CLEVELAND, Ohio — Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Patrick Reed, Sergio Garcia, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Brooks Koepka, Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose, Brandon Stone, Bubba Watson, Padraig Harrington, Ryan Armour and defending champion Jordan Spieth are amongst quite a few notables within the area at British Open 2018 this week at Carnoustie Golf Links in Scotland.
Carnoustie is understood for its troublesome monitor, which occurs to be baked this yr due to a scorching stretch of climate. Expect gamers to hit loads of “stingers” with lengthy irons, in order to maintain the ball low and managed whereas sending it skipping alongside the rock-hard pan.
Johnson is ranked No. 1 on this planet. He received U.S. Open 2016.
Thomas, 25, is ranked No. 2. He has received eight occasions on the PGA Tour, together with PGA Championship 2017.
The fiery Reed, 27, received The Masters 2018 — his first major title.
European Tour legend Sergio’s first major victory got here at the 2017 Masters; a yearlong celebration ensued. Garcia, from Spain, seeks redemption for a playoff loss to Harrington the earlier time The Open was held at Carnoustie (2007).
Woods, 42, is on the quick list of best golfers ever. He has been caught on 14 major victories since prevailing at the 2008 U.S. Open in a playoff in opposition to Rocco Mediate. He has performed effectively in suits and begins within the newest iteration of his comebacks.
Mickelson, 48, owns 5 major titles, together with the 2013 Open Championship in a shocker. Lefty’s performances have been all around the map this season, and his current disdain for the principles of golf determine to make him chum for the notoriously aggressive European media.
Koepka, 28, is the quietest excellent participant the golf world has seen in a very long time. In June, he received his second straight U.S. Open. When his wrists are sound, he constantly has been a think about different majors, too. He is ranked No. four (shhhhh).
Northern Ireland’s McIlroy owns 4 major titles, together with The Open 2014. Even although it looks as if he has been round perpetually, he solely is 29.
England’s Rose, for all his expertise, has bagged only one major — the 2013 U.S. Open. But Rose, 37, has been on the entrance web page of loads of major leaderboards at some level over the 4 days. He is ranked No. three.
South Africa’s Stone received Scottish Open 2018 final week. He shot 20-under, together with 10-under 60 on Sunday.
Lefty Watson is the one participant with three PGA Tour titles in 2018. He has received two majors (Masters 2012, 2014).
Ireland’s Harrington efficiently defended his Open Championship at Royal Birkdale in 2008. He additionally received the 2008 PGA Championship.
Armour, 42, from Akron, makes his major-championship debut within the midst of a profession renaissance. He has earned greater than $2 million this season. This is his first-ever go to to Scotland.
Spieth, who turns 25 on July 27, received The Open 2017 in a final-day duel with Matt Kuchar. Spieth owns three major titles. Overall, he has not received since The Open 2017.