The Open Championship 2021 Details
The tournament is set for July 15 to July 18 at the Royal St. George’s Golf Course – in Sandwich, England – a par 70 and 7,204 yards in length. The course was supposed to host the tournament in 2020 before it was canceled. It is the 15th time the course has hosted the Open Championship. The course was the first to host the Open Championship outside of Scotland – gaining that honor in 1894.
— Royal St. George’s Golf Club (@RoyalStGeorges1) April 10, 2021
The tournament purse is $10,750,000. The 2021 tournament shall feature 156 golfers from the PGA Tour, European Tour, and Japan Golf Tour. After the first two rounds, the top 70 (or more if there are many golfers tied at the cut line) move on to the final two rounds of the tournament. Now that you know about the tournament let us get you ready for it with our Open Championship 2021 betting predictions.
Best Bets to Win 2021 Open Championship
The guys below are our golf betting favorites on to win the 2021 Open Championship of the favorites. Jon Rahm coming off his win at the 2021 US Open, is a hot pick right now, but it is such a challenge to win consecutive Majors we are backing off of him right now. The two guys below are the favorites we like the most at the 2021 Open Championship.
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Xander Schauffele at +1600
Even though he put together only an average final round at the 2021 US Open, Xander Schauffele is still one of the best golfers in the world. We think he can put together four rounds and win the 2021 Open Championship.
In terms of true strokes-gained, an advanced metric that tells the number of strokes a golfer beats the field by – places Schauffele as the eighth-best golfer in the last six months.
He ranks so high on the metric due to his very well-rounded game. He is excellent at getting to the green. He is also great at getting out of the sand. Royal St. George is famous for its bunkers – especially the giant one on the fourth hole.
His putting skills are also above average. On a course like Royal St. George, with undulating greens and fairways, you need your best putting to succeed. Overall, he is the top bet to win the 2021 Open Championship.
Patrick Cantlay at +4000
One guy we really like to win the 2021 Open Championship is Patrick Cantlay. Patrick Cantlay has all the skills needed to win a Major. He has been showing that this season, with two wins and five top-ten finishes. He is currently number one on the FedEx Cup rankings. He is even better than Schauffele in True Strokes-Gained, ranking fourth the last six months.
Victory at Jack’s place. 🏆
Patrick Cantlay makes par on the first playoff hole to earn his fourth PGA Tour win and second victory at Muirfield. pic.twitter.com/xEYZTarBk5
— GOLF.com (@GOLF_com) June 6, 2021
He is not the biggest driver on the Tour. But at a course where placement matters more than distance, it is not a handicap. A great second shot – arguably his biggest strength – is what you need to win at Royal St. George, which is why we are betting him to win his first Major.
Make sure you also watch Cantlay at the Travelers Championship. He is one of the top choices to win there. If he has a great performance or even wins, you are likely to get worse betting value. So bet on Cantlay early.
Underdogs to Bet on to win the 2021 Open Championship
If you are looking for the best underdogs and betting value for the 2021 Open Championship, the two guys below are worth betting.
Cameron Smith at +5000
If not for a 76 on the Sunday at the 2019 Open Championship, he would have finished in the top-10, maybe even the top-5 at the tournament. While no one was going to sniff at Shane Lowry’s -15 (six strokes better than Tommy Fleetwood in second), he was in contention for two days.
After missing the cut at the U.S. Open, Cameron Smith was asked the dumbest question possible and handled it like a pro: https://t.co/344Q9jnJHp pic.twitter.com/rShr6imTiY
— Golf Digest (@GolfDigest) June 19, 2021
At +5000, Smith is the kind of guy we can see improving on his 20th place finish in 2019 – as we are seeing him improve this year. He finished second at the Masters and won the Zurich Classic of New Orleans a few weeks later.
His style and skills should translate to a good outing at Royal St. George. If things break right, and he musters up another round of 66 – as he did in the second round of the 2019 Open Championship – he could capture his first Major.
Robert MacIntyre at +10000
If you want a long shot with a chance at winning the 2021 Open Championship, we like Robert MacIntyre. He will be playing at the Irish Open and Scottish Open in the two weeks leading up to the British Open. That will give him a chance to work on his game and improve on his US Open performance (+2 tied for 35th).
He has been getting better this year, grabbing his first top-10 finish on the PGA Tour. He also finished tied for 12th at the 2021 Masters and eighth at the British Masters. He may not quite be at the level yet to challenge the top guys. However, golf has been pretty unpredictable at times this year – and at +10000, MacIntyre is worth a small wager.
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