2022 British Open Longshot Picks: 2 Guys Who Might Surprise

2022 British Open Longshot Picks: 2 Guys Who Might Surprise
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✍️ Written by
Ty Bronicel
🗓 Updated
May 19th 2023

There’s been a lot of talk leading up to the 150th British Open about longshots possibly winning golf’s greatest event, in a country where Scots first played the formal game we’ve all known over 600 years ago.

And unlike horse racing or team sports, where there usually is a fairly clear favorite, golf has so many equally talented fellas – except during Tim Woods' unbreakable run of wins where he was the pick to finish every week – that the line is very fine indeed.

This is particularly true during the majors, which generally bring out everyone’s best. Still, there are favorites, and the list is full of this year’s usual suspects.

But on the eve of the tournament, it’s a wide-open field, as always, but if you’re ranked in the top 20 or you’re one of the top 20, I'm not picking you. We’ll go with one mid-longshot and one super longshot.

So here are the guys: First, Joaquín Niemann (+5000)

The Chilean 25-year-old Niemann just finished 16th at the Scottish Open. He’s ranked 17th in the world, his stats are impressive and he’s a low-ball striker which is perfect for The Old Course at St. Andrews. But better hurry, his odds are plummeting. I think he’s a lock to finish top 10 if you’d rather go that route, please do. Don’t believe you’ll regret it.

Finally,Russell Henley (+15,000)

The 33-year-old American Hunley has been all over the course like an unpredictable golf cart, but he’s still ranked 55th in the world and his game is perfect for Scotland--and around the green. Henley already has five top-14 finishes this season, just look what he’s done before in major tournaments:

  • 2015 PGA Championship:T12
  • 2015 Open Championship: T20
  • 2017 Masters Tournament: T11
  • 2021 U.S. Open: T13

Too good to resist both of their odds, so take them both.

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Ty Bronicel
Ty Bronicel
Sports Journalist

Ty Bronicel is a dedicated journalist and graduate of the University of Utah with over 25 years of experience in web media. He has worked for USA TODAY, MSN, Yahoo!, Yahoo! Sports, ESPN.com, NBA.com, NFL.com and Movies.com

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