The Open Championship 2021: How to watch in Australia, live stream, where is it, times and updates

The 149th edition of the Open Championship (often called the British Open) will take place at Royal St George's Golf Club in south-east England.

Like many other events last year, the COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of 2020 tournament, seeing it pushed back a year.

Fresh off his thrilling win at the US Open, Spain's Jon Rahm will go in as favourite, but a host of the world's best will be in the hunt at the wind-swept links course on the Kent coast.

Irishman Shane Lowry is the reigning champion, having lifted the famous Claret Jug at Royal Portrush in 2019.

A contingent of 10 Australians will be in action, along with some of golf's biggest stars in Rory McIlroy, Brooks Koepka, Phil Mickelson, Bryson DeChambeau, Jordan Spieth, Louis Oosthuizen and plenty more.

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Watch the Open Championship live in Australia

  • Dates: July 15-18
  • TV channels: Fox Sports 5
  • Live stream: Kayo

Fox Sports will look after the Australian TV coverage for the 2021 Open Championship. 

Open Championship TV schedule in Australia

Date Time (AEST) TV channel Program
Thursday, July 15 3:30pm-5am Fox Sports 5 Live coverage: Round 1
Friday, July 16 3:30pm-5am Fox Sports 5 Live coverage: Round 2
Saturay, July 17 7pm-5am Fox Sports 5 Live coverage: Round 3
Sunday, July 18 6pm-6am Fox Sports 5 Live coverage: Final round

The Open Championship streaming schedule in Australia

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Date Time (AEST) Program
Thursday, July 15 3:30pm-5am Live coverage: Round 1
Friday, July 16 3:30pm-5am Live coverage: Round 2
Saturay, July 17 7pm-5am Live coverage: Round 3
Sunday, July 18 6pm-6am Live coverage: Final round

Is the Open Championship played at the same course every year?

No. A total of 14 venues have hosted the Open which dates back to 1860.

There are currently 10 venues in the rotation, with Royal St George's having hosted the event 14 times, most recently in 2011 when Darren Clarke triumphed.

The most recent Open, the 2019 edition, was held at Royal Portrush, while the 2022 tournament will return to one of the sport's most iconic venues - the Old Course at St Andrews.

Australians at the 2021 Open Championship

A 10-strong contingent will each be looking to become just the fifth Australian to be named 'Champion Golfer of the Year'

Adam Scott, Marc Leishman, Cameron Smith, Matt Jones, Jason Day, Lucas Herbert, Brad Kennedy, Aaron Pike, Jason Scrivener and Deyen Lawson have all qualified and will compete at Royal St George's.

For Pike, Scrivener and Lawson, it will be their first time lining up in an Open, while at the other end of spectrum, Scott has 20 under his belt.

Both Scott (2012) and Leishman (2015) have finished second in the event in the past.

Peter Thompson (5 wins), Greg Norman (2), Ian Baker-Finch and Kel Nagle are the only Aussies to have tasted Open success.

If you're looking for an omen - the latter of Norman's two wins came at Royal St George's.

Check back closer to the event for groupings and tee times.

The Open Championship purse and prize money

The total prize money for the 2021 Open Championship now sits level with The Masters on US$11.5 million (AU$15.4 million), having increased by US$1 million since the last edition.

That sits US$500,000 below the PGA Championship and US$1 million behind the US Open as far as the purses at golf's other majors go.

The winner at Royal St George's will receive US$2.07 million (AU$2.78 million).

"We have increased the prize fund for The Open this year and believe that it fully reflects the Championship’s stature in world sport," said R&A Chief Executive Martin Slumbers.

"As the only men’s major championship played outside of America, the Open has a global role to play and we are determined to continue to attract the top players."

Here's how much every player who makes the cut will take home from the Open.

1st place - $2,070,000 

2 - $1,198,000

3 - $768,000

4 - $597,000

5 - $480,000

6 - $416,000

7 - $357,000

8 - $301,500

9 - $264,000

10 - $238,500

20 - $120,000

30 - $76,000

40 - $51,000

50 - $32,250

60 - $28,200

70 - $26,500

The Open Championship 2021 odds

Odds via Sportsbet at 8/7.

