The Open Championship returns this week after not taking place in 2020, but who is the favorite in the only major held outside of America?
On July 17th, major golf returns to the UK as The Open Championship takes place at Royal St Georges in Sandwich. This is the 149th edition of the competition.
156 golfers will take part, all looking to get their hands on the Claret Jug as well as the prize money, totaling $2,070,000!
The current Open champion is Shane Lowry. He won in 2019, beating Tommy Fleetwood by six shots, finishing the weekend 15 under par! This is the fourth and final major of the season, with the players then setting their sights on the Ryder Cup in September!
Betfair are offering ten places on each-way bet at 1/5!
US Open 2021 Betting Odds
Jon Rahm – 15/2
After his impressive win at The US Open, Jon Rahm has now gone to number one in the world. This was his first-ever major win and most likely won’t be his last as the 26-year-old is in the form of his life. He is currently on 11 top tens for the season, showing that he has got everything going right at the moment.
However, when it comes to the Open Championship, Rahm hasn’t quite had the best record. His best finish was T11 in 2019 and this is from four attempts. Rahm finished seventh in the Scottish Open last weekend, which was his first competition since he won the US Open. He was just two shots off the leaders and has shown his good form is still there.
Brooks Koepka – 14/1
After taking some time out with injury Koepka is slowly getting back to his best. This season he got himself seven top tens, which included a win at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. His form coming into this has been very good, in his last seven competitions he has finished in the top five, four times!
On top of this good form comes experience. Koepka is a four-time major winner, with two PGA’s and two US Opens. His best finish in The Open is fourth in 2019 showing he can bring his game over to the UK and perform. How Brooks gets on could depend on how the injury is. He is still not 100% and can change from tournament to tournament.
Rory McIlroy – 20/1
Still on the hunt for that fifth major in his career is Rory McIlory. His last major win was the PGA Championship in 2015. Rory’s form this season has seen him drop to number 11th in the world, but he has still managed six top tens, one of which was a win.
Rory has won an Open Championship, back in 2014. Since then he has come fifth, fourth, and second in five attempts. He can win this competition and when his game is at its best his can be unstoppable. With it being in the UK and fans being able to attend, this will help him. He will have the majority of the crowd supporting him and he has said numerous times how helpful this is for him. McIlroy struggled again at the weekend, not making the cut at the Scottish Open. He will have to improve a lot for next weekend.
Dustin Johnson – 22/1
Recently taken off from the world’s number one spot is Dustin Johnson. Since his Masters win, it has been a struggle for DJ and he has only managed two top tens. That being said, this is Dustin Johnson we’re talking about and he was the world number one for a reason.
He hasn’t won the Open before, his best finish in 12 attempts being T2 in 2011 which really announced him to the world of golf. Sooner or later, DJ’s form has got to come back, and just like Rory, when his game is on top form, it would take something very special to beat him.
Louis Oosthuizen (30/1) – Louis Oosthuizen is always there or thereabouts in majors. He won the open in 2010 and has finished second in all the other three majors, most recently of which was the US Open this year.
Shane Lowry (33/1) – The current Open Champion is surely worth an outside chance. He won’t give up the Claret Jug without a fight and was miles better than the rest in 2019.
Tommy Fleetwood (35/1) – Someone else who will be a big favorite at The Open is Tommy Fleetwood. He came second in 2019 and now with all the fans wanting him to win, can he finally land his first major.