2021 British Open Championship Picks and Preview

2017 The Open Championship LogoCall it The Open, The British Open or The Open Championship, it is still one of the most popular PGA Tour stops and as the third major of the year, the best of the best make their trip across the pond to play for the Claret Jug.

The Open Championship is played on a different course each year and is played on links style golf courses. Bad weather, road hole bunkers and unfamiliar golf course conditions make the British Open a tough tournament to handicap for your fantasy golf contest. If you are entering the DraftKings Fantasy Golf Millionaire you will have to either do your research or check out GolfStats.com to get expert golf picks for The British Open.

2021 British Open Championship Tourney Preview

The British Open Championship is usually an easier tournament to handicap and research although history proves that the weather is usually the X-Factor as to how players will ultimately perform. Keep an eye for how the winds will be this week as that will be where all bets are off. In the past you could look at some course history for an Open Championship but given that this is the first time in 10 years that the Open is at Royal St. George's...course history is probably of no use this week.

Playing in England in front of a home crowd, many english players will be heavy favorites to win the 2021Open Championship and the odds makers believe the same! Check out the current odds to win the 2021 British Open Championship.

Dates - July 15 to July 18, 2021

Prize Pool - $11,000,000

First Place - $1,980,000

FedEx Cup Points - 600

Where is the 2021 Open being played?

Royal St. George's 2021 British OpenName of Course - Royal St. George's GC

Where is Royal St. George's - Sandwich, Kent, ENG

Par - 70

Yards - 7204

Year Built - 1887

Notable Past British Open Champions

Shane Lowry Defending ChampionShane Lowry2019 - Shane Lowry


Francesco Molinari2018 - Francesco Molinari


Jordan Spieth2017 - Jordan Spieth


Henrik Stenson2016 - Henrik Stenson


5 time Champions - James Braid, John Henry Taylor, Tom Watson, Peter Thomson

4 time Champions - Walter Hagen, Willie Park, Tom Morris

3 time Champions - Tiger Woods, Nick Faldo, Seve Ballesteros, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Bobby Locke, Henry Cotton, Bobby Jones, Bob Ferguson, Jamie Anderson

2 Time Champions - Ernie Els, Greg Norman, Lee Trevino, Arnold Palmer, Harold Hilton, Bob Martin, Pádraig Harrington

Other Open Championship Info - Trends, Tidbits

  • In North America, it is referred to as The British Open so as not to confuse it with the US Open - Say the words "British Open" while standing in the gallery and you may get clubbed by area residents
  • There is one 6 time Champion of the Open – Harry Vardon
  • The Oldest of the 4 Majors
  • The first Open Championship was played on October 17, 1860 at Prestwick Golf Club in Scotland
  • There are 9 golf courses in the current rotation of where the Open is played: 5 in Scotland and 4 in England
  • Between 1940 - 1945 there were no Open Championships because of World War II
  • The Claret Jug’s true name is The Golf Champion Trophy. It has been awarded to the winner since 1873

2021 British Open Fantasy Golf Info

The Fantasy Golf Millionaire and the FREE Fantasy Golf Contest at DK are the big draw for the Open Championship. DraftKings lineups require 6 golfers to be picked under a salary cap of $50,000 so if you haven’t tried them out, why not pop in a few lineups there this week too! They offer the biggest fantasy golf contest where for $100 you get a shot at $3 Million in prizes with a 1st place prize of $1 Million! They also have some smaller entry fee contests that can still make you a lot of money if you know your fantasy golf stuff.

Also make sure you check out our 2021 British Open Championship Sleeper Picks page to help build your winning fantasy golf lineup.

2021 British Open Picks for Fantasy Golf and Betting

The picks below are not the top favorites to win this week but are guys that offer good betting value at good odds and are great fantasy golf picks this week at reasonable salary cap prices.

Webb Simpson 50-1 odds - Simpson is too good to be at 50-1 odds especially with a track record of only missing 1 cut at the Open Championship. When he played at Royal St George’s he finished in 16th. Odds are too juicy not to consider laying a bet down on him this week. As a DFS pick he is a solid pick for your lineups at a reasonable price.

Tommy Fleetwood 33 - 1 odds - Fleetwood is a good golfer that seems to play better in the European Tour events than the PGA Tour. The good news is that the Open sort fits into both. He finished in a tie for 2nd the last time the Open was played and has had some time on the leaderboards this year in a lot of big tournaments.

Paul Casey 40-1 odds - I like Englishmen playing at the Open even though they rarely win but Casey is playing really well this year especially in the majors. 40-1 doesn’t pay off as well but he is a solid pick this week to consider amongst the other favorites

Justin Rose 50-1 odds - For a while it looked like Rose had gone off the age cliff but has shown some signs of life lately. He has a solid record at the Open and as an Englishman he will be at his top form heading into the tournament.

Where to get Expert Picks for the Open

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