Who will win the British Open 2021? To know odds, betting favorites, skilled suggestions and extra
Jon Rahm finally delivered in a big tournament and won the US Open in 2021. Can he win his second place just a month later at the British Open in 2021?
The Open Championship returns after the COVID-19 pandemic canceled the event in 2020. That gives the Irishman Shane Lowry the chance to defend his first big title.
The British Open can be difficult and frustrating for bettors to predict. The field is stacked, as always, as 19 of the top 20 golfers in the world will take part in the tournament. There is also usually wind and rain that can mess up players and throw some out of rhythm.
Still, there are some appetizing looking odds that bettors can take advantage of.
Royal St George’s 7,204 yard course won’t automatically favor the big swingers like Kiawah Island and Torrey Pines in recent big tournaments. That gives new life to some of the more accurate, measured riders on the tour, especially those who are good at playing in the wind.
Everything you need to know to bet on the 2021 British Open is here, including the latest tournament odds and best bets for the event.
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British Open odds 2021
Jon Rahm (+700) once against a major competes as the favorite to win. The world’s No. 1 golfer is heavily favored to win the Open Championship and is the only golfer who has odds greater than 10-1 according to the DraftKings Sportsbook.
Jordan Spieth (+1 400), Rory McIlroy (+1 400), Dustin Johnson (+1 800), Xander Schauffele (+1800), Brooks Koepka (+1 800) and Justin Thomas (+2000) are the only golfers with odds of 20-1 or better in the tournament.
Bryson DeChambeau (+3000) is much lower on the list than usual due to his collapse in the second nine at the 2021 US Open and his most recent caddy move. Brian Zeigler becomes Caddy for the first time at The Open Championship for DeChambeau.
Phil Mickelson (+8000) in this case counts as a long shot. Most recently he won the tournament in Muirfield in 2013.
Expert advice from the British Open
The 2021 British Open will be played on Royal St George’s golf course, which is a relatively short course compared to the monsters golfers have played on recently. It’s 7,204 yards and a par 70 course, so a massive drive from the tee is less necessary. It’s more about landing the ball on the fairway.
Hence, the top stats to watch out for this week are strokes that approach the green (SG: APR) and the accuracy of the driver. The Open Championship always has some element of wind, so it will be of paramount importance to have players who are able to fly the ball consistently and accurately. Bettors will want to trust golfers who can also save sand as the British Open courses always have tricky bunkers.
With these three categories in mind Collin Morikawa (+2500) stands out as a good bet this week. He is the best on tour in SG: APR with 1,502 strokes per lap. The closest golfer, Paul Casey, is almost half a shot behind him. Add to Morikawa’s eleventh place driver accuracy and he should have a chance to avoid problems with the wind. He may only be in the mid-field in terms of driver distance – 114 out of 208, 294.9 yards per trip – but that won’t matter much on the shorter Royal St George’s course.
Jon Rahm (+700) is another solid bet, even with the shortest odds on the field. He plays very well in the wind and has won 60.1 strokes in his last 24 rounds in windy conditions, according to The Action Network. That, along with his seventh SG: APR game, will give him the best chance among the big hitters to win this place. His driver accuracy (65th) and sand-saving percentage (52.22 percent) are just above average, but his tee-to-green play and recent performance make him an attractive bet.
Under longshots, Russell Henley (+10000) looks like a good price-performance ratio. He ranks among the top 10 in SG: APR with 0.901 strokes won and is also in the top 10 in the sand saving rate. His driver accuracy is 37th in the field, so he checked all the boxes. He’s finished in the top 20 in each of his last three tournaments, including a 13th place in the US Open, so it’s worth a try at odds of 100-1.
Henley’s only concern is his driving distance of 289.6 yards, which ranks 163rd on the PGA Tour. That might make the longer holes a little more challenging for him, but he should make up for that in his accuracy and stability. Also, there are only two holes longer than 500 yards at Royal St George’s.
British Open winner by year
There was no British Open winner in 2020, so the reigning champion is Shane Lowry. The Irishman achieved a convincing six-stroke lead over Tommy Fleetwood, which included a 7-under lap of 63 on move day, setting the new course record at Royal Portrush.
Lowry will seek to become the first consecutive British Open champion since Padraig Harrington won at Carnoustie and Royal Birkdale in 2007 and 2008. Before him, Tiger Woods won the tournament in succession at St Andrews (2005) and Royal Liverpool (2006).
In the Open Championship, 11 former champions will take part in the field. These include Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson and Louis Oosthuizen.
|2019||Shane Lowry||Royal Portrush||-fifteen|
|2017||Jordan Spieth||Royal Birkdale||-12|
|2016||Henrik Stenson||Royal Troon||-20|
|2015||Zach Johnson||St Andrews||-fifteen|
|2012||Ernie Els||Royal Lytham & St. Annes||-7|
|2011||Darren Clarke||Royal St. George’s||-5|
|2010||Louis Oosthuizen||St Andrews||-16|
|2008||Padraig Harrington||Royal Birkdale||+3|
|2006||Tiger Woods||Royal Liverpool||-18|
|2005||Tiger Woods||St Andrews||-14|
|2001||David Duval||Royal Lytham & St. Annes||-10|
|2000||Tiger Woods||St Andrews||-19|
|1998||Mark O’Meara||Royal Birkdale||E.|
|1997||Justin Leonard||Royal Troon||-12|
|1996||Tom Lehman||Royal Lytham & St. Annes||-13|
|1995||John Daly||St Andrews||-6|
|1993||Greg Norman||Royal St Georges, sandwich||-13|
|1991||Ian Baker-Finch||Royal Birkdale||-8th|
|1990||Nick Faldo||St Andrews||-18|
|1989||Mark Calcavecchia||Royal Troon||-13|
|1988||Seve Ballesteros||Royal Lytham & St. Annes||-11|
|1985||Sandy Lyle||Royal St Georges, sandwich||+2|
|1984||Seve Ballesteros||St Andrews||-12|
|1983||Tom Watson||Royal Birkdale||-9|
|1982||Tom Watson||Royal Troon||-4|
|1981||Bill Rogers||Royal St Georges, sandwich||-4|
|1979||Seve Ballesteros||Royal Lytham & St. Annes||-1|
|1978||Jack Nicklaus||St Andrews||-7|
|1976||Johnny Miller||Royal Birkdale||-9|
|1974||Gary player||Royal Lytham & St. Annes||-2|
|1973||Tom Weiskopf||Royal Troon||-12|
|1971||Lee Trevino||Royal Birkdale||-10|
|1970||Jack Nicklaus||St Andrews||283|
|1969||Tony Jacklin||Royal Lytham & St. Annes||280|
|1967||Roberto de Vicenzo||Hoylake||278|
|1965||Peter Thomson||Royal Birkdale||285|
|1964||Tony Lema||St Andrews||279|
|1963||Bob Charles||Royal Lytham & St. Annes||277|
|1960||Kel Nagel||St Andrews||278|
|1958||Peter Thomson||Royal Lytham & St. Annes||278|
|1957||Bobby Locke||St Andrews||279|
|1955||Peter Thomson||St Andrews||281|
|1952||Bobby Locke||Royal Lytham & St. Annes||287|
|1951||Max Faulkner||Royal Portrush||285|
|1946||Sam Snead||St Andrews||290|