British Open Golf: The Open Championship will be played once again. The COVID-19 pandemic caused the major golf event to be canceled in 2020, but the 2021 British Open will go on. That means reigning champion Shane Lowry will finally have a chance to defend his lone major championship.
Lowry’s competition will be stiff as usual. World No. 1 Jon Rahm will be looking to back up his first major win at the U.S. Open with another strong showing, and 18 of the other top 20 golfers in the world will join him. The lone non-participant of the group will be Hideki Matsuyama, who tested positive for COVID-19.
Among those top golfers, Bryson DeChambeau will be one to watch, as he is playing his first tournament with a new caddie on the bag. DeChambeau had a publicized breakup with his previous caddie Tim Tucker ahead of the Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit.
And of course, DeChambeau’s rival Brooks Koepka will be in action, so it will be interesting to see if the two continue their longstanding beef.
Surely, there are plenty of reasons to watch the British Open at Royal St George’s golf course. Here’s everything you need to know about the event, including every way to watch it.
Golf Channel and NBC will split live coverage of the 2021 British Open just as they did for the 2021 U.S. Open. Golf Channel will exclusively air the first two rounds of the tournament with NBC taking over for most of the weekend coverage on Saturday and Sunday.