2023 British Open Weekend Preview: Odds For Current Favorites

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Brian Harman leads the field at -10 heading into the third round of the 2023 British Open.

The British Open continues this weekend at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club. Heading into the third round, Brian Harman is the clubhouse leader at -10 and favored to win at +150 on Caesars Sportsbook. Tommy Fleetwood (-5) is in second place with odds at +400, while Sepp Straka (-4) is in third place with odds set at +1800

Several top names failed to make the cut at the challenging course. The weather hasn’t been much of a factor as of yet, but that could change over the weekend. Here’s a complete weekend preview for the 2023 British Open, along with a look at the latest betting odds.  

Latest 2023 British Open odds

The table below has the latest odds for the 2023 British Open — aka The Open Championship — at legal online sportsbooks. If you see a bet that you want to place, just click on the odds to get started. 

Current British Open favorites

The odds board has been steadily shifting through the first two rounds. Here are the latest odds for the current favorites to win the British Open, along with their lines for a top five or top 10 finish. 

GolferTo WinTop 5 Top 10
Brian Harman
Tommy Fleetwood
Rory McIlroy
Jordan Spieth
Min Woo Lee
Wyndham Clark
Sepp Straka 
Jason Day
Cameron Young

Harman clubhouse leader at British Open 

Harman had a solid round one on Thursday. He kicked it up another notch on Friday while carding a -6. As we get set for round three, he’s comfortably in first place at -10. Fleetwood holds down the second spot at -5, with Straka in third at -4. 

Behind the three leaders, the top 10 and ties on the board are at -2 or better, including Jason Day at -3 and Jordan Spieth at -2. Rory McIlroy, one of the pre-tournament favorites, is in a logjam for 11th place at -1, along with recent US Open winner Wyndham Clark.   

Several top players miss British Open cut

The cut line to make it to the weekend was +3. A number of top players were unable to hit that mark, including Collin Morikawa, the 2021 winner of The Open Championship, who was just over at +4. 

The British Open is one of the most challenging events of the year. The list of players who will be watching from the sidelines only helps to confirm that. Other notables who will not be in action this weekend include Tony Finau, Justin Rose, Shane Lowry, and Justin Thomas

British Open weekend TV schedule 

For the US audience, the British Open tees off very early, but there are still opportunities to watch and stream the action this weekend. Here’s the broadcast schedule for both days. 

British Open weekend weather

For the first two rounds of this year’s British Open, the weather has been relatively mild and seasonal. The forecast is for a similar story with the temperatures over the weekend, but conditions could be windier and wetter on both days. Wind gusts could come into play at times, and there is a chance of some prolonged showers. 

History of round two leaders at the British Open 

Here’s a look back at the round two leaders and the winners of the British Open over the past 10 editions of the golf major. 

YearRound Two LeaderWinnerRunner(s)-Up
2022Cameron Smith, -13Cameron Smith, -20Cameron Young, -19
2021Louis Oosthuizen, -11Collin Morikawa, -15Jordan Spieth, -13
2019Tie: J.B. Holmes and Shane Lowry, -8Shane Lowry, -15Tommy Fleetwood, -9
2018Tie: Zach Johnson and Kevin Kisner, -6Francesco Molinari, -8Tie: Kevin Kisner, Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose, and Xander Schauffele -6
2017Jordan Spieth, -6Jordan Spieth, -12Matt Kuchar, -9
2016Phil Mickelson, -10Henrik Stenson, -20Phil Mickelson, -17
2015Dustin Johnson, -10Zach Johnson, -15Tie (Playoff): Louis Oosthuizen and Marc Leishman, -15
2014Rory McIlroy, -12Rory McIlroy, -17Tie: Rickie Fowler and Sergio Garcia, -15
2013Miguel Angel Jimenez, -3Phil Mickelson, -3Henrik Stenson, E
2012Brandt Snedeker, -10Ernie Els, -7Adam Scott, -6

*Note: The British Open did not take place in 2020. 

Four of the past 10 British Open champions held at least a share of the lead at the end of round two. Smith managed to do it last year, ultimately pulling out the victory by a single stroke over Young. 

The Open Championship last took place at Royal Liverpool Golf Club in 2014. McIlroy was the leader when the second round came to a close, and he would go on to take the crown by two strokes at the tourney’s conclusion. 

For the remaining round two leaders over the past decade who did not go on to win, two managed to finish in at least a tie for second place: Kisner in 2018 and Mickelson in 2016. The final margin of victory has been two strokes or fewer for six of the last 10 years. 

Here are the latest odds for the recent British Open winners who are still in contention heading into the weekend.