Open betting tips: Westwood on major mission
The Open betting tips and preview
Shane Lowry finally gets the chance to defend The Open title he won two years ago at Portrush and cannot be dismissed at 33/1 to win at Royal St George’s which hosts the last major of the year.
— The Open (@TheOpen) July 13, 2021
The coronavirus pandemic caused the cancellation of the 2020 edition and the virus has produced a few casualties this week with Hideki Matsuyama, Bubba Watson and Zach Johnson, one current and two former US Masters champions, forced to pull out, along with South African Louis de Jager.
Hopefully, that will be the end of it as we look at some of the players that could contend at Sandwich in our Open betting tips.
Rahm heads Open field
Jon Rahm performed well in finishing seventh at last week’s Scottish Open and, having won two titles on links courses in Ireland, the recently-deposed world number one is the 7/1 favourite in The Open odds to add back-to-back major titles to his name following his success at the US Open.
Major monster Brooks Koepka and Rory McIlroy are next in the betting at 14/1 while world number one Dustin Johnson, runner-up the last time The Open was staged at Royal St George’s 10 years ago, is 16/1, the same price as Xander Schauffele.
In 2003, Ben Curtis caused a sensation by winning here and eight years later it was Darren Clarke who surprisingly won his sole major, so perhaps it would not be a shock to see his good friend Lee Westwood in the winner’s circle at a major for the first time.
Recently remarried, Westwood has finished in the top four five times at The Open in the last 16 years, including fourth at Portrush, and he warmed up for this week with a solid 35th at the Renaissance Club.
Wind will undoubtedly be a factor at Sandwich, especially over the first couple of days, and he has the patience to tame this coastal course in Kent which often fails to reward good shots owing to its bumps and slopes.
Players will be looking to avoid The 40ft tall Himalaya bunker on the 4th hole this week 👀
Hands up if you'd find it off the tee? 🙋🙋♀️ pic.twitter.com/pnhvjqh9K0
— The Open (@TheOpen) July 12, 2021
Westwood has been impressive in the US this year, finishing second at The Players Championship a week after he was second at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
Although his form has since been patchy, a return to UK shores could be just the thing he needs to spark a timely revival.
The 48-year-old from Workshop is 33/1 but at twice the price Ian Poulter joins the ranks as one of our Open betting tips despite missing the cut in four of his last five appearances at this major and his previous two showings at Sandwich were nothing to write home about.
However, Poulter closed with a superb 63 to finish in a tie for fourth at last week’s Scottish Open which meant he only managed to get to Wembley for extra time and penalties for England’s Euro 2020 final against Italy.
100 balls between us to make a hole-in-one @TyrrellHatton …
Piece of cake right…!?🤣🤬 #HeroChallenge
— Ian Poulter (@IanJamesPoulter) July 9, 2021
Poulter opened with a 69 in 2011 but missed the cut with a 78 on Friday, so he can play well here and with Ryder Cup points up for grabs he will be even more motivated to perform well on the south-east coast.
It would be rude not to include at least one American in our Open betting tips considering they have won 10 of the 20 renewals since the turn of the century so it may be with looking at Daniel Berger and Lucas Glover at 50/1 and 125/1 respectively.
Berger hits the ball low off the tee, ideal if the wind is up, and he proved his liking for coastal courses by winning at Pebble Beach with a 30 foot eagle five months ago.
Two missed cuts and T27 is the sum of his Open efforts but he was seventh at the US Open and ninth at The Players Championship so he has shown up in big events this year.
Glover is an outside shot having won his first tournament in 10 years at last week’ s John Deere Classic but interestingly he was 12th at Royal St George’s last time.
It may be a bit much to expect the 41-year-old American to go back to back and he won’t have much time to prepare for The Open following Sunday’s win but his confidence will be sky high and a good week could be on the cards.
Branden Grace shot the lowest round in major history with a 62 at Birkdale four years ago en route to finishing sixth and the South African has been inside the top 10 six times in 23 major appearances since 2015 so he is a player that rises to the big occasion.
Grace won the Puerto Rico Open in February, was ninth at The Memorial Tournament and seventh at the US Open two weeks later so his form suggests he could go well this week at 60/1.
The Open Championship Info
Where: Royal St George’s, Sandwich, Kent
When: July 15-18, 2021
How to watch: Sky Sports
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication