The 2018 Open Championship will be the 147th Open Championship 2018, held 19–22 July 2018 at Carnoustie Golf Links in Angus, Scotland. It will be the eighth Open Championship played at Carnoustie.
After a U.S. Open in which no one finished at par or better for the week, golf fans can probably expect similar carnage to continue at Carnoustie. The British Open returns to the Scottish links known for its difficult conditions and a 1999 event that featured the worst final-hole disaster in golf history and a playoff at six-over par. This year’s winner at “Car-nasty” will need to overcome 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. So who will hoist the claret jug this time? Here’s our weekly look (with current odds via Westgate Las Vegas Superbook) at our favorite contenders.
With the U.S. Open in the rearview mirror, the PGA tour will soon shift its attention to the Open Championship 2018, which is set to begin on July 19 at Carnoustie Golf Links in Carnoustie, Scotland.
After a forgettable U.S. Open performance, Tiger Woods will look to bounce back at the major that has given him the hardest time over his career. Open Championship 2018 Woods has won in the U.K. three times but has six top-five finishes — the lowest total of any of the majors.
Woods, who has battled injuries in recent years, has continued on the comeback trail, but with limited success. The 42-year-old struggled through a painful opening round at the U.S. Open, which included a triple and two double-bogeys for an 8-over par 78, leaving him in 98th place and ultimately resulting in his failure to make the cut after shooting a 72 in the second round.
Woods had entered the U.S. Open with 20/1 odds to win it.
Tiger Woods left the Quicken Loans National – where he tied for fourth place – with a handful of World Ranking points, some newfound putting confidence and a reason to be optimistic with his next stop The Open at Carnoustie.
He also bolted town with a reason to like his chances at The Open following his missed cut last month at the U.S. Open.
Woods finished tied for seventh at Carnoustie in 1999 despite making just a single birdie on the weekend, and in 2007 he finished tied for 12th on the Scottish links.
Although Carnoustie is considered the toughest of The Open rota courses, Woods said he relishes the test as well as the R&A’s setup philosophy.
“It’s been warm over there and so the grass will probably grow. And that’s one of the neat things about playing The Open Championship, they don’t really care what par is, they just let whatever Mother Nature has,” Woods said. “If it’s in store for a wet Open, it is, if it’s dry, it’s dry. They don’t try and manufacture an Open.”
Although Woods didn’t mention the USGA, it was a timely reference following last month’s U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills, which became unplayable during Round 3 because of certain hole locations and particularly windy and hot conditions.
Some oddsmakers have Woods listed as high as 18/1 for the Open Championship, but as low as 28/1, according to OddsChecker. Most betting sites have Dustin Johnson as the favorite at 10/1, with Rory McIlroy also high on the list at 12/1.
At the U.S. Open, Woods acknowledged that every major is an uphill battle.
“I think they’re all hard,” Woods said, according to ESPN. “They’re not easy. I’ve won a few [U.S. Open titles] over the course of my career, and they’re the hardest fields and usually the hardest setups. …You don’t win major championships by kind of slapping all around the place and missing putts. You have to be on.
“You can’t fake it at a major Open Championship 2018.”
Defending champion Jordan Spieth will look to retain the Claret Jug after a memorable battle in 2017 with Matt Kuchar. According to Bet365, Spieth has 14/1 odds to win the Open Championship, while Kuchar is a serious longshot at 66/1 odds.Full HD TV