2018 Open Championship Preview and Broadcast Schedule


The 147th Open Championship gets under way early on Thursday morning at Carnoustie Golf Links on the east coast of Scotland. Carnoustie is the northernmost course in the Open rota and also considered the toughest. Nicknamed “Car-Nasty,” the famous links will stretch to 7402 yards, longer than any course in Open history.

“When the wind is blowing, it is the toughest course in Britain,” once said Sir Michael Bonallack. “And when it’s not blowing, it’s probably still the toughest.”

“It’s a difficult golf course,” said Australian Jack Newton, who lost in an Open playoff with Tom Watson at Carnoustie in 1975, “but no tricks to it.”

The lowest score at Carnoustie in the 2007 Open Championship was a 64 shot by Steve Stricker and Richard Green.


An aerial view of the 2018 Open Championship venue, Carnoustie Golf Links

The 2018 field of 156 players will face coastal winds and a challenging terrain dominated by shades of brown. The only thing green at Carnoustie is the greens, noted ESPN senior golf writer Bob Harig. They’ll also encounter fast fairways and slow putting surfaces.

The opening tee shot will be struck by 60-year-old Sandy Lyle, a Scot and a two-time major champion, including the 1985 Open Championship at Royal St. George’s. Unless he can manage a top-10 finish, this will be Lyle’s final Open in a Hall of Fame career.

Three-time Open winner Tiger Woods will be playing in his first Open Championship since 2015 when he missed the cut at St. Andrews. Tiger will join Hideki Matsuyama and Russell Knox for the first two rounds. Woods finished 12th the last time the Open was contested at Carnoustie, in 2007.

Defending Open champion Jordan Spieth will play alongside world No. 3 Justin Rose and Kiradech Aphibarnat on Thursday and Friday.

This will be the eighth time the Open has come to Carnoustie. On the most recent visit, Padraig Harrington beat Sergio Garcia in a playoff. Here are the previous winners at Carnoustie:

1931 Tommy Armour

1937 Henry Cotton

1953 Ben Hogan

1968 Gary Player

1975 Tom Watson

1999 Paul Lawrie

2007 Padraig Harrington

Open Championship Favorites

Americans have dominated recently, as ESPN’s Ian O’Connor reported:

“Since the start of the 2015 season, American players have won 10 of 14 majors and have gone 2-0 in the Presidents Cup and 1-0 in the Ryder Cup, a 2016 blowout at Hazeltine that signaled a seismic shift in the sport’s power structure. Of greater consequence, two-time U.S. Open champ Brooks Koepka (age 28), Masters champ Patrick Reed (27), PGA champ Justin Thomas (25) and defending Open champ Jordan Spieth (24) arrive at Carnoustie as the first group of Americans in their 20s ever to have won five consecutive majors, according to ESPN Stats & Information.”


The Claret Jug displayed in front of the Carnoustie clubhouse.

Current Open Championship Favorites and Betting Odds

(According to American bookmaker Bovada)

12/1: Dustin Johnson

16/1: Rickie Fowler, Justin Rose

18/1: Rory McIlroy

20/1: Jordan Spieth

22/1: Tommy Fleetwood, Brooks Koepka, Jon Rahm, Justin Thomas, Tiger Woods

28/1: Sergio Garcia, Henrik Stenson

30/1: Alex Noren

33/1: Jason Day, Francesco Molinari

35/1: Patrick Reed

40/1: Paul Casey, Branden Grace, Tyrrell Hatton

45/1: Marc Leishman

50/1: Hideki Matsuyama

60/1: Matthew Fitzpatrick

66/1: Russell Knox, Phil Mickelson, Ian Poulter

75/1: Thomas Pieters

80/1: Matt Kuchar, Louis Oosthuizen, Bubba Watson

100/1: Patrick Cantlay, Tony Finau, Emiliano Grillo, Zach Johnson, Thorbjorn Olesen

Noteworthy Open Groupings

Following are noteworthy groupings, including Thursday and Friday tee times. (All times Eastern.)

2:41 a.m./7:42 a.m.: Tyrrell Hatton, Patrick Cantlay, Shane Lowry

3:03 a.m./8:04 a.m.: Phil Mickelson, Satoshi Kodaira, Rafa Cabrera Bello

4:47 a.m./9:48 a.m.: Matt Kuchar, Anirban Lahiri, Peter Uihlein

4:58 a.m./9:59 a.m.: Jordan Spieth, Justin Rose, Kiradech Aphibarnrat

5:09 a.m./10:10 a.m.: Jon Rahm, Rickie Fowler, Chris Wood

5:20 a.m./10:21 a.m.: Louis Oosthuizen, Paul Casey, Patrick Reed

7:31 a.m./2:30 a.m.: Henrik Stenson, Tommy Fleetwood, Jimmy Walker

7:42 a.m./2:41 a.m.: Matthew Fitzpatrick, Russell Henley, Jovan Rebula (a)

7:53 a.m./2:52 a.m.: Rory McIlroy, Marc Leishman, Thorbjorn Olesen

8:04 a.m./3:03 a.m.: Dustin Johnson, Alex Noren, Charley Hoffman

8:15 a.m./3:14 a.m.: Zach Johnson, Adam Scott, Brendan Steele

8:26 a.m./3:25 a.m.: Justin Thomas, Francesco Molinari, Branden Grace

8:37 a.m./3:36 a.m.: Jason Day, Shota Akiyoshi, Haotong Li

9:48 a.m./4:47 a.m.: Padraig Harrington, Bubba Watson, Matt Wallace

9:59 a.m./4:58 a.m.: Ian Poulter, Cameron Smith, Brooks Koepka

10:10 a.m./5:09 a.m.: Sergio Garcia, Bryson DeChambeau, Shubhankar Sharma

10:21 a.m./5:20 a.m.: Tiger Woods, Hideki Matsuyama, Russell Knox

2018 Open Championship Details

Dates: July 19-22

Course: Carnoustie Golf Links

Par: 71

Yardage: 7402 yards

Purse: $10.5 million

Winner’s share: $1.89 million

Field: 156 players

Defending champion: Jordan Spieth

Tournament weather: The current forecast calls for highs around 60 degrees and light winds. There’s a chance of rain on Friday and Sunday.

2018 Open Championship TV Coverage

All times Eastern

Thursday, July 19: Golf Channel 1:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

Friday, July 20: Golf Channel 1:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

Saturday, July 21: Golf Channel 4:30 a.m.-7 a.m.; NBC 7 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Sunday, July 22: Golf Channel 4:30 a.m.-7 a.m.; NBC 7 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

2018 Open Championship Live Streaming

Live streaming coverage is available at TheOpen.com. Additional viewing options include the Golf Channel app and GolfChannel.com.

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Neil Sagebiel

Neil Sagebiel is a golf writer and author of two golf books published by St. Martin's Press, THE LONGEST SHOT and DRAW IN THE DUNES. He lives in Floyd, Virginia.

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