Open Championship Course Preview the Old Course St. Andrews (SCOTLand)
June 23rd, 2022
The 2022 Open Championship will head back to the Old Course at St. Andrews in Scotland for the first time since 2015 when Zach Johnson won the Open Championship. This will be the 30th time the Open has been held on the Old Course.
There may not be a more important sport to bet early than golf. While it is nice to observe player form and you can definitely still make bets throughout the year and even the week of the tournament the value on most players will be long gone by then. You need to handicap a players season projections as well as finding a player whose skills match up with the course.
The Old Course at St. Andrews
The Old Course at St Andrews is considered by many to be the "home of golf" because the sport was first played on the Links at St Andrews in the early 15th century. It epitomizes everything that links golf is about. The course is littered with pot bunkers that are a nightmare to deal with. The greens are very large and have many hills and bumps in them and the ball will roll off if you hit it in the wrong spot. It's a fairly flat layout with a lot of different options off many of the tee boxes. It is a truly historical site and the castles that are present throughout the course make it an incredibly special site to see. It has hosted 29 Open Championships in the past and all types of different players have won on this track.
The course does play pretty short at 7305 yards with quite a bit of less than 400 yd par 4's. There should be some good opportunities to score on this course and we expect scoring to be similar to last year and maybe even lower scores. With the distance off the tee that players have today we expect a lot of wedges and shorter approach shots on this course. You do have to be careful though as there are a myriad of hazards throughout the course that could force players to post some big numbers on holes. You can also get some wind and weather at times which can increase the difficulty quite a bit as well. The greens are very large and there are a number of double greens on the course, they will most likely be on the slower side when compared to major championships in the US so there may not be as big of a premium on putting. Around the green and approach skills however, will be essential to be successful on this course.
Every player in the world will want to win on this course and past champions have been a who's who of the best players in the world. We expect the top players to have success here but don't count out some of the older players on tour who are very accurate and will be able to use prior knowledge and experience here to find success. It is a course that never disappoints and should provide an incredible venue for the 150th Open Championship.
Past 10 Open championship Winners at St. Andrews
2015 - United States Zach Johnson
2010 - South Africa Louis Oosthuizen
2005 - United States Tiger Woods
2000 - United States Tiger Woods
1995 - United States John Daly
1990 - England Nick Faldo
1984 - Spain Seve Ballesteros
1978 - United States Jack Niklaus
1970 - United States Jack Niklaus
1964 - United States Tony Lema
stats for success at St. ANdrews
SG: Around the Green
SG: Off the tee
SG: Approach the Green
Approaches from 50-125 yds
Par 4 Efficiency 350-400
Staying in the NFC West we make our way to Matthew Stafford. McVay upgraded his QB and Stafford upgraded his coach. This team was the talk of the offseason for awhile but it has cooled off a bit after the loss of Cam Akers. Which seems to be overblown a bit, running backs are one of the easier positions to replace and Akers really didn't even contribute for a good chunk of last season. Stafford should have a lot of easy throws, McVay had Jared Goff playing MVP caliber football a few years ago and Stafford is a pretty significant upgrade. He can make all the throws including improvising and making tough throws, things that Jared Goff really struggled with. Their defense is really solid and they should be pushing for a top seed in the NFC. If they do get back to the top of the NFC expect impressive numbers for Stafford and definite MVP consideration. Bet MGM has 18/1 on him but we think there is value down to 16/1.
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