British Open Betting Guide

Odds, Predictions and Event History

The Open Championship returns to the PGA Tour schedule in 2021 after the 2020 tournament was wiped out by the COVID-19 pandemic. The world’s best golfers will take to Royal St. George’s Golf Club in England for the final major tournament of an unprecedented six majors in the 2020-21 season. The British Open is scheduled for July 15-18 and will be the seventh-to-last tournament of the season.

Shane Lowry will finally get to defend his 2019 Open Championship victory, which took place at Royal Portrush. Dustin Johnson is the betting favorite, as he is for all four majors in 2021. This will be St. George’s first time hosting The Open since Darren Clarke won in 2011. Ben Curtis also won in 2003 at this venue.

The page below looks at the betting odds to win the 2021 British Open and some of the top PGA Tour betting sites. We’ll also look at the different betting options and strategies for the final major of 2021, as well as some historical betting trends and tournament records.

British Open odds 2021

Johnson became the top betting favorite at all four 2021 majors following his 2020 Masters victory. His first green jacket capped a season with two other victories and eight more top-10 finishes internationally.

Justin Thomas and Jon Rahm were priced at +1200 at DraftKings Sportsbook as of April 16.

Lowry was priced at +8000 on April 16.

Outright winner

Dustin Johnson
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Rory McIlroy
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Jon Rahm
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Bryson DeChambeau
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Brooks Koepka
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Justin Thomas
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Xander Schauffele
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Patrick Cantlay
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Tommy Fleetwood
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Justin Rose
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Sungjae Im
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Jason Day
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Shane Lowry
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Hideki Matsuyama
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Collin Morikawa
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Louis Oosthuizen
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Patrick Reed
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Adam Scott
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Viktor Hovland
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Paul Casey
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Tony Finau
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Rickie Fowler
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Tyrrell Hatton
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Webb Simpson
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View odds for all players at DraftKings Sportsbook, BetStars Sportsbook and FanDuel Sportsbook.

Golfers to watch at the 2021 British Open

Dustin Johnson

Johnson is the only golfer with better than a 10% implied win probability at both FanDuel Sportsbook and DraftKings Sportsbook. He was +1200 to win the 2019 Open Championship prior to Round 1 but finished just T-51. He hasn’t finished inside the top 10 at The Open since tying for ninth in 2016.

Rory McIlroy

The 2014 Champion Golfer of the Year at Royal Liverpool, McIlroy is a perennial favorite for The Open. He disappointingly missed the cut in Northern Ireland in 2019, but he finished inside the top 10 in two of 2020’s three majors.

Jon Rahm

Rahm, 26, has played in just four Open Championships with three made cuts and a top finish of T-11 in 2019. He rose to No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking for the first time in 2020, and is no lower than third by the odds to win at all four majors in 2021.

Bryson DeChambeau

DeChambeau’s added distance is unlikely to prove as great of an advantage at The Open as at the three American majors. That’s reflected by the betting odds, but he’s a public favorite and another good stretch of results in North America will quickly cause his odds to drop.

Brooks Koepka

The Open is one of the two majors Koepka has yet to win, but he has three top-10 finishes in his last four appearances. He was No. 2 by the odds in 2019 but a relatively disappointing 2020 season has brought more profitable odds, as he has slipped outside the top 10 of the OWGR.

Justin Thomas

Thomas has never finished in the top 10 at The Open. Accordingly, his odds to win at Royal St. George’s are his worst of any of 2021’s four majors. He was +2500 prior to Round 1 in 2019 and went on to finish T-11.

Tommy Fleetwood

Fleetwood is the early betting favorite among the contingent from the UK. He was the solo runner-up behind Lowry in 2019, but he didn’t finish better than T-19 in any of the three 2020 majors.

Justin Rose

Rose fell from No. 8 to No. 33 in the OWGR over the course of 2020. The former US Open champ had three top-10 finishes on the calendar year, including a runner-up placing at the Asian Tour’s SMBC Singapore Open.

Tyrrell Hatton

Hatton is the top-ranked Englishman in the OWGR, finishing 2020 at No. 10. He won once on both the PGA Tour and European Tour in 2020 and will be looking to be the first English winner of The Open since Nick Faldo won his third in 1992.

What is The Open Championship golf tournament?

The Open Championship boasts itself as the most international of the four Majors. There will be 156 players competing for the Claret Jug in mid-July, headlined by reigning champion Francesco Molinari.

There are 28 categories to determine exemption from qualifying, while 46 spots will be awarded out of The Open Qualifying Series, which covers 16 events in 11 countries. Regional Qualifying takes place June 24 with Final Qualifying held at four venues across the United Kingdom on July 2, with 12 spots in The Open Championship up for grabs. Three players will be eligible to gain entry out of the European Tour’s Scottish Open on July 11, and one final spot may be awarded out of the PGA Tour’s John Deere Classic.

