The Open 2021 Golf Betting Preview and Odds

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The Open 2021 Golf betting is in focus here as well as presenting our guide to the Major this week. The action is happening at Royal St George.

While there have been a fair few big names pulled out of the tournament, there still looks to be a highly competitive field heading into action.

In this 2021 Open Golf betting preview, we look at some of the main players who could feature in the title race. We also take a look at some of the history of the tournament as well as the latest golf betting odds.

The Open 2021 Golf Betting Odds

Jon Rahm 7/1
Brooks Koepka 16/1
Xander Schauffele 18/
Jordan Spieth 18/1
Justin Thomas 18/1
Dustin Johnson 18/1
Rory McIlroy 18/1
Tyrrell Hatton 28/1
Viktor Hovland 28/1
Louis Oosthuizen 28/1
Bryson Dechambeau 38/1
Patrick Cantlay 30/1
Collin Morikawa 30/1
Patrick Reed 33/1
Matthew Fitzpatrick 33/1
Shane Lowry 33/1
Tommy Fleetwood 33/1
Paul Casey 35/1
40/1 bar
* (odds recorded at 20:54 GMT on July 13th, 2021)

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When and where is The Open 2021 Golf even being held??

We are at Royal St George this year for what will be the 149th edition of this major. The course hugs the Kent coastline and the action starts on July 15th and ends on the 18th.

It has been a long wait for The Open to return after last year’s edition was cancelled. This is the 15th time that Royal St George’s has hosted the tournament and the first time since 2011.

The par 70 track will play at 7,189 yards for this year’s edition, a little shorter than it was for that 2011 hosting.

Who is the reigning champion ahead of The Open 2021 Golf Betting?

The last winner of The Open was Shane Lowry who claimed the title at Royal Portrush by a comfortable six strokes over Tommy Fleetwood. That was the first major of Lowry’s career.

Lowry is training at a quote of 33/1 to retain the Major title on the weekend* (odds recorded at 20:54 GMT on July 13th, 2021).

The last player to successfully defend The Open title was Padraig Harrington in 2008.

Out of interest, the player that Lowry beat to the 2019 title Tommy Fleetwood, is also at the 33/1 quote in 2021 The Open Championship golf betting* (odds recorded at 20:54 GMT on July 13th, 2021).

Our betting prediction:
Tyrrell Hatton Top Englishman

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* (odds recorded at 20:54 GMT on July 13th, 2021).


The Open 2021 Golf Betting Favourite

Heading up the market as the favourite for this year’s Open Championship golf betting is Jon Rahm at 7/1* (odds recorded at 20:54 GMT on July 13th, 2021).

The Spaniard made his Major breakthrough in winning this year’s US Open. It was a strong finish, picking up a birdie on each of the last two holes at Torrey Pines in June to land that Major title.

He is consistently in the leading pack when it comes to golf betting on the majors. A win this week will return him to the World Number One spot.

Only six players in the history of the Majors have managed to win the US Open and The Open Championship in the same year.

Top English Player The Open 2021 Golf Odds

Matthew Fitzpatrick 11/2
Tyrrell Hatton 5/1
Paul Casey 6/1
Tommy Fleetwood 11/2
Lee Westwood 13/2
Justin Rose 8/1
Ian Poulter 10/1
Matt Wallace 14/1
25/1 bar
* (odds recorded at 20:54 GMT on July 13th, 2021)

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Can Rory McIlroy bounce back?

Rory McIlroy missed the cut at the Scottish Open last week. That’s not the kind of form that is going to install a lot of confidence in him.

But the Northern Ireland star has been playing that down. Earlier this season he missed the cut at the Masters but then picked up a title in his very next event.

It has given him a couple of extra days of rest and practice if that helps, ahead of The Open 2021. When it comes to the links, it’s not particularly Rory McIlroy-thriving territory really.

He has performed well at Royal Liverpool and St Andrews. But on a whole, he isn’t the biggest threat when it comes to the links.

McIlroy is looking for his first Major success since 2014. There was some encouragement from him at the US Open recently as he was in touch at the halfway stage.

McIlroy looks a long shot at 18/1* (odds recorded at 20:54 GMT on July 13th, 2021)


Key Facts – Key Open Champions Trends

  • All but two of the last 10 winners have been at least 32 years old
  • 8 of the last 10 winners had won during the season already
  • Of the last 10 winners of The Open, 8 were in the World’s Top 40
  • 9 of the last 10 Open Championship winners had carded a Top 10 previously at the Major
  • A top 15 finish had been carded in one of the three previous starts for the season by 8 of the last 10 champions


Brooks Koepka likely to be a big contender

World Number 8 Brooks Koepka always needs to be talked about when it comes to golf betting on the Majors. He’s a beast.

