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2021 Open Championship Betting Preview
Updated July 8, 2021
The final Major of 2021 – the Open Championship – tees off on July 15 at Royal St. George Golf Club. They cancelled the tournament in 2020, but the venue remains the same. It is the 15th time the Royal St. George Golf Club has hosted the tournament. Continue in this article to read our 2021 Open Championship betting preview and predictions.
What Golfers are the Best Bets to Win the 2021 Open Championship
With 156 golfers heading to the United Kingdom, there are plenty of golfers to bet on to win the 2021 Open Championship. After going through the field, we have narrowed it down to the top golfers with the best golf odds to bet on below.
No golfer on the PGA Tour is having a better year than Jon Rahm. Rahm is coming off his first Major – a win at the 2021 U.S. Open. He also has a win at the BMW Championship in August and top-10 finishes at the 2021 PGA Championship and the 2020 and 2021 Masters.
Rahm’s best skill is arguably his ball-striking abilities. Royal St. George demands ball-striking over everything else – due to its sloping and raising fairways and well-placed bunkers. Rahm is statistically the best ball-striker on the Tour. His combination of accuracy and power make him the best bet to win the 2021 Open Championship.
Dustin Johnson – Runner-up at Royal St. George in 2011
Experience is up there with ball-striking at Royal St. George, which Dustin Johnson has thanks to a stellar showing at his third Open Championship. A young DJ shot back-to-back 68s in the second and third rounds to enter Sunday one stroke off the lead.
Johnson could not make up the difference in the fourth round, settling for a -2 under par for the tournament. Many may not think -2 is a memorable performance for a professional golfer but considering only four guys shot under par, it was a spectacular four rounds.
Johnson also looks like he is getting back on track after some Spring struggles. He missed the cut at the 2021 Masters (as the reigning champ) and the 2021 PGA Championship. Since that missed cut, Johnson has three straight top-25 finishes. With those problems in the past, Johnson can compete with Jon Rahm for the title of “Best Golfer on the Tour.”
If not for a poor showing in the U.S. Open’s final round – where an even par on Sunday cost him the tournament, we may be singing Louis Oosthuizen praises going into the Open Championship over Jon Rahm. Even though he did falter, Oosthuizen is a top-tier golfer able to compete at any tournament.
Oosthuizen has one Major in his career – the 2010 Open Championship. Oosthuizen was captivating at St. Andrews – breezing through the course en route to a seven-stroke victory, the biggest margin since Tiger Woods (eight strokes in 2000).
Oosthuizen also has three more top-20 finishes at the event, including a tie for second in 2015. Lastly, if Oosthuizen can learn from his 2011 results at Royal St. George: +2 and six back after the first two rounds versus +11 and 18 back to end the tournament (finishing in a tie for 54th), expect him in the mix on Sunday.
Links experience is a good starting point if you are looking for someone who has a chance at winning the Open Championship. Tommy Fleetwood, because he meanders between the PGA Tour and the European, has more experience at Links courses than other guys at the Open Championship.
Fleetwood has won in Scotland before, finished runner-up at the 2019 Open Championship, and finished second at an Irish event in 2019. He will be at the Scottish Open the week of July 8 – to add to his Links experience.
On the PGA Tour, Fleetwood is the sixth golfer to shoot a 63 in a round at the U.S. Open – an unbelievable round when the winner of the Tournament – Brooks Koepka, finished at +1. We like the golf odds on Fleetwood, we like his experience on Links courses, and we like his chances at winning the Open Championship.
Adam Scott – Statistically one of the Best Links Golfers
If you want the best golf betting value on an underdog at the 2021 Open Championship – Adam Scott is the golfer to wager. Scott is statistically considered one of the best Links golfers in the world.
While Scott missed the cut at the 2019 Open Championship, he went into the tournament averaging 2.64 strokes better per round than the field. He also has four top-10 finishes (from 2012 to 2015) at the Open Championship and finished tied for 25th in 2011 – the previous year the Royal St. George played host. At +6600, he is worth a quarter or fifth of a unit to win. Or consider an each-way bet to finish top-5 or top-10.