What To Know About St. Andrews For British Open Betting

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Ryan Hannable @RyanHannable Jul 12, 2022, 6:00 AM
  • This is the 30th time St. Andrews has hosted the British Open.
  • Zach Johnson won in 2015, the last time the British Open was at St. Andrews.
  • The 17th hole is one of the more difficult ones on the course.

The 150th British Open will take place at The Old Course at St. Andrews, considered the oldest golf course in the world, from July 14-17.

When it comes to online sports betting, it is one of the best weeks of the year in the golf world, with action starting in the early morning hours in the United States and continuing into the afternoon. 

St. Andrews has hosted the British Open 29 times, more than any other course. Known as the “home of golf,” the historic course hosts the British Open every five years.

British Open golf odds have Rory McIlroy (+1000) as the favorite heading into the tournament.

St. Andrews Overview

St. Andrews is a classic links-style golf course with undulating fairways, huge double greens, and hundreds of bunkers, some of which are nearly impossible to get out of.

The Road Hole (No. 17) is the most famous hole on the course. 

The tee shot is hit over the Old Course hotel, and most players bail out to the left with out of bounds lurking on the right. The green is protected by a bunker in front and a wall behind it. Once players reach the green, it is one of the toughest on the entire course, making a two-putt no easy task.

The par-4 yielded a 4.65 scoring average for players in 2015, the last time the British Open was played at St. Andrews.

The course plays just over 7,200 yards for the tournament and is a par-72, with two par-5s and two par-3s. The 14th hole is the second par-5 and played just over par in 2015, with players averaging 5.008 strokes.

The 5th hole, the first par-5, played as the easiest hole in 2015. The players combined for 257 birdies, which were by far the most of any hole.

What To Know About St. Andrews

Unless the weather gets out of hand, there will be good scoring.

The last four winners of the British Open at St. Andrews have finished at least 14-under par, including Zach Johnson at 15-under in 2015.

Tiger Woods, who will be in the field, has won twice at the course (2000 and 2005). It has special meaning to Woods, as he completed the career Grand Slam there with a British Open scoring record (19-under) in 2000.

Other winners at the course include Louis Oosthuizen (2010), John Daly (1995), Nick Faldo (1990), Seve Ballesteros (1984), and Jack Nickalus (1970, 1978).

British Open Champions at St. Andrews

YearWinner
1873Tom Kidd
1876Bob Martin
1879Jamie Anderson
1882Bob Ferguson
1885Bob Martin
1888Jack Burns
1891Hugh Kirkaldy
1895J.H. Taylor
1900J.H. Taylor
1905James Braid
1910James Braid
1921Jock Hutchison
1927Bobby Jones
1933Denny Shute
1939Dick Burton
1946Sam Snead
1955Peter Thomson
1957Bobby Locke
1960Kel Nagle
1964Tony Lema
1970Jack Nicklaus
1978Jack Nicklaus
1984Seve Ballesteros
1990Nick Faldo
1995John Daly
2000Tiger Woods
2005 Tiger Woods
2010Louis Oosthuizen
2015Zach Johnson

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Ryan Hannable

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Ryan Hannable is a copy editor on the Web Content Team for BetMGM. Previously, he was a New England Patriots beat writer for WEEI in Boston. He also has published a golf book, “The Ultimate Book of Golf Trivia: 600 Questions and Answers.”

Ryan Hannable is a copy editor on the Web Content Team for BetMGM. Previously, he was a New England Patriots beat writer for WEEI in Boston. He also has published a golf book, “The Ultimate Book of Golf Trivia: 600 Questions and Answers.”