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This guide dives into Open Championship betting offers and free bets for UK punters. We’ll take you through the different types of offers you can expect, how to find the best free bets, choosing the right offer, and strategies for using them effectively. By the end, you’ll be ready to tee off on the Open Championship betting market with confidence!

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Best British Open Championship Betting Odds 2024

The Open Championship is a massive event for golf betting sites, and getting the best odds can mean a lot more cash in your pocket if your bet comes in. The odds change all the time leading up to the tournament, so keep your eyes peeled and shop around for the best prices. Here’s a quick look at some early British Open golf odds from a couple of popular bookies:

Tournament Outright Winner

Golfer Betfred Paddy Power
Scottie Scheffler 5/1 5/1
Rory McIlroy 8/1 10/1
Jon Rahm 12/1 12/1
Victor Hovland 14/1 18/1
Ludvig Aberg 16/1 16/1
Xander Schauffele 16/1 16/1

British Open odds 2024, accurate as of 28/05/2024.

Keep in mind that this is just a snapshot. The Open Championship betting odds will shift as the tournament gets closer, and different bookies might have slightly different prices. So, it’s always a good idea to check odds across a few different platforms to make sure you’re getting the best bang for your buck.

Open Championship 2024 Predictions

The Open Championship, the last big event of the golf season, takes place at the Royal Troon Golf Club in Scotland from 18-21 July. With the wild links course, the unpredictable Scottish weather and the history steeped in every blade of grass, this tournament is always one to watch – and 2024 looks set to be another one for the books.

So, who’s got a shot at the Claret Jug this year? Here’s our take:

Top Dog to Watch

  • Scottie Scheffler: The world number one has been on fire this year, bagging three wins, including another Masters title. He’s got the whole package – consistent hitting, a killer short game, and the mental toughness of a champion. Scheffler’s ability to handle any course, especially links, makes him one of the Open favourites.

Dark Horse Pick

  • Ludvig Aberg: This young golfer from Sweden has been making waves with his massive drives and pinpoint irons. He’s already snagged his PGA Tour card for next season and shown he can hang with the big dogs. While the odds might be against him, Aberg’s got the talent and the recent results to shake things up at The Open.

Old Timer with a Chance

  • Justin Rose: This English player knows his way around The Open, having won it back in 2013. He has the experience on links courses, especially on home turf, and the ability to turn it on for the big events. His recent strong showing at the Scottish Open hints he might just be finding his groove at the right time.

Of course, there are always other contenders in the mix. Rory McIlroy is always a threat at majors, and the defending champ, Cameron Smith, knows what it takes to win this thing. Keep an eye on these guys too, as they could easily snatch the Claret Jug if the top picks stumble.

Popular British Open Betting Offers

The Open Championship is a prime time for bookies to roll out special offers and promotions. These offers can give you a serious edge, whether you’re a seasoned punter or just getting started. Let’s tee off with a look at some of the most popular British Open Championship betting offers:

Open Championship Free Bets

logo betfred1Free bets are the golden ticket for many punters, offering a risk-free chance on the Open betting. These can come in various forms, such as no deposit free bets, where some bookies offer them simply for signing up, allowing you to test the waters without any financial commitment. 

There are also stake-returned free bets, which require an initial bet, but you get your stake back in free bets regardless of the outcome. Additionally, matched free bets are another option where your first bet is matched with a free bet of the same value, doubling your potential winnings. Check out Betfred’s Open Championship betting offer, where you can bet £10 and get £40 in free bets.

Open Championship Ante Post Betting

paddy power 1Ante-post betting on The Open involves placing your wagers well in advance of the tournament. This is a strategic move for those who fancy a particular player’s chances early on. Ante-post odds can often be more generous than those closer to the tournament, as bookies haven’t yet factored in the latest form and course conditions. 

Many bookies also offer non-runner no bet (NRNB) on ante post bets, meaning you get your stake back if your chosen golfer withdraws. Additionally, ante post each way bets can be particularly lucrative, as place terms often extend further than those offered during the tournament itself. Paddy Power, one of our top golf betting sites, is great for ante post betting. Explore their market for The Open and take advantage of their NRNB offer.

Open Championship Each Way Extra Places

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Each way betting is a popular choice for The Open, as it offers a safety net if your chosen golfer doesn’t win but finishes in a high position. During the tournament, bookies often enhance their each way terms. Instead of the usual 4 or 5 places, some bookmakers might pay out on 6, 8, or even 10 places. 

The fraction of the odds paid on each way bets might also be increased, e.g., from 1/5 to 1/4. In the event of a tie for a place position, you’ll receive your full winnings, not a reduced payout, due to dead heat rules. Check out Betway’s enhanced each way terms for British Open betting, paying out on extra places for a wider range of finishing positions.

Open Championship Enhanced Odds

William Hill 1Enhanced odds promotions are a great way to boost your potential returns on the Open bets. These offers usually apply to popular markets, such as tournament winner, where odds on the favourite or other popular contenders might be boosted.

You might also find enhanced odds on the top-finishing golfer from a specific country, or even on group betting, where odds on the winner of a group of players could be increased. William Hill is one of the best British Open betting sites, often giving enhanced odds. Be sure to check their promotions page for the latest deals.

