Who wins the Open 2021?
Odds, betting favorites, expert picks & more to know. Jon Rahm finally delivered in a major tournament and won the 2021 U.S. Open. Can he win his second just a month later at the 2021 British Open? The Open Championship is returning after the COVID-19 pandemic canceled the event in 2020. Sporting NewsWho will win the British Open in 2021? Odds, betting favorites, expert picks & more to know
What type of course is Royal St George?
Royal St. George's is the southernmost course in the British Open rotation and the closest to London, which is part of the reason it remains in the rotation. Though the Open began in Scotland at Prestwick Golf Club in 1860, Royal St. George's was the first English course to host it. The New York TimesA British Open Comeback: A Two-Year Wait Ends at Royal St. George’s
What time does British Open coverage start?
NBC and Golf Channel have live coverage of the British Open in 2021. The tournament starts on Golf Channel each morning before shifting to NBC for afternoon and evening coverage. 4 a.m. - 3 p.m. Sporting NewsBritish Open schedule 2021: Day-by-day TV coverage to watch on NBC, Golf Channel & stream online
15 July, 2021 - 09:06am
Clarke, who won the Open the last time it was staged at Royal St George’s in 2011, played a practice round with McIlroy on Wednesday, just as he did at the Kent venue a decade ago.
And the former Ryder Cup captain believes a combination of McIlroy’s natural talent and work ethic will soon see the 32-year-old claim a fifth major title and first since 2014.
“Who am I to give Rory McIlroy suggestions on what he should be and shouldn’t be doing?” Clarke said when asked what advice he would give McIlroy on coping with the frustration caused by his wait for another major.
“So it would be a little bit ahead of myself if I was to try to give him advice. But in saying that, I have been frustrated for the majority of my career.
“At the end of the day you’ve just got to believe in your own ability and believe in your own talent and trust that it’s going to happen, and that’s the bottom line.
“Everybody here this week, obviously technique-wise they’re incredible players otherwise they wouldn’t be here.
“The mentally strong are the ones that usually come out on top at the end of the week. If you have the right mindset then you allow yourself to perform, and I think Rory has been working really hard on that aspect as well.
“Believe me, I spoke to Rory many times when we were playing and his desire is incredible. He wants to win major tournaments. He wants to perform and he wants to play well.
“If I was him, with his amount of talent, hell yeah I’d be frustrated with not winning tournaments. But the flip side of that is because of the talent that he does have, it’s only a question of time before he starts winning.”
15 July, 2021 - 09:06am
Jordan Spieth is looking for his second Open Championship title.
The final men’s major of 2021 has arrived, as the game’s best tee off at Royal St. George’s for the 149th Open Championship. Hideki Matsuyama, Phil Mickelson and Jon Rahm have already won majors this season, but who will claim the final one?
Tee times for the opening round at Royal St. George’s begin at 1:35 a.m. ET on Thursday with the final group off at 11:16 a.m. You can follow all of the action with our live blog below, which we’ll update throughout the first round.
Jordan Spieth finished his day with pars at 17 and 18 to shoot 65, and he is currently the leader in the clubhouse. Spieth’s round featured six birdies and just one bogey as he tied his career-low round at the Open Championship.
Jordan Spieth and Louis Oosthuizen have found themselves tied for the lead early on Day 1 of the Open Championship. Spieth birdied the 16th to get to five under, and soon after Oosthuizen birdied 13 and 14 to tie him at five under.
Mackenzie Hughes added another birdie on 12, and still without a bogey he leads the 149th Open Championship at five under after 13 holes. Harman is alone in second at four under and eight others are tied for 3rd at three under, a group that includes Jordan Spieth and Louis Oosthuizen.
Canadian Mackenzie Hughes, aided by birdies on 4, 5 and 6, has tied Harman for the lead of four under with a birdie on 10.
Andy Sullivan, Justin Harding and Danny Willett are all at three under and in the clubhouse.
Jon Rahm, however, ran into trouble on 10. He was even up until then but found trouble in a pot bunker and made double bogey to drop to two over and into a tie for 70th. DeChambeau also sits at two over.
Brian Harman just bogeyed the 9th, his first of the day, to make the turn in four-under 31 and lead by one. A handful of players are tied at three under, among them Jordan Spieth, who just saved par on 9 for a three-under 32 on the front.
