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British Open 2018: Highlights & Score Updates from Carnoustie

The start of The Open Championship was once again a thrill, which means we should be in for even more fireworks as Round 2 commences on Friday from Carnoustie in Scotland. Rory McIlroy gets it cranking early as he looks to maintain his spot near the top of the leaderboard, while Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, and Jordan Spieth all hope to make major moves later in the morning.

Carnoustie is the northernmost venue on the Open rota, which is full of courses with ample daylight in mid-July. This course has the most, with some 17 hours or so during the summer. That means there is ample room to maneuver 156 players through 18 holes in a day. They almost never call things for weather here, unless the winds make the greens unplayable. There just aren’t electrical thunderstorms like we often get during a U.S. Open or PGA back in the States. So it’s relatively easy, even with the field so large, to consistently stay on schedule.

The weather this week does not look like it will be disruptive, although there is some rain in the forecast overnight and early tomorrow. That may slow things down slightly but the die is cast at Carnoustie after almost no precipitation over the last eight weeks. A sprinkle or one-day storm is not going to change the browned-out, concrete nature of this glorious iteration of the Open.

Besides those four, we will see all manner of players and shot-shapers try to slay the toughest course in the Open rota. Kevin Kisner enters Friday with the lead, and Tony Finau follows just one shot back. Expectations for this tournament remain high given the recent winners we’ve received but also because everyone is curious to see how different style players attack a bizarre course.

The first group will go at 1:35 a.m. and the last group will not tee off until 11:16 a.m. ET. Only at the Open can they have the full field going off one tee over almost 10 hours. Here’s the full tee sheet for Friday’s second round at the British Open:

  • 1:35 a.m.: Brandt Snedeker, Sam Locke (a), Cameron Davis

  • 1:46 a.m.: Patton Kizzire, Jonas Blixt, Charles Howell III

  • 1:57 a.m.: Charl Schwartzel, Daniel Berger, Tom Lewis

  • 2:08 a.m.: Alex Levy, Ryan Moore, Byeong Hun An

  • 2:19 a.m.: Michael Hendry, Kelly Kraft, Lee Westwood

  • 2:30 a.m.: Henrik Stenson, Tommy Fleetwood, Jimmy Walker

  • 2:41 a.m.: Matthew Fitzpatrick, Russell Henley, Jovan Rebula (a)

  • 2:52 a.m.: Rory McIlroy, Marc Leishman, Thorbjorn Olesen

  • 3:03 a.m.: Dustin Johnson, Alex Noren, Charley Hoffman

  • 3:14 a.m.: Zach Johnson, Adam Scott, Brendan Steele

  • 3:25 a.m.: Justin Thomas, Francesco Molinari, Branden Grace

  • 3:46 a.m.: Jason Day, Shota Akiyoshi, Haotong Li

  • 3:47 a.m.: Todd Hamilton, Beau Hossler, Jorge Campillo

  • 4:03 a.m.: Ryuko Tokimatsu, Chez Reavie, Michael Kim

  • 4:14 a.m.: Kyle Stanley, Nicolas Colsaerts, Jens Dantorp

  • 4:25 a.m.: Tom Lehman, Dylan Frittelli, Grant Forrest

  • 4:36 a.m.: Lucas Herbert, Min Chel Choi, Jason Kokrak

  • 4:47 a.m.: Padraig Harrington, Bubba Watson, Matt Wallace

  • 4:58 a.m.: Ian Poulter, Cameron Smith, Brooks Koepka

  • 5:09 a.m.: Sergio Garcia, Bryson DeChambeau, Shubhankar Sharma

  • 5:20 a.m.: Tiger Woods, Hideki Matsuyama, Russell Knox

  • 5:31 a.m.: Jason Dufner, Ryan Fox, Keegan Bradley

  • 5:42 a.m.: Ryan Armour, Abraham Ancer, Masahiro Kawamura

  • 5:53 a.m.: Jazz Janewattananond, Fabrizio Zanotti, Jordan Smith

  • 6:04 a.m.: Brett Rumford, Masanori Kobayashi, Jack Senior

  • 6:15 a.m.: Matt Jones, Thomas Curtis, Bronson Burgoon

  • 6:36 a.m.: Sandy Lyle, Martin Kaymer, Andy Sullivan

  • 6:47 a.m.: Erik Van Rooyen, Brady Schnell, Matthew Southgate

  • 6:58 a.m.: Danny Willett, Emiliano Grillo, Luke List

  • 7:09 a.m.: Mark Calcavecchia, Danthai Boonma, Shaun Norris

  • 7:20 a.m.: Kevin Chappell, Oliver Wilson, Eddie Pepperell

  • 7:31 a.m.: Ross Fisher, Paul Dunne, Austin Cook

  • 7:42 a.m.: Tyrrell Hatton, Patrick Cantlay, Shane Lowry

  • 7:53 a.m.: Thomas Pieters, Kevin Kisner, Marcus Kinhult

  • 8:04 a.m.: Phil Mickelson, Satoshi Kodaira, Rafa Cabrera Bello

  • 8:15 a.m.: Brian Harman, Yuta Ikeda, Andrew Landry

  • 8:26 a.m.: Si-Woo Kim, Webb Simpson, Nicolai Hojgaard (a)

