The British Open has long been revered as a unique and unmatched challenge.
From the unpredictable weather and razor-thin out-of-bounds’ margins to the vast bunkers and bottomless rough, golf’s oldest major championship is repeatedly dubbed a “beast” by American golfers. For fans watching from home, live sports betting is the most exciting way to experience the beast that is British Open betting.
What is British Open Live Betting?
When the first group tees off at St. Andrews on Thursday, July 14, 2022, pre-tournament betting odds are locked, and British Open live betting opens. And live betting remains open through all four days of the tournament.
For example, one year after a third-place finish at Royal St. George’s in the 2021 Open Championship, maybe Jon Rahm is atop the leaderboard in the final round in Scotland.
In search of his first British Open title, Rahm leads his playing partner, Rory McIlroy, by two strokes as they approach the 6th hole, a par-4 that played approximately 412 yards at St. Andrews’ last Open, in 2015.
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— Ryan Hannable (@RyanHannable) July 8, 2022
At this moment, several live betting opportunities are available, including championship winner:
- Jon Rahm: -120
- Rory McIlroy: +200
- Cameron Smith: +450
- Tommy Fleetwood: +600
- Shane Lowry: +800
And player to make the lowest score on the 6th hole:
- Rahm: +180
- McIlroy: +200
- Same score: -150
With British Open live betting, you could place live bets on Rahm to hold onto the lead, McIlroy to win his second championship (and first since 2014), or a variety of other player- and hole-specific odds.
How to Live Bet on the British Open
Live sports betting is easy regardless of your golf knowledge or online sports betting experience.
While you’re watching Rahm and McIlroy on TV, streaming the final round on your phone during your nephew’s inexcusably ill-timed birthday party, or tracking scores online, it takes only seconds to place a live bet with up-to-the-minute Open Championship odds.
It can be a great opportunity to hedge against a futures bet, increase your investment on a pre-tournament bet, or take an entirely new position.
If, for example, you placed a golf futures bet on Rahm weeks earlier (at +1200 odds), maybe you want to hedge against the Spaniard. And with McIlory only two shots back with 13 holes remaining, you decide to place a live bet on McIlroy to win the British Open at +200 odds.
Most strokes gained per round on 'links style' courses since 2019 (coastal courses on British Isles), min. 10 rounds in span:
Jon Rahm, 2.19
Tony Finau, 2.13
Tommy Fleetwood, 2.01
Shane Lowry, 1.98
Aaron Rai, 1.81
Justin Thomas, 1.78
— Justin Ray (@JustinRayGolf) July 5, 2022
Now, you’re holding tickets with the guarantee to win if either Rahm or McIlory wins two hours later.
British Open Parlays
British Open live betting isn’t limited to single bets, aka straight bets. You can combine live odds into a parlay.
With hundreds of different odds available throughout the tournament, you can inject more entertainment into your British Open experience by building low-risk, high-reward parlays. In addition to the lower score on the 6th hole, perhaps there were live British Open odds available for Rahm’s score:
- Birdie or better: +700
- Par: -130
- Bogey or worse: +180
And for McIlroy’s score:
- Birdie or better: +750
- Par: -140
- Bogey or worse: +150
In addition to, or instead of, your live bet on McIlroy to win the championship, you placed a live parlay bet on both Rahm and McIlory to record a par on the 6th hole. The parlay, with odds of +203, has a potential payout of $303.29 (including stake).
More Golf Betting
Live golf betting is available for dozens of golf tournaments throughout the year. From The Masters to the Presidents Cup, you can place a bet online as Tiger Woods, Will Zalatoris, Scottie Scheffler, and others compete in tournaments worldwide.
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