The 2018 Open Championship will take place at the Carnoustie Golf Links in Angus, Scotland. This is the eighth time they have hosted this event with the last time being in 2007. The winner in that event was Padraig Harrington who hoisted the claret jug. This is a seriously difficult course.

Contender Status

Dustin Johnson enters the week as the odds-on favorite to win this event. He was favored last season, too. He has made eight cuts in nine attempts but has a bit lacking in the last several PGATour events. He had a lead st Shinnecock and lagged behind because of brutal conditions of the course and finished in 3rd place.

Matt Kuchar seems to be getting better. Since 2019 he has made 30 of 34 cuts and has finished ten Top 10 finishes. He finished in second place last season in this event. Yes, he is 40 years old but he has the game to win here.

Sergio Garcia came through to win the 2017 Masters with a playoff facing Justin Rose. He has a Green Jacket and can win here. If you follow the CBS computer-generated model, then you would know he has been predicted to win 4 of the previous 6 majors. Look for Sergio to finish short of winning the claret jug.

Our top pick to win goes to Tommy Fleetwood. He not only played well last year in this event but he followed that up with a strong showing at the Masters. He finished second at the U.S. Open after completing a blistering final round. Fleetwood owns the course record for Carnoustie with a 63. He is ranked tenth in the world and enters with three European Tour wins last season.

The next top pick that may knock off Fleetwood is Ricky Fowler. He has finished in the top 5 in majors eight times and is ready to win a Major. He has come close but we all know about finishing close. Can we discuss Tiger Woods? Wherever he goes, plenty of experts and novices alike will put him in the hunt to win a Major. I don’t see him coming close to the leaderboard in this event.

 

WHAT ARE THE ODDS

The Open Championship
Carnoustie Golf Links – Angus, Scotland
July 19 – 22, 2018

Dustin Johnson 12/1
Rory McIlroy 16/1
Jordan Spieth 20/1
Rickie Fowler 16/1
Justin Thomas 20/1
Justin Rose 16/1
Tommy Fleetwood 20/1
Brooks Koepka 20/1
Jon Rahm 20/1
Jason Day 25/1
Henrik Stenson 25/1
Tiger Woods 25/1
Sergio Garcia 30/1
Hideki Matsuyama 40/1
Patrick Reed 30/1
Phil Mickelson 50/1
Marc Leishman 40/1
Paul Casey 30/1
Alex Noren 30/1
Branden Grace 40/1
Adam Scott 80/1
Louis Oosthuizen 60/1
Tyrrell Hatton 40/1
Patrick Cantlay 80/1
Bryson DeChambeau 60/1
Matt Kuchar 60/1
Francesco Molinari 30/1
Rafael Cabrera Bello 80/1
Matthew Fitzpatrick 50/1
Ian Poulter 50/1
Thomas Pieters 80/1
Zach Johnson 60/1
Tony Finau 60/1
Daniel Berger 125/1
Xander Schauffele 80/1
Bubba Watson 60/1
Shane Lowry 100/1
Charl Schwartzel 150/1
Webb Simpson 100/1
Brandt Snedeker 100/1
Byeong Hun An 125/1
Lee Westwood 80/1
Martin Kaymer 125/1
Kiradech Aphibarnrat 125/1
Jason Dufner 150/1
Russell Henley 150/1
Jimmy Walker 150/1
Charley Hoffman 125/1
Emiliano Grillo 150/1
Brian Harman 125/1
Haotong Li 125/1
Paul Dunne 150/1
Gary Woodland 150/1
Kyle Stanley 200/1
Kevin Kisner 200/1
Kevin Chappell 200/1
Adam Hadwin 200/1
Peter Uihlein 150/1
Shubhankar Sharma 250/1
Thorbjorn Olesen 100/1
Ross Fisher 150/1
Andy Sullivan 125/1
Si Woo Kim 200/1
Luke List 125/1
Chesson Hadley 250/1
Keegan Bradley 150/1
Padraig Harrington 150/1
Cameron Smith 150/1
Alexander Levy 250/1
Chris Wood 125/1
Nicolas Colsaerts 300/1
Chez Reavie 250/1
Brendan Steele 250/1
Satoshi Kodaira 300/1
Danny Willett 125/1
Russell Knox 60/1
Pat Perez 250/1
Charles Howell III 250/1
Dylan Frittelli 200/1
George Coetzee 250/1
Scott Jamieson 500/1
Sean Crocker 1000/1
Matt Jones 300/1
Anirban Lahiri 200/1
Jordan Smith 500/1
Matthew Southgate 150/1
Jonas Blixt 300/1
Jhonattan Vegas 300/1
Stewart Cink 200/1
Ernie Els 500/1
Cameron Davis 500/1
Yusaku Miyazato 200/1
Erik Van Rooyen 250/1
Fabrizio Zanotti 500/1
Gavin Green 500/1
Shaun Norris 1000/1
Michael Hendry 1000/1
Brett Rumford 1000/1
Yuta Ikeda 500/1
Shota Akiyoshi 1000/1
Danthai Boonma 1000/1
Brady Schnell 1000/1
Hideto Tanihara 500/1
Bernhard Langer 500/1
Darren Clarke 1000/1
Lucas Herbert 1000/1
Masanori Kobayashi 2000/1
Masahiro Kawamura 1000/1
Yuxin Lin 1000/1
Jazz Janewattananond 1000/1
Tom Lehman 1000/1
Mark Calcavecchia 2000/1
Todd Hamilton 2000/1
David Duval 2000/1
Sandy Lyle 2000/1
Kodai Ichihara 1000/1
Ryuko Tokimatsu 1000/1
Jovan Rebula 2000/1
Sanghyun Park 500/1
Minchel Choi 1000/1
Matt Wallace 250/1
Alexander Bjork 200/1
Patton Kizzire 500/1
Jorge Campillo 250/1
Julian Suri 200/1
Marcus Kinhult 300/1
Beau Hossler 200/1
Kevin Na 150/1
Ryan Armour 500/1
Abraham Ancer 500/1
Sung Kang 500/1
Bronson Burgoon 300/1
Retief Goosen 200/1
Tom Lewis 500/1
Oliver Wilson 1000/1
Grant Forrest 1000/1
Jack Senior 1000/1
Ashton Turner 2000/1
Rhys Enoch 2000/1
Marcus Armitage 2000/1
Sam Locke 2000/1
Nicolai Hojgaard 1000/1
James Robinson 2000/1
Haraldur Magnus 2000/1
Thomas Curtis 2000/1
Ryan Fox 100/1
Zander Lombard 500/1
Austin Cook 250/1
Jason Kokrak 300/1
Kelly Kraft 500/1
Ryan Moore 150/1
Andrew Landry 300/1
Brandon Stone 200/1
Eddie Pepperell 200/1
Jens Dantorp 500/1
Michael Kim 300/1

