The 149th British Open returns to Royal St George’s this week for the first time since Darren Clarke’s infamous victory in 2011. This is the fifteenth time that the prestigious venue will host the Open Championship and it finally offers the opportunity to l Irishman Shane Lowry to defend the burgundy jug he won in a magnificent way in 2019 at the Royal Portrush.
The British Open was canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so this week offers the golfing world their first opportunity to witness the historic major for the first time in nearly two years at the famous championship on further south of the sites.
The last major of 2021 and the last in the PGA Super-Season is sure to be hotly contested as players vie for the opportunity to win the final major this year, and despite its recent winner of the season. ‘US Open Jon Rahm who is favored to lift the burgundy jug this week, the difference in today’s game between the best in the world is tiny, here is the case both for and against ten potential winners of the 149th British Open .
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Making the case for and against ten potential winners of the 149th British Open
1. Jon Rahm (+650)
Case for: The Spaniard is the legitimate favorite heading into this Open, he is the new world number one, winner of the most recent major, and played better golf in 2021 than anyone with seven top 10s and one win (should have been two ) in just thirteen departures. Rahm is also a two-time Irish Open winner and finished 11th at the last British Open in 2019.
Case against: Outside of 2019, the US Open winner surprisingly doesn’t have the best of records in his limited British Open appearances, with one cut missed and two finishes outside the top 40 in his three previous starts.
2. Rory Mcllroy (+1300)
Case for: The heartbreak of 2019 aside, Mcllroy has had a formidable history at the British Open since 2014 with a win and three top 5s in four of his last five appearances in the famous major. Rory was in contention for Sunday at the US Open last month and although he hesitated late, there are encouraging signs that a return to former Rory could be imminent.
Case against: Despite all the progress that has been made over the past two months, the inconsistencies of the past two months still affect Mcllroy’s performance from time to time, especially in the short games department which has seen its ups and downs, for least in 2021. While performances at the United States Open would have been encouraging for Rory, he struggled in the other two majors in 2021 with a missed Masters Cup in April and a 49th place finish in the PGA Championship in May.
3. Dustin Johnson (+1300)
Case for: The former world number one has struggled for much of 2021 by his extremely high standards, but there may be signs he is just starting to get the hang of things in recent departures. DJ had only recorded one top 25 from late February through June, but in his last three starts he’s now recorded three consecutive top 25s. The Masters 2020 champion is just too talented not to compete again soon, and he finished 2nd the last time the British Open was held at Royal St George’s.
Case against: Johnson has struggled in his last three British Open appearances and has struggled for much of this year with just two top 10s in 2021.
4. Brooks Koepka (+1500)
Case for: He’s a major so Brooks should be good on motivation and focus levels, even in his last non-major appearance he showed up and got a 5th place in the Voyageurs Championship which could be a A worrying sign of things to come for the rest of the pitch this week. Koepka seems to be healthier with each passing week and in his last four starts he has produced three top 5s, he also has a very good track record in recent British Open starts, surprise, surprise.
Case against: Koepka missed a few opportunities in his last two major starts and was taken aback by his putting performances, especially in the final rounds, going so far as to say:
I had such a good putt. I don’t know if he bounced left or stayed straight. I don’t know what it did. It was a great putt. I don’t know how I missed it.
speaking of an expensive putt he missed on the 17th hole on his last round of the US Open.
5. Jordan Spieth (+1700)
Case for: Let’s let that sink in for a moment, Jordan Spieth has only finished outside the top 20 in one event since late January, the same player who only had two top 10s in twenty starts last year, has. already eight in fourteen starts in 2021. Prior to his victory earlier this year at the Valero Texas Open, Spieth’s last victory came at the 2017 British Open, a major championship in which he recorded three top 10s in his last five appearances .
Case against: Spieth has managed to correct some of his struggles from the start since flipping the switch in late January and even with the improvements he still ranks outside the top 110 in that department for the year.
6. Bryson De Chambeau (+2000)
Case for: Two poor finishes don’t paint the full picture for Bryson in his last two major championship appearances. Big hitter DeChambeau was in contention for the final round of the PGA Championship and the US Open before a bad final round and a bad nine back ended his chances. The new ‘The Match’ champion will now showcase his bomb-and-gouge strategy at the British Open for the first time since his transformation.
Case against: DeChambeu parted ways with his longtime caddy before his last PGA start at the Rocket Mortgage Classic and struggled to get a somewhat surprising missed cut in an event he tore on his way to victory in 2020. Bryson has also struggled historically at the British Open in his previous starts with two missed cups and a 51st in his three previous appearances.
7. Justin Thomas (+2200)
Case for: Thomas has had some tough times since winning the PLAYERS in March and he really hasn’t been in the running since then. Still, he remains one of the best ball forwards on the planet and truly has the full game to succeed anytime and anytime, ranking in the top 10 in all strokes won except for the bet. in 2021. JT finished 11th at the last British Open in 2019, and he won some encouraging shots with the putter at the US Open several weeks ago.
Case against: Justin recorded just two top 10 rankings in 2021, and prior to 2019 he had struggled in his previous British Open appearances.
8. Tyrrell Hatton (+3000)
Case for: There are obvious candidates to continue the trend of breakthrough winners in major leagues that we have seen in four of the last six major leagues, both Finau and more, ScHotele would be top of the list, but what about? Is it the 10th ranked player in the world, Tyrell Hatton? . The Englishman recorded three top 10s in 2021 and finished 6th at the last British Open in 2019. Hatton has the perfect game for links golf and he should be very motivated this week to do well after growing up just hours from Royal St that of Georges.
Case against: Hatton missed the cut at the US Open last month and he’s now missed the cut in four of his last six major tournament starts.
9. Patrick Reed (+4000)
Case for: Reed has recorded eleven top 15 in majors since 2016 now, and he was 10th at the British Open in 2019. Patrick won’t win many popularity contests, but he has the perfect type of play for an Open Championship with his excellent around. the green game and the reliable putter.
Case against: Reed was not the most reliable from the start in 2021 outside of the top 75 on tour, and he could make a tough course like Royal St George’s even more difficult if he had trouble with the driving club this week.
10. Tony Finau (+4000)
Case for: Finau has made a name for himself with his performances in big events and he has a sparkling record in major tournaments with nine top 10s since 2018. This includes the British Open where Finau was 9th in 2018 and 3rd in 2019. The talent is there for Tony, it’s just a matter of crossing the line one more time.
Case against: Finau missed his first cup at a major tournament last month for the first time since the 2019 US Open and he’s struggled a lot in his last two starts this week.