There was a fourth-place finish for him at the recent US Open and he was also runner up in this year’s PGA Championship.

He doesn’t seem to mind how tough the competition is, nor the conditions that are in front of him, Kopeka usually finds a way.

Koepka, who is a strong 16/1 second-favourite in The Open 2021 Golf Betting has won four of his last 21 appearances in the Majors* (odds recorded at 20:54 GMT on July 13th, 2021).

He has been outside of the top ten in all but seven. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see him feature strongly again.

Jordan Spieth targets another Major success

We think that the course is going to be a very good fit for Jordan Spieth this week. The former Open champion is likely to thrive when it comes to the short game.

The American is carrying some very good, consistent form forward with him into St George’s this year as well.

In all but two of his last stroke-play tournaments, he has made it into the top 20.

There was a solid performance from him at Torrey Pines for the US Open when everything looked to be completely against him there.

Spieth is 18/1 to land the title this week and isn’t not out of the picked* (odds recorded at 20:54 GMT on July 13th, 2021).

Tyrell Hatton the best of the English?

One of the better English players on the links is Tyrrell Hatton. He has continued to churn out positive results at the coastal courses.

There is a quote of 5/1 on Tyrrell Hatton being the Top Englishman at The Open 2021 golf betting* (odds recorded at 20:54 GMT on July 13th, 2021).

He has carded a top-ten finish in two of his last four attempts at the Open. He was tied for sixth in 2019 at Royal Portrush.

In the outright winner market for this year’s Open, Hatton is a quote of 28/1 and will sit nicely as a potential each way option* (odds recorded at 20:54 GMT on July 13th, 2021).

Top Ten Finish 2021 The Open Golf odds

John Rahm 17/20
Brooks Koepka 6/4
Jordan Spieth 15/8
Xander Schauffele 15/8
Justin Thomas 15/8
Rory McIlroy 15/8
Dustin Johnson 2/1
Louis Oosthuizen 12/5
Tyrrell Hatton 3/1
Patrick Cantley 11/4
Viktor Hovland 5/2
Matthew Fitzpatrick 3/1
Collin Morikawa 3/1
Bryson Dechambeau 7/2
Patrick Reed 7/2
Paul Casey 7/2
Shane Lowey 3/1
Scottish Scheffler 4/1
Tommy Fleetwood 40/1
9/2 bar
* (odds recorded at 20:54 GMT on July 13th, 2021)

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Other Names To Note

Patrick Cantlay doesn’t have a great deal of Open form, this being just his third attempt and yet to break the top ten. But there have been positives with his form recently, including a victory at the Memorial and a top twenty finish at the US Open. Cantlay is 30/1 to get his nose in front* (odds recorded at 20:54 GMT on July 13th, 2021)..

Patrick Reed has great consistent results in the Majors. In four of his last five attempts at The Open he has carded two Top 15 finishes. The work that he does around the greens could keep him well in contention this week. There’s no reason why he can’t get in the mix. Reed is a 33/1 quote* (odds recorded at 20:54 GMT on July 13th, 2021).

Scottie Scheffler would write some story if he was to get this. He has taken a top twenty finish in his last five Majors and he takes on The Open for the first time.

The American put together a stunning round at the Scottish Open last week of 63, adapting to the links well. Scheffler is a 4/1 punt in a top ten finish in The Open Championship golf betting* (odds recorded at 20:54 GMT on July 13th, 2021).

Tony Finau can’t be counted out of this either. He’s banked a top ten finish in his last two cracks at The Open Championship. He was tied for third in 2019.

The current form from Big Tony has not been there. But he does bring a decent Open record to the table to warrant consideration from 45/1* (odds recorded at 20:54 GMT on July 13th, 2021).

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The 2021 Open Championship Golf Trends

It’s always interesting to look back over some trends that could help narrow the field for golf betting. There are no perfect trends that have happened over the last ten years.

The closest is nine of the last ten winners previously having carded a top 10 finish at The Open before landing the title.

That seems to be the telling stat here. Players that fall into that include Rory McIlroy, Zander Schauffele, Brooks Koepka, Tony Finau, Patrick Reed and Tyrrell Hatton.

Another potential indicator is age, as the key number seems to be a player of at least 32 years of age. Seven of the last ten winners have been at that threshold and four of those were in their 40’s.

When it comes to features of current form, all but two of the last ten winners of The Open had made the Top 15 in one of their three previous tournaments for the year.

Eight had previously recorded a win for the season. One final one to throw in the mix is that simply all but two had played somewhere the week before the Championship.

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