2021 Open Championship: Props And Unique Bets

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The Open Championship is one of those weeks that brings out the heavy hitters when it comes to sports betting.

But it also brings out those looking to maybe dip their toes into the world of golf betting for the first time.

It’s also a time where bettors do a little deeper dive to think about all the behind-the-scenes factors that come into play. From the links-style course at Royal St. Georges in England to the weather to the travel to the time differences, there are a lot of factors that come into play when you’re looking to pick a winner. And that’s especially true when you’ve got 156 players in the field.

But, what if we could offer up a couple of prop bets that narrow down the choices but still give bettors a reason to put down a couple of dollars and sit back and enjoy the Open Championship.

Here are a few betting props to pique bettors’ curiosity courtesy of FanDuel.

And remember, the first tee times will be Wednesday night in US time zones so don’t get shut out. Remember to bet early.

Make Or Miss The Cut

This is one of those bets where your player doesn’t have to win the tournament. He isn’t even going up against other players. He just has to play well early (if you’re betting on him to make the cut) or hit a couple too many errant shots or miss a few putts (if you’re betting on him to miss the cut).

It’s that easy.

For this one, we’re going to look at a guy who has been juggling a lot of different factors in recent weeks and months.

Look at Bryson DeChambeau, at +225, to miss the cut this week. He’s got the beef with Brooks Koepka that’s still lingering and he’s also just hired a new caddie. He’s also coming off a missed cut.

Add in the fact there’s a good chance that neither he nor his caddie has spent much time getting to know the course and you’ve got a recipe for disaster.

And finally, he did miss the cut in the 2019 Open Championship.

With DeChambeau’s length, there’s always the chance he’ll wind up in spots that not many people have seen. And that’s not always a good thing. If he’s a little bit off with his tee shots–or if the weather (wind) becomes a huge factor–he could be packing his bags early and heading home.

He’s got a great mind when it comes to figuring out distances, angles, trajectories and everything else that comes with a golf swing. But factor in a new caddie, travel, weather and the other variables that come into play and his mind could hit overload mode.

Group Matchups Offer Solid Value

Just because you may not want to bet one player over the rest of the field doesn’t mean there’s no value to looking at a favorite player or two in a group matchup.

At FanDuel, there are eight four-man matchups. Simply pick one player and if he finishes ahead of the other three in the group, you’re a winner.

One player we really like is Collin Morikawa in Group D. He’s at +310 and is going up against Shane Lowry (defending champion), DeChambeau (see above) and Viktor Hovland (the wildcard as he’s either hot or cold…there’s usually no middle ground).

Morikawa has a major in hand but didn’t play in the 2019 Open Championship. This will be a good test to see how his game travels.

Top 10 Finishers Galore Picks

There are a lot of players with the talent to win. But remember, this is the fourth major and it tends to ramp up the pressure.

With that in mind, we are looking to make a couple of dollars betting on Xander Schauffele to finish in the top-10. He’s at +190 and is a solid value.

He’s still looking for that first major victory and he’s also in the top-10 in FedEx Cup points…and that’s without a victory this season. He always seems to be in contention and a top-10 is a good bet.

One more to ponder in this same category is Tommy Fleetwood at +490.

It’s a semi-home event for Fleetwood who finished runnerup to Lowry in the 2019 tournament. Granted, he was six shots back but he was in the picture.

About the Author
Bill Bowman

Bill Bowman

Bill Bowman is a Las Vegas-based writer who has more than 40 years in the sports-writing business. He's spent the past 18-plus years covering the golf scene in Vegas including 10 years as a writer/editor with VegasGolfer Magazine. He also contributes to the GolfNow Network of websites and Las Vegas Golf Insider.

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