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The 2021 Open Championship will provide golf fans with star-studded groupings through the first two days of action. Jordan Spieth, the 2017 champion of this event, will play alongside Bryson DeChambeau and Branden Grace when play gets underway on Thursday from Royal St. George’s in England. Meanwhile, defending champion Shane Lowry will be paired with Louis Oosthuizen and Jon Rahm, all of whom are searching for the second major title, when the first 2021 Open Championship tee times begin.
Elsewhere in the 2021 Open Championship field, Dustin Johnson, the No. 1-ranked player in the world, will play alongside Will Zalatoris and Englishman Justin Rose. Johnson earned a runner-up finish at Royal St. George’s in 2011 and is going off at 15-1 according to the latest 2021 Open Championship odds from William Hill Sportsbook. Before locking in your 2021 Open Championship picks, be sure to see the latest golf predictions and projected leaderboard from the proven computer model at SportsLine.
SportsLine’s proprietary model, built by DFS pro Mike McClure, has been red-hot since the PGA Tour resumed last June. In fact, it’s up over $9,000 on its best bets since the restart, nailing tournament after tournament.
At the 2021 U.S. Open, McClure’s model was all over Jon Rahm’s first career major championship victory at 10-1 from the start. Rahm was two strokes off the lead heading into the weekend, but the model still projected him as the winner at that point. The result: Rahm birdied the 17th and 18th holes in dramatic fashion to send his backers straight to the pay window. At the 2021 Masters, McClure nailed Rahm’s (+250) top-five finish in his best bets, as well as Corey Conners’ (+550) top-10 showing. McClure’s best bets netted over $450 at the Masters.
In addition, McClure was all over Daniel Berger’s win at +1400 in his best bets at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am in February. McClure also nailed Viktor Hovland’s (+2500) victory in the Mayakoba Golf Classic in December. That was one of many huge calls he’s made in the past several months.
This same model has also nailed a whopping seven majors entering the weekend. Anyone who has followed it has seen massive returns.
Now that the 2021 Open Championship field is taking shape, SportsLine simulated the event 10,000 times, and the results were surprising. Head to SportsLine now to see the projected 2021 Open Championship leaderboard and Open Championship 2021 expert picks.
The model’s top 2021 Open Championship predictions
One major surprise the model is calling for at the Open Championship 2021: Bryson DeChambeau, a major champion and one of the top favorites, struggles mightily doesn’t even crack the top 10. DeChambeau has been one of the hottest players on tour this season, finishing on top of the leaderboard at the 2020 U.S. Open and Arnold Palmer Invitational.
The eight-time PGA Tour champion continues to crush the ball off the tee, averaging over 320 yards per drive, which ranks first on tour. DeChambeau’s length off the tee also has him ranked in the top 15 in birdie average, scoring average and strokes gained tee-to-green.
However, DeChambeau is hitting fewer than 55 percent of fairways off the tee this season, which can cause plenty of trouble at a major championship. His inability to find the fairway off the tee has resulted in DeChambeau finishing outside the top 25 in five of his last seven starts. He’s not a strong pick to win it all and there are far better values in the 2021 Open Championship field.
Another surprise: Patrick Cantlay, a 33-1 long shot, makes a strong run at the title. He has a much better chance to win it all than his odds imply, so he’s a target for anyone looking for a huge payday. In order to score well at the Open Championship, players need to pick up strokes around the greens, and few do it better than Cantlay. In fact, the four-time PGA Tour champion enters the Open Championship 2021 ranked ninth on the PGA Tour in strokes gained around the green (.418).
Cantlay also ranks second on tour in scrambling (67.26) and sixth in scrambling from the rough (65.29). SportsLine’s model projects Cantlay’s touch around the green will allow him to be in the mix atop the 2021 Open Championship leaderboard, making him one of the top value picks who should be all over your radar this week.
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The model is also targeting five other golfers with 2021 Open Championship odds of 20-1 or higher make a surprising run, including include two massive long shots higher than 35-1 that would net any bettor an epic payday. Anyone who backs these underdogs could hit it big. You can only see them here.