Louis Oosthuizen, Collin Morikawa, Jordan Spieth – Who Has the Better Chance of Winning the Open Championship 2021?

Published 07/17/2021, 5:29 PM EDT
Golf – The 149th Open Championship – Royal St George’s, Sandwich, Britain – July 16, 2021 Collin Morikawa of the U.S. holds up his ball to the spectators on the eighteenth hole during the second round REUTERS/Rebecca Naden


The 2021 Open Championship is currently underway at the Royal St. George’s in Sandwich, Kent, England. The final major championship of the year has completed three rounds and is all set for a super Sunday. The leaderboard is in a cliffhanger of a position as the leader is just ahead by one stroke. Moreover, there are around eight players within five shots of the lead. 

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Louis Oosthuizen is currently at the top of the leaderboard with a score of -12. But the young sensation Collin Morikawa is just a stroke behind with -11, while Jordan Spieth is at -9. So who among these three will lift the trophy? Or will any other player make a wild card entry and get the final major championship of the year? Let us find out. 

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Who will lift the 2021 Open Championship trophy?

Currently, looking at the leaderboard, no one player is a clear favorite. But still looking at the current form, performance, and records, Collin Morikawa looks slightly ahead of everyone at the moment.  

The 24-year-old has played some phenomenal golf throughout the year. Morikawa had almost won the Memorial but unfortunately lost the trophy at the last moment in the playoffs to Patrick Cantlay. 

Morikawa has always had a strong iron game, and that is one of the most imperative requirements at the Royal St. George’s. However, driving the ball in the fairway is the most crucial thing on this course. But with a strong approach game, Morikawa can easily make it secondary as he did in the record-breaking round two

If Collin manages to hit at least 60% of the fairways and keeps his putter the same as it has been throughout The 2021 Open Championship, then no one can stop him from winning. 

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Golf – The 149th Open Championship – Royal St George’s, Sandwich, Britain – July 17, 2021 South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen during the third round REUTERS/Rebecca Naden

However, looking at the current leaderboard, Louis Oosthuizen looks the top pick for the winner. But his records suggest something different. Louis has six career second-place major finishes, while the 2021 U.S. Open being the most recent one. But this time around, even though he is looking determined than ever, he still gives the impression of messing it up at the last moment. 

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Although Jordan Spieth is also well and truly in the game, he is looking slightly off-color with four bogeys on Saturday. However, Spieth is driving the ball well, but he is having a slight issue with his approach and putting game. 

Outsiders with a chance to lift the trophy

Corey Conners and Scottie Scheffler have a slight chance on Sunday. Both these players are currently T4 with a score of -8. Even among these two, Corey Conners has slightly more chance just because of his impeccable iron play. He drove the ball well on Saturday, but the only thing he needs to watch is his putting. If he can somehow get his putter going, then he has a good chance of winning the final major championship of the year. 

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Amey Kulkarni

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Amey Kulkarni is a Golf writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in mass media. Before joining EssentiallySports he used to write articles on Golf and Cricket on his personal blog cricgolf.

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