master’s and Tied for 2nd in at the US Open. Yes he did miss the cut at the PGA Championship but I think that was just an off major. As said earlier his name is always in the mix every Sunday and I see it happening again. 

Will Zalatoris (+450)

Tied for 6th at the Masters and then back-to-back 2nd place finishes at the PGA and US Open. He will be a Top 5 finish again. 

To Make The Cut

Emperor’s Picks:

Tiger Woods (-138)

I’m not riding the Tiger Woods outright winner hype like Igo, but I am still anticipating a solid weekend of golf from Tiger. Tiger has the most experience in the field for The Open Championship earning three Open Championships in the years 2000, 2005, and 2006. One of those victories came at Saint Andrew’s.

Expect an above-average from Tiger.

JIGO’s Picks:

Tiger Woods (-138)

It’s Tiger and it’s The Open. Obviously, he is not the same golfer as he was before the car accident, but still, he has made both cuts at the Master’s and US Open this year. 

Max Homa (-250)

Always fun to have a little action on Homa. Although the value isn’t really that good, this bet should be a sure thing.