Make Smarter British Open Bets

Golf’s fourth major of 2021 is the 149th Open at Royal St George's Golf Club located in Sandwich, England.

Posted: Jun 24, 2021 12:13 PM ET Updated: Jul 13, 2021 7:58 AM ET Est Time: 3 min
Shane Lowry with the Claret Jug after winning the 2019 Open Championship. Photo by PA Images/Sipa USA)
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The Open Championship — the official name of the British Open — returns after a one-year COVID-19 hiatus for its 149th edition. “Golf’s original major” makes its way to Royal St George’s this summer and will be the fourth and final major of the 2021 golf season.  

Time and place

  • Date: July 15-18
  • Course: Royal St George’s Golf Club located in Sandwich, Kent, England
  • Defending champ: Shane Lowry (2019)

Picks and predictions

Covers will have pre-tournament British Open picks and predictions, showing our best bets before the first round at Royal St. George’s. We’ll follow that up with round-by-round picks and predictions for each day of The Open Championship. 

British Open odds

After his win at the U.S. Open, Jon Rahm is No. 1 in the world golf rankings and is the consensus favorite at the top of the British Open odds board with odds of +900. Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy, Brooks Koepka, and Jordan Spieth trail Rahm.

The field

The British Open field features 156 golfers made up of the top 50 from the Official World Golf Ranking, previous Open champions, winners of select tournaments from around the world, qualifiers, and more. 

Choosing who to bet on from a field of 156 is not an easy thing to go. In the week leading up to the tournament, we’ll break down the golfers that have a chance to contend into a digestible format so you can make smarter Open Championship bets. 

British Open props

There will be plenty of markets to bet on at The Open Championship besides who will win the tournament. Oddsmakers will offer all kinds of fun British Open props to bet on, such as scoring props, top finisher props, and more fun markets like whether there will be a hole in one.

British Open cut line

The Open will cut down its field of 156 to the top 70 plus ties following Round 2. Before the tournament, oddsmakers will set an Over/Under for what they think the cut line will be, but the actual projected cut line will start to take shape following Round 1 and throughout the day during Round 2. 

British Open leaderboard

The best place to monitor your British Open bets while the action is happening is at the official site’s leaderboard, where you’ll get real-time updates and shot tracking from every player in the field.

British Open tee times

British Open tee times are usually announced a day or two before the tournament, so bettors can expect to see a Round 1 schedule sometime in the days leading up to July 15, 2021.

TV schedule and streaming

TV viewers in the U.S. can watch the British Open on the Golf Channel starting on July 15. NBC will also air the final two rounds of the Open Championship on July 17 and 18. Viewers in Canada will get coverage of all four rounds on TSN. Streaming is also available on the official website

British Open purse 

The purse for the 2021 British Open hasn’t been announced yet, but it will likely be similar to 2019’s, which totaled $10.75 million. Shane Lowry took home $1.935 million for his 2019 win. 

How to bet on golf

Golf tournaments like The Open Championship bring out plenty of new bettors looking to wager on golf for the first time. If that happens to be you, let us teach you how to bet on golf with some betting basics and tips for tackling the most challenging tournaments.

Where to bet on golf

Golf betting is booming, with the popularity of the sport spawning fun and unique ways to wagers and the PGA Tour schedule providing year-round action. Finding a trustworthy site to bet on the British Open with is just as important as what you’re betting. Covers brings you the best golf betting sites so you can make smarter Open Championship Wagers.

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