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The 2021 Open Championship will be the 149th edition of this famous old event. It takes place at Royal St.George’s for the fifteenth time in its history, as player look to write their name into golf’s upper echelons, by winning one of Golf’s four Major titles and one of the oldest competitions in the sporting world. Below we take you through the Open Championship, with a look at the history, the course and the world’s top professionals who are likely to feature in this event, which was last won by Shane Lowry in 2019, with the 2020 event cancelled.
Our 2021 British Open Betting Offers
The main bookmakers are offering an extension of the extra place markets, with two standout firms really going the extra mile for customers. Paddy Power are offering 12 places on the event at one fifth odds, while Sky Bet are offering 11 places on the British Open Championship, also at one fifth odds. To take advantage of these extra places, simply make an “each-way” bet on any player and if they finish within the prerequisite positions, you will make a return on your bet.
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British Open 2021 Form Report
Having won the most recent Major, with the US Open title, Spaniard Jon Rahm is currently the World Number 1, according to the Official World Golf Rankings. The popular player has been in great form throughout the season so far, grabbing seven Top 10 finishes in twelve starts, prior to the US Open victory. He currently leads the US PGA Tour in SG: Total and Scoring Average, while ranking in the Top 5 for Birdie Average, Greens In Regulation (GIR) and Going For The Green: Greens Hit. The amount of confidence, that US Open win would have given Rahm is beyond measurable, especially with two spectacular birdies on the last two holes and it would not be a surprise to see the Spaniard in amongst the leaders at Royal St.George’s.
Rahm replaced Dustin Johnson as the top ranked player in the world, but it doesn’t change the fact that the hugely talented American is usually one of the market leader when he plays in any event. Since winning the 2020 US Masters by 5 shots, his presence is enough to frighten most bookmakers, with large sums bet upon the popular player.
His high quality level of performance has dropped off a little, since a win back in February at the Saudi International, with just a single Top 10 finish at the Palmetto Championship since.Despite that, he still ranks 3rd on Tour for Scoring Average, along with a 7th in Driving Distance. Dustin Johnson’s low key results of late, add an extra element of danger for backers of other players, such is his ability to pull out his A-Game at any given time. On his day, he is near unbeatable.
Hideki Matsuyama became a hero in his homeland, after becoming the first Japanese player to win a Major, when taking the US Masters in April an so far has seemingly found the attention a bit of a burdon, with four tournaments since, garnering just one Top 25 finish i the PGA Championship. A stalwart on tour, the 29 year old has won fifteen professional tournaments, but none bigger than the Augusta victory. His all-round ability can be missed when looking at the Tour statistic
The other Major winner this year, was ol’ lefty, Phil Mickelson. The 50 year old rolled back the years to become the oldest ever Major winner at the PGA Championship, with a superb two stoke victory. However, both beforehand and in two events since, Mickelson had shown little form to speak of. Although he loves participating in The Open Championship, it remains to be seen, whether he can pull another rabbit out of the (golf) bag.
Now in the top five in the OWGR, Bryson DeChambeau is another of golf’s star turns, with his power and distance leading him to be a popular player with fans of the sport. The 27 year old has nine career wins including the 2020 US Open. He won the Arnold Palmer Invitational earlier in the year and bagged a 3rd at The Players championship. He leads the tour on a multitude of statistics including: Distance Of All Drives, Strokes Gained: Off-the-Tee and SG: Tee-to-Green, while he ranks tied 1st in Par 5 scoring. He hasn’t played since the T46 at the Masters and it will be interesting to see how he fairs in the build up to the tournament over the next month.
Another player to keep an eye on, is Louis Oosthuizen, who has seen a resurgence this season and has been unlucky enough to find just one player better in both the PGA Championship and US Open events. Along with those results, he has a Top 20 and Top 10 to his name in the last four starts, with Royal St. George’s a track that should suit the South African’s game to a tee (pun intended).
Elsewhere, resurgences from the likes of Jordan Speith and Keegan Bradley cannot be ignores easily, with both former Major winners looking capable of getting back to their best, while those hovering around the top 5 in the Official World Golf Rankings, such as Brooks Koepka, Patrick Cantlay, Justin Thomas and Xander Schauffele will be expected to be in the hunt for the title, as they continue to show their consistency throughout the year and maintain their World rankings.
British Open Trends and Betting Insights
It can be difficult picking through the 156 player field, but there are some general trends within The Open Championship that offer a little help in whittling down the list of potential players to back for the event at Royal St.George’s
Experience counts for plenty in the Open Championship, with eight of the last eleven winners aged 32 or more, while experience in the event is also a crucial factor, with ten of the last eleven winners all finishing in the Top 10 of the Open Championship previously.
Form is obviously a major factor for winners, with nine of the last eleven winners, finishing in the Top 5 on two occasions this season, while eight won previously that season. A further eight of those last eleven victors were ranked 33rd or higher in the Official World Golf Rankings.
Coming in fresh is not necessarily a good thing either, with eight of those previous eleven winners, playing the week before, in either the John Deere Classic or the Scottish Open.