The 156-player field will be shrunk to the top 70 and ties following the conclusion of Round 2. If there’s a tie after 72 holes, there will be a four-hole aggregate playoff followed by sudden death, should the tie persist.

How to watch the British Open on TV

The 2021 Open Championship will be the fourth year of a 12-year deal for NBC and Golf Channel to broadcast the event. The first two rounds will air on Golf Channel, with the weekend moving over to the more widely-accessible NBC.

How to bet the British Open in the US

Futures odds have been available for the 2021 Open Championship since the end of the 2019 tournament. The British Open golf odds have been regularly updated based on golfer performance, health, and public favor. Several different players have held the honor as outright favorite over the last year, with Johnson now No. 1.

The outright odds will fluctuate more over the run-up to the tournament, as more public betting money pours in. Closer to the date of the event, the books will release more Open Championship odds, including leaders after each round, and Top 5, Top 10 and Top 20 probabilities.

Golfers will also be placed in pools, usually in the week of the tournament, based on world ranking, general popularity, country of origin, or first- and second-round tee times, where bettors can back a single golfer out of head-to-head or group matchups. Prop bets will be set for things such as hole-in-ones or low score for the tournament.

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The Open Championship Fun Facts

  • Most wins: Harold Vardon won his record six Open titles from 1896-1914. Four players have won the event five times, including Tom Watson, who just missed out on his sixth championship in 2009 at the age of 59.
  • Oldest winner: “Old” Tom Morris won The Open in 1867 at the age of 46 years, 99 days.
  • Youngest winner: The following year, Morris’ son, “Young” Tom Morris, took the crown at the age of 17 years and 156 days. He also won the following three Open Championships for a record four in a row.
  • Highest score on one hole: Herman Tissies, a German amateur, owns the dishonor of carding the highest score on a single hole in the history of The Open Championship. He fired a 15 on the 8th hole at Royal Troon in 1950. The hole played as a 120-yard par-3.
  • Best comeback: Paul Lawrie completed a 10-stroke comeback in the final round to win the 1999 Open Championship at Carnoustie. The feat is much better known as Jean Van de Velde’s collapse, which included a triple-bogey on his 72nd hole.

Five of the biggest long shots in British Open history

Ben Curtis (2003)

Curtis entered the 2003 Open Championship at Royal St. George’s ranked No. 393 in the world. His win came by one stroke over runner-ups Vijay Singh and Thomas Bjorn, as the only player to finish under par. He went on to win three other PGA events and picked up three more top 10s in Majors.

Paul Lawrie (1999)

Lawrie was ranked 158th in the world when he was handed his Major title from Van de Velde. The Scotsman won a total of eight times on the European Tour but never again on the PGA circuit.

Darren Clarke (2011)

Clarke arrived at Royal St. George’s – a common venue for longshot winners – ranked 111th in 2011, after ranking as high as eighth in 2001. He finally captured his lone Major at the age of 41.

Todd Hamilton (2004)

Hamilton followed up Curtis’ surprise victory with another the following year at Royal Troon. He was ranked 56th in the world the previous week and vaulted to No. 16 after beating world No. 2 Ernie Els in a playoff.

Tom Kidd (1873)

Kidd’s lone career victory came in his debut at The Open Championship in 1873. He ended Tom Morris Jr.’s record streak of four straight Claret Jugs.

Ben Curtis won the 2003 Open Championship as the No. 393 player in the world.

The Open Championship FAQ

Who qualifies for The Open Championship?

Roughly 65 percent of the 156-player Open field is composed of exemptions based on 28 categories, such as former champions of select tournaments and those meeting certain cutoffs in the OWGR by certain dates. Another 46 spots come from The Open Qualifying Series – a selection of tournaments leading up to the event. The final spots are awarded to those who advance from Final Qualifying in the UK on July 2.

Where is The Open this year?

The Open returns to Royal St. George’s Golf Club in Sandwich, Kent, England. It’s the first time at this venue since 2011.

Is Tiger Woods playing The Open 2021? What are his odds?

Woods, the 2019 Masters champion, is expected to participate in The Open and is priced between +2000 to +3300.

What is the best score ever at the British Open?

Henrik Stenson fired a 20-under score of 264 to claim his lone Major championship at Royal Troon in 2016.

What is the prize money for the 2021 Open Championship?

The purse for the 2021 Open Championship hasn’t yet been decided. Molinari took home 1.44 million pounds last year. Woodland made $2.25 million US with his victory at Pebble Beach.

Has anyone ever won back-to-back Open Championships?

Padraig Harrington (2007-2008) is the most recent golfer to go back-to-back at The Open Championship. Woods accomplished the feat the two previous years, and nine others did so before him. Three players have won three in a row, and “Young” Tom Morris holds the all-time record of four straight titles.

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