Jon Rahm was a heavy betting favorite to win the 2021 U.S. Open held at Torrey Pines and then proved the experts right by hoisting the trophy for his first major championship.
Rahm will look to go back-to-back at Royal St. George’s.
On Wednesday afternoon, BetOnline.ag listed Rahm as the clear favorite to win the Open Championship at +900. Brooks Koepka followed the 26-year-old among the favorites but was back at +1600. Both Xander Schauffele and Jordan Spieth came in at +1800, while Rory McIlroy and Justin Thomas were +2200. (Betting lines accurate as of Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. ET.)
American heavy hitter Bryson Dechambeau was good value at +3500.
2015 Open Championship winner Zach Johnson made unfortunate headlines earlier this week when he confirmed he won’t play in this year’s edition of the tournament after he tested positive for COVID-19 following the end of the John Deere Classic on Sunday.
Bubba Watson was deemed a high-risk close contact and isn’t participating in the Open either. Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama tested positive for the coronavirus earlier this month and withdrew as well.
According to David Purdum of ESPN, forecasts say temperatures at Royal St. George’s will be in the low 70s with wind speeds around 10-15 mph for the first couple of rounds before they dissipate Sunday.