After missing the 2020 season, the Open Championship is back at Royal St George’s, a course that will play host for the fifteenth time since 1894. A traditional treeless golf links awaits the competitors where the wind is often the primary defense. Not a traditional out and back golf links configuration but rather a snaking journey through the sand dunes of Kent.
With exception of 1993 when Greg Norman won with a thirteen under-par total when he bested Nick Faldo and Bernhard Langer, the winning score has never been better than five-under-par. Head Greenkeeper, Paul Larsen, stated that in 2010 there was a drought not allowing the rough to grow thick for the 2011 Open when Darren Clarke was the winner. This means he expects his course to play slightly harder in the days ahead.2
2021 British Open
July 15th – 18th at Royal St George’s Golf Course at Sandwich, Kent, England
Par 70, 7204 yards
Does Jordan Spieth Look Primed for a Second Claret Jug This Week?
I’m starting to believe that Jordan Spieth renaissance in form during 2021 will culminate in him lifting the claret jug this week. Winner of the 2017 Open Championship, the Texan has always appeared perfectly suited to links golf in Great Britain and that affinity can be traced back to 2008 when he was runner up in the Junior Open Championship. This year’s comeback has seen the three-time major champion, Spieth rise back up the world rankings from a low of 92 just before the Phoenix Open to 22nd.
His consistency this year has been reminiscent of 2015 when he reached world number one with an accumulation of a tournament win in his home Texas Open supplemented by five other top 4 finishes. The greenkeeper Paul Larsen admitted to Jordan Spieth being his favorite player and with Royal St George’s not being the longest test perhaps it’s unconsciously well suited to Spieth’s strengths. Conditions are different but if you look at the 2011 Open here that Darren Clarke won, there was Dustin Johnson in third, who was runner up in the 2019 PGA Championship and Lucas Glover in 12th who won the 2009 US Open both at Bethpage Black. Interestingly, Jordan Spieth was 3rd in that 2019 PGA Championship and if there is a results correlation between the tracks it’s another piece of supporting evidence for the Texan this week. I like the look of +1800 with BetOnline about Jordan Spieth winning a second claret jug this week for my Golf picks.
2021 British Open Pick: Jordan Spieth – Top 10 at +175 with BetOnline
Will the Underrated Patrick Reed Win His First Open at Sandwich?
The pugnacious Texan Patrick Reed often gets overlooked by the betting firms and this week appears to be similar for the thirty-year-old. When you look at his credentials you struggle to justify the +3500 price tag. Firstly, like Spieth, Reed has always shown an affinity for golf in Great Britain dating back to 2006 when he won the Junior Open at Heswall. His resume of form in the Open shows 4 top 30 finishes in six forays so he will be disappointed not to have created a better opportunity to win but that also means his fire is stoked this week.
Paul Larsen believes the course will present a slightly tougher challenge than in 2011 as mentioned previously and we know Reed is capable of grinding a tournament win under those conditions. His mental toughness allied with his scrambling and creativity ability around the putting surfaces is a massive plus. To build the narrative further on Reed’s chances and in a similar vein to Spieth, perhaps a look at Reed’s Northern Trust win at Bethpage Black in 2016 could be considered a positive. With so many narratives pointing to Patrick Reed this week, I suggest taking the Intertops offer of +3500 in the win market and adding a top 10 bet with the same firm.
2021 British Open Pick: Patrick Reed in Top 10 at +325 with Intertops
*The pick reflects the line at the moment the writer made the play, the odds at the beginning of this article show the live line movement. Since the lines might vary, don’t forget to refer back to our live odds.