After a yearlong hiatus, The Open Championship will be played once again.
The COVID-19 pandemic caused the major golf event to be canceled in 2020, but the 2021 British Open will go on. That means reigning champion Shane Lowry will finally have a chance to defend his lone major championship.
Lowry’s competition will be stiff as usual. World No. 1 Jon Rahm will be looking to back up his first major win at the U.S. Open with another strong showing, and 18 of the other top 20 golfers in the world will join him. The lone non-participant of the group will be Hideki Matsuyama, who tested positive for COVID-19.
Among those top golfers, Bryson DeChambeau will be one to watch, as he is playing his first tournament with a new caddie on the bag. DeChambeau had a publicized breakup with his previous caddie Tim Tucker ahead of the Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit.
And of course, DeChambeau’s rival Brooks Koepka will be in action, so it will be interesting to see if the two continue their longstanding beef.
Surely, there are plenty of reasons to watch the British Open at Royal St George’s golf course. Here’s everything you need to know about the event, including every way to watch it.
Watch the British Open live
Golf Channel and NBC will split live coverage of the 2021 British Open just as they did for the 2021 U.S. Open. Golf Channel will exclusively air the first two rounds of the tournament with NBC taking over for most of the weekend coverage on Saturday and Sunday.
British Open TV schedule 2021
|Date||Time (ET)||TV Channel|
|Thursday, June 17||4 a.m. – 3 p.m.||Golf Channel, fuboTV|
|Friday, June 18||4 a.m. – 3 p.m.||Golf Channel, fuboTV|
|Saturday, June 19||5 a.m. – 7 a.m.||Golf Channel, fuboTV|
|7 a.m. – 3 p.m.||NBC, fuboTV|
|Sunday, June 20||4 a.m. – 7 a.m.||Golf Channel, fuboTV|
|7 a.m. – 2 p.m.||NBC, fuboTV|
British Open streaming schedule
The 2021 British Open will primarily be streamed on Peacock and Peacock Premium, both of which are NBC affiliates. Peacock will largely provide coverage of featured groups and featured holes while Peacock Premium will offer simulcasts of the Golf Channel and NBC broadcasts. Another option is fuboTV, which offers a seven-day free trial.
|Thursday, June 17||3 a.m. – 3 p.m.||Featured Groups|
|5:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.||Featured Holes (14-16)|
|Friday, June 18||3 a.m. – 3 p.m.||Featured Groups|
|5:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.||Featured Holes (14-16)|
|Saturday, June 19||6 a.m. – 2 p.m.||Featured Groups|
|7 a.m. – 1 p.m.||Featured Holes (14-16)|
|Sunday, June 20||5 a.m. – 1 p.m.||Featured Groups|
|6 a.m. – 12 p.m.||Featured Holes (14-16)|
|Thursday, June 17||1:30 a.m. – 4 a.m.||Day 1 live coverage|
|4 a.m. – 3 p.m.||Golf Channel Round 1 simulcast|
|3 p.m. – 4 p.m.||Day 1 live coverage|
|Friday, June 18||1:30 a.m. – 4 a.m.||Day 2 live coverage|
|4 a.m. – 3 p.m.||Golf Channel Round 2 simulcast|
|3 p.m. – 4 p.m.||Day 2 live coverage|
|Saturday, June 19||5 a.m. – 7 a.m.||Golf Channel Round 3 simulcast|
|7 a.m. – 3 p.m.||NBC Round 3 simulcast|
|Sunday, June 20||4 a.m. – 7 a.m.||Golf Channel Round 4 simulcast|
|7 a.m. – 2 p.m.||NBC Round 4 simulcast|
British Open tee times 2021
Tee times for The Open Championship will be updated when they are announced.
British Open purse 2021
The 2021 British Open will feature the largest purse in the history of the tournament. The total amount of prize money doled out will be $11.5 million, up from $10.5 million in 2019.
The winner will take home $2.07 million, marking the first time The Open will give a prize larger than $2 million. The 2019 winner, Shane Lowry, made $1.935 million.
British Open odds for 2021
Jon Rahm (+700) is heavily favored to win The Open Championship after winning his first major at the U.S. Open last month. That means a $100 bet placed on Rahm would result in a $700 payout.
Jordan Spieth (+1400), Rory McIlroy (+1400), Dustin Johnson (+1800), Xander Schauffele (+1800) and Brooks Koepka (+1800) round out the top six favorites, per odds from DraftKings Sportsbook.
Where is the British Open in 2021?
The 2021 British Open will return to Royal St George’s golf course for the first time since 2011. The course is located in Sandwich, England and has hosted The Open Championship 14 times.
- Par: 70
- Distance: 7,204 yards
British Open past winners
Here is a look at every winner of The Open Championship since World War II. Shane Lowry is the most recent winner of the major in 2019. The 2020 event was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
|2019||Shane Lowry||Royal Portrush||-15|
|2017||Jordan Spieth||Royal Birkdale||-12|
|2016||Henrik Stenson||Royal Troon||-20|
|2015||Zach Johnson||St Andrews||-15|
|2012||Ernie Els||Royal Lytham & St Annes||-7|
|2011||Darren Clarke||Royal St George’s||-5|
|2010||Louis Oosthuizen||St Andrews||-16|
|2008||Padraig Harrington||Royal Birkdale||+3|
|2006||Tiger Woods||Royal Liverpool||-18|
|2005||Tiger Woods||St Andrews||-14|
|2001||David Duval||Royal Lytham & St Annes||-10|
|2000||Tiger Woods||St Andrews||-19|
|1998||Mark O’Meara||Royal Birkdale||E|
|1997||Justin Leonard||Royal Troon||-12|
|1996||Tom Lehman||Royal Lytham & St Annes||-13|
|1995||John Daly||St Andrews||-6|
|1993||Greg Norman||Royal St Georges, Sandwich||-13|
|1991||Ian Baker-Finch||Royal Birkdale||-8|
|1990||Nick Faldo||St Andrews||-18|
|1989||Mark Calcavecchia||Royal Troon||-13|
|1988||Seve Ballesteros||Royal Lytham & St Annes||-11|
|1985||Sandy Lyle||Royal St Georges, Sandwich||+2|
|1984||Seve Ballesteros||St Andrews||-12|
|1983||Tom Watson||Royal Birkdale||-9|
|1982||Tom Watson||Royal Troon||-4|
|1981||Bill Rogers||Royal St Georges, Sandwich||-4|
|1979||Seve Ballesteros||Royal Lytham & St Annes||-1|
|1978||Jack Nicklaus||St Andrews||-7|
|1976||Johnny Miller||Royal Birkdale||-9|
|1974||Gary Player||Royal Lytham & St Annes||-2|
|1973||Tom Weiskopf||Royal Troon||-12|
|1971||Lee Trevino||Royal Birkdale||-10|
|1970||Jack Nicklaus||St Andrews||283|
|1969||Tony Jacklin||Royal Lytham & St Annes||280|
|1967||Roberto de Vicenzo||Hoylake||278|
|1965||Peter Thomson||Royal Birkdale||285|
|1964||Tony Lema||St Andrews||279|
|1963||Bob Charles||Royal Lytham & St Annes||277|
|1960||Kel Nagle||St Andrews||278|
|1958||Peter Thomson||Royal Lytham & St Annes||278|
|1957||Bobby Locke||St Andrews||279|
|1955||Peter Thomson||St Andrews||281|
|1952||Bobby Locke||Royal Lytham & St Annes||287|
|1951||Max Faulkner||Royal Portrush||285|
|1946||Sam Snead||St Andrews||290|