Player Odds
Jon Rahm $9
Rory McIlroy $12
Dustin Johnson $13
Brooks Koepka $15
Jordan Spieth $19
Bryson DeChambeau $21
Justin Thomas $23
Collin Morikawa $26
Tyrell Hatton $26
Viktor Hovland $26
Louis Oosthuizen $29
Patrick Cantlay $29

Where is the Open Championship in 2021?

The 2021 Open Championship will take place at Royal St George's Golf Club in Kent, England, just over 100km south-east of London.

  • Par: 70
  • Distance: 7,189 yards

Open Championship past winners

Year Golfer Venue Score
2019 Shane Lowry Royal Portrush -15
2018 Francesco Molinari Carnoustie -8
2017 Jordan Spieth Royal Birkdale -12
2016 Henrik Stenson Royal Troon -20
2015 Zach Johnson St Andrews -15
2014 Rory McIlroy Hoylake -17
2013 Phil Mickelson Muirfield -3
2012 Ernie Els Royal Lytham & St Annes -7
2011 Darren Clarke Royal St George's -5
2010 Louis Oosthuizen St Andrews -16
2009 Stewart Cink Turnberry -2
2008 Padraig Harrington Royal Birkdale +3
2007 Padraig Harrington Carnoustie -7
2006 Tiger Woods Royal Liverpool -18
2005 Tiger Woods St Andrews -14
2004 Todd Hamilton Troon -10
2003 Ben Curtis Sandwich -1
2002 Ernie Els Muirfield -6
2001 David Duval Royal Lytham & St Annes -10
2000 Tiger Woods St Andrews -19
1999 Paul Lawrie Carnoustie +6
1998 Mark O'Meara Royal Birkdale E
1997 Justin Leonard Royal Troon -12
1996 Tom Lehman Royal Lytham & St Annes -13
1995 John Daly St Andrews -6
1994 Nick Price Turnberry -12
1993 Greg Norman Royal St Georges, Sandwich -13
1992 Nick Faldo Muirfield -12
1991 Ian Baker-Finch Royal Birkdale -8
1990 Nick Faldo St Andrews -18
1989 Mark Calcavecchia Royal Troon -13
1988 Seve Ballesteros Royal Lytham & St Annes -11
1987 Nick Faldo Muirfield -5
1986 Greg Norman Turnberry E
1985 Sandy Lyle Royal St Georges, Sandwich +2
1984 Seve Ballesteros St Andrews -12
1983 Tom Watson Royal Birkdale -9
1982 Tom Watson Royal Troon -4
1981 Bill Rogers Royal St Georges, Sandwich -4
1980 Tom Watson Muirfield -13
1979 Seve Ballesteros Royal Lytham & St Annes -1
1978 Jack Nicklaus St Andrews -7
1977 Tom Watson Turnberry -12
1976 Johnny Miller Royal Birkdale -9
1975 Tom Watson Carnoustie -5
1974 Gary Player Royal Lytham & St Annes -2
1973 Tom Weiskopf Royal Troon -12
1972 Lee Trevino Muirfield -6
1971 Lee Trevino Royal Birkdale -10
1970 Jack Nicklaus St Andrews 283
1969 Tony Jacklin Royal Lytham & St Annes 280
1968 Gary Player Carnoustie 289
1967 Roberto de Vicenzo Hoylake 278
1966 Jack Nicklaus Muirfield 282
1965 Peter Thomson Royal Birkdale 285
1964 Tony Lema St Andrews 279
1963 Bob Charles Royal Lytham & St Annes 277
1962 Arnold Palmer Troon 276
1961 Arnold Palmer Birkdale 284
1960 Kel Nagle St Andrews 278
1959 Gary Player Muirfield 284
1958 Peter Thomson Royal Lytham & St Annes 278
1957 Bobby Locke St Andrews 279
1956 Peter Thomson Hoylake 286
1955 Peter Thomson St Andrews 281
1954 Peter Thomson Birkdale 283
1953 Ben Hogan Carnoustie 282
1952 Bobby Locke Royal Lytham & St Annes 287
1951 Max Faulkner Royal Portrush 285
1950 Bobby Locke Troon 279
1949 Bobby Locke Sandwich 283
1948 Henry Cotton Muirfield 284
1947 F Daly Hoylake 293
1946 Sam Snead St Andrews 290

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