Golf Picks: Open Championship Betting Preview & Picks (July 15)

  • The Open Championship returns in 2021, as the major takes place at Royal St George’s Golf Course
  • Shane Lowry is the defending champion after having won the major in 2019
  • Jon Rahm is the current leader in the outright betting for The Open

The final golf major of the season takes place at Royal St George’s Golf Course this coming weekend. It is the only major to take place outside of the United States and is one that is synonymous with big-priced winners. But, which star could be crowned The Open champion for 2021?

Open Championship Schedule

  • When: Thursday, July 15th- Sunday, July 18th
  • Where: Royal St George’s Golf Course, England
  • How To Watch: Golf Channel/NBC/Peacock

Open Championship Vegas Odds

Jon Rahm+850
Brooks Koepka+1700
Xander Schauffele+1800
Jordan Spieth+2000
Justin Thomas+2000
Rory McIlroy+2000
Dustin Johnson+2200
Tyrrell Hatton+3000

Open Championship Preview

Event Details & Previous Winners

The Open Championship will be taking place at Royal St George’s Golf Course for the 14th time this weekend. It was most recently staged at the famous course in 2011, as Darren Clarke won by three strokes from Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson. It was last staged at Royal Portrush, which was the second time that it has been held in Northern Ireland. Shane Lowry won that famous event by six strokes from Tommy Fleetwood. The Irishman has been able to hold on to The Open Championship for an extended period, as there was no major last year.

Jun 4, 2021; Dublin, Ohio, USA; Shane Lowry lines up a putt on the 17th green during the second round of the Memorial Tournament golf tourney. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 4, 2021; Dublin, Ohio, USA; Shane Lowry lines up a putt on the 17th green during the second round of the Memorial Tournament golf tourney. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

The major has a par 70, as players compete over 7,204 yards. It is a stroke play event and is typically the final major of the season. Currently, players compete for their share of the $11.5 million purse. Henrik Stenson holds the records for best par and aggregate score. He finished -20 under par when winning the 2016 Open Championship.

Leading Contenders

Jon Rahm heads the betting for The Open Championship in 2021. He finally won the first major of his career earlier in the season, as he won the US Open by one shot. However, his odds for The Open this weekend are incredibly short, which means it could be worth looking elsewhere for value in the market.

Mar 26, 2021; Austin, Texas, USA; Matthew Fitzpatrick hits his tee shot on #10 during the third day of the WGC Dell Technologies Match Play golf tournament at Austin Country Club. Mandatory Credit: Erich Schlegel-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 26, 2021; Austin, Texas, USA; Matthew Fitzpatrick hits his tee shot on #10 during the third day of the WGC Dell Technologies Match Play golf tournament at Austin Country Club. Mandatory Credit: Erich Schlegel-USA TODAY Sports

Rory McIlroy will face more pressure than others this weekend, as he looks to win a first major since 2014. He previously won The Open in 2014, and since then, has finished in the top ten on three occasions in five appearances. However, he will need to recover after missing the cut back in 2019.

Louis Oosthuizen could be a player at a bigger price that could mount a challenge. He has finished second on three occasions in 16 starts this season and has finished in the top ten on six occasions. The South African has missed the cut just once and previously won this major in 2010.

Open Championship Pick & Prediction

Who will win the Open Championship this weekend:

Only one favorite or joint-favorite has won the Open in the past 14 years, which means we will be siding with a player at a higher price. Matthew Fitzpatrick has enjoyed an excellent campaign in the majors, as he made the cut in all previous three.

His form has also been strong coming into this as he finished in a tie for second in the Scottish Open last weekend. Ian Poulter would be another player that we would fancy to finish in the top ten, as he has saved his best performances for this major and could improve his Ryder Cup chances with a strong showing this weekend.

Free Picks:

  • Matthew Fitzpatrick (+3300)
  • Ian Poulter- Top Ten (+550)
Alex has covered huge sporting events for various websites and publications. He has attended football European Championships, Rugby League and Union World Cups, and the Paralympics. Alex is dedicated to giving the most insightful tips for VegasOdds readers and specialises in horse racing, soccer, golf and basketball.

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