The Open Championship 2021: Tournament history and current form guide for Royal St George's

The 6th green at Royal St George's
Sand is in plentiful supply at Royal St George's

The Open returns to Royal St George's for the first time in 10 years. Check out current form and Open history for those teeing-up in Kent. Words and stats by Andy Swales...

"He remains arguably the most accomplished links golfer of the current generation having occupied every position between first and fifth at The Open Championship."

Last year's missing major is back, with the world's elite golfers travelling to England for this week's Open Championship.

Due to the Covid-pandemic, the 2020 instalment was removed from the calendar and for the first time in 75 years, no one was able to get their hands on the iconic Claret Jug.

This allowed Irishman Shane Lowry to enjoy an extended 12 months as the reigning Open champion.

Despite last year's cancellation, the tournament remains at Royal St George's which gets the opportunity to host the championship 12 months later than planned.

Located approximately five miles south of Ramsgate, and 11 north of Dover, the famous course in east Kent last staged golf's oldest major championship 10 years ago.

Back in July 2011, 42-year-old Darren Clarke secured an emotional three-shot victory.

The club has been in existence since 1887, and hosted its maiden Open Championship just seven years later. It has now held 14 of them, including five during the last 40 years.

There are only two par-fives on the par-70 course, one of these being the famous 14th where there is a tight out-of-bounds fence down the right.

This hole ended the chances of Dustin Johnson in 2011 and Bernhard Langer 18 years earlier.

With plenty of traditional pot bunkers dotted all over the course, it's unlikely that length off the tee will prove decisive this coming week.

The winner will need to carefully navigate their route around the links, with accuracy a more important requirement than sheer power.

Mac seeking Open redemption

Rory McIlroy will go into this week's championship ranked 11th in the world and it will be the first time in more than a decade that he has teed-up at an Open outside the top 10.

In many ways this may work in his favour. Two years ago on home turf at Royal Portrush, McIlroy missed the cut after shooting a 79 in round one.

Latest odds for this week's Open Championship at Royal St George's

In 2019, he was the centre of attention from the media and local golf fans alike, but on this occasion may feel less distracted and fully focused on his game.

He remains arguably the most accomplished links golfer of the current generation having occupied every position between first and fifth at The Open Championship.

Other British hopefuls

Two other Brits with a strong links history are Tyrrell Hatton and Tommy Fleetwood.

World No 10 Hatton is the highest-ranked home golfer heading into the tournament, while Fleetwood finished runner-up to Lowry last time out.

The 2017 Open champ, Jordan Spieth, has a solid links record and an ability to scramble successfully.

The 27-year-old's short-game expertise has helped him to bank three major titles in his career.

Spieth, now ranked 23 in the world, returned to winning ways in April of this year and will tee-up for the first time since the US Open at Torrey Pines.

Each-way odds for this week's Open

Finally, Spieth's Ryder Cup buddy Justin Thomas warmed-up for The Open with a top-10 finish in Scotland.

Thomas is yet to post an Open Championship top-10, but two years ago in Northern Ireland enjoyed his best-ever finish in the tournament by tying for 11th.

Twitter: Andy Swales@GolfStatsAlive

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Last 10 Weeks / The Open (2010-19)

Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player W28 W27 W26 W25 W24 W23 W22 W21 W20 W19
Jon Rahm 7 1 Wd 8 34 MC
Dustin Johnson 25 19 10 MC
Justin Thomas 8 19 42 40 MC 26
Collin Morikawa 71 4 2 14 8
Xander Schauffele 10 7 11 MC 14
Bryson DeChambeau MC 19 26 18 38 55 9
Brooks Koepka 5 4 MC 2 MC
Patrick Cantlay 13 15 1 23 MC
Patrick Reed 32 25 19 5 MC 17 6
Tyrrell Hatton 18 MC 2 38
Rory McIlroy MC 59 7 18 49 1
Harris English 1 3 14 64 13 43
Louis Oosthuizen 42 2 18 2
Viktor Hovland 1 Wd 47 30 3
Webb Simpson MC MC 30
Daniel Berger 34 7 20 75 3
Tony Finau MC MC 32 20 8 MC
Matt Fitzpatrick 2 55 10 MC 23 MC
Scottie Scheffler 12 47 7 3 MC 8 47
Paul Casey 36 7 6 4
Abraham Ancer 4 MC MC 14 8 2
Jordan Spieth 19 18 2 30 9
Jason Kokrak 12 MC 1 49
Billy Horschel 54 MC 67 40 23
Joaquin Niemann 2 36 31 MC 50 30 18
Lee Westwood 35 46 MC 71 21
Cameron Smith 30 MC MC 59
Will Zalatoris 26 77 MC 59 8 17 MC
Ryan Palmer 4 MC 32 MC 47
Phil Mickelson 74 61 62 MC 1 69
Marc Leishman 3 64 57 MC 21
Tommy Fleetwood 26 17 50 35 MC 14
Sam Burns 18 13 MC 50 Wd 2
Corey Conners MC MC 53 20 17 43
Victor Perez 59 MC MC MC
Garrick Higgo MC 41 MC MC 1 64 1
Adam Scott 13 35 16 MC
Max Homa 25 MC MC 6 MC MC
Stewart Cink 30 57 47 30 37
Shane Lowry 23 65 6 4 65
Justin Rose 36 MC 20 8
Brian Harman MC 5 19 8 MC 18
Christiaan Bezuidenhout 44 23 31 37 30
Kevin Kisner 8 5 55 MC 40 MC
Lucas Herbert 4 1 19 18 71 MC
Sergio Garcia 17 19 20 MC MC
Ian Poulter 4 36 40 25 3 30 MC
Robert MacIntyre 18 35 37 49 8
Kevin Streelman MC MC 15 13 20 8 26
Russell Henley 11 19 13 MC 71 72
Carlos Ortiz 47 MC 16 40 55 21 65
Charley Hoffman 30 57 57 3 17
Bernd Wiesberger 26 5 MC 40 1 MC 34
Matt Wallace 26 MC MC 56 55 6
Min Woo Lee 1 17 42 MC 52 21
Branden Grace 54 7 4 Wd 38
Matt Jones 52 36 65 MC MC 30 37
Mackenzie Hughes 14 76 15 MC MC MC MC
Matt Kuchar MC Wd 50 MC 17
Chris Kirk 12 MC 26 69 MC
Gary Woodland MC 50 MC 14 38 5
Jason Day 14 10 44 MC MC
Brendon Todd MC 30 MC 53 8 MC
Thomas Detry 2 MC MC 2 59 MC 43
Guido Migliozzi 35 13 4 2 2 MC
Talor Gooch 36 18 14 44 39 26
Lanto Griffin 25 70 35 MC MC 26
Cameron Tringale 14 MC 26 32 MC MC
Sebastian Munoz 4 67 MC MC MC 3 MC 55 MC
Keegan Bradley 14 MC MC 17 18
Emiliano Grillo MC MC MC 8 38 14
Joel Dahmen 21 32 MC 55 18
Lucas Glover 1 41 MC 37 8 MC
Martin Kaymer MC 41 2 26 MC MC MC
Rikuya Hoshino MC 26 MC 1 15
Andy Sullivan MC 12 5 40 MC 6
Daniel Van Tonder MC MC 12 MC 44 MC
Alex Noren MC 4 MC 13 55 21
Antoine Rozner 65 33 55 18 MC MC
Takumi Kanaya 28 17 MC MC 7
Troy Merritt MC 2 36 65 50 7 7 MC
Chan Kim MC 23 15
John Catlin MC 41 MC MC MC
Erik Van Rooyen MC 10 MC MC MC
Rickie Fowler 32 MC 11 8 MC MC
Dean Burmester 35 MC 70 59 6 4
Jason Scrivener MC* 9 7 55 3 23 MC
Ryosuke Kinoshita MC 1 1 45 87 13 MC
Richard Bland 15 4 50 3 1 27
Aaron Rai 35 12 42 MC MC MC