  • 8:37 a.m.: Stewart Cink, Brandon Stone, Hideto Tanihara

  • 8:48 a.m.: Gary Woodland, Yusaku Miyazato, Sung Kang

  • 9:04 a.m.: Ernie Els, Adam Hadwin, Chesson Hadley

  • 9:15 a.m.: Pat Perez, Julian Suri, George Coetzee

  • 9:26 a.m.: David Duval, Scott Jamieson, Kevin Na

  • 9:37 a.m.: Darren Clarke, Bernhard Langer, Retief Goosen

  • 9:48 a.m.: Matt Kuchar, Anirban Lahiri, Peter Uihlein

  • 9:59 a.m.: Jordan Spieth, Justin Rose, Kiradech Aphibarnrat

  • 10:10 a.m.: Jon Rahm, Rickie Fowler, Chris Wood

  • 10:21 a.m.: Louis Oosthuizen, Paul Casey, Patrick Reed

  • 10:32 a.m.: Tony Finau, Xander Schauffele, Jhonattan Vegas

  • 10:43 a.m.: Yuxin Lin (a), Alexander Bjork, Sang Hyun Park

  • 10:54 a.m.: James Robinson, Haraldur Magnus, Zander Lombard

  • 11:05 a.m.: Kodai Ichihara, Rhys Enoch, Marcus Armitage

  • 11:16 a.m.: Sean Crocker, Gavin Green, Ash Turner

Rory McIlroy is grouped with Marc Leishman and Thorbjorn Olesen for Rounds 1-2 of The Open Championship 2018 this week at Carnoustie Golf Links in Scotland. Tiger Woods is with Russell Knox and Hideki Matsuyama.

Among other featured groupings: Jon Rahm, Rickie Fowler, and Chris Wood; Jordan Spieth, Justin Rose and Kiradech Aphibarnrat; and Phil Mickelson, Rafa Cabrera Bello and Satoshi Kodaira.

Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Patrick Reed, Sergio Garcia, Brooks Koepka, Brandon Stone, Bubba Watson, Padraig Harrington and Ryan Armour are among numerous other notables in the field.

Johnson is ranked No. 1 in the world. He won U.S. Open 2016.

Thomas, 25, is ranked No. 2. He has won eight times on the PGA Tour, including PGA Championship 2017.

The fiery Reed, 27, won The Masters 2018 — his first major title.

European Tour legend Sergio’s first major victory came at the 2017 Masters; a yearlong celebration ensued. Garcia, from Spain, seeks redemption for a playoff loss to Harrington the previous time The Open was held at Carnoustie (2007).

Woods, 42, is on the short list of greatest golfers ever. He has been stuck on 14 major victories since prevailing at the 2008 U.S. Open in a playoff against Rocco Mediate. He has played well in fits and starts in the latest iteration of his comebacks.

Mickelson, 48, owns five major titles, including the 2013 Open Championship in a shocker. Lefty’s performances have been all over the map this season, and his recent disdain for the rules of golf figure to make him chum for the notoriously aggressive European media.

Koepka, 28, is the quietest outstanding player the golf world has seen in a long time. In June, he won his second straight U.S. Open. When his wrists are sound, he consistently has been a factor in other majors, too. He is ranked No. 4 (shhhhh).

Northern Ireland’s McIlroy owns four major titles, including The Open 2014. Even though it seems like he has been around forever, he only is 29.

England’s Rose, for all his talent, has bagged just one major — the 2013 U.S. Open. But Rose, 37, has been on the front page of plenty of major leaderboards at some point over the four days. He is ranked No. 3.

South Africa’s Stone won Scottish Open 2018 last week. He shot 20-under, including 10-under 60 on Sunday.

Lefty Watson is the only player with three PGA Tour titles in 2018. He has won two majors (Masters 2012, 2014).

Ireland’s Harrington successfully defended his Open Championship at Royal Birkdale in 2008. He also won the 2008 PGA Championship.