Meanwhile, one of Spieth’s playing partners, Bryson DeChambeau, signed for a two-over 37. DeChambeau bogeyed 8 and 9 to close out the front.
Other notables: Viktor Hovland (thru 15) is in the group of players at three under, Brooks Koepka (thru 14) and Dustin Johnson (thru six) are both two under, and Justin Rose (thru six), Lee Westwood (thru six), Joel Dahmen (thru 13) and Abraham Ancer (thru 14) are all one under.
Brian Harman still leads at four under through six holes, but Andy Sullivan has officially grabbed the clubhouse lead with a three-under 67.
Meanwhile, Jordan Spieth is among the surging players as golf fans in the States begin to wake up and start their Thursdays.
Spieth was one over through four holes, but he’s now added FOUR straight birdies on 5, 6, 7 and 8 to get to three under.
Harman started the day with three straight birdies, made par on 4, but then went right back to adding to his lead on 5. He missed the fairway but still stuck his approach to just a couple of feet and kicked in his birdie. He’s two clear at four under through five.
Brian Harman opened the 20201 Open Championship with birdies on 1, 2 and 3, and just like that he’s three under through four holes and on top of the leaderboard as of 5:30 a.m. ET.
Andy Sullivan, Viktor Hovland, Paul Casey and Joel Dahmen are all tied at two under. Sullivan has just two holes left so is in line to take the clubhouse lead.
The Open Championship has a way of figuring things out. That’s one of the reasons it’s so refreshing to turn our collective golf attention across the pond every summer. The petty grievances that often surround American tournaments seem to disperse in the sea mist. Course not green? Good! Rough’s not even? Great! Things aren’t “fair”? Perfect!
The Open seems to find simple solutions to issues that confound the rest of the golfing world. Look no further than its drop zones.
Royal St. George’s looks very much like it did when it hosted 19th-century Opens, but one main visual difference is the massive navy grandstands overlooking some greens. On the PGA Tour, this is a frequent point of consternation. Grandstanding, grandstopping, backboarding — the phenomenon has many names, but it’s what happens when players send approach shots into the bleachers and receive the dastardly punishment of…a free drop on a cushy lie.
The Open has taken a decidedly different approach.
Bryson DeChambeau speaks to the media at the Open Championship.
Bryson DeChambeau is stuck on a carousel and he can’t get off.
I have spent time in a large number of DeChambeau’s press conferences. I have not quite seen one like what he delivered on Tuesday at Royal St. George’s. My big-picture takeaway was this: Bryson DeChambeau would like everything to just stop for a second.
He’s in a beef with Brooks Koepka of which he wants no part. He’s had a public breakup with his caddie which he’d prefer stay private. He likes being one of golf’s more popular figures but has less interest in being one of the game’s most controversial. And when the scrutiny starts coming from all corners at once?
“I’m definitely human,” he said on Tuesday.
Listen closely and you can hear DeChambeau trying to stamp down new mini-controversies as they arise. At the U.S. Open, some viewers criticized him for not yelling “Fore” when he launched a tee shot into the crowd at Torrey Pines’ fourth hole. On Tuesday, a reporter asked why he doesn’t shout to crowds.
“I do shout fore,” DeChambeau objected. “I don’t know what you’re talking about. There are plenty of people on the tee box that do shout fore. You’re bringing up a very controversial thing, which is unfortunate, but 99 percent of the time I do, and unfortunately people think I don’t. But that’s okay, they can say whatever they want.”
At the risk of repeating myself, and recognizing that my rooting interests and my gambling interests unwisely and often overlap, I have a dark(ish) horse for this week’s British Open: Mr. Lucas Glover.
Yes, close readers with long memories (two months is long these days) may recall that in May I was on the verge of touting Glover, in the days leading up to the PGA Championship, as a dark-horse pick. Then I learned of one significant problem: Glover was not in the field.
Glover, winner of the 2009 U.S. Open, was not in this year’s U.S. Open at Torrey Pines, either. But he is in this week’s British Open at Royal St. George’s. He was in, and planning to play, even if he hadn’t won last week’s event, the John Deere Classic, which he did do. It was on TV.
Sunday night, Glover took a charter flight, with other touring pros, from Moline, Ill., to merry old England. Lucas and his “team.” Which is to say Lucas. His longtime caddie, Don Cooper, couldn’t make the trip. His passport had expired. Lucas is not traveling with his family or his agent or, to use the words he used in his post-victory press conference, “a gentleman named Ward Jarvis.”