Open Championship Acca Insurance

logo boylesports1Accumulator bets (accas) can be very rewarding but also quite risky. Acca insurance gives you a second chance if one leg of your acca lets you down. It works by refunding your stake as a free bet if one selection in your Open Championship acca loses. 

Most online betting sites require a minimum of 5 or 6 selections in your acca to qualify for insurance, and the maximum refund is usually capped at a certain amount, e.g., £10 or £25. Boylesports often offers acca insurance for The Open, allowing you to place multiple bets with more confidence.

Open Championship Welcome Offers

New to a bookie? Take advantage of their welcome offers, which could include a set amount of free bets to use on The Open, a deposit bonus where your initial deposit is matched with bonus funds (subject to wagering requirements). 

You might also get a risk-free bet where your first bet is refunded if it loses, usually up to a certain amount. Compare welcome offers from different bookies and choose the one that best suits your betting style and preferences.

Open Championship ‘Bet & Get’ Offers

logo betvictor1Bet & Get offers typically involve placing the Open bets on a specific market, such as the outright winner of The Open, and receiving a bonus, such as free bets or a matched bet, in return. 

These offers can be a great way to maximise your potential winnings and explore different betting markets. Keep an eye on BetVictor for ‘Bet & Get’ offers during The Open, as they often provide generous bonuses for new and existing customers.

Open Championship ‘Money Back’ Specials

logo 888sport 1Money back specials are a type of promotion where you’ll receive your stake back as a free bet if certain conditions are met. For example, a bookmaker might offer money back if your selected golfer finishes second or third in The Open. 

These offers can provide a safety net and allow you to try different betting strategies. 888sport often has money back specials for major golf tournaments like The Open, so it’s worth checking their promotions page for the latest deals.

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About the Open Championship Golf Tournament

The Open Championship, also known simply as “The Open” or “The British Open,” is the oldest and arguably most prestigious golf tournament in the world. Established in 1860, it’s one of the four major championships in men’s professional golf, alongside the Masters Tournament, the PGA Championship, and the U.S. Open.

The Open is a unique one for a few reasons:

  • Links Courses: Unlike the other majors, which are often played on parkland courses, The Open is exclusively played on links courses. These are typically found along the coast, with sandy soil, different terrain, and often unpredictable weather conditions.
  • Rotation System: The Open is hosted on a rotating basis by a select group of prestigious links courses in the United Kingdom. Each course presents its own unique challenges, making every Open Championship a different experience.
  • The Claret Jug: The winner of The Open gets the iconic Claret Jug, officially known as the Golf Champion Trophy. It’s been awarded to the champion since 1873 and is steeped in history and tradition. Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer have all taken this trophy home!

The Open Championship is a 72-hole stroke play tournament, meaning the player with the lowest total score over four rounds wins. After two rounds, a cut is made, with only the top 70 players (and ties) advancing to the final two rounds. This ensures that only the most competitive players remain in play for the Claret Jug.

The Open Championship 2024 will be held at Royal Troon Golf Club in Ayrshire, Scotland, from 18-21 July. This will be the tenth time Royal Troon has hosted the tournament, with the last being in 2016 when Henrik Stenson came out on top.

As a newcomer, understanding the unique aspects of The Open, from its historic links courses to the prestigious Claret Jug, will boost your appreciation of this legendary golf tournament. Keep coming back to this guide to make the most of our Open Championship bet offers! 

Popular British Open Golf Betting Markets

The Open Championship offers a wide variety of betting markets beyond simply predicting the overall winner. Let’s delve into some of the most popular options, each providing unique opportunities and strategies:

Outright Winner

This is the most straightforward bet: simply pick who you think will hoist the Claret Jug. It’s a popular choice for casual punters and serious bettors alike, with British Open betting odds constantly shifting as the tournament unfolds.

Top Finishes

Not sure who’ll win, but confident about a player’s strong performance? Top finish bets allow you to wager on a golfer finishing within a certain range, such as top 5, top 10, or top 20. This offers a good balance of risk and reward, with payouts typically lower than outright winner bets but with a higher chance of winning.

Make the Cut

The Open’s cutline typically falls after 36 holes, with only the top players progressing to the weekend. Betting on whether a specific golfer will make or miss the cut can be an exciting proposition, especially for those with strong insights into a player’s form and the course’s challenges.

Round Leader

This market focuses on who will shoot the lowest score in a specific round. It’s a fast-paced and dynamic betting option, ideal for those who enjoy following the action closely and making in-play wagers.

Winning Margin

This bet involves predicting the margin of victory for the eventual champion. Will they win by a single stroke or dominate the field with a commanding lead? It’s a more specialised market, requiring a deeper understanding of players’ strengths and weaknesses.

Betting Without

In this market, you bet on the tournament winner excluding a specific player, usually the favourite. This can be a strategic option if you’re confident someone else will emerge victorious, offering potentially higher odds than the outright winner market.

