The Open 2021: where is the British golf major, championship leaderboard, tee times, tips and live TV coverage

Jon Rahm, Brooks Koepka and Rory McIlroy are among the strong field to compete in the 149th Open

The Open Championship has returned to the golf calendar for 2021.

In a disrupted 18 months for the sport, The British Open didn't go ahead in 2020 due to the Covid pandemic which has meant enforced restrictions on society.

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Shane Lowry won The Open in 2019 and he is expected to return to defend his title against a strong field of golfers for the 149th instalment of golf's oldest major.

Rory McIlroy pictured at Royal St George's this week. (Pic: Getty)

Jon Rahm, Brooks Koepka, Xander Schauffele, Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas and Dustin Johnson are all among the leading contenders to claim the Claret Jug.

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Here's all you need to know ahead of The British Open 2021 - from where the golf major is being held and when it is to tee times and latest odds on this year's winner.

Where is The British Open 2021 being held?

Factfile on The 149th Open Championship. (Graphic: Mark Hall / JPIMedia)

In 2021, The Open Championship is to be held at Royal St George's.

The 7,189 yard course in Sandwich, Kent, has hosted the major on 14 occasions before the 2021 Championship, with the first coming in 1894.

Darren Clarke was the winner the last time The Open was held at Royal St George's in 2011, pocketing around £900,000 for his week's work on the par 70.

The 2021 Open winner will reportedly take £1,935,000 in prize money.

When does The Open golf start?

Golf's elite players will begin on their quest to win The Open 2021 when the first round begins on Thursday 15 July.

It signals the first of two rounds before the customary cut and a further two rounds over the weekend to determine the winner on Sunday 18 July.

The Open 2021 tee times

Tee times for The 149th Open have been announced with Jon Rahm going out at 9.58am on the first round with Shane Lowry and Louis Oosthuizen.

Rory McIlroy will tee off at 3.21pm on Thursday 15 July in a three with Patrick Reed and Cameron Smith - here is the full list of tee times for rounds one and two.

Second round - Friday 16 July

6:35 am -- Aaron RAI, Paul WARING, Daniel CROFT

6:46 am -- Daniel VAN TONDER, Jazz JANEWATTANANOND, Christoffer BRING (a)

6:57 am -- Harold VARNER III, Brendan STEELE, Matthias SCHMID (a)

7:08 am -- Troy MERRITT, Adam LONG, Jaco AHLERS

7:19 am -- Jason DAY, Joost LUITEN, Johannes VEERMAN

7:30 am -- John CATLIN, Romain LANGASQUE, Aaron PIKE,

7:41 am -- Padraig HARRINGTON, Brad KENNEDY, Sam FORGAN

7:52 am -- Tony FINAU, Billy HORSCHEL, Adam HADWIN

8:03 am -- Patrick CANTLAY, Matthew FITZPATRICK, Ryan FOX

8:14 am -- Francesco MOLINARI, Marc LEISHMAN, Matt WALLACE

8:25 am -- Collin MORIKAWA, Corey CONNERS, Sebastian MUNOZ

8:36 am -- Jason SCRIVENER, Keith MITCHELL, Sam BAIRSTOW (a)

8:47 am -- Charley HOFFMAN, Emiliano GRILLO, Benjamin HEBERT

9:03 am -- Keegan BRADLEY, Richard T LEE, Rafa CABRERA BELLO

9:14 am -- Carlos ORTIZ, Brendon TODD, Matthias SCHWAB

9:25 am -- Webb SIMPSON, Russell HENLEY, Shaun NORRIS

9:36 am -- Matt JONES, Daniel HILLIER, Marcel SIEM

9:47 am -- Phil MICKELSON, Tyrrell HATTON, Kevin KISNER

9:58 am -- Xander SCHAUFFELE, Robert MACINTYRE, Rickie FOWLER

10:09 am -- Justin THOMAS, Tommy FLEETWOOD, Adam SCOTT

10:20 am -- Rory MCILROY, Patrick REED, Cameron SMITH

10:31 am -- Henrik STENSON, Max HOMA, Matt KUCHAR

10:42 am -- Antoine ROZNER, Ryosuke KINOSHITA, Ben HUTCHINSON

10:53 am -- Kurt KITAYAMA, Deyen LAWSON, Poom SAKSANSIN

11:04 am -- Yuki INAMORI, Jimmy WALKER, Ricardo CELIA

11:15 am -- Rikard KARLBERG, Ryutaro NAGANO, Nicholas POPPLETON

11:36 am -- Richard BLAND, Andy SULLIVAN, Marcus ARMITAGE

11:47 am -- Chan KIM, Justin HARDING, Haotong LI

11:58 am -- Mike LORENZO-VERA, Gonzalo FERNANDEZ-CASTANO, Abel GALLEGOS (a)