A reporter had asked Glover about his putting routine, and this (with minor editing) is what Glover said that night:
“I started working with a gentleman named Ward Jarvis, who works with several other guys out here. I started with him right around Puerto Rico this year and we developed a couple of things that I do every time, no matter what.
“Two weeks ago, at home, I started taking a practice stroke behind the ball instead of beside it because it helped me get a more consistent set up. I started taking a practice stroke right down my line from right behind the ball and then just walk in and get going.”
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15 July, 2021 - 08:58am
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15 July, 2021 - 06:57am
If you’re reading this and you set your alarm clock at an ungodly hour to check in on The Open, you are one of us. If you slept in a bit and are catching up on the latest, you are in the right place.
There are some terrific groups off early at Royal St. George's, so if you did catch the early action, you were in for a treat. Here are some of our favorites: At 3:03 a.m. (eastern), Brooks Koepka, Jason Kokrak and Garrick Higgo were off. At 4:25 a.m., Jordan Spieth, Bryson DeChambeau and Branden Grace. And at 4:58 a.m., Jon Rahm, Shane Lowry and Louis Oosthuizen.
Golf in its purest form is here. We'd say to enjoy it, but wouldn't that be stating the obvious?
9:47 a.m.: Stewart Cink posts an opening 66 thanks to a beautiful lag putt from well off the 18th green to set up a closing par. Can you believe it's been a dozen years since Cink beat a 59-year-old Tom Watson in a playoff at Turnberry? Time flies! Now 48, Cink is enjoying a resurgence with a pair of PGA Tour wins this season—his first since claiming the claret jug. In other words, this is not a fluke.
9:43 a.m.: Great par save by Louis Oosthuizen on 18 after finding a pot bunker with his drive. The South African curled in an eight-footer to post a bogey-free 64 to take the Day 1 lead at six under. It's his lowest round ever at a major championship—and he's played some great major championships. Playing alongside him, Jon Rahm birdies 18, but it was a disappointing opener for the big Open favorite. Rahm stars with a one-over-par 71.
9:27 a.m.: How about that 9:36 pairing? Brian Harman birdies the last to shoot 65—and he barely edged his two playing partners. With pars on 18, Mackenzie Hughes and Dylan Frittelli both open with 66. That's a cumulative 13 under par for the threesome. Decent! Even more impressive is they've combined for a total of zero top-25 finishes in the Open.
9:10 a.m.: Louis Oosthuizen is absolutely cooking right now with the irons. Every approach shot seems to be within 10 feet–and he's converting his fair share. After making a six-footer on the par-3 16th, Oosthuizen moves to six under and in solo possession of first. Up ahead, Jordan Spieth two-putts for par on No. 18 to shoot an opening 65—matching the opening 65 he shot at Royal Birkdale four years ago when he went on to win the claret jug. Now that is what they call an AUSPICIOUS start! Anyway, Spieth is the leader in the clubhouse. At least, until Louis finishes.
8:59 a.m.: Louis Oosthuizen misses a great look on No. 15 that would have given him the outright lead at six under. Still, it's another fine start for the South African, who has already finished runner-up at the past two majors.
8:40 a.m.: What were we saying about Jordan Spieth feeling it? He rams in another birdie, this time from 20 feet, on No. 16. Wow! Spieth is now tied for the lead at five under with . . . Louis Oosthuizen. Of course. What a fantastic start for two past Open champs. Even better? The weather looks like it's going to be much more difficult for those teeing off later.
8:25 a.m.: After missing a good look for birdie at No. 14, Jordan Spieth responds by hitting an approach inside 10 feet on No. 15 and converting to get to four under. And how about this?
Yep. He's feeling it. Look out, everyone.
8:21 a.m.: A wild ride for Will Zalatoris just got even wilder as the Wake Forest product knocked down a wedge on the par-4 12th—and knocked it in for an eagle. Zalatoris only has two pars in his last 10 holes, but the eagle now has him to three under for his round as he makes his Open Championship debut. Not that we should be too surprised considering how his other major championship debuts have gone so far this year. The 24-year-old finished runner-up at the Masters and T-8 at the PGA Championship. Stud.
