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2022 British Open: Rory McIlroy early odds-on favorite to win at St. Andrews

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Rory McIlroy, the No. 2 player in the world, will be looking for his fifth career major when the British Open tees off in July at St. Andrews.

With three weeks left until the British Open tees off at the Old Course at St. Andrews in Scotland, FrontPageBets is taking a look at the early favorites heading into the season’s final major.

Last week, Matt Fitzpatrick won the U.S. Open at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass., with some superb golf down the stretch, holding off always-game Will Zalatoris and World No. 1 Scottie Scheffler.

Perhaps there are no three golfers playing better at this point … save for maybe one: Rory McIlroy.

The Northern Irishman, currently ranked second in the world, is a four-time major winner, including the 2014 British Open at Royal Liverpool. McIlroy has finished in the top eight in every major this year, including second in the Masters. (He was T-5 at the U.S. Open and eighth at the PGA Championship.) He also won the RBC Canadian Open in early June.

It’s no coincidence that McIlroy is the odds-on favorite (+900, 9-1) to win his fifth major when the British Open is held at the Old Course from July 14-17.

While Fitzpatrick (+2000, 20-1), Zalatoris (+2500, 25-1) and Scheffler (+1200, 12-1) are all in the top-12 list of favorites at St. Andrews, according to DraftKings, there are some notable golfers who have recently joined the LIV Golf tour who are in the mix.

Dustin Johnson, who announced earlier this month his intentions to leave the PGA Tour and join up with the Saudi-funded golf series run by Greg Norman, is just outside the top 10 in odds for the 2022 British Open. Right with DJ is Brooks Koepka, who has reportedly also joined up with LIV Golf. Both of them sit at +2500 (25-1) odds.

Phil Mickelson, the biggest name to join LIV, and a six-time major winner, is +15000 (150-1) odds to win in Scotland in July.

Regardless of who is playing the best or creating headlines, one name will always stand out above the rest whenever he is in the field. And that's Tiger Woods.

Woods, who skipped the U.S. Open after playing in the Masters and PGA Championship, said he plans to play in the season's final major. He’s currently at +4000 (40-1) to win his fourth British Open and his 16th overall major. Woods won at the Old Course in St. Andrews back in 2005 by five strokes.

Here’s the odds list of the top 20 golfers, according to DraftKings:

Rory McIlroy +900

Jon Rahm +1000

Scottie Scheffler +1200

Justin Thomas +1400

Collin Morikawa +1600

Jordan Spieth +1800

Cameron Smith +1800

Matt Fitzpatrick +2000

Xander Schauffele +2200

Shane Lowry +2200

Patrick Cantlay +2500

Will Zalatoris +2500

Dustin Johnson +2500

Brooks Koepka +2500

Hideki Matsuyama +2800

Viktor Hovlan +2800

Tommy Fleetwood +3500

Tyrrell Hatton +3500

Sam Burns +3500

Tiger Woods +4000

Louis Oosthuizen +4000

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