The fun with links-style golf and early-morning tee times doesn’t end with The Open Championship, as the Senior Open Championship 2021 tees off Thursday in its traditional starting spot of the week after its more famous golf tournament relative.
This year’s event takes place at Sunningdale Golf Club in England, which was where the tournament was set to take place in 2020 before it was canceled due to COVID-19 concerns. The event is exclusively for golfers over the age of 50, and due to its prestige, is filled with some major names from the golf world.
Bernhard Langer is the defending champion and has won this event a record four times, including two out of the last three. In fact, Langer has finished in the top 10 in eleven of his 12 Senior Open tournaments. He finished second the last time the event was held at Sunningdale and placed tied for fifth at last week’s U.S. Senior Open, so his game appears to be strong going into his favorite event.
However, who will be playing the event for the first time and could give Langer a big challenge. The first is Jim Furyk, the 2010 FedEx Cup champion and 2003 U.S. Open winner, who is coming off a U.S. Senior Open win by three strokes last weekend. He never won an Open Championship during his playing career, but he does have six top-10 finishes in the Open, so he has had some success on the links.
Ernie Els, a two-time Open Championship winner, is also playing in his first Senior Open this weekend. He’s scored 11 top 10s in that major over the course of his career. He did play at Royal St. George’s last week but missed the cut by three strokes after shooting a +4 in the first two rounds.
Darren Clarke, who won at Royal St. George’s in 2011, also failed to make the cut last week but has also had lots of success in England with two other top-five finishes in The Open Championship. This will be Clarke’s second Senior Open tournament.
Miguel Angel Jimenez won this tournament in 2018 and has five top 10 finishes in six starts in the Senior Open Championship, including a fourth-place finish the last time the event was held at Sunningdale in 2015. Currently, he’s on a run of three top-10 finishes in his last four starts, so he’s on top of his game going into this tournament.
Another popular name to watch is Retief Goosen, who finished tied for third in his only Senior Open appearance in 2019 and has three top-5 finishes in his last four starts on the Legends Tour.
|GOLFER||ODDS TO WIN THE 2021 SENIOR OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP|
|Miguel Angel Jiminez||+800|
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