The countdown for the 147th British Open has already started. The golfing biggies from all around the world will test their fortune on Carnoustie, a historic golf town located in the northeast of Scotland with a course steeped in history and sporting greatness.
Last year it was Jordan Spieth, who emerged triumphant in the 146th edition of The Open at Royal Birkdale. He became the second player after Jack Nicklaus to win three of golf’s four majors before the age of 24 which is another great feat to attain. Spieth is out to defend and to add another feather in his hat but Carnoustie course can prove a tricky foe. He has never previously competed on this course. The current world number six will be in a determined mood, having missed the cut at the US Open at Shinnecock Hills just last month.
Players need to be in good form and if they’ve already picked up a title in 2018 heading into The Open then they stand a much greater chance of being in contention. No fewer than 11 of the past 14 Claret Jug winners picked up another title in the year they became Champion Golfer.
This 147th edition will see the return of Tiger Woods, the winner of fourteen majors and a three-time Champion Golfer. Woods will be playing be his first Open since 2015 but he’ll be among the favourites – with the bookies and the crowd – this week. The 42-year-old has finished seventh and 12th in his two appearances at Carnoustie in The Open but with Woods looking like a man reborn in 2018, this might be just his year.
Carnoustie will put golfers into harsh situations and this year’s winner will need to overpower strong winds and navigate the course’s narrow fairways, deep bunkers, and those fun little burns that gobble up golf balls at a moment’s notice.
Dustin Johnson: with three top-tens to his name at previous Championships, including a tie for second at The Open in 2011, Dustin Johnson will surely feel now is his time. The world number one will be desperate to add to his US Open victory of 2016 at Oakmont.
Justin Rose: Despite only having two top-six finishes to his name at The Open, and a Silver Medal, you simply cannot ignore a red-hot Justin Rose. World number three, five top-tens and a win at the Fort Worth Invitational, the elegant Englishman is in the form of his life and in a good position to win the Claret Jug.
Brooks Koepka: With two sensational victories in the last two years at the US Open, Brooks Koepka is another name on everybody’s lips. Defending the US Open crown was a remarkable achievement and his experience on the Challenge and European Tours could give him the edge on this, the grandest of Angus links courses.
Rory McIlroy: If history is anything to go by, then Rory McIlroy will be in firm contention for a second Claret Jug having earned the title of Champion Golfer at Royal Liverpool in 2014. The last two years have seen the Northern Irishman record finishes of fifth and fourth, proving just how classy he can be on a links course.
Get ready for some exhilarating drama on the beautiful Angus links. Viewers can enjoy the live telecast on DSport from 19th -22nd July at 7:00PM.
Source: The Open