CLEVELAND, Ohio — Zach Johnson and Kevin Kisner were tied for a lead entering a third turn of British Open 2018 on Saturday, Jul 21, during Carnoustie Golf Links in Scotland. Johnson and Kisner were 6-under by 36 holes; 3 players were tied for third during 5-under.
ROYAL ANCIENT GOLF CLUB
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 a eighth time a British Open goes to Carnoustie. … For a final 3 champions during Carnoustie — Padraig Harrington, Paul Lawrie and Tom Watson — it was their initial vital championship. … Tiger Woods earnings to a British Open for a initial time given he missed a cut during St. Andrews in 2015. … Michael Kim warranted a final mark during Carnoustie by winning a John Deere Classic. … Justin Thomas, Justin Rose, Brooks Koepka and Jon Rahm all have a mathematical possibility to strech No. 1 in a universe this week. … Americans in their 20s have won a final 5 vital championships, dual of those by Koepka during a U.S. Open. … Ben Hogan in 1953 is a usually Open champion during Carnoustie to have a 54-hole lead. … The Open has been motionless by a playoff a final 3 times during Carnoustie. … Harrington in 2007 and 2008 is a final actor to successful urge in a British Open. … Spieth has not won a contest given his British Open pretension final year during Royal Birkdale.
Next year: Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland.
(Fact box from Associated Press.)
SPOTLIGHT ON THEM: Here are 10 players whom DMan will be watching, regardless either they are among favorites to win (World Golf Ranking in parentheses):
Sergio Garcia (No. 19)
Spaniard Sergio’s initial vital feat came during a 2017 Masters; a year-long jubilee ensued. The European Tour legend, 38, owns 3 Top-10’s this deteriorate and loves to contest in The Open (10 career Top-10’s). And Carnoustie owes him one. In 2007, a prior time The Open unfolded here, Sergio missed a brief putt for a win — how it didn’t go down is over me — on a 72nd hole. He mislaid to Padraig Harrington in a playoff. MISSED CUT
Tiger Woods (No. 71)
Woods, given his standing as one of a biggest golfers ever, is must-see-TV each time he plays. Woods, 42, has been stranded on 14 vital titles given prevalent during a 2008 U.S. Open in a playoff opposite Rocco Mediate. He has achieved good in spurts during his latest quip iteration; we unequivocally favourite a ball-striking and march government en lane to T-4 during Quicken Loans National 3 weeks ago.
Phil Mickelson (No. 20)
Lefty, 48, owns 5 vital titles, including a The Open 2013 in a stunner. At The Open 2016, he was marvellous in a duel with Henrik Stenson during Royal Troon, usually to lose. Lefty’s performances have been all over a map this season, and his new contempt for a manners of golf figure to make him consort for a notoriously assertive European media. He won’t win, and simply could skip a cut, though a exit won’t be quiet.
Tommy Fleetwood (No. 10)
England’s Fleetwood, 27, is most some-more than issuing locks. He owns one abroad feat and 3 PGA Tour Top-5’s this season, including second place during a U.S. Open. Oh, by a way: He is Carnoustie’s march record-holder.
Brooks Koepka (No. 4)
Koepka, 28, is a quietest superb actor a golf universe has seen in a prolonged time. If it is probable that a fourth-ranked golfer can be severely undervalued, Koepka is he. In June, he won his second true U.S. Open. When his wrists are sound, he has been a cause in other majors, too.
Justin Rose (No. 3)
England’s Rose, for all his talent, has bagged only one vital — a 2013 U.S. Open. But Rose, 37, has been on a front page of copiousness of vital leaderboards during some indicate over a 4 days. He has won twice on a PGA Tour this season. In other words: Book him for row this week.
Ryan Armour (No. 105)
Akron’s Armour, 42, a product of Walsh Jesuit and Ohio State, creates his major-championship entrance in a midst of a career renaissance. He has warranted some-more than $2 million this season. This is his first-ever revisit to Scotland. Here’s anticipating Armour, a category act and unapproachable Northeast Ohioan, can startle a universe a approach Kent State product Ben Curtis did in winning The Open 2003. MISSED CUT
Jordan Spieth (No. 6)
Spieth, who turns 25 on Jul 27, won The Open 2017 in a final-day duel with Matt Kuchar during Royal Birkdale. Spieth owns 3 vital titles. It does not seem probable that, overall, he has not won given The Open 2017. Perhaps it creates him that most some-more dangerous.
Rickie Fowler (No. 7)
Three words: He is due. Fowler, 29, will win a major, substantially mixed majors, before he is done. No reason he can’t get No. 1 this week. He is entrance off a consistently plain display during Scottish Open 2018 final week (T-6).
Russell Knox (No. 49)
I put Scotsman Knox, 33, on a list essentially since we watched on radio dual weeks ago as he won Irish Open 2018 in a playoff. He has a throng support and mental makeup to understanding with Carnoustie’s unconstrained challenges. He should feed off a organisation in a initial dual rounds that facilities Woods. MISSED CUT
Carnoustie is famous for a formidable track, that happens to be baked this year since of a boiling widen of weather. Expect players to strike copiousness of “stingers” with prolonged irons, so as to keep a round low and tranquil while promulgation it skipping along a rock-hard pan.