The British Open heads back to Royal St. George’s in the South of England for the 15th time in history. Despite challenging travel restrictions around the world, the tournament retains its maximum complement of a 156-player field as well as the old cut line rules.
This week marks the last chance to win for players to win a major title in 2021. It also presents the most challenging predictions. The reason behind this lies behind two unlikely winners in history: Darren Clarke in 2011 and Ben Curtis in 2003. Will the 2021 edition of the British Open produce another underdog winner at the Royal St. George’s?
With that, NitroBetting takes a deep dive into the 2021 British Open. We line up all the necessary information you need to make educated picks. This preview shares event information, the latest Golf odds, favorites, and sleepers of the tournament, and our very own expert betting predictions.
2021 British Open Tournament Information
- When: Thursday, July 15, 4:00 PM ET
- Where: Royal St. George’s Golf Course, Kent, England
- TV: GOLF Channel, CBS
- Radio: BBC Radio 5
- Live Stream: GOLF Channel
Who are the favorites to win the 2021 British Open?
- 2021 British Open Odds: +1500
The 31-year-old showed good results after a knee injury surgery earlier this year, and despite that, he was able to finish runner-up at the previous PGA Championship. Although he’s not as invincible as everyone saw him be, he remains on the favorites list when he completed three top-10 finishes in the last five Open appearances.
This was enough to boost his confidence and give him the momentum he needs to take on the 2021 British Open. It’s also worth noting that Koepka should be able to keep clear of trouble with his No. 6 sand and save percentage and No. 1 scrambling rating from 10 yards. Furthermore, he ranks sixth in scoring average.
- 2021 British Open Odds: +3000
The South African has a solid record in his past 17 major championships with multiple runner-ups and several occasions where he was close to winning, including the PGA at Kiawah and U.S. Open at Torrey Pines. He is yet to win another major since his last one 11 years ago, and now he gets another shot at claiming his second championship trophy at the Royal St. George’s Golf Course.
He dominated the 2010 Open Championship at the same course, winning by seven shots, giving him more confidence as he sets his sights on the top spot. More than that, he’s also one of the best putters on the tour, which can help him greatly in the 2021 British Open.
Who are the sleepers in the 2021 British Open?
- 2021 British Open Odds: +5000
The 41-year-old Spanish professional golfer makes his way to the list through experience and a respectable Open record. He has 10 top-10 finishes in 22 starts, including a couple at St. George’s in 2011 and 2003. Sergio has finished runner-up twice and almost won his first in 2007. In addition, Garcia is also top-10 in greens in regulation games and made his way to the top 15 in off-the-tee approach play.
His top-5 ranking in ball stricken over the past 24 rounds might work well to his advantage. Ultimately, he is expected to utilize the expertise he built as a professional golfer and use it to play smart and get ahead of his competitors in Thursday’s event.
- 2021 British Open Odds: +9000
Poulter stays on the sleepers list due to a mediocre record at the Open. But, what puts him on our radar is the fact that he has 2nd and 3rd place finishes on his portfolio. And this year, he’s been doing well with 2 top 10 finishes in 18 events.
The English golfer also sports an average of 70.9 in 2021, which he can further improve as he plays in front of his home crowd. Additionally, the fact that the Royal St. George’s Golf Course has a history of giving sleepers the edge should work well in Poulter’s favor.
Expert’s Prediction for the 2021 British Open
The playing field is a lot more interesting now that the 2021 British Open features a course that tends to favor sleepers. While it’s ideal to lean towards top picks like Koepka, Fitzpatrick, Oosthuizen, and Hovland, there’s value in betting on the sleepers as well. With the performance of several sleepers looking promising, bettors looking for some variation as well as bigger returns might find that list more attractive. Nonetheless, we expect the 2021 British Open to deliver much-needed golf action and exceptional betting opportunities.
*All odds stated are subject to change without prior notice.