The 2018 Open Championship, Who Are The Contenders?

The Open Championship is the one golf tournament every player in the sport wants to win. The Claret Jug will no doubt have a special place on someone’s mantelpiece later this year if they are successful at what could be a cold and windy Royal Carnoustie up in Scotland.

In 2017 Jordan Spieth was his imperious best as he blew away the field at Royal Birkdale, eventually winning by three strokes to land his third different major championship. The American will be looking to become the first man since Padraig Harrington in 2008 to successfully defend this tournament.

Who Are The Contenders To Score In 2018?

Rory McIlroy won the Open Championship for the first time in 2014 at Royal Liverpool where he really established himself as the leading force in the sport at the time. The Northern Irishman has had one or two problems since then on and off the course, however, there is no disputing that when he is red hot, nobody in the game can live with him today.

It is no surprise that Rory is 10/1 in the golf betting to come out on top at Carnoustie. He has shown signs this season that he is close to his best again, most notably at Bay Hill where he won the Arnold Palmer Invitational. A 64 on the final day helped him to finish three shots clear of everyone else in the field.

The former world number one has managed his schedule well this year to ensure he is at his best for the major championships, therefore, we can expect him to be in contention on the final day again.

Tiger Is Back With A Roar

It has been 20 years since Tiger Woods last won a major and many who follow the game thought only a couple of years ago that they’d never see him on a golf course again, nevermind that he’d be in with a shot of extending his tally from 14 wins in the big events.

Woods has proved us all wrong, though, as he looks to be enjoying his golf again. There have been moments in 2018 where he has led tournaments and been in with a shot of the title on the Sunday but sadly he has just not been able to get over the line.

There will come a time this year where Woods produces his best golf across the four days. When that does happen, it should be enough to see him win on the PGA Tour again. The American has so many positive memories from playing in the Open Championship, therefore, he could just click at Carnoustie.

Woods played at the Scottish venue when the Open was held there in 1999 and 2007, so he has plenty of experience of the links course, unlike many of the others in the field this year.

Zach Johnson Can Give You A Run For Your Money

If it is an outsider you are looking to back in the Open in 2018, look no further than Zach Johnson at 100/1. The 2015 champion has once again been underestimated by the bookmakers. The American is very effective at links golf as he proved three years ago, so he’s a worthy contender to have on your shortlist.