The Open Championship Odds: Morikawa Finishes It Off

Collin Morikawa fired a 4-under 66 in the final round of the 2021 Open Championship. Morikawa was the +190 second choice on the British Open odds board entering Round 4, and he went on to win his second major.

Patrick Everson
Posted: Jul 12, 2021 9:19 AM ET Updated: Jul 18, 2021 3:00 PM ET Est Time: 4 min

The Open Championship wrapped up Sunday at Royal St. George's, and 2021 British Open odds now give way to the 2022 tourmanent, to be played at St. Andrews, the birthplace of golf.

Jon Rahm, fresh off his first major title at the U.S. Open, began the 2021 tournament as the favorite in odds to win the British Open, then yielded to Jordan Spieth after the first round. Then Louis Oosthuizen was favored before the third and fourth rounds, but it was Collin Morikawa who made his way to victory.

Below are the final in-progress golf odds to win The Open Championship at Royal St. George's Golf Course, from July 15-18, 2021.

Odds to win the 2021 British Open

Collin Morikawa took over during Round 4 as the favorite to win The Open Championship, holding off Jordan Spieth down the stretch. 

Odds above at Betway and updated every 5 minutes.

Latest British Open betting action: Morikawa fends off Spieth

UPDATE 3 P.M. ET SUNDAY: On Saturday night, Neil Fitzroy said The SuperBook at Westgate had modest decisions to the top three players on the British Open odds board. Jordan Spieth, sitting third on the leaderboard, was actually a break-even proposition; leader Louis Oosthuizen was a small loser; and second-place Collin Morikawa was a small winner for the book.

At that point, Fitzroy said: "We do well to Morikawa in props. A lot of money came in against him in the top-five and top-10 markets. We also need him to beat Oosthuzien in a four-way group matchup. So we’ll be pulling for Morikawa in all the markets we offered."

With that in mind, Sunday couldn't have gone much better for Fitzroy and The SuperBook risk room. Morikawa shot 4-under 66 for a 15-under 265 total and a two-shot victory over Spieth, giving the 24-year-old his second major championship.

"He was a small winner for us in futures. He was great for us in the props," Fitzroy told Covers shortly after Morikawa hoisted the Claret Jug.

Further, The SuperBook avoided the prospect of back-to-back major titles from Jon Rahm, who matched Morikawa's Sunday 66 but finished four shots back in a tie for third with Oosthuizen. Rahm was The SuperBook's worst to-win outcome among those in contention in Round 4.

The story was a bit different at PointsBet USA, where bettors got a more positive outcome.

"Morikawa was our fourth-biggest liability, behind [Brooks] Koepka, Oosthuizen and Spieth, and he was first in handle by a wide margin," PointsBet's Wyatt Yearout said.


Open Championship golf betting history

Keep in mind that when The British Open last got underway in 2019, Lowry was a massive long shot at +8,000. We take a look at some recent U.S. Open champions and their closing odds to win according to SportsOddsHistory.com:

Year Open Championship winner Closing odds
2021 Collin Morikawa +3,000
2020 Event canceled due to COVID-19 N/A
2019 Shane Lowry +8,000
2018 Francesco Molinari +2,500
2017 Jordan Spieth +1,200
2016 Henrik Stenson +2,500
2015 Zach Johnson +8,000
2014 Rory McIlroy +1,200
2013 Phil Mickelson +1,500
2012 Ernie Els +4,000
2011 Darren Clarke +15,000
2010 Louis Oosthuizen +20,000

How to bet on golf

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