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.

Golfer opportunities
Jon Rahm +700
Jordan Spieth +1400
Rory McIlroy +1400
Dustin Johnson +1800
Xander Schauffele +1800
Brooks Köpka +1800
Justin Thomas +2000
Louis Oosthuizen +2500
Collin Morikawa +2500
Bryson DeChambeau +3000
Viktor Hovland +3000
Paul Casey +3500
Shane Lowry +4000
Patrick Reed +4000
Tyrell Hatton +4000
Tommy Fleetwood +4000
Patrick Cantlay +4000
Matthew Fitzpatrick +4500
Tony Finau +4500
Lee Westwood +4500
Daniel Berger +4500
Adam Scott +5000
Abraham Ancer +5000
Scottie Scheffler +5000
Webb Simpson +5500
Cameron Smith +6000
Justin Rose +6000
Harris English +6000

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.

year Golfer Conference location Result
2019 Shane Lowry Royal Portrush -fifteen
2018 Francesco Molinari Carnoustie -8th
2017 Jordan Spieth Royal Birkdale -12
2016 Henrik Stenson Royal Troon -20
2015 Zach Johnson St Andrews -fifteen
2014 Rory McIlroy Hoylake -17
2013 Phil Mickelson Muirfield -3
2012 Ernie Els Royal Lytham & St. Annes -7
2011 Darren Clarke Royal St. George’s -5
2010 Louis Oosthuizen St Andrews -16
2009 Stewart Cink Turnberry -2
2008 Padraig Harrington Royal Birkdale +3
2007 Padraig Harrington Carnoustie -7
2006 Tiger Woods Royal Liverpool -18
2005 Tiger Woods St Andrews -14
2004 Todd Hamilton Troon -10
2003 Ben Curtis sandwich -1
2002 Ernie Els Muirfield -6
2001 David Duval Royal Lytham & St. Annes -10
2000 Tiger Woods St Andrews -19
1999 Paul Lawrie Carnoustie +6
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
1994 Nick Price Turnberry -12
1993 Greg Norman Royal St Georges, sandwich -13
1992 Nick Faldo Muirfield -12
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
1987 Nick Faldo Muirfield -5
1986 Greg Norman Turnberry E.
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
1980 Tom Watson Muirfield -13
1979 Seve Ballesteros Royal Lytham & St. Annes -1
1978 Jack Nicklaus St Andrews -7
1977 Tom Watson Turnberry -12
1976 Johnny Miller Royal Birkdale -9
1975 Tom Watson Carnoustie -5
1974 Gary player Royal Lytham & St. Annes -2
1973 Tom Weiskopf Royal Troon -12
1972 Lee Trevino Muirfield -6
1971 Lee Trevino Royal Birkdale -10
1970 Jack Nicklaus St Andrews 283
1969 Tony Jacklin Royal Lytham & St. Annes 280
1968 Gary player Carnoustie 289
1967 Roberto de Vicenzo Hoylake 278
1966 Jack Nicklaus Muirfield 282
1965 Peter Thomson Royal Birkdale 285
1964 Tony Lema St Andrews 279
1963 Bob Charles Royal Lytham & St. Annes 277
1962 Arnold Palmer Troon 276
1961 Arnold Palmer Birkdale 284
1960 Kel Nagel St Andrews 278
1959 Gary player Muirfield 284
1958 Peter Thomson Royal Lytham & St. Annes 278
1957 Bobby Locke St Andrews 279
1956 Peter Thomson Hoylake 286
1955 Peter Thomson St Andrews 281
1954 Peter Thomson Birkdale 283
1953 Ben Hogan Carnoustie 282
1952 Bobby Locke Royal Lytham & St. Annes 287
1951 Max Faulkner Royal Portrush 285
1950 Bobby Locke Troon 279
1949 Bobby Locke sandwich 283
1948 Henry Cotton Muirfield 284
1947 F Daly Hoylake 293
1946 Sam Snead St Andrews 290

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