The Open Championship Each Way Tips – Best Betting Predictions

We’re now less than two days out from the Open Championship, which will be the fourth and final major of 2023. This year, the tournament will be held at Royal Liverpool Golf Club, otherwise known as Hoylake, situated in Wirral, Merseyside.

Open Championship Each Way
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After big-name players got the job done at both The Masters and the PGA Championship, Wyndam Clark triumphed at the US Open, winning at big odds. Will we see another surprise winner this week? Or perhaps one of the big dogs will rise to the occasion as is so often the case in the majors?

What is Each-Way Betting?

It’s time to delve into the form book in an attempt to unearth some each-way value ahead of the 2023 renewal of the Open Championship, but before we do that, here’s some basic information on each-way betting for those not yet up to scratch on the subject.

Each-way betting is very common in golf. In fact, the majority of golf punters bet each-way, it’s just how it is. An each-way bet is essentially one bet that is split into two. In other words, part of the bet will be on a golfer to win and the other part will be on a golfer to finish in the number of places allocated by a bookmaker, typically the first five or six. That said, at the majors, the bookies often offer extra places. Some bookmakers are paying ten places on the Open Championship, while other are even offering 11 or 12 places.

If you have an each-way bet on a golfer who wins, you’ll win both parts of the bet. If the golfer does not win, but finishes in one of the allocated places, such as fifth, you’ll lose the win part of the bet, but win the place part of the bet. The place part of an each-way bet typically pays out at one quarter or one fifth of the full odds.

So, let’s say that you have £5 each-way on Rickie Fowler to win the Open Championship at 25/1. Your total bet will come to £10 (£5 to win, £5 to place). If Fowler wins, you’ll win both bets. However, if he doesn’t quite get over the line, yet still finishes in one of the places, you’ll win the place bet, which in this case would return £30. Why £30? Well, one fifth of 25/1 equals 5/1. £5 at 5/1 returns £25.

Each-Way Betting Tips

There are several golfers who have the credentials to play well at Hoylake this week, but there are three players who catch the eye in the early betting. Such players are:

Brooks Koepka @ 22/1

Eight of the last ten Open Championship winners played in an event the week directly before this event, but if there’s anybody in the game who can buck trends and follow his own path to good effect, it’s Brooks Koepka.

Koepka has already played his way to major success this season, winning the PGA Championship in fine style, showing that he is very much a player back at the top of his game. We know that he loves the biggest of occasions, which is why he’s won five majors since 2017. He’s no stranger to playing well at the Open Championship either. He was sixth at Royal Birkdale, which isn’t far from Hoylake, back in 2017, while at Royal Portrush, he finished fourth in 2019, before once again finding the top ten in this event with a sixth-placed finish at Royal St. George’s back in 2021.

His game continues to be in decent shape too, as he was seen finishing third in a LIV Golf event at the back end of June, so don’t be surprised if the man with a finish of seventh or better in 14 of his last 23 majors goes close this week. At 22/1, I’ll be betting on him to do just that.

Tommy Fleetwood @ 25/1

As were a couple of my Pundit Feed colleagues, I was on Tommy Fleetwood last week, and I’m putting him up as a viable each-way play once again. Fleetwood, who will more or less be on home soil this week, has often knocked on the door in the biggest events, and as he comes into this year’s Open Championship in great form, he may just be a tad on the large side at 25/1. There’s plenty of each-way juice in such a price as far as I’m concerned.

We know that Fleetwood has his game finely tuned right now. Not only did he hit the each-way money in North Berwick last week, but he came mightily close to winning the Canadian Open recently, while he brings previous Open Championship form to the table too. He finished just outside of the top ten (12th) back in 2018, before taking a step in the right direction to finish second in 2019. 2021 wasn’t as good as he never really made a mark on the upper echelons of the leader board despite making the cut, but he got back on track in 2022, finishing fourth at St. Andrew’s. We know he relishes the links test, he’s one of the better scramblers out there, and if he can maintain last week’s form, then he’d have a chance that is better than most in the field. 25/1 must be taken if you’re looking for an each-way punt on one of the more likely types.

Robert MacIntrye @ 80/1

Another player who came to life when presented with a true links test at The Renaissance last week was Robert MacIntyre, and off the back of that performance, 80/1 looks a little ridiculous to me. There are players arriving in lesser form with lesser credentials (in my opinion) priced considerably shorter, so I’ve got to have a bit on the Scotsman here.

MacIntyre has all the tools to succeed when it comes to links golf, as he showed last week. On the DP World Tour, he consistently ranks as one of the better scramblers, while he’s good off the tee too, which will help this week. He also brings previous Open Championship form to the table having finished sixth in 2019, before finishing eighth down in Sandwich, Kent in 2021, so don’t be surprised if he’s one at a bigger price to force his way into that top ten.

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