 

 

 

Here’s the weekly TV schedule:

(All times Eastern; GC=Golf Channel; NBC=NBC Sports; GC.com=GolfChannel.com)

Monday, July 16

GC: 7-9AM: Morning Drive (stream.golfchannel.com)

GC: 9-11AM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)

GC: 7-9PM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)

Tuesday, July 17

GC: 6AM-2PM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)

Wednesday, July 18

GC: 6AM-2PM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)

Thursday, July 19

GC: Midnight-1:30AM: Midnight Drive (stream.golfchannel.com)

GC: Day 1: The Open, live coverage: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

GC.com: Day 1: The Open, Spotlight: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)

GC.com: Day 1: The Open, Marquee Groups: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)

GC.com: Day 1: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)

GC: Live From The Open: 4-5PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)

Friday, July 20

GC: Day 2: The Open, live coverage: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

GC.com: Day 2: The Open, Spotlight: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)

GC.com: Day 2: The Open, Marquee Groups: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)

GC.com: Day 2: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)

GC: Live From The Open: 4-5PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)

Saturday, July 21

GC: Day 3: The Open, live coverage: 4:30-7AM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

NBC: Rd. 3: The Open, live coverage: 7AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

GC.com: Day 3: The Open, Spotlight: 4:30AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)

GC.com: Day 3: The Open, Marquee Groups: 5AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)

GC.com: Day 3: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 5AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)

GC: Live From The Open: 3-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)

Sunday, July 22

GC: Day 4: The Open, live coverage: 4:30-7AM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

NBC: Rd. 4: The Open, live coverage: 7AM-2:30PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

GC.com: Day 4: The Open, Spotlight: 4:30AM-2:30PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)

GC.com: Day 4: The Open, Marquee Groups: 5AM-2PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)

GC.com: Day 4: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 5AM-2PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)

GC: Live From The Open: 2:30-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)