British Open Power Rankings (Who Tops Field Between McIlroy, Scheffler and Rahm?)

Rory McIlroy is the betting favorite to win the 150th Open Championship
Rory McIlroy is the betting favorite to win the 150th Open Championship / Andrew Redington/GettyImages

It's a thrilling week for golf as the 150th Open Championship takes place at St. Andrews in Scotland. As the final major of the season, this is the last opportunity for golfers to etch their names into the history books and put an exclamation point on a wild year.

You can check out my preview for the tournament here and BetSided has you covered with betting analysis all week, but now I'd like to survey the odds leaderboard to see who has the edge going into Thursday.

Using WynnBET, here are power rankings for the top 10 golfers in the field:

British Open Championship Power Rankings

Rory McIlroy (+900)


Rory has five top-5 finishes at The Open in his career, including winning back in 2014. He's in sensational form, finishing in the top 20 in seven consecutive tournaments with four top-five results.

He's been knocking on the door for another major championship for quite some time, but hasn't won one since 2014. This is his best chance to get back on the mountaintop though, and McIlroy is the rightful favorite.

2. Scottie Scheffler (+900)

Scottie Scheffler
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The world No. 1 is enjoying a historic season, rattling off four wins capped off by a Masters victory and T2 at the U.S. Open.

Scheffler missed the cut at the Scottish Open but had four straight top-18 results prior to that. He's as consistent across the board as the come with no holes in his game. He's finished in the top 25 in 18 of his 21 events this season, and there's no better way to end a truly wild season than with a British Open Championship victory.

3. Jon Rahm (+1000)

Jon Rahm
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The one-time major winner finished T3 in last year's British Open and has three top-12 finishes in his last five tournaments.

Rahm leads the Tour in Strokes Gained: Off-The-Tee this year and ranks sixth in Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green. However, his poor around-the-green play leaves him susceptible to mistakes. If he can shore up his short game, he's got an excellent chance to take down his second major.

4. Matthew Fitzpatrick (+1200)

Fitzpatrick won the U.S. Open with an incredible bunker shot on 18 that will be replayed on highlight packages for years to come. He's historically struggled at the British Open though, with his best finish being a T20 result.

With five top-10 finishes in his last six tournaments, Fitzpatrick is stellar in all areas and a worthy choice to compete for his second major win in the last few weeks.

5. Xander Shauffele (+1200)

No golfer in the field comes in with better form than the Olympic Gold Medalist. Xander has seven consecutive top-20 finishes with three wins in that span. His stellar approach shots and consistent play around-the-green gives him a chance to win every time he competes.

6. Collin Morikawa (+1500)

Collin Morikawa
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Last year's British Open champion, Morikawa has five top-10 finishes in his last six major tournaments. He's struggled a bit of late relative to his standards, but is one of the best iron players in the world and is always live to win.

If Morikawa can get hot with his putter, then he can roll to a victory. He'll need to find consistency in all phases of his game, but does always seem to show up for majors.

7. Jordan Spieth (+1500)

Spieth won The Open back in 2017 and took second last year. He finished T10 at the Scottish Open with five top-20 finishes over his last eight events.

While he's inconsistent with his driver and has uncharacteristically struggled with his putter this season, we know Spieth can catch fire at any time to rattle off incredible birdies and rise up the leaderboard. With three major victories already under his belt, Spieth certainly has the resume to stand up against this stacked field.

8. Justin Thomas (+1500)

Justin Thomas
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Thomas won his second major at the PGA Championship though has historically struggled at the British Open. His best finish was a T11 back in 2019, but otherwise has never finished in the top 20.

He's been excellent in all areas this season, ranking sixth in Strokes Gained: Approach and third in Strokes Gained: Total. He's long with the driver and steady with his putter, making Thomas one of my favorite plays this week.

9. Will Zalatoris (+1500)

Zalatoris is the most consistently excellent major player in the world. He has five top-eight finishes in his last six majors, taking second in dramatic, heartbreaking fashion at both the U.S. Open and PGA Championship.

He leads the Tour in Strokes Gained: Approach with six top-six results in his last nine events. If he can avoid disaster with his putter, Zalatoris should once again be in contention to finally win his first major.

10. Cameron Smith (+1800)

Cameron Smith
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Smith is a player I'm targeting this week. He's never done particularly well at the British Open Championship, but took T3 at this year's Masters and T13 at the PGA Championship, so he's in great major form coming into the week.

One of the best approach players and putters on Tour, Smith can always give himself birdie looks that his competition simply can't convert. If he can avoid erratic drives and disaster holes, Smith will be in contention. That driver is a big question mark, but I'm willing to take a chance on a golfer that's incredible in all other areas.

If you like the value on any of these players or want to look a bit farther down the leaderboard, head on over to WynnBET Sportsbook to get your British Open Championship wagers locked in before the final major officially gets underway.

Follow all of Joe Summers' betting picks here.