The 2021 Open Championship is the final of the four golf majors. The 149th version of The Open is being played at Royal St. George’s Golf Club in Sandwich, England. Play begins on Thursday, July 15, with the tournament’s conclusion on Sunday, July, 18th.
This will be the 15th Open Championship played at Royal St. George’s and the first since 2011. 2020’s tournament was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Shane Lowry is defending Open champion after a six-stroke victory over Tommy Fleetwood at Royal Portrush in 2019. The victory was Lowry’s first major victory. With all that being said, let’s take a closer look at the favorites to win The Open Championship so you can get ready to bet against their Golf odds.
The Open Championship: Prediction and Odds
Royal St. George’s Golf Club hosted its first Open Championship in 1894. The par-70 golf course spans 7,204 in length and was founded in 1887. Laidlaw Purves founded, planned, and designed the course.
To get ready for the tournament, the course underwent renovations that included adding large bunkers to two holes on the front nine, restoring a large sand area on the 5th, and removing two bunkers on 17 that were replaced by a swale.
The Championship field is composed of 156 players from all over the world. The qualifying process is similar to the U.S. Open but on a much smaller scale.
Past Open champions, recent major winners, the top-ranked players in the world, and the leaders from the various world tours all get a spot in the field. Additionally, there are a set number of designed tournaments, including the Open Qualifying Series, that players participate in to earn a spot.
There are exemptions for the U.S. Amateur and British amateur along with regional and final qualifying events. The R&A can also place players through nominated European Tour and Challenge Tour tournaments.
The Open Championship is under a month away, so let’s take a look at the favorites to hoist the Claret Jug. The last time the tournament was played here, Darren Clarke won his first and only major championship with a three-shot victory over Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson.
D.J.’s past success on the course, along with his No. 1 world ranking, made him the betting favorite up until Jon Rahm’s victory at the U.S. Open. Rahm’s first major victory has propelled him to the front of the line of favorites.
Following Rahm are D.J., Rory McIlroy, who won the Open in 2014, and Brooks Koepka. Below is a list of the top-10 betting favorites to win the tournament.
- Jon Rahm +900
- Dustin Johnson +1100
- Rory McIlroy +1100
- Brooks Koepka +1400
- Jordan Spieth +1800
- Bryson DeChambeau +2000
- Xander Schauffele +2000
- Justin Thomas +2200
- Viktor Hovland +2500
- Louis Oosthuizen +2500
Rahm was the U.S. Open betting favorite, and he came through on Sunday for his first victory. It is hard to stray away from the Spaniard, who’s finished first, second, or third in 27 of his first 122 starts.
Look for Rahm to become the first player since Koepka in 2018 to hold two major championship titles in one season.
Pick: Jon Rahm (+900)