8:09 a.m.: Welcome to the tournament, Bryson DeChambeau! After a rough start, the 2020 U.S. Open champ has birdied three consecutive holes to move into red numbers for the first time. Playing partner Jordan Spieth looked like he'd add a birdie at the par-5 14th as well, but missed a short look. He remains at three under, two shots behind Mackenzie Hughes.
7:51 a.m.: Brooks Koepka bogeys the home hole for an opening 1-under 69, a solid if not somewhat frustrating opening round. Koepka's ball-striking seemed to be really stealth from what we saw (though Golf Channel didn't show as much of his shots as we would've liked). What we saw were a few missed par putts in the 5-10 foot range. The four-time major champion will want to clean those up before the next three rounds.
Yet another good round from Koepka in the majors ... this perspective from stats guru Justin Ray puts it proper context.
7:42 a.m.: World No. 1 Dustin Johnson bogeyed his last two holes to make the turn in even-par 35. Those are a couple sloppy missed short putts from DJ.
He's getting beaten by five by Mackenzie Hughes right now, who just birdied the par-5 12th hole—his fifth birdie of the day—to grab the outright lead.
7:33 a.m.: A bogey at the home hole won't completely soil Viktor Hovland's stellar opening round, as the Norwegian opens his Open career with a 2-under 68. It should be no surprise this ball-striking maven excelled in his first round here ... if the conditions get blustery over the weekend, we'll see if the lack of Open experience hurts him. So far, not too much at all.
7:20 a.m.: Mackenzie Hughes' name is now becoming a familiar sight at the top of the leader board at majors. The 54-hole co-leader at Torrey Pines now has a share of the lead (very) early at Royal St. George's. We have Brian Harman and Hughes atop the board ... this very well may be the plodders' type of Open.
7:05 a.m.: Links golf can make the world's best players look silly. Even the hottest golfer on the planet. Jon Rahm found a pot bunker in the fairway at the ninth hole, and he probably took too much club to try to chase it close to the green. His attempt hit the face of the bunker and came back into the sand. That's a relatable moment from one of the least-relatable golfers in the world.
6:56 a.m.: The biggest of big game hunters, Brian Harman, makes his first bogey at the ninth to drop back to 4-under. He is actually quite possible the smallest of all the big game hunters, but we digress. Viktor Hovland had a chance to join Harman atop the lead but just misses a nine-footer for birdie at the par-3 16th. The young Norwegian is looking great, though, in his Open debut.
6:44 a.m.: Dustin Johnson is off to a fantastic start thanks to this long birdie make at the fifth. If it's possible for the World No. 1-ranked player to be under the radar before the week, that was definitely the case with his poor play (for him, one top 10 in his past 10 starts counts). He's off to the perfect start early at The Open.
6:36 a.m.: Proper shot there from our leader here at the John Deere Open Championship. Brian Harman uses the side board left of the green perfectly, as his approach nestles close to the hole for his fifth birdie. The diminutive lefty is now 5-under through eight ... all the more amazing when you can consider his Open history.
Per Justin Ray, Harman has missed his past four cuts at the Open, carding a combined 16-over in those eight rounds. He's now 5-under through eight holes—after missing the cut at the John Deere last week. This is a crazy game folks.
6:24 a.m.: Make that four birdies in a row for Jordan Spieth. The 2017 champ is now one back ... those new irons in the bag are working well thus far!
6:16 a.m.: That is three straight birdies for Jordan Spieth—who needs coffee when you have Spieth in the mix already on a Thursday? The three-time major champ is now two off Brian Harman's lead with that birdie barrage on holes five through seven ... and he just stuck one tight on No. 8. WOW!
6:14 p.m.: Englishman Andy Sullivan sets the pace with a first-round 3-under 67. Justin Harding from South Africa is on that number playing his 18th hole, too. Some birdies are being made with the wind not gusting too much right now.
6:10 a.m.: It’s still going well, Koepka remaining at -1. But he’s missed a number of 15-footers through 12 holes. Might need a few of those to drop.
On the 18th, Richard Bland, the underdog who stole the show through 36 holes at the U.S. Open, finishes with an even-par day in front of the hometown crowd.
6:03 a.m.: Bryson makes a nice chip from 50 yards at the par-5 seventh to give himself a chance at birdie to get to even. Spieth followed Bryson’s lead, although his three-footer is a bit more precarious. And Dustin Johnson gets into red with a birdie at the third. Things are happening!