Danny Willett MC 67 26 64 11
Adam Hadwin MC MC 40 MC 8 64 MC
Shaun Norris MC 5 MC MC 1 13 28
Zach Johnson 34 25 MC 32 MC 51
Kurt Kitayama MC* 69 MC 25 8 MC
Justin Harding MC 23 5 45 MC 19 38
Marcus Armitage 54 41 MC 1 8 MC
Matthias Schwab MC 29 45 8 11
Francesco Molinari MC* MC 13 MC
Yuki Inamori 2 12 20 MC 80 13 34
Jazz Janewattananond MC MC 37 MC MC 11
Brandt Snedeker 38 MC 60 50 17
Rafael Cabrera-Bello 23 MC MC 50 MC 37 32 21 MC
Byeong Hun An MC 76 MC 52 MC 50 49 MC
Ryan Moore 2 54 MC 54
Henrik Stenson MC MC 33 MC MC 64
Padraig Harrington 18 MC MC MC MC 4 MC
Chez Reavie 18 MC 25 40 14 MC MC
Keith Mitchell MC MC MC MC 26 3
Ryan Fox 44 MC 14 14 11 MC
Jorge Campillo MC MC 3 25 40 MC 61
Joost Luiten 69 MC 46 11 15
Cheng Tsung Pan MC MC 31 57 32 18
Marcus Kinhult 59 MC
Romain Langasque 44 MC MC 65 MC 66
Brad Kennedy MC 44 14 43 MC 58
JC Ritchie Wd 30 37 9 28 MC MC
Mike Lorenzo-Vera 44 MC 29 52 34 51
Jaco Ahlers 2 10
Johannes Veerman 8 3 MC MC 58 MC 70 45
Benjamin Hebert MC 59 MC 7 MC MC
Marcel Schneider 1 62 7 MC MC MC
Rikard Karlberg MC 2 MC MC 29 MC MC
Paul Waring MC MC Wd MC
Jimmy Walker MC 71 70 6 MC 64 MC 72
Richard T Lee 21 34 2 13 17
Richard Mansell 37 MC MC 57 12
Jack Senior 10 61 MC 70 18 MC 52 34
Hao Tong Li MC MC MC MC MC
Louis De Jager 60 30 12
Ryutaro Nagano 61 MC MC 2 69 40
Deyen Lawson MC MC MC MC MC MC MC MC MC
Aaron Pike
Daniel Hillier 23 9 24 10 MC 38 50
Gonzalo F`dez-Castano MC MC 52 MC MC MC
Jonathan Thomson MC 17 MC MC MC MC 65
Nicholas Poppleton
Darren Clarke
Poom Saksansin
Ricardo Celia
Matthias Schmid 14 MC MC
Ben Hutchinson
Yu Xin Lin
Ernie Els
Joe Long MC MC
Sam Forgan
Cole Hammer MC MC MC
Connor Worsdall
Abel Gallegos Wd
Christoffer Bring
Sam Bairstow
Daniel Croft
Laird Shepherd
Marcel Siem 1 5 36 MC 66 MC MC 4 32 52
Adam Long 23 MC MC 26 20 MC MC
Player `19 `18 `17 `16 `15 `14 `13 `12 `11 `10
Jon Rahm 11 MC 44 59
Dustin Johnson 51 MC 54 9 49 12 32 9 2 14
Justin Thomas 11 MC MC 53
Collin Morikawa
Xander Schauffele 41 2 20
Bryson DeChambeau MC 51 MC
Brooks Koepka 4 39 6 10 67 MC
Patrick Cantlay 41 12
Patrick Reed 10 28 MC 12 20 MC
Tyrrell Hatton 6 51 MC 5 MC MC MC MC
Rory McIlroy MC 2 4 5 1 MC 60 25 3
Harris English 46 68 MC 15 54
Louis Oosthuizen 20 28 MC MC 2 36 Wd 19 54 1
Viktor Hovland
Webb Simpson 30 12 37 39 40 MC 64 16
Daniel Berger MC 27 MC
Tony Finau 3 9 27 18
Matt Fitzpatrick 20 MC 44 MC 44
Scottie Scheffler
Paul Casey 57 51 11 MC 74 47 MC 54 3
Abraham Ancer MC MC
Jordan Spieth 20 9 1 30 4 36 44
Jason Kokrak 32 MC
Billy Horschel MC MC MC 30 MC MC
Joaquin Niemann MC
Lee Westwood 4 61 27 22 49 MC 3 45 MC 2
Cameron Smith 20 78 MC
Will Zalatoris
Ryan Palmer MC 30 30 58 30
Phil Mickelson MC 24 MC 2 20 23 1 MC 2 48
Marc Leishman MC 60 6 53 2 5 MC MC 60
Tommy Fleetwood 2 12 27 MC MC MC
Sam Burns
Corey Conners MC
Victor Perez
