British Open Odds: Collin Morikawa Most Backed Following 3rd Round

Louis Oosthuizen leads the British Open and is the favorite, but the betting public is backing Collin Morikawa to win at Royal St. George's
Brian Good
Sat, July 17, 12:45 PM EDT

British Open Odds: Collin Morikawa Most Backed Following 3rd Round

It looked like the 2021 British Open was going to come down to one of three players as Saturday’s third round came to a close. But, a bogey at 17 and 18 for Jordan Spieth dropped him back behind the leaders, leaving two golfers at the top.

Following three rounds of play, Louis Oosthuizen leads the British Open at 12-under par and Collin Morikawa trails by one at 11-under through the first three days.

The Latest British Open odds give Louis Oosthuizen the distinct advantage over Morikawa and even Spieth. But, It’s Morikawa that is the most popular pick among bettors since Round three came to a close, according to the latest British Open odds.

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Louis Oosthuizen British Open Odds

Louis Oosthuizen has been the picture of consistency so far in The Open and his 2021 British Open odds reflect just that. The leader at 12-under par, Oosthuizen also leads the British Open odds grid at +162 to win it all.

Oosthuizen hasn’t been that sharp off the tee, hitting 69.05% of fairways through the first three rounds. But, his approach play and putting has been some of the best in the entire British Open. He’s hit 74.07% of greens in regulation and averages 1.56 putts per GIR.

At +162, oddsmakers are implying Oosthuizen has a 38.2% chance of winning The Open, according to the latest British Open odds. Oosthuizen has won the British Open once before in 2010.

Still, despite his one-stroke lead, Oosthuizen is just the third most backed option in the field since play came to a close with 16.44% of bets backing him to win.

British Open Odds Implied Probability Public Betting Since End of Round 3
+162 38.2% 16.44%

Collin Morikawa British Open Odds

It’s been pretty unbelievable to watch Collin Morikawa’s ascension from up-and-coming golfer to one of the best in the entire world. Coming into this weekend, Morikawa, at age 24, is the fourth-ranked golfer in the entire world.

Despite his young age, Morikawa is already the best iron player on tour and decent off the tee, it’s just a matter of getting his putter in order sometimes, and that’s exactly what he’s done at the British Open. And, that’s why his +200 British Open odds are the second shortest in the field and he’s just one stroke off the lead.

Morikawa has actually been one of the worst in driving accuracy at the British Open. The field is averaging 58.2% of fairways hit while Morikawa is hitting just 57.14%

But, he’s hit 74.07% of greens in regulation and his 1.54 putts per GIR is up among the top of the entire field. So, it makes sense why he’s the most backed player in the field since Saturday’s round came to a close. 27.04% of all British Open bets in that timeframe have come in on Morikawa to win.

British Open Odds Implied Probability Public Betting Since End of Round 3
+200 33.3% 27.04%

Jordan Spieth British Open Odds

It’s tough to be optimistic about Jordan Spieth’s British Open odds when you consider how he closed out the third round on Saturday. Spieth finished the 16th hole tied for second place with Collin Morikawa at 11-under par, but then the wheels fell off.

Spieth had a bogey on 17 and followed it with another on 18, moving to nine-under par and three strokes off the lead. Spieth is still in contention and in third place, but his finish is leaving a lot of bettors asking “What if?”

As always, Spieth’s approach play has been really strong this week and carried his game, but it was his putting in Round 3 at the British Open that let him down. He averaged 1.67 putts per GIR. That’s bad for the guy who is 34th on Tour in Strokes Gained: Putting.

So, heading into Sunday’s final round, Jordan Spieth’s British Open odds sit at +500, the same place they were following Thursday’s 6-under showing. But, that has’t stopped bettors from backing him.

Since the end of Round three, Spieth is the second most popular pick to win in the British Open odds market with 20.55% of bets backing him.

British Open Odds Implied Probability Public Betting Since End of Round 3
+500 16.7% 20.55%

British Open Odds

British Open odds ahead of Sunday's fourth and final round.

Golfer British Open Odds
Louis Oosthuizen +162
Collin Morikawa +200
Jordan Spieth +500
Jon Rahm +1800
Xander Schauffele +2200
Scottie Scheffler +2500
Corey Conners +3500
Will Zalatoris +3500
Patrick Cantlay +4000
Patrick Reed +4000

Full British Open odds here

British Open Leaderboard

Pos Golfer R3 Thru Total
1 L. Oosthuizen -1 F -12
2 C. Morikawa -2 F -11
3 J. Spieth -1 F -9
T4 S. Scheffler -1 F -8
T4 C. Conners -4 F -8
T6 M. Hughes -2 F -7
T6 D. Frittelli E F -7
T6 J. Rahm -2 F -7
T9 J. Harding E F -6
T9 M. Siem E F -6
T9 C. Smith -2 F -6
T12 A. Sullivan 1 F -5
T12 P. Casey E F -5
T12 D. Berger -2 F -5
T12 K. Streelman -4 F -5
T12 S. Lowry -1 F -5
T12 W. Simpson -3 F -5
T18 D. Willett E F -4
T18 J. Kokrak -4 F -4
T18 J. Dahmen -1 F -4
T18 D. Johnson 3 F -4
T18 C. Tringale 1 F -4
T18 E. Grillo 2 F -4
T18 R. MacIntyre -5 F -4
T25 B. Koepka 2 F -3
T25 B. Harman 1 F -3
T25 J. Rose E F -3
T25 L. Griffin -2 F -3
T25 A. Rai -2 F -3
T25 R. Fox 1 F -3
T25 M. Fitzpatrick -3 F -3
T25 M. Wallace -1 F -3
T33 D. Burmester 1 F -2
T33 V. Hovland -1 F -2
T33 T. Gooch -3 F -2
T33 B. Snedeker 2 F -2
T33 D. van Tonder 4 F -2
T33 T. Finau 2 F -2
T33 T. Fleetwood E F -2
T33 A. Rozner -3 F -2
T41 S. Horsfield -1 F -1
T41 I. Poulter 1 F -1
T41 R. McIlroy -1 F -1
T44 C. Bezuidenhout E F E
T44 J. Senior 2 F E
T44 L. Westwood 2 F E
T44 S. García 3 F E
T44 B. An 3 F E
T44 M. Schmid 1 F E
T44 J. Veerman 2 F E
T44 J. Thomas 1 F E
T44 M. Homa 1 F E
T53 M. Armitage E F 1
T53 A. Ancer 1 F 1
T53 B. Wiesberger E F 1
T53 J. Thomson 3 F 1
T53 B. Hebert 1 F 1
T58 J. Niemann 3 F 2
T58 C. Reavie 4 F 2
T58 H. English 2 F 2
T58 B. Horschel 3 F 2
T58 X. Schauffele 2 F 2
T58 A. Scott 3 F 2
T64 R. Bland 3 F 3
T64 C. Kim 4 F 3
T64 J. Ritchie 2 F 3
T64 B. DeChambeau 2 F 3
T64 J. Janewattananond 4 F 3
T64 P. Harrington 3 F 3
T64 R. Kinoshita 2 F 3
T71 Y. Lin 4 F 5
T71 B. Steele 4 F 5
T73 S. Burns 6 F 6
T73 R. Fowler 5 F 6
T75 R. Mansell 6 F 7
T75 K. Kisner 8 F 7
T75 P. Saksansin 6 F 7
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