With the US Open behind us, the next major championship on the PGA Tour is the British Open (AKA: The Open Championship). Unfortunately, the 2020 British Open had to be canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This prestigious links-style golf event has been around since 1860 so it will be nice to see it back this year once July 15th rolls around. Shane Lowry is the defending champion.
This year’s British Open will be held at Royal St. George’s Golf Club at Sandwich, Kent near London. As expected, European golfers tend to do very well at this event as three out of the last four winners have come from golfers outside the United States. In fact, an American golfer has not won this event since Jordan Spieth back in 2017.
Now, let’s get into what all sports bettors are wondering. What golfers have betting value according to the current odds? As always, we will cover three golfers that we recommend adding to your personal betting portfolio.
First things first, here are the current British Open odds from the fabulous folks at Tipico.
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Favorite Bet to Win 2021 British Open: Paul Casey +3300
We think this is where Paul Casey finally breaks through for his first major championship. What better place for the Englishman to cement his place in PGA Tour history! Casey has quietly put together one heck of a season so far.
Casey netted his 15th win on the European Tour back in January at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic. That win seemed to really rejuvenate Casey, as he has placed in the Top 10 five times since. Tough courses have not been a problem for Casey either, as he put together stellar performances at The Players Championship and the PGA Championship.
The 43-year old has always been one of the best pure ball strikers on tour and 2021 has been no different. Casey ranks 12th in strokes gained tee to green with an average of 1.282. Casey’s iron play has also been extremely impressive this season as he boasts a fourth-place ranking in strokes gained on approach.
The one achilles heel that keeps plaguing Casey is the flat stick. For whatever reason, Casey has had some trouble with the putter most of his PGA Tour career. He ranks 112th in strokes gained putting this season.
Though the putting is a concern, our hope is that Casey will be hitting the ball so close to the pins that it will not matter as much. Getting 33 to 1 odds seems like a gift as Casey has already come close to winning the British Open before with a tie for third-place finish back in 2010. We are betting that this is the year he finally gets it done!
Best Longshot for British Open: Joaquin Niemann +6500
Have you seen this kid hit a golf ball yet? Wow, talk about poetry in motion! Though Niemann is only 22 years old, he already has one PGA Tour win and almost snagged another one this season but lost in a playoff to Harris English at the Sentry Tournament of Champions. He also placed second a week later at the Sony Open in Hawaii, losing to Kevin Na by one shot.
At 65 to 1, Niemann is worth an investment in our opinion. What is astounding about Niemann is that there are no glaring weaknesses in his overall game. The young Chilean drives it well off the tee (10th in strokes gained) and possesses innate ball-striking ability (34th in strokes gained on approach and 19th in strokes gained tee to green). He also has shown the ability to really roll the rock, by ranking 21st in strokes gained putting.
The only concern with Niemann is that his lack of chipping and pitching skills leaves him in some vulnerable positions at times. We are banking that Niemann will be so on point with his iron play that he will not have to chip that often.
Bonus Bet to Win 2021 British Open: Jon Rahm +1200
It’s about time for Jon Rahm to win a major championship! Although we hate picking golfers who are near the top of the betting board, we think Rahm-bo has a fantastic chance of winning the British Open! Rahm is only 26 years old, but he has been one of the best players in the world for quite some time.
In fact, the 6-2 Spaniard was the #1 ranked amateur player in the world for 60 weeks in a row before he turned pro! Rahm is one of the best drivers of the golf ball on tour as evidenced by his #3 ranking in strokes gained off the tee. His iron play is also solid, ranking 25th on the PGA Tour currently.
Rahm seems to have also grown up quite a bit and doesn't seem to get so angry when things go wrong on the course for him. Getting married and having a child seems to have calmed him down, and we expect to see him in the winner’s circle again soon.
Rahm’s putting can be shaky at times, but he has shown the ability to get hot with it every once in a while. One positive stat for Rahm’s putting is that he ranks pretty decent in three-putt avoidance (57th out of 216 golfers). The 12 to 1 number does not offer a ton of value, but we think Rahm has a great chance to hoist the Claret Jug this year!
New US Open Odds Boost Opportunities from William Hill
William Hill recently announced 13 new odds boost opportunities for the US Open. This includes an odds boost tied to both Koepka and DeChambeau. Imagine the thrill of a final day pairing of these two, then imagine it with +10000 odds on the line!
Here is the complete rundown of odds boost opportunities available from William Hill as of Tuesday, June 15:
- Brooks Koepka To Win The Tournament & Bryson DeChambeau Top 5 Finish (Inc. Ties) BOOSTED to +10000
- Lee Westwood Top 20 Finish BOOSTED to +400
- Garrick Higgo Top 10 Finish BOOSTED to +500
- Patrick Cantlay Top 5 Finish BOOSTED to +500
- Phil Mickelson Top 10 Finish BOOSTED to +500
- Will Zalatoris Top 5 Finish BOOSTED to +650
- Dustin Johnson, Xander Schauffele, Viktor Hovland & Paul Casey All Top 20 Finish (Inc. Ties) BOOSTED to +700
- Cameron Champ Top 20 Finish BOOSTED to +750
- Jordan Spieth & Justin Thomas Both To Shoot 69 Or Less In Round 1 BOOSTED to +1800
- Rory McIlroy Tournament Winner BOOSTED to +2200
- Patrick Reed Tournament Winner BOOSTED to +2800
- Hideki Matsuyama 1st Round Leader BOOSTED to +4000
- Paul Casey 1st Round Leader BOOSTED to +6000