The Open Championship Predictions, Betting Odds & Picks
- The 149th edition of the tournament takes place at Royal St George’s in England
- The event was postponed in 2020 due to the global pandemic
- Shane Lowry is the defending champion after winning at Royal Portrush in 2019
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The Open Championship Odds
|Jon Rahm||+800 |
|Brooks Koepka||+1600 |
|Jordan Spieth||+1800 |
|Xander Schauffele||+1800 |
|Justin Thomas||+2000 |
|Rory McIlroy||+2000 |
|Dustin Johnson||+2200 |
|Viktor Hovland||+3000 |
|Tyrrell Hatton||+3000 |
|Louis Oosthuizen||+3300 |
|Bryson DeChambeau||+3300 |
The Open Championship Predictions and Picks
Xander Schauffele has a superb record in the majors, including a second place in the 2018 Open at Carnoustie. Back the Californian to win at +1800 with bet365.
Brooks Koepka is the man for the majors and can beat Louis Oosthuizen, who has a modest Open record outside St Andrews, over 72 holes at -120 DraftKings Sportsbook.
Lucas Glover is coming in off a win at the John Deere and has three top 20s in his last six majors. Also T12 here in 2011, he can post a top 20 at +900 DraftKings Sportsbook.
How to Watch The Open Championship
|The Open Championship Information|
|Tournament||The Open Championship|
|Location||Royal St George’s, Sandwich, England|
|Time||Thursday, July 15 – Sunday, July 18|
|How to Watch||Thursday and Friday 1.30am-4am (Peacock), 4am-3pm (Golf Channel), 3pm-4pm (Peacock), Saturday 5am-7am (Golf Channel), 7am-3pm (NBC), Sunday 4am-7am (Golf Channel), 7am-2pm (NBC). All 4 days on Sky Sports|
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The Open Championship Profile
The nine-year wait for Royal St George’s to host another Open Championship was extended to 10 due to the global pandemic. But, finally, two years on since Shane Lowry sent the Irish crowds wild at Royal Portrush, the tournament returns to England’s south coast.
Royal St George’s has staged the event twice this century, the first when Ben Curtis caused a 500/1 shock in 2003. That began to look less of a fluke when Curtis added two more Open top 10s in 2007 and 2008.
The most recent was in 2011 when Darren Clarke scored an emotional victory, the Northern Irishman holding off American duo Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson. Clarke was ranked 111th at the time and Curtis 396th in 2003 and that’s led some to believe that this is the Open venue for shocks.
However, the top five in the world all made the top 10 here in the 1993 edition (won by Greg Norman) while Masters winner Sandy Lyle also hoisted the trophy in 1985 so the big names have had plenty of joy too. In truth, it’s rare to find a golfer who mentions Royal St George’s in their top three Open tracks although that’s partly because the others are so good.
Brooks Koepka summed it up with this blunt assessment in his Tuesday press conference:
It’s not my favourite venue that we’ve played. Quite a few blind tee shots, kind of hitting to nothing. Fairways are quite undulating.
Those fairways have also been accused of kicking well-struck tee-shots left or right into rough, several players saying that it bugs them. Others accept it as the vagaries of links golf. The course is actually a few yards shorter than it played in 2011, measuring up as a 7,211-yard par 70 although some tee boxes could be moved. For its 15th staging,
Royal St George’s should get its fair share of wind while improving weather during the week will see the course dry out and those quirky bounces get a little more pronounced. The greens are also undulating and it takes a sharp short game to save par.
After his US Open win, Jon Rahm is the clear favorite for victory while, due to a poor Open record, Bryson DeChambeau (MC-51-MC) is only joint-10th in the betting.
Schauffele Ready to Strike
Here’s Xander Schauffele on links golf: “I think it’s just so different for Americans to play overseas, and I think it’s sort of that bit of adversity that sort of makes you think outside the box and maybe tap more into your imagination.
I think I really enjoy that challenge of trying to think a little bit more. Your search for perfection that you can kind of get stuck into on parkland golf sort of disappears for me”.
I sort of fall in love with hitting shots and trying to hit different shots versus trying to work on my swing or anything like that. I’ve always enjoyed playing golf over here, different style of play obviously and I just look forward to colder weather, windier weather.
Words are great but can he back it up with tangible results?
That would be a yes.
Schauffele posted 20th on his Open debut at Royal Birkdale in 2017 and then finished runner-up at Carnoustie on his second attempt. He made the cut at Royal Portrush last time but didn’t get in a blow. His above quotes were taken from the Scottish Open last week where he enjoyed an excellent links tune-up by shooting 66-67 on the weekend to finish 10th.
That followed a tied seventh in the US Open in his native San Diego. Ah, yes, Schauffle and majors: they seem to go together extremely well. The 27-year-old has played in just 17 but already has nine top 10s to his name: that includes two seconds, two thirds and two further top fives.
The prep has been done and now hopefully this excellent all-round performer can get a deserved first major win at +1800 with bet365.
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Koepka to Outshine Oosthuizen
On first glance, it could look foolish to take on Louis Oosthuizen in an Open match bet. After all, he won the event in 2010 and was runner-up in 2015. In addition, he’s finished second in the last two majors.
However, those two great Open performances came on the same course, St Andrews. A look at the rest of his Open record reveals this: MC-MC-MC-54-19-WD-36-MC-MC-28-20. That’s hardly stellar stuff.
Brooks Koepka has won four majors on American soil since the start of 2017 but has also shown his ability to adapt to links golf with some strong performances in The Open Championship.
Playing on the Challenge Tour in Europe helped him adapt and his last four Open finishes read 10-6-39-4.
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Dave Tindall is former golf editor at SkySports.com and Golf365.com and has been writing betting previews for the PGA Tour and European Tour since 1997. He has also written for a range of betting companies, including William Hill and Betfair, as well as being a regular columnist for Rotoworld, The Guardian, Sporting Life and Planet Sport. His other area of speciality is football while he's also covered cricket and tennis.
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