CLEVELAND, Ohio — Rory McIlroy is grouped with Marc Leishman and Thorbjorn Olesen for Rounds 1-2 of The Open Championship 2018 this week during 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 countless other notables in a field.
Johnson is ranked No. 1 in a world. He won U.S. Open 2016.
Thomas, 25, is ranked No. 2. He has won 8 times on a PGA Tour, including PGA Championship 2017.
The burning Reed, 27, won The Masters 2018 — his initial vital title.
European Tour fable Sergio’s initial vital feat came during a 2017 Masters; a yearlong jubilee ensued. Garcia, from Spain, seeks emancipation for a playoff detriment to Harrington a prior time The Open was hold during Carnoustie (2007).
Woods, 42, is on a brief list of biggest golfers ever. He has been stranded on 14 vital victories given prevalent during a 2008 U.S. Open in a playoff opposite Rocco Mediate. He has played good in fits and starts in a latest iteration of his comebacks.
Mickelson, 48, owns 5 vital titles, including a 2013 Open Championship in a shocker. 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.
Koepka, 28, is a quietest superb actor a golf universe has seen in a prolonged time. In June, he won his second true U.S. Open. When his wrists are sound, he consistently has been a cause in other majors, too. He is ranked No. 4 (shhhhh).
Northern Ireland’s McIlroy owns 4 vital titles, including The Open 2014. Even yet it seems like he has been around forever, he usually is 29.
England’s Rose, for all his talent, has bagged usually 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 is ranked No. 3.
South Africa’s Stone won Scottish Open 2018 final week. He shot 20-under, including 10-under 60 on Sunday.
Lefty Watson is a usually actor with 3 PGA Tour titles in 2018. He has won dual majors (Masters 2012, 2014).
Ireland’s Harrington successfully shielded his Open Championship during Royal Birkdale in 2008. He also won a 2008 PGA Championship.
Armour, 42, from Akron, 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.
Spieth, who turns 25 on Jul 27, won The Open 2017 in a final-day duel with Matt Kuchar. Spieth owns 3 vital titles. Overall, he has not won given The Open 2017.
Carnoustie is famous for a formidable track, that happens to be baked this year given 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.
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.)