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Sleepers to Watch at the 2018 Open Championship

Sleepers to Watch at the 2018 Open Championship”

If you haven't got access to Sky, BBC 2 is showing highlights from today's opening round from 8pm.

Woods' mood could perhaps be explained by his failure to recapture the form many associate with the successful golfer, who became the first athlete to earn over a billion dollars in his career in 2009. That means it's going to play long with bunkers placed in just the right positions to make club selection as a premium this week.

Three of his housemates also were under par - PGA champion Justin Thomas (69), two-time major champion Zach Johnson (70), and Rickie Fowler (70). The key to success at Carnoustie remains smart course management, avoiding bunkers and scrambling well for par.

Padraig Harrington endured an even worse afternoon.

"Yesterday I went and checked with Tiger and I met "Rosey" in Indonesia previous year so I just asked him if I could get a practice round". The leader makes very little appeal at [25.0] and nor do any of that leading group. "I birdied 1 and birdied 3, and I was right there".

One way of whittling down potential selections is to try and predict the weather and its effect.

Plus, these late starters are unlikely to see their odds drift throughout the morning. Another is defending champion Jordan Spieth, who was in range of the lead until he made one mental error and two bad swings while dropping four shots over the last four holes for a 72 that didn't do too much damage. He tried to play to his spots, even if it routinely left him more than 200 yards for his approach.

Fowler is in the seventh last group, which is around the flawless time. "No one's going to argue with him - he did it like at Hoylake, and he was able to win there".

No, it's not. Historically it's probably the hardest - resistant to scoring and this year brick hard - of all the courses in the Open rotation.

Here are a few other thoughts after Round 1 of the 147th Open. If this were a US Open - and the demands are not that different - both would be a fraction of these odds. So I came here Monday and worked really hard on my speed, which is always the hardest thing for us to get accustomed to here.

He followed up his tied eighth finish at the Italian Open in May with a tie for sixth at the Irish Open two weeks ago, and another excellent performance on a benign day at Carnoustie brought a satisfied smile to his face. "And if the wind allows me to be more aggressive, then, obviously, I get it down there".

Here's an interesting outsider of three. Ranked 11th in the world, Noren is now ranked second in the European Tour's Race to Dubai behind Patrick Reed, who has European Tour status this season. It looked easy. Carnoustie looked gettable.

Considering Ikeda's poor record, this was a disappointing bet to lose yesterday with an even par round.

His safety-first golf - apart from a mis-hit off the tee on the 10th - was impressive. The formbook deserves another chance.



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