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British Open Betting

Following behind the Masters and U.S. Open and preceding the PGA, The British Open – or “The Open” as some may call it – certainly has a legacy for inspiring champions. This year marks the 147th British Open, hosted by the Carnoustie Golf Links in Scotland over a span of four days beginning on July 19, 2018. This will be the eighth time that The Open has been held at the 7,421-yard course, which will test the skills of this group of talented golfers.

Ready to bet on the 147th British Open? Bettors will want to keep an eye on this page for up-to-date editorial, stats and trends from our experts.

History of The British Open

The first British Open was held on October 17, 1860, where eight professionals came together and played 36 holes at the Prestwick Golf Club on a single day in Scotland. Today, the 72-hole stroke-play tournament is contested over four days and hosts 156 players – a mix of pros, who are given exemptions into the tournament, and amateurs who win their respective championships.  

Betting on Golf

There aren’t many betting markets when it comes to placing a wager on golf, but that certainly doesn’t make it any less exciting. Here are a few common options to keep in mind when betting on the British Open:

Outright Winner:

Betting the outright winner or moneyline bets are the most common where bettors select who they believe will win the tournament. The oddsmakers will set the lines for each golfer in the tournament, and bettors are to select which golfer they think will win the tournament.

match Betting:

Bettors essentially select which golfer they think will have the best score for a given round within the British Open. On the first and second days of The Open, golfers play in groups of three, commonly referred to as “3-ball betting.” On the fourth and fifth days of the tournament, they are paired in groups of two which is called match betting. 

Group Betting:

When it comes to group betting on golf, bettors must select a player who will place the highest at the end of the 72-hole event from a specific group of players. The groups usually consist of five players from the same category based on the odds for the event or similar world rankings. 

Props:

Prop bets are unusual bets that always make things a little more interesting at the British Open. Common prop bets may include: specific player or a group of players vs the field, top golfer from their respective countries, top left-handed golfer, or whether there will be a hole-in-one. Depending on the sportsbook, there are plenty of ways to get in on the betting action at the 2018 British Open.