12:09 pm -- Alex NOREN, JC RITCHIE, Richard MANSELL

12:20 pm -- Dean BURMESTER, Danny WILLETT, Laird SHEPHERD (a)

12:31 pm -- Christiaan BEZUIDENHOUT, Sam HORSFIELD, Min Woo LEE

12:42 pm -- Viktor HOVLAND, Ryan PALMER, Thomas DETRY

12:53 pm -- Paul CASEY, Abraham ANCER, Ian POULTER

1:04 pm -- Brooks KOEPKA, Jason KOKRAK, Garrick HIGGO

1:15 pm -- Daniel BERGER, Joaquin NIEMANN, Joel DAHMEN

1:26 pm -- Darren CLARKE, Bernd WIESBERGER, Joe LONG (a)

1:37 pm -- Chris KIRK, Marcus KINHULT, Jack SENIOR

1:48 pm -- Talor GOOCH, CT PAN, Jonathan THOMSON

2:04 pm -- Ernie ELS, Gary WOODLAND, Cole HAMMER (a)

2:15 pm -- Sam BURNS, Lucas HERBERT, Jorge CAMPILLO

2:26 pm -- Jordan SPIETH, Bryson DECHAMBEAU, Branden GRACE

2:37 pm -- Brian HARMAN, Mackenzie HUGHES, Dylan FRITTELLI

2:48 pm -- Victor PEREZ, Kevin STREELMAN, Guido MIGLIOZZI

2:59 pm -- Shane LOWRY, Jon RAHM, Louis OOSTHUIZEN

3:10 pm -- Stewart CINK, Lee WESTWOOD, Martin KAYMER

3:21 pm -- Dustin JOHNSON, Will ZALATORIS, Justin ROSE

3:32 pm -- Scottie SCHEFFLER, Sergio GARCIA, Yuxin LIN (a)

3:43 pm -- Harris ENGLISH, Erik VAN ROOYEN, Chez REAVIE

3:54 pm -- Lucas GLOVER, Byeong Hun AN, Brandt SNEDEKER

4:05 pm -- Cameron TRINGALE, Takumi KANAYA, Marcel SCHNEIDER

4:16 pm -- Lanto GRIFFIN, Rikuya HOSHINO, Connor WORSDALL

Who will win The British Open - latest odds

Jon Rahm is the hot favourite to win at The British Open 2021, following his stylish victory at the US Open in June, but he will have his work cut out against a strong field.

These are the latest odds on who will win The Open this year, according to oddschecker.com.

Jon Rahm - 8/1

Brooks Koepka - 16/1

Xander Schauffele - 20/1

Jordan Spieth - 20/1

Rory McIlroy - 22/1

Justin Thomas - 22/1

Dustin Johnson - 25/1

What TV channel is The Open Championship on?

All the action from The Open 2021 will be screened live from Royal St George's on Sky Sports Golf and Sky Sports Main Event channels.

Sign up to become a Sky TV subscriber and get the full sports package for an extra £20 a month, which includes coverage of the Lions rugby tour of South Africa.

Alternatively, The Open 2021 can be live streamed through the Sky Go app, which is available to Sky customers and Sky Sports subscribers.

Golf fans can purchase a day or month pass to Sky Sports through NOW TV for a one-off cost of £9.99 and £33.99 respectively.

NOW TV is accessible through the NOW TV app, computer, tablet, smart TVs and phones, and consoles, as well as through BT Sport.

The Open Leaderboard

The early leaderboard on the morning of Thursday 15 July looks like this:

1 Louis Oosthuizen -6

2 Jordan Spieth -5

2 Brian Harman -5

4 Stewart Cink -4

4 Webb Simpson -4

4 Dylan Frittelli -4

4 Mackenzie Hughes -4

4 Collin Morikawa -4

9 Byeong Hun An -3

9 Justin Rose -3

9 Danny Willett -3

9 Marcel Siem -3

9 Benjamin Hebert -3

9 Tommy Fleetwood -3

9 Justin Harding -3

9 Andy Sullivan -3

9 Jack Senior -3

9 Scottie Scheffler -3