Way to Watch the open championship golf 2021 live free streams reddit, The final major of the 2021 golf season is off and running with the Open Championship being played for the first time in two years.
With the 149th Open Championship fast approaching, the key question everyone’s asking is the same across the golf world: Who are you picking to win at Royal St. George’s in the final major of 2021? With a tremendous field featuring most of the best professionals in the world, we are in for an epic ride beginning with Thursday’s first round.
The Open storylines are plentiful this week as the event is being held for the first time since 2019 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Will Jon Rahm double up after winning his first career major at the U.S. Open? Is it time for Jordan Spieth to break out of his major funk dating back to 2017? Perhaps it will be Dustin Johnson finding redemption after his tough defeat at Royal St. George’s a decade ago.
So what is going to happen this week in the United Kingdom? Let’s take a look at a full set of predictions and picks from our CBS Sports experts. Check out a full set of 2021 Open odds via William Hill Sportsbook.
2021 Open expert picks, predictions
Winner — Jon Rahm (7-1): Since World War II, only Ben Hogan, Lee Trevino, Tom Watson and Tiger Woods have won both the U.S. Open and Open Championship in the same calendar year. Rahm is not going to go down as historically successful as probably any of those players, but his game is similar. No holes. No weaknesses. He’s coming to England armed with a U.S. Open title and five years’ worth of evidence that he’s the best of the best. It could be scary.
Sleeper — Collin Morikawa (40-1): What am I missing? The No. 4 player in the world is 40-1 to win The Open. Is he likely to win? Of course not, but if I can get the golfer who is almost certainly the best iron player on the planet at 40-1 at a major championship, I am taking that.
Top 10 lock — Brooks Koepka: Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. You’re not going to fool me 31 times in a row. Koepka should always be the top-10 lock mostly because he’s finished in the top 10 in 14 of his last 21 majors (including four wins). He said on Tuesday that a showdown with Bryson DeChambeau on Sunday would be fun: “I’ll be close to the final group come Sunday.”
Star who definitely won’t win — Dustin Johnson: It’s always dangerous to play this game with D.J., but it’s just difficult to envision this year, even if he did play great here back in 2011. His recent issues have mostly been with iron play, and while a major could be the time that clicks into place, there are too many stars playing at a much better clip than he is for me to believe he’s going to take his first Claret Jug.
Surprise prediction: Bryson DeChambeau misses the cut. This won’t be a surprise to those who are paying close attention, and it might end up looking idiotic (last time I picked him to miss the cut at a major, he won the U.S. Open). But he even admitted that the “bomb it and find it strategy he’s employed over the last few years might not hold up at an Open: “The
thing is you can’t miss it out here very often. If you do, you’re in the hay and it’s not easy to get out of. This is the first time I’ve taken my length to link golf. We’ll see how that plays. Maybe it plays out week; maybe it doesn’t. I’ll keep trying to figure it out.”
Lowest round: 64 (-6)
Winning score: 273 (-7)
Winner’s Sunday score: 68 (-2)
Winner — Justin Thomas (20-1): Some fans might have only seen J.T. ‘s awful shot on Saturday from the Scottish Open because it went viral without keeping track of where he was on the leaderboard or how he was playing in this warm-up for the Open Championship. Saturday’s 70 was the worst round of Thomas’ week in Scotland, and his final-round 65 on Sunday brought him within a couple strokes of the eventual winners. When I’m looking for
my winner at the Open, especially at Royal St. George’s with its quirky bumps and mounds, it’s important to identify golfers who can scramble, get creative and find ways to overcome the oddities of the landscape. Thomas’ scrambling game was in top form on Sunday at the Scottish Open, and that was the final piece of convincing I needed to back one of the most well-rounded golfers from the sport’s elite tier. His history at this major is admittedly not great (two missed cuts, no top-10s in four starts), but I think this will be the beginning of changing the narrative that this major is a place where J.T. struggles.
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Sleeper — Sergio Garcia (55-1): I like this better as a top-10 or top-20 player, but Sergio is absolutely someone to target when searching for any kind of value. While Garcia never broke through with an Open Championship win, he’s got 10 top-10 finishes since 2001, including top-10s each of the last two times Royal St. George has hosted the event (2003, 2011). Garcia went through a rough patch in April and May but three straight top-20 finishes at the Charles Schwab Challenge, U.S. Open and BMW International Open on the European Tour have restored confidence in his ability to find something special this week in England.
