It is one of the most prestigious golf tournaments in the world, and the 147th edition of the British Open this week at the Carnoustie Golf Links in Scotland will sort out the contenders from the pretenders, with the course long in length as well as the potential for rain.
Henrik Stenson is the defending champion, but the field’s wide open, which should make for fascinating viewing, and you won’t miss a key moment when watching it live at home or streaming the rounds to a mobile device if you’re out and about.
2018 Open Championship Preview
This will be the eighth time that the Open will be held at Angus, Scotland, the first time since 2007, which saw Padraig Harrington win the first of two successive Opens. The course is 7402 yards in length and has a par of 71, and given the layout of the course, scoring might well prove difficult to achieve, keeping in mind that Harrington won in 2007 at -7 via a playoff. The Open consists of players from the European Tour, the PGA Tour and the Japan Golf Tour, with a host of Australians set to play, most notably multiple major winner Jason Day, who has gone close in previous British Opens but looks to be in the right frame of mind to play a major part in the tournament.
When: July 19-22
Where: Carnoustie Golf Links, Scotland
Rory McIlroy seems to be finding form at the right time and could well be the man to beat. Like most, he struggled with Shinnecock during the 2018 US Open and missed the cut. He then went to the Travellers and finished in a tie for 12th, six shots behind multiple major winner Bubba Watson. He produced decent showings at both the Irish Open and the Augusta Masters and appears on target to be a contender. He hasn’t won an event since the Arnold Palmer earlier in the year, but we know that on his day, he’s one of the most damaging players in the world and can win anything he sets his mind to if the game is on song, which it appears as though it is. Hopefully he can produce it on the big stage, but don’t look for the British Open Free to air in Australia.
Open Championship Live TV Times (AEST)
Round 1 Thursday 19 July LIVE: 3.30pm – 5.00am
Round 1 Friday 20 July Replay: 12pm – 3.30pm
Round 2 Friday 20 July LIVE: 3.30pm – 5.00am
Round 2 Saturday 21 July Replay: 2.30pm – 6pm
Round 3 Saturday 21 July LIVE: 7.00pm – 5.00am
Round 3 Sunday 22 July Replay: 12pm – 5pm
Final Day Sunday 22 July LIVE: 6.00pm – 4.30am
Final Day Monday 23 July Replay: 5pm – 10pm
Sydney Australia time, adjust for regional differences. Full British Open replays available daily on Fox Sports starting Friday 20 July.
Watch or Stream the British Open Live
You won’t find this year’s British Open on Free to Air, but Fox Sports (Foxtel) will provide the most complete LIVE coverage of this prestigious event, including news, replays and one hour highlights after each round, as well as the option to watch the Open Championship live online with Foxtel Now.
So if you’re a resident of Australia you may wish to consider the Foxtel Sports Combo Pack which will offer this exciting PGA action in full, and if you have to be out and about you can stream the British Open free through the Foxtel app within just minutes of getting started.
British Open Golfers to Watch
2010 winner Louis Oosthuizen comes to Scotland as one of the hardest to beat after a strong placing at the US Open behind the man mentioned down below. That tournament showed the golfing world that he is fit and healthy, and a fit and healthy Oosthuizen is a dangerous player. The big advantage with him is that he has a really good record at St Andrews compared to most players who find the course to be an absolute nightmare.
Jordan Speith had a slow start to 2018, but he’s overcame that with some impressive outings of late, in particular the US Open where he came from behind on the final day and held his nerve to get the job done. There has been talk that he has arrived in Scotland a bit later than other players, and that could be a disadvantaged given how tricky the course is, so they have less time to learn the best ways to navigate it. His 2018 campaign hasn’t been what he hoped, but he can never be counted out.
Rickie Fowler was simply horrendous at the US Open in 2018, but a few high class players just didn’t handle the tricky Chambers Bay course, which was regarded by some as the worlds worst golf course. His recent form since has been good, and he did handle the course well including a final round 67 just a few years back. His record suggests he can handle windy conditions, including a second place finish in the 2018 Masters at Augusta, so he can definitely bounce back.
The highest ranked Australian leading into Royal Birkdale is Jason Day, who pulled off one of the most courageous efforts by an Australian sports person in the 2015 US Open given he collapsed with vertigo at the end of the second round, then soldiered on and was outstanding in defeat. His 2018 has been a mixed bag, but he should prove to be quite dangerous here, as he will entered overlooked, and best of all, you have the option of live British Open streaming if you’re out and about.