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2024 Open Championship picks, field, predictions, odds: Golf expert targeting Brooks Koepka at Royal Troon

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2024 Open Championship picks, field, predictions, odds: Golf expert targeting Brooks Koepka at Royal Troon

Scottie Scheffler has dominated all types of golf courses, except for the links courses which host The Open. Scheffler enters the Open Championship 2024 without a single top-5 at the British Open, while he has multiple top-5s at every other major. The 2024 Open Championship will be played at Royal Troon in Scotland from July 18-21, and the top player in the world is still searching for success abroad. Of Scheffler’s 14 career professional victories, none of them have come outside of North America.

Despite that, the World No. 1 is also tops on the 2024 Open Championship odds board at 15-4. Rory McIlroy, who tasted British Open success in 2014, follows at 8-1, with PGA champion Xander Schauffele at 10-1 and U.S. Open winner Bryson DeChambeau at 12-1. Reigning champion Brian Harman is a 60-1 longshot for the 2024 British Open. Before making any 2024 Open Championship picks or bets, you need to see the Open Championship 2024 predictions and best bets from golf insider Patrick McDonald.

McDonald joined CBS Sports as a golf writer in 2022 after stops at NBC Sports and RyderCup.com. Covering the sport from a broader perspective, McDonald still likes to dip his toes into the betting pools on a weekly basis between the PGA Tour, DP World Tour and more. Featured weekly on the Early Wedge, he has given out numerous winners already in 2024, including Jake Knapp (50-1) at the Mexico Open and Xander Schauffele (20-1) at the PGA Championship. Anyone who has followed his lead is way up.

Now, McDonald has focused his attention on the 2024 Open Championship field and has locked in his best bets, top sleepers and favorites to avoid. You can only see them here.

Top 2024 Open Championship expert picks

One shocker from McDonald: The expert is fading Collin Morikawa (18-1), who is priced too short to back in such a deep and talented field. That 2021 British Open win seems like so long ago for Morikawa considering his ensuing struggles on links courses. He shot over the par at both of the last two Opens, in addition to missing the cut at the 2022 Scottish Open. Thus, over his last six rounds in the U.K. Morikawa’s failed to break par in five of them.

He’s coming off a 14th-place tie at the U.S. Open, but that’s tied for his worst finish at the major since 2020. “The Open has been a struggle for Morikawa outside his victory in 2021. He missed the cut in both 2022 and 2023 and the results haven’t been much better at the Scottish Open where his best finish is T-71,” McDonald told SportsLine. See who else to fade here.

On the other hand, McDonald loves the value on Brooks Koepka. The five-time major winner has four top 10s over his last seven British Open starts. He’s notched 26th-place ties in back-to-back major starts and is currently on a five-major streak without a top 10, which is the longest of his career. 

So, you could say he’s due for a roaring performance in Scotland, and his form has been exceptional outside of majors. He had a win in Singapore in early May, sandwiched in between a pair of top 10 finishes. “At both the PGA Championship and the U.S. Open, Koepka was sensational from tee to green only to be let down by the putter. With his usual gamer back in the bag, the American should find some solace on the slower surfaces at Royal Troon,” McDonald said. See who else to back here.

How to make 2024 Open Championship golf picks

McDonald has locked in his best bets for the Open Championship 2024 and also has selected a longshot who’s priced well over 25-1. This golfer “continues to drive the ball as well as ever and has gained strokes in three straight tournaments for the first time all season.” You can only see the picks at SportsLine.

So which players should you target or avoid for the 2024 Open Championship, and which golfer in the Open Championship 2024 field could bring a huge payday of more than 25-1? Check out the odds below, then visit SportsLine to see Patrick McDonald’s top picks for Open Championship 2024, all from the expert who has given out numerous winners already this year.

2024 Open Championship odds, field

See full the Open Championship 2024 picks, best bets and predictions here.

Scottie Scheffler 15-4
Rory McIlroy 8-1
Xander Schauffele 10-1
Bryson DeChambeau 12-1
Ludvig Aberg 12-1
Jon Rahm 15-1
Viktor Hovland 15-1
Brooks Koepka 18-1
Collin Morikawa 18-1
Patrick Cantlay 20-1
Cameron Smith 22-1
Joaquin Niemann 25-1
Matt Fitzpatrick 25-1
Tom Kim 25-1
Max Homa 25-1
Jordan Spieth 28-1
Wyndham Clark 28-1
Dustin Johnson 28-1
Tyrrell Hatton 30-1
Tony Finau 30-1
Tommy Fleetwood 30-1
Shane Lowry 33-1
Hideki Matsuyama 35-1
Jason Day 35-1
Justin Thomas 35-1
Sungjae Im 40-1
Sahith Theegala 40-1
Cameron Young 40-1
Min Woo Lee 50-1
Corey Conners 60-1
Brian Harman 60-1
Sam Burns 60-1
Justin Rose 65-1
Sepp Straka 70-1
Robert MacIntyre 75-1
Patrick Reed 75-1
Rickie Fowler 75-1
Adam Scott 85-1
Talor Gooch 90-1
Abraham Ancer 90-1
Louis Oosthuizen 90-1
Keegan Bradley 100-1
J.T. Poston 100-1
Si Woo Kim 100-1
Russell Henley 125-1
Keith Mitchell 125-1
Tiger Woods 125-1
Daniel Berger 125-1
Thomas Pieters 125-1
Harris English 150-1
David Puig 150-1
Phil Mickelson 150-1
Mito Pereira 150-1
Adam Hadwin 150-1
Sergio Garcia 150-1
Ryan Fox 150-1
Marc Leishman 175-1
Kurt Kitayama 175-1
Christiaan Bezuidenhout 175-1
Billy Horschel 175-1
Denny McCarthy 175-1
Davis Riley 200-1
Seamus Power 200-1
Aaron Wise 200-1
Gary Woodland 200-1
Jason Kokrak 225-1
Mackenzie Hughes 225-1
Harold Varner III 225-1
Francisco Molinari 250-1
Joel Dahmen 300-1
Jeunghun Wang 350-1
Denwit Boriboonsub 350-1  

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