The Open predictions and betting tips: Three to follow at St Andrews
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The Open predictions and betting tips: Three to follow at St Andrews

We have been looking forward to this one for a while as we make our The Open predictions ahead of the 150th edition of the famous old tournament.

St Andrews plays host – well it had to be the Home of Golf for this milestone – and one player will leave Scotland with the Claret Jug.

An Englishman is our top pick, so here’s our three off the tee and their Open Championship golf odds.

TOMMY FLEETWOOD @ 34.0

Fleetwood finished three shots off Xander Schauffele’s winning score at the Scottish Open on Sunday at the Renaissance Club and he will make the short trip to the Old Course full of confidence.

He recovered well from a three-over opening round of 73 in North Berwick, going 69-67-67, and was right in the mix late on Sunday after three birdies on the bounce from the 13th..

He just missed a couple more at 16 and 17 and was bogey-free for his final round until a rare mistake at the last when a six-footer for par stayed above ground.

Afterwards, he said: “I generally get excited whenever I go to St Andrews, whether it’s an Open Championship or Dunhill Links Championship or just going there just for fun. It’s going to be special.”

Fleetwood was second to Shane Lowry at Portrush three years ago and has also finished T27, T12 and T33 at The Open.

He’s playing better now than earlier in the year and his share of fourth place at the Scottish Open was his fourth top-10 of the year, including a T5 at the US PGA.

JORDAN SPIETH @ 17.0

Like Fleetwood, Spieth was within touching distance at the Scottish Open during the final round but a poor finish cost him.

He took 38 blows to cover the back nine on his way to a two-over-par 72, just like he did on the Friday, as the tricky wind got the better of him more than once.

But at times he was on fire. There was a run of five straight birdies in round one and two eagles on his back nine on Saturday.

A three-time major champion, he lifted the Claret Jug at Royal Birkdale in 2017 and since finishing in a tie for fourth at St Andrews in 2015 after missing the play-off by one shot, he tied ninth in 2018, 20th the following year and took second on his own behind Collin Morikawa at St George’s last year.

SHANE LOWRY @ 26.0

From one Open champion to another for the last of The Open predictions for 2022.

Lowry’s 2019 triumph was the last time he finished top of a leaderboard but if he is in with a shout on Sunday that experience could make the difference.

And he is in a bit of form. The Irishman finished in a tie for ninth at his home Open a couple of weeks ago and shared 10th place at the Canadian Open last month.

He has unfinished business too, having missed the cut by a shot in 2015 after taking an eight at the par-four Road Hole.

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