Although the 2020 edition of The Open Championship was unable to go ahead, thankfully that is not the case in 2021 and with the first tee off now just a handful of weeks away, the anticipation is certainly starting to build. Lets know Who Will Come Out On Top At The Open.
Because after being starved of links golf for nearly two years, the world’s best are once again ready to do battle and when it comes to this tournament in particular, it really is nothing less than a battle over the course of four strenuous days.
Which means if it is to be a battle, there will be both a winner and plenty of losers and with a look at the pre-tournament odds, it could well be the man who won the recent US Open, who also comes out on top in England.
That man is Jon Rahm and with the Spaniard also moving to number one in the world rankings (as of June 20th), he is doing his absolute best to withhold what looks like an American golfing onslaught at present.
The reason for such an onslaught can be explained by those men who are currently ranked second to ninth in the world at the time of writing and if they have one thing in common, it is their nationality.
Only one other man finds himself inside the world’s top 10 at present and without an American passport. That man is Rory McIlroy, and the Northern Irish star is currently the bookmakers third favourite to win this year’s Open.
Which means after his Open success in 2014, the Ulsterman will be keen to finally lift the Claret Jug for the second time and with his current odds being what they are, a bet on the 32-year-old could be worth a decent amount of value.
While you should put your money where your mouth is, platforms such as Fox Bet will have betting lines available for The Open and they will have some of the best odds available in the market today.
Of course, McIlroy may have to be at his ultimate best over the course of a long weekend and even if he does bring everything to Royal St George’s, his best may end up being not good enough to come out on top.
That is, if current favourite Rahm lives us to the hype that surrounds him at present and if he can show the golfing world just why he has disposed of Dustin Johnson as the world’s number one, it could be curtains for the rest of the field.
While the reason that Johnson has slipped down to second in the current rankings, is due to an indifferent showing at the recent US Open and after only tying for a nineteenth-place finish, only a handful of points were earned for his troubles.
However, there is still a considerable amount of confidence in the 37-year-old, and this is reflected by the fact that he is currently second favourite to scoop the honours for himself and what better way to bounce back from a recent indifferent showing, than by winning at this famous course.
Top 10 highest-paid golfers last year:
1. Tiger Woods: $62M
2. Phil Mickelson: $46M
3. Dustin Johnson: $40M
4. Rory McIlroy: $32M
5. Jordan Spieth: $29M
6. Justin Thomas: $20M
7. Bryson DeChambeau: $17M
8. Xander Schauffele: $17M
9. Jon Rahm: $16M
10. Hideki Matsuyama: $15M pic.twitter.com/Ao9LRhFbvt
— Joe Pompliano (@JoePompliano) June 17, 2021
While when it comes to winning, that is exactly what Shane Lowry knows all about and he was the last man to get his hands on the famous jug two years ago. The quest now for the Irishman, is to win it for a second successive time.
Which when you look at pre-tournament odds, this could be something of a stretch and at a price of +4000 on the moneyline, he may have to do something special in just a couple of weeks. Then again, that was precisely the case in 2019.
While Lowry’s win two years prior is the kind of success which sums up The Open Championship perfectly and for all the talk about favourites, it is just as likely that an unfancied name upsets the field.
Could it happen this year? There’s absolutely no reason why it cannot and although logic would dictate punters backing the likes of Rahm, Johnson, or McIlroy to victory, there could be some sizeable value found elsewhere.
This is a competition that has made players and it has also broken players, while it is likely to do the exact same in 2021. Who will come out on top and dine on deserved success? That we will just have to wait and see.