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British Open Betting Odds, Expert Picks & Top Prop Bets To Back
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More than 720 days have passed since Irishman Shane Lowry hoisted the Claret Jug amid wild celebrations from his fellow countrymen at Royal Portrush. After a one-year absence, the best golf betting week of the year is finally set to return at the 2021 British Open at Royal St. George’s.
While legal sports betting has seen exponential growth over the past two years on this side of the pond, the British Open is still the only major at which fans can stop in any number of neighborhood betting shops and get action just a few blocks away from the course.
Reigning U.S. Open champion Jon Rahm is a heavy betting favorite with the top sportsbooks this week. He's available at +800 with DraftKings , a few weeks after he cashed as the +1050 favorite at Torrey Pines. Xander Schauffele, who finished runner-up at the 2018 British Open at Carnoustie, is second on the golf odds betting board at +1800 at the same site .
Brooks Koepka (+1850) and Rory McIlroy (+1900) are next, while Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas round out the top six with +2050 odds.
Top 2021 British Open Odds
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British Open Expert Pick
Marc Leishman, Top-10 Finish
Odds: +500 at DraftKings
Leishman’s stats regressed after the Tour went on hiatus in 2020, but things seem to be rounding back into form. The Aussie is coming off a solo-third finish at the Travelers Championship and was part of the winning two-man team at the Zurich Classic in April.
The British Open has been Leishman’s strongest major by far, with three top-10 finishes over his last six appearances – including a runner-up after a three-man playoff in 2015. He’s no stranger to windy British Open conditions having played so much in Australia, and the gusts should be significant this week at Royal St. George’s.
The odds are a little juicier than normal for Leishman given the inconsistency of late, but we expect a strong showing and will back him for a top-10 finish.
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Five Intriguing British Open Props We’re Considering
Bryson DeChambeau to Make/Miss the Cut
This is the first time new-look DeChambeau will bring his exaggerated power game to the British Open. It should be fascinating to see how the unconventional approach translates at a classic links course like this. He also has a brand-new caddie on the bag after an abrupt split with longtime bag man Tim Tucker. DeChambeau has missed the cut in two of three British Open appearances, but he’s made eight consecutive major cuts and won the 2020 U.S. Open since the great swing-speed experiment began. Love him or hate him, DeChambeau is definitely must-see TV this week.
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Scottie Scheffler Top-10 Finish
Odds: +490 at FanDuel
These are seriously short odds for a guy making his British Open debut. But it makes sense given what Scheffler has done on the big stage lately. After missing the cut in two of his first three majors, Scheffler has five consecutive top-20 finishes. He’s also been top-10 in three of his last four, including a T-7 at last month’s U.S. Open at Torrey Pines. After a T-12 finish at last week’s Scottish Open, we’ll be keeping a close eye on Scheffler for his first taste of this tournament.
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Will There Be A Hole-in-One – Yes or No?
Emiliano Grillo’s ace at Royal Portrush’s par-3 13th hole in 2019 is the only hole-in-one recorded over the past three British Opens. But Royal St. George’s has two shorter holes that should be gettable in the right conditions – No. 6 is a 174-yard par 3 and No. 16 is a 162-yard par 3. Both yielded hole-in-ones at the 2011 British Open, the former to Tom Watson and the latter to Dustin Johnson.
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Any American Player to Win the British Open
Odds: -125 at BetMGM
Americans have largely dominated the major championships on their home turf in recent years. Since 2015, U.S. Players have combined to win 16 of 21 stateside majors at the Masters, PGA Championship and U.S. Open. But international players have been far more successful at the British Open, winning nine of the last 13 – including three of the last four with Sweden’s Henrik Stenson (2016), Italy’s Francesco Molinari (2018) and Ireland’s Shane Lowry (2019). They could certainly keep the run going this year with Rahm the heavy favorite and others like Rory McIlroy (+1900), Viktor Hovland (+2500), Louis Oosthuizen (+2800), Paul Casey (+3000) and Matthew Fitzpatrick (+3000) near the top of the board on your betting apps.
Rickie Fowler to Make or Miss the Cut
This will be a great benchmark to see if Fowler is truly ready to put a nasty slump behind him. It will also be just his second major of the season after he failed to qualify for the Masters and U.S. Open. Fowler was T-8 in his lone major start of the year at the PGA Championship and followed that with a T-11 at the Memorial. He’s always been a great wind player and consistently strong across the pond, with three top-10s and nine made cuts in 10 British Open starts. He was T-6 in his last appearance at Portrush, but these relatively tight make/miss cut odds show how much his game has declined over the past two years. If there’s any major where Fowler could make a huge bounce-back statement, this should be it.
British Open Betting Tips
Royal St. George’s is one of the most difficult courses on the British Open rota, yielding the second-highest winning score relative to par over the past decade when Darren Clarke shot a 5-under-275 in 2011. The wind gusts can be brutal on these links in the south of England, and the terrain is extremely bumpy with some scary-deep bunkers and brutal rough.
Experience and creative shot-shaping are always disproportionately rewarded at the British Open. Guys who have been playing great target golf in hot conditions all summer often fail to bring that form to this tournament, so it’s fine to look at players with below-average results in recent months.
It’s also wise to look at players in their mid-to-late 30s as opposed to the top young guns. Clarke was 42-years-old when he won here in 2011 and 10 of the last 13 British Open winners have been 31 or older.
British Open, Date & TV
When: Thursday-Sunday, July 15-18
Where: Royal St. George’s, Sandwich, Kent, England
TV: Golf Channel (Thursday-Friday 4 a.m.-3 p.m. ET, Saturday 5 a.m.-7 a.m. ET, Sunday 4 a.m.-7 a.m. ET); NBC (Saturday 7 a.m.-3 p.m. ET, Sunday 7 a.m.-2 p.m. ET)