Top 10 lock — Brooks Koepka: If you want to dive in on one side of the Brooks-Bryson rivalry from a picks standpoint, the profile leans heavily in favor of Koepka. And Koepka’s profile not only stands out as superior to DeChambeau but dwarfs most of the field, making anything less than a top-10 finish an anomaly. Koepka has finished T7 or better in seven of his last nine major championship starts, and that streak doesn’t even include his first three major wins in 2017 and 2018. At The Open in particular, he’s got a T4, T6 and T10 in his last four starts, and his recent form has been strong enough to guarantee more of the same “Brooks at a major” expectations.
Star who definitely won’t win — Dustin Johnson: On one hand, D.J. finished T2 behind Darren Clarke when the Open was played at Royal St. George’s in 2011, one of three times that he’s finished in the top 10 at this major. On the other, DJ’s best finish in his last three Open starts was a T51 in 2019. He’s regained the No. 1 spot in the world rankings this week, but does he seem like the No. 1 player in the world at this moment? Rahm was docked ranking points after only finishing seventh at the Scottish Open, while D.J. didn’t play. The battle for No. 1 in the world doesn’t play a factor in my prediction here, but it does impact values on the odds board and in many pool play setups. D.J. ‘s playing fine right now, but he hasn’t really been in contention to win outright since February.
Surprise prediction: Someone will give up strokes in Bjorn’s Bunker. The Great Dane is one of the 20 winningest golfers in European Tour history, but his major championship record includes a painful lowlight that has added to the lore of Royal St. George’s. In 2003, he held the lead with four holes to play but finished bogey, double bogey, bogey, par and lost to Ben Curtis by one stroke. The iconic turning point of that late-round collapse was landing in the bunker on the right side of the par-3 16th hole. After it took three swings to get out of the sand en route to a double-bogey, that fateful green side sand is now called “Bjorn’s Bunker.” I think someone, maybe even on Sunday, is going to give us flashbacks with difficulties getting out from that sand.
Lowest round: 65 (-5)
Winning score: 275 (-5)
Winner’s Sunday score: 69 (-1)
Winner — Jon Rahm (7-1): Really going out on a limb here taking the frontrunner, I get it, but there’s nothing that says Rahm should not win his second major in as many months. He crushed Torrey Pines last month at the U.S. Open and looked true to form last week in the Scottish Open where he finished seventh in a tune-up. He has been the best player in the world this year in strokes gained and a links setup like Royal St. George should allow for his full array of ball-striking to carry him to contention.
Sleeper — Abraham Ancer (66-1): The last two winners at Royal St. George’s were 150-1 longshots or greater in Darren Clarke (2011) and Ben Curtis (2003). So I looked deep in the field to find my favorite sleeper and came up with Cancer, who has quietly been one of the most steady golfers on tour of late. While he has no major championships and has not won on the PGA Tour, he has been aces off the tee this season and has four top-10 finishes in his last six outings dating back to May.
Top 10 lock — Rory McIlroy: We’ve seen more good than bad of McIlroy this year, and while he’s got just one win to show for it, he has rounded into form just in time with a T7 finish at the U.S. Open last month catapulting him into a good spot here. That performance should quell some criticism that was surrounding his recent lackluster showings in major championships, and we know thanks to his brilliant 2014 season that he’s got the goods to win at a track like this.
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Star who definitely won’t win — Bryson DeChambeau: The bomb and gouge approach won’t work this week for DeChambeau. The pot bunkers and treacherous roughs will require precision off the tees. That is not in his bag. For as long as he can be with the driver, it won’t give him the advantage he typically has over the field if he can’t stay out of trouble, and I suspect he’ll have a hard time controlling the big stick.
Surprise prediction: Rickie Fowler makes some noise with a surprise top 20. He’s faded hard the last few years with his last win coming back in 2019. But Royal St. George’s is a track we know he’s had success at in the past, and his T5 finish here in 2011 makes me think he can rekindle some old form and have a nice showing this week.