Best Bets at the 2021 Senior Open Championship
We saw the PGA Tour finish up its last major of the season in the United Kingdom last weekend, and the PGA Tour Champions will follow suit this weekend. The senior circuit will head to Sunningdale Golf Club a short jaunt outside of London just two weeks after the US Senior Open took place. Jim Furyk is the favorite after dominating the field in Omaha, as Furyk beat Retief Goosen and Mike Weir by three strokes.
Event: The Senior Open Championship
Category: PGA Tour Champions
Date: July 22-25, 2021
Location: Sunningdale Golf Club, Sunningdale, England
2019: Bernhard Langer -6
2018: Miguel Angel Jimenez -12
2017: Bernhard Langer -4
2016: Paul Broadhurst -11
Furyk has won three events on the PGA Tour Champions in the last calendar year. He has followed in the footsteps of golfers that dominate as soon as they are eligible to join at the age of 50, and that has made him the prohibitive favorite going into this weekend’s action. This will be his first time taking part in The Open Championship on the senior circuit, but he had six top ten finishes during his time on the PGA Tour. He has finished in the top 20 in all 17 events he has participated in since joining the PGA Tour Champions.
This will be the third time that Sunningdale Golf Club has hosted the Senior Open Championship. Loren Roberts won with a 12-under in 2009 and Marco Dawson was victorious in 2015 with a 16-under 264. This is one of the oldest courses that has seen continuous use with the Old Course opening in 1901, and we have seen greats like Bobby Jones and Nick Faldo etch part of their legacies here.
Best Bet to Win The Senior Open Championship: Bernhard Langer +600
Bernhard Langer has won The Senior Open Championship twice in the last three tournaments. He has dominated at this event with 11 top tens in the 12 iterations of this tournament he has participated in, and he has won The Senior Open Championship four times and finished runner-up an additional three times. The 63-year-old from Germany has always been at his best in European play, and he has been in good form with a T8 and a T5 in his last two tournaments. There’s a strong case to be made that Langer should be the favorite despite his age given his previous success in this event.
Value Play to Win The Senior Open Championship: Darren Clarke +2200
Darren Clarke took part in The Open Championship at Royal St. George last week, and he shot a respectable 71 and 75 in the first two rounds. While he didn’t end up making it to the weekend, that performance has to give him a lot of confidence coming into The Senior Open Championship. He won the TimberTech Championship and the Mitsubishi Electric Championship earlier this season, but his odds are lower than they should be after a disappointing performance at the US Senior Open two weeks ago.s