British Open 2018: Highlights & Score Updates from Carnoustie

ROYAL & ANCIENT GOLF CLUB
BRITISH OPEN
Site: Carnoustie, Scotland.
Course: Carnoustie Golf Links. Yardage: 7,402. Par: 71.
Purse: $10.5 million. Winner’s share: $1,890,000.
Television (all times EDT): Thursday-Friday, 1:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday, 4:30-7 a.m. (Golf Channel), 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. (NBC); Sunday, 4:30-7 a.m. (Golf Channel), 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (NBC).
Defending champion: Jordan Spieth.
Notes: This is the eighth time the British Open goes to Carnoustie. … For the last three champions at Carnoustie — Padraig Harrington, Paul Lawrie, and Tom Watson — it was their first major championship. … Tiger Woods returns to the British Open for the first time since he missed the cut at St. Andrews in 2015. … Michael Kim earned the final spot at Carnoustie by winning the John Deere Classic. … Justin Thomas, Justin Rose, Brooks Koepka and Jon Rahm all have a mathematical chance to reach No. 1 in the world this week. … Americans in their 20s have won the last five major championships, two of those by Koepka at the U.S. Open. … Ben Hogan in 1953 is the only Open champion at Carnoustie to have the 54-hole lead. … The Open has been decided by a playoff the last three times at Carnoustie. … Harrington in 2007 and 2008 is the last player to successfully defend in the British Open. … Spieth has not won a tournament since his British Open title last year at Royal Birkdale.
Next year: Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland.

SPOTLIGHT ON THEM: Here are 10 players whom DMan will be watching, regardless whether they are among favorites to win (World Golf Ranking in parentheses):

Sergio Garcia (No. 19)

Spaniard Sergio’s first major victory came at the 2017 Masters; a year-long celebration ensued. The European Tour legend, 38, owns three Top-10’s this season and loves to compete in The Open (10 career Top-10’s). And Carnoustie owes him one. In 2007, the previous time The Open unfolded here, Sergio missed a short putt for the win — how it didn’t go down is beyond me — on the 72nd hole. He lost to Padraig Harrington in a playoff.

Tiger Woods (No. 71)

Woods, given his status as one of the greatest golfers ever, is must-see-TV every time he plays. Woods, 42, has been stuck on 14 major titles since prevailing at the 2008 U.S. Open in a playoff against Rocco Mediate. He has performed well in spurts during his latest comeback iteration; I really liked the ball-striking and course management en route to T-4 at Quicken Loans National three weeks ago.

Phil Mickelson (No. 20)

Lefty, 48, owns five major titles, including The Open 2013 in a stunner. At The Open 2016, he was sensational in a duel with Henrik Stenson at Royal Troon, only to lose. Lefty’s performances have been all over the map this season, and his recent disdain for the rules of golf figure to make him chum for the notoriously aggressive European media. He won’t win, and easily could miss the cut, but the exit won’t be quiet.

Tommy Fleetwood (No. 10)

England’s Fleetwood, 27, is much more than flowing locks. He owns one overseas victory and three PGA Tour Top-5’s this season, including second place at the U.S. Open. Oh, by the way: He is Carnoustie’s course record-holder.

Brooks Koepka (No. 4)

Koepka, 28, is the quietest outstanding player the golf world has seen in a long time. If it is possible that the fourth-ranked golfer can be seriously undervalued, Koepka is he. In June, he won his second straight U.S. Open. When his wrists are sound, he has been a factor in other majors, too.

Justin Rose (No. 3)

England’s Rose, for all his talent, has bagged just one major — the 2013 U.S. Open. But Rose, 37, has been on the front page of plenty of major leaderboards at some point over the four days. He has won twice on the PGA Tour this season. In other words: Book him for contention this week.

Ryan Armour (No. 105)

Akron’s Armour, 42, a product of Walsh Jesuit and Ohio State, makes his major-championship debut in the midst of a career renaissance. He has earned more than $2 million this season. This is his first-ever visit to Scotland. Here’s hoping Armour, a class act, and proud Northeast Ohioan, can shock the world the way Kent State product Ben Curtis did in winning The Open 2003.

Jordan Spieth (No. 6)

Spieth, who turns 25 on July 27, won The Open 2017 in a final-day duel with Matt Kuchar at Royal Birkdale. Spieth owns three major titles. It does not seem possible that, overall, he has not won since The Open 2017. Perhaps it makes him that much more dangerous.

Rickie Fowler (No. 7)

Three words: He is due. Fowler, 29, will win a major, probably multiple majors, before he is done. No reason he can’t get No. 1 this week. He is coming off a consistently solid showing at Scottish Open 2018 last week (T-6).

Russell Knox (No. 49)

I put Scotsman Knox, 33, on the list primarily because I watched on television two weeks ago as he won Irish Open 2018 in a playoff. He has the crowd support and mental makeup to deal with Carnoustie’s endless challenges. He should feed off a grouping in the first two rounds that feature Woods.

Carnoustie is known for its difficult track, which happens to be baked this year because of a scorching stretch of weather. Expect players to hit plenty of “stingers” with long irons, so as to keep the ball low and controlled while sending it skipping along the rock-hard pan.


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