Defending champion Jordan Spieth looks to defend his title after a crazy ending to last year's Open at Royal Birkdale. Spieth closed the final round with a 69 to lift the Claret Jug.
Struggling as of late with only one top-20 finish since the Master's, Spieth is still looking to get the flat stick working as he is currently ranked 170th in strokes gained: putting.
It will be a difficult task for Spieth to repeat as this year's British Open is stacked with the world's top talent. 78 of the world's best 80 players will be competing in golf's oldest championship.
Tiger is back at The Open for the first time since 2015, and will be teeing off at 10:21 am ET alongside Hideki Matsuyama and Russell Knox.
The field for the week, like I stated, is absolutely packed with talent. World #1 Dustin Johnson and world #2 Justin Thomas will be the the headliners as both look to add another major victory to their resume's.
Back-to-back U.S. Open Champ Brooks Koepka looks to continue his major dominance, as he has 9 top-15 finishes in his last 10 majors.
Henrik Stenson, who holds the 72 hole record of 264 (Royal Troon) at The Open, is battling an elbow injury but said he will play through the pain because well, it's The Open.
The big story of the week is the playing condition of Carnoustie. The course not receiving any rainfall in 45 days, is very parched but the big hitters will look to out drive what is considered the hardest links test in all of golf.
Returning to Carnoustie for the eighth time, look for these guys to take advantage of the browned-out course all week. I'm expecting a winning score to be under par, even edging double digits under par.
However, more than half of the winning scores at Car-nasty were above par. The last time The Open was played here in 2007, Padraig Harrington wont he tournament with a score of 7-under.
Asked David Duval about the fairways rolling faster than the greens this week @TheOpen . “That’s a little bit of an understatement. They’re not even close to the same speed. The greens might be 9 [on the Stimpmeter], maybe; the fairways area 13, probably."— Rex Hoggard (@RexHoggardGC) July 17, 2018
“When the wind is blowing, it is the toughest golf course in Britain,” said World Golf Hall of Fame member Sir Michael Bonallack. “And when it’s not blowing, it’s probably still the toughest.”