British Open 2021 Tips
For the outright selection, Xander Schaufelle is the choice for the event. He is one of a list of top golfers who are yet to still to win a major event. He lead at Carnoustie after three rounds back in 2018, before ending in a tie for second. The American ranks 3rd SG:Total, 3rd in Scoring Average, 4th in Sand Saves and in the top 20 for GIR. He clearly has the game to win a Major, having finished 5th or better in five of them so far and this could well be his time to shine
With bookmakers offering plenty of extra places, the first of a couple of value selections, is Scottie Scheffler. The American has looked very good in every Major he has played in, with a record that reads T4th, T19th, T18th, T8th and T7th. He is clearly comfortable under the intense scrutiny, these events bring and he comes in off the back of a T12th in the Scottish Open, which was made even more impressive by his +1 over par first round. He ranks 15th in SG: Off The Tee, 6th in Birdie Average and 7th in Putting Average. If he can maintain his recent Majors run and hit his averages on Tour, it would be a huge surprise to not see him feature.
The second half of this duo is England’s Ian Poulter. A bit of an elder statesman on the Tour now, through his wealth of experience and with a decent run of recent form, he may well be peaking at the right time. He has made five successive cuts, with two Top 5’s including last week’s Scottish Open. Can “Poults” bring back the magic? At a big price, he offers plenty of value for money.
British Open Defending Champions
Modern day defending champions in any tournament will find it difficult to regain their titles, with the Open Championship no exception to the rule. In fact we have had eleven different winners of the Open Championship, since Padraig Harrington and Tiger Woods achieved a double success between 2005-2008, with a further 22 years to Tom Watson’s double back in 1982/83
History will certainly be against defending champions Shane Lowry, while the future stars of golf will find it near impossible to get near, or beat Young Tom Morris’s four successive wins back in the late 1860’s.
What are the best British Open betting markets?
Outside of the Outright winner market, there are plenty of interesting betting options on the Open Championship, with the Each-way market a valuable option for bettors looking for bigger odds. A lot of bookmakers offer extended places for these events, with some offering as many as 10 places prior to the tournament, giving players more betting options from the 156 man field.
Over interesting markets are the Three-Ball Market usually attributed to the first and second rounds. These basically create a mini competition between the players of the various groupings throughout the opening few days, with players betting on who scores the lowest round of the group (usually 3 players). This gives bettors an extra dynamic to the betting on the tournament, with the focus away from the top players.
Other bets include a Top 20 Finish at the end of a tournament, a Make The Cut bet, for a player to qualify for the weekend’s play and The Top American, European or British player market, which narrows the field by nationality or region, through to Prop bets on everything from a Hole In One being scored to a player Parring every single hole in a round. In the week prior to the Open Championship, it is wise to keep an eye on your favourite bookmaker for specials and enhancements to further the value of your selections
The British Open History
The Open Championship began in 1860 at the Prestwick Golf Club in Scotland and was held there for some 12 years, before it began to be played a various Links courses around the country. The tournament is now rotated between course across the United Kingdom under the Royal & Ancient who preside over the event and is one of the four majors in Golf each year.
The term “Open” was used originally, a it was an event open to all, however in the modern age, this is very much a professional event, although some of the world’s top amateur players are invited to participate, though sadly they are not entitled to financial recompense, even if they were to win the event.
The most victories at the Open Championship is 6, a record held by Harry Varden between 1896 – 1914.
As mentioned earlier, Young Tom Morris’s 4 successive victories is a record that is unlikely to be beaten, while his father Old Tom Morris holds the record for the greatest margin of victory, when winning by 13 strokes in 1862.
Jack Nicklaus who won three Open Championships, also has the rather unfortunate record of having the most runner-up spots, finishing behind just one other player on seven occasions.
About Royal St George’s
Royal St George is located in Sandwich, Kent, in the south east of England and will be hosting the Open Championship for an fifteenth time. The last of those was back in 2011, when Northern Ireland’s Darren Clarke won the title.
The course plays to a Par 70, at around 7,203 yards and featuring just two Par 5 holes. The club was founded by surgeon Laidlaw Purves in 1887 within a setting of wild duneland. Many holes feature blind or partially blind shots, with doglegs and elevation changes, although the difficulty has been reduced somewhat, after several 20th century modifications.
The course also possesses the deepest bunker in championship golf, located on its fourth hole, a 496 yard, Par 4. It is a tough test of any golfer and only one player in the previous fourteen Open Championship’s that have taken place here has finished better than -5 under par, with Greg Norman finishing an impressive -13 under par in 1993.
British Open Betting Tips FAQ
- Who are the best bookies for the Open Championship tournament?
The majority of bookmakers tend to offer plenty of enhancements and extra places on the Open Championship, but in particular, the likes of Sky Bet, Paddy Power and bet365 tend to go that extra mile for bettors, offering the most extra places compared to other bookmakers, along with plenty of other markets and prop bets on the event. In the week leading up to the tournament, these bookmakers also offer enhanced specials on the biggest names involved in the event
- How can I watch the Open Championship in the UK?
The Open Championship is usually shown live on Sky Sports in the UK and Ireland, along with The Golf Channel and NBC for American audiences, with the BBC showing highlights of the event in the UK too. Coverage is also available on radio across the BBC, while most bookmakers and news outlets will have rolling updates on their website, with the likes of bet365 potentially offering live streaming via their website.
- Who is the favourite to win the 2021 Open Championship
The favourite to win the event at the time of writing is Jon Rahm. The new World Number picked up an incredible last gasp victory in th US Open and the Spaniard has seen plenty of market attention in the days since. Behind him, Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlrory and Brooks Koepka are also some of the market leaders.
- Where is the Open Championship held?
The Open Championship will be held at Royal St. George’s in Sandwich, Kent, in the south east of England, It will be hosting the event for the fifteenth time and the first since 2011, when Darren Clarke won the title.