5:56 a.m.: We weren’t kidding about the 59 watch for Harman. Now at four under through five with a 15-footer to get to six. Meanwhile Koepka just plods along at one under through 11, doing exactly what he needs to be doing in Round 1.
5:53 a.m.: Starting to think the R&A postponed the Open strictly to give Spieth more time to get right.
5:45 a.m.: Spieth rolls in a 15-footer at the par-3 sixth for back-to-back birdies to move to red figures. Also in red: Joel Dahmen, who makes the turn in two under. It should be noted that earlier this week the Stanley Cup was dropped and dented, but I can’t imagine the fate of the claret jug if Joel and his caddie Geno Bonnalie get a hold of it.
5:37 a.m.: Spieth is on the board, getting to even with a 30-footer sidewinding birdie at the fifth. Ahead, Paul Casey’s birdie attempt at the 10th stays out, but things stay steady for the vet at two under for the round.
5:30 a.m.: Justin Rose begins his day with a 20-foot birdie. Rose has had a rough 2021 but a good week/finish could solidify a Ryder Cup captain’s spot for the Englishman.
5:21 a.m.: Koepka makes birdie at the ninth to move to -1, because of course he did.
5:17 a.m.: Spieth hits his approach at the fourth through the green, leaving a testy up-and-down ahead. Also, Harman is on 59 watch after starting with three straight birdies.
5:13 a.m.: Harman, two under through two. Our premonition may be coming true.
5:10 a.m.: Spieth tugs a five-footer at the third for par, dropping to one over. Brooks does the same with a birdie putt at the eighth to remain at even. At the first Rahm has a sensible lag for his par. Bryson again can’t find the fairway, this time going left and into the rough at the fourth.
5:01 a.m.: Jon Rahm begins his day with a bomb at the first, with playing partner and defending Open champ Shane Lowry finding the gorse right.
4:52 a.m.: Koepka’s birdie attempt falls just to the right to stay at even. M.W. Lee, who captured the Scottish Open last week, is off to a strong start at -1, with Brian Harman rolling in a 20 footer at the first for a birdie. True story: I hit my alarm this morning, and in my Hypnopompic state I muttered, “Harman doesn’t tee off for another 40 minutes” and hit the snooze button. Maybe an omen?
4:44 a.m.: DeChambeau makes a mess of the first for a bogey then puts his drive in the 2nd in the heather. An inauspicious start for the 2020 U.S. Open champ.
Ahead at the seventh, Brooks Koepka—who tends to play well in these sort of championships—puts a wedge into the wind within 15 feet at the par-5 seventh, giving himself a look to get into red figures for the day.
4:30 a.m.: Jordan Spieth and Bryson DeChambeau are off. Both find the fairway at the first, Bryson doing so with an iron off the tee. While both will garner attention today (and hopefully the next four days) it will be particularly interesting to see how DeChambeau handles the vagaries of links golf, a beast that has thrown him for a loop in the past.
4:25 a.m.: Your early leaders are Paul Casey and Andy Sullivan at two under. Begging the question: IS IT COMIN' HOME?!? (Too soon, England? ... Too soon.)
4:20 a.m.: Good morning from Royal St. George's! Actually, we're coming to you live from America, but we'll be keeping you up-to-date with all the proceedings from Sandwich over the next four days.
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15 July, 2021 - 05:30am
The second round of the 2021 Open Championship tees off at 1:35 a.m. ET on Friday at the Royal St. George’s Golf Course. We have a full list of tee times, including the featured groups.
In 2019, Shane Lowry won the tournament, cruising past Tommy Fleetwood with a six-stroke margin. This year, Jon Rahm is the tournament favorite, installed by DraftKings Sportsbook at +700 to win. In his last tournament appearance, Rahm won the U.S. Open to claim his first career major.
Rahm is followed by Jordan Spieth at +1400, Brooks Koepka at +1600, and Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, and Xander Schauffele all at +1800. Patrick Cantlay leads the FedExCup Standings, with odds at +3500 to win. He’s followed in the standings by Harris English at second (+6000) and Rahm at third.
The second round of the tournament gets underway on Friday with tee times starting at 1:35 a.m. ET — 6:35 a.m. locally. Coverage for the second round of the 2021 Open Championship will span from 4 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET on the Golf Channel. Peacock will also be airing coverage, including featured groups from 3 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET and featured holes (14-16) from 5:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET.
Below is a full list of tee times for Round 2 of the British Open on Friday.