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How to bet on The Open online

One of the highlights of the sporting summer, The Open is the world’s oldest golf tournament, with a history dating all the way back to 1860. Overflowing with tradition, this is the only Major held outside the USA. It draws millions of TV viewers – and millions more who love betting on the best golf in the world.

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Who will lift the Claret Jug? Appropriately enough, the British Open betting on the winner is always as open as its name.

No man has dominated in recent years – the last 13 tournaments have been won by 13 different players. Only five of those winners were American; in contrast with the other three Majors, the rest of the world provides regular winners at The Open.

However, Dustin Johnson of the USA has responded well to the unique challenge of links golf in the past and will contend. Similarly, Brooks Koepka and Tony Finau have consistently beaten The Open cut line and featured high on the leaderboard, while champion Collin Morikawa will hope to defend the Claret Jug in style.

Aside from the Americans, Spain’s Jon Rahm and Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy are the leading contenders from Europe, with 2010 champion Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa always worth keeping an eye on, having made the top three in three different majors in 2021.

Look for players in their thirties with experience of links golf and take The Open odds for young debutants with a pinch of salt. Do your research and find players who have been to the tournament before and clearly enjoy the special challenge of playing by the coast.

What is The Open?

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The Open – known in the US as the British Open – is the oldest golf tournament there is. And arguably the most prestigious. The battle for the Claret Jug goes back over 160 years.

The tournament, now the fourth and final Major of the year, is staged on one of a select band of links courses in the United Kingdom.

Links golf (courses next to the coastline) is different. The fairways and greens are bumpy and when the coastal wind blows, playing good golf is very tricky indeed.

The Open always attracts huge audiences and, equally, British Open betting entices huge interest in the enormous number of ways to wager on the event.

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2022 Champion

Cameron Smith

Cameron Smith charged his way into history on the Old Course at St. Andrews to secure his first major title by overcoming Rory McIlroy to win the 150th Open Championship. Smith stole the show with five straight birdies to start the back nine and his 8-under 64 was the lowest final round by a champion in the 30 times golf's oldest championship has been played at St. Andrews.

The Open betting tips

When it comes to The Open betting online always focus on experienced players who have demonstrated that they are comfortable with the demands of links golf.

Whether you are betting on outright outcomes such as the winner of the tournament, or more complex bets such as over/unders, this is a key factor to consider.

The best sportsbooks carrying The Open betting odds are those who are well respected and who have invested heavily in their customer experience. It makes a big difference if you can find a broad choice of markets and can bet quickly and easily on your chosen wager.

There will always be special offers for new customers around The Open. Many, for instance, will offer a free bet when you make your first wager or offer extra places for each-way bets.

Where will the 2023 Open be held?

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Royal Liverpool, Hoylake, England

7/20/2023 - 7/23/2023

The 2023 Open Championship – the 151st edition of golf's original major – will be held at Royal Liverpool and will be the first time in nine years the Open has visited Hoylake after it was the venue when Rory McIlroy claimed the Claret Jug in 2014.

Royal Liverpool has hosted 12 previous Opens, beginning in 1897. Legends of the game, including J.H. Taylor, Walter Hagen, Tiger Woods and McIlroy are among a star-studded list of names to have won the championship there.

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Eagle extra

This is one of the most intriguing offers available on The Open betting sites. If you back a player to win the tournament, every time they record an eagle (two shots under par on a hole) your account will be credited with a free bet. Check terms and conditions for full details.

Early winner payout

British Open betting is exciting and challenging. The lead can change hands many times over the four days. Some sportsbooks will pay you out as a winner if the man you back to lift the Claret Jug is at the top of the leaderboard after the first, second or third round.

Extra places

The Open is contested by a star-studded but very large field, which is why most sportsbooks will offer extra places on each-way bets. In recent times, it’s not unusual to be offered up to 10 extra places, which is great for when you think more than one player has a chance of winning the tournament.

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Tournament Winner

The simplest golf bet you can make – although the size of the fields does add to the challenge. Who will win the tournament? Just decide on the player you think will record the lowest score over the four rounds and wager on them accordingly.

In-play betting on The Open

Just because the first player has sent his first drive flying down the fairway, that doesn't mean The Open betting has to stop.

British Open betting sites can now update odds instantaneously to reflect the action going on. That means people have the chance to keep wagering – and golf, with its breaks between shots and frequent switches in fortune, is an ideal vehicle for in-play betting.

For instance, even if Dustin Johnson puts his opening shot deep into a bunker, you can still bet on him to make the cut, and to win the tournament., likely at higher odds than he would have been before the tournament began.

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