Forecast Betting

Forecast betting involves predicting the top two finishers in the correct order. It’s a challenging but potentially lucrative market, as the payouts are typically higher than other options due to the increased difficulty of getting both predictions right.

Wire to Wire Winner

This bet is on a golfer leading from start to finish, topping the leaderboard after each round. It’s a rare occurrence, but the odds reflect the challenge, making it an attractive option for those seeking a big payout.

Three Balls

Three balls betting involves picking the winner from a group of three golfers playing together in a specific round. It’s a simple and engaging market that allows you to focus on individual matchups rather than the entire field.

Lowest Round

This market is all about predicting which golfer will shoot the lowest round of the entire tournament. It’s a unique bet that adds another layer of excitement to following the scores throughout the four days.

Group Betting

Similar to three balls, group betting involves picking the winner from a larger group of golfers. It can be a strategic option for focusing on a particular segment of the field, such as top-ranked players or a specific nationality.

Top Golfer by Category

This market involves betting on the top finisher within a specific category, such as nationality (e.g., top English player), age group (e.g., top senior player), or even previous performance (e.g., top former champion). It offers diverse betting options beyond the traditional markets.

Hole in One

A hole-in-one is a rare and exciting feat in golf. You can bet on whether a specific golfer will achieve one during the tournament, or even on which hole it might happen. While the odds are long, the thrill of potentially witnessing a hole-in-one and winning a bet makes it a popular option for some punters.

Handicap Betting

In handicap betting, golf betting sites assign each golfer a handicap to level the playing field. This can create more balanced betting opportunities, especially when there’s a clear favourite. You bet on whether a golfer will beat their handicap, adding another layer of strategy to your wagers. Check out our guide on handicap betting to dive into this market a bit more.

Open Championship Betting Tips

Betting on the Open championship can be as thrilling as watching the tournament itself. To improve your chances of success, here are some essential British Open tips and strategies to consider:

  1. Understand the Links Course Challenge

    Links courses like Royal Troon are known for their fast fairways, undulating greens, and unpredictable winds. One of our top British Open tips is to look at the course layout, recent weather patterns, and how different players typically perform on links courses. This can help you pick out golfers who are used to its unique challenges!
  2. Look Beyond the Favourites

    While betting on the British Open favourites might seem like the obvious choice, don't overlook the potential of underdogs and longshots. The Open has a history of producing surprise winners and contenders. Research players who have a strong track record on links courses or who are in good recent form, even if their odds aren't as short as the top contenders.
  3. Consider Each Way Betting

    Each way betting can be a valuable strategy for betting on the Open, especially with the potential for extra places on offer. By placing an each way bet, you're covering both the outright win and a top finish (usually within the top 5 or 6). This provides a safety net if your chosen golfer doesn't quite clinch the victory but still performs well.
  4. Stay Informed and Adapt

    The Open Championship is a dynamic event, with weather conditions and player form fluctuating throughout the week. Stay up-to-date with the latest news, scores, and expert opinions to make informed decisions. Be prepared to adjust your betting strategy as the tournament unfolds, capitalising on new opportunities and reacting to unexpected developments.

Open Championship Live Streaming and TV Coverage

Want to catch all the action of The Open? In the UK, you’re in luck, as Sky Sports is your go-to for live coverage across multiple channels. If you’re a Sky subscriber, you can even watch the tournament on the go with their Sky Go app.

The BBC will also be showing highlights and some live play throughout the tournament. There’s also an official app for The Open, where you’ll find live scoring, highlights, and all the latest news from Royal Troon.

Previous British Open Winners

The Open Championship boasts a rich history of legendary champions. To give you some context for your 2024 bets, here’s a look at the winners and runners-up since 2010:

Year Winner Runner(s)-Up Location
2023 Brian Harman (USA) Tom Kim (KOR) Royal Liverpool
2022 Cameron Smith (AUS) Cameron Young (USA) St Andrews
2021 Collin Morikawa (USA) Jordan Spieth (USA) Royal St George’s
2020 Cancelled
2019 Shane Lowry (IRE) Tommy Fleetwood (ENG) Royal Portrush
2018 Francesco Molinari (ITA) Rory McIlroy (NIR) Carnoustie
2017 Jordan Spieth (USA) Matt Kuchar (USA) Royal Birkdale
2016 Henrik Stenson (SWE) Phil Mickelson (USA) Royal Troon
2015 Zach Johnson (USA) Marc Leishman (AUS) St Andrews
2014 Rory McIlroy (NIR) Rickie Fowler (USA) Royal Liverpool
2013 Phil Mickelson (USA) Henrik Stenson (SWE) Muirfield
2012 Ernie Els (RSA) Adam Scott (AUS) Royal Lytham & St Annes
2011 Darren Clarke (NIR) Dustin Johnson (USA) Royal St George’s
2010 Louis Oosthuizen (RSA) Lee Westwood (ENG) St Andrews

The Claret Jug

We hope this guide has given you a better understanding of Open Championship betting, from the history and format of the tournament to the various betting markets and strategies. Whether you’re a seasoned punter or a newcomer to the world of golf betting, remember to gamble responsibly and enjoy the thrill of The Open. May your bets be as successful as the golfers’ swings!

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