Garrick Higgo
Adam Scott MC 17 22 43 10 5 3 2 25 27
Max Homa
Stewart Cink 20 24 MC 20 47 26 MC 30 48
Shane Lowry 1 MC MC MC MC 9 32 37
Justin Rose 20 2 54 22 6 23 MC MC 44 MC
Brian Harman MC MC MC MC 26
Christiaan Bezuidenhout MC
Kevin Kisner 30 2 54 76 MC
Lucas Herbert 51
Sergio Garcia 67 MC 37 5 6 2 21 MC 9 14
Ian Poulter MC MC 14 MC MC 3 9 MC 60
Robert MacIntyre 6
Kevin Streelman 57 MC 54 79 MC
Russell Henley MC 37 MC 20 MC 73
Carlos Ortiz
Charley Hoffman 51 17 20 77 MC 67 MC
Bernd Wiesberger 32 74 MC 68 MC 64
Matt Wallace 51 MC
Min Woo Lee
Branden Grace 51 MC 6 72 20 36 64 77
Matt Jones MC 39 30 54
Mackenzie Hughes
Matt Kuchar 41 9 2 46 58 54 15 9 MC 27
Chris Kirk MC 19
Gary Woodland MC 67 70 12 58 39 34 30
Jason Day MC 17 27 22 4 58 32 30 60
Brendon Todd 12 39
Thomas Detry
Guido Migliozzi
Talor Gooch
Lanto Griffin
Cameron Tringale 58 MC
Sebastian Munoz MC
Keegan Bradley MC 79 18 MC 19 15 34
Emiliano Grillo MC MC MC 12
Joel Dahmen MC
Lucas Glover 20 MC MC 12 48
Martin Kaymer MC 37 36 12 70 32 MC 12 7
Rikuya Hoshino
Andy Sullivan MC MC 70 12 30
Daniel Van Tonder
Alex Noren 11 17 6 46 Wd 9 MC MC
Antoine Rozner
Takumi Kanaya MC
Troy Merritt
Chan Kim MC 11
John Catlin
Erik Van Rooyen 20 17
Rickie Fowler 6 28 22 46 30 2 MC 31 5 14
Dean Burmester
Jason Scrivener
Ryosuke Kinoshita
Richard Bland 22
Aaron Rai
Danny Willett 6 24 76 53 6 MC 15 MC
Adam Hadwin 57 35 MC
Shaun Norris MC 61 62
Zach Johnson MC 17 14 12 1 47 6 9 16 76
Kurt Kitayama MC
Justin Harding 41 MC
Marcus Armitage MC
Matthias Schwab
Francesco Molinari 11 1 MC 36 40 15 9 39 MC MC
Yuki Inamori 72
Jazz Janewattananond MC MC
Brandt Snedeker MC MC 22 MC 58 11 3 MC
Rafael Cabrera-Bello MC 74 4 39 40 MC 21 81
Byeong Hun An 32 51 MC 59 MC 26 MC
Ryan Moore 12 MC 46 MC 12 32 28 MC
Henrik Stenson 20 35 11 1 40 39 2 68 3
Padraig Harrington MC MC MC 36 20 MC 54 39 MC MC
Chez Reavie MC MC MC
Keith Mitchell MC
Ryan Fox 16 39 MC 49
Jorge Campillo MC MC
Joost Luiten 32 44 MC MC MC 45 63
Cheng Tsung Pan MC MC
Marcus Kinhult 61
Romain Langasque 63 65
Brad Kennedy MC MC
JC Ritchie
Mike Lorenzo-Vera MC 62
Jaco Ahlers
Johannes Veerman
Benjamin Hebert 41
Marcel Schneider
Rikard Karlberg MC MC
Paul Waring 63 MC
Jimmy Walker MC MC 54 MC 30 26 MC
Richard T Lee
Richard Mansell
Jack Senior MC MC MC
Hao Tong Li MC 39 3
Louis De Jager
Ryutaro Nagano
Deyen Lawson
Aaron Pike
Daniel Hillier
Gonzalo F`dez-Castano MC 54 54 MC
Jonathan Thomson
Nicholas Poppleton
Darren Clarke MC MC MC 30 MC 26 21 MC 1 44
Poom Saksansin
Ricardo Celia
Matthias Schmid MC
Ben Hutchinson
Yu Xin Lin MC
Ernie Els 32 MC 61 MC 65 MC 26 1 MC MC
Joe Long
Sam Forgan
Cole Hammer
Connor Worsdall
Abel Gallegos
Christoffer Bring
Sam Bairstow
Daniel Croft
Laird Shepherd
Marcel Siem MC MC MC 27
Adam Long

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