2018 Open Championship
The 2018 Open Championship was the 147th Open Championship, and was held from 19–22 July 2018 at Carnoustie Golf Links in Angus, Scotland. It was the eighth Open Championship to be played at Carnoustie.
|Dates||19–22 July 2018|
|Course(s)||Carnoustie Golf Links|
|Organized by||The R&A|
|Length||7,402 yards (6,768 m)|
|Field||156 players, 79 after cut|
Playing conditions were unusual as a result of the heatwave in Scotland which had produced brown, dry and sun-baked fairways and brown rough. The fairways played quickly, enabling several players to hit drives that covered over 400 yards.
Francesco Molinari posted a bogey-free final round of 69 to win his first major championship. Molinari finished two shots ahead of Kevin Kisner, Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose and Xander Schauffele. He became the first Italian player to win a major.
The 2018 Open Championship was the third to be televised domestically by Sky Sports on dedicated channel Sky Sports The Open. In the United States, it was the third Open Championship to be televised by NBC (Golf Channel's parent network).
|3||Jockie's Burn||350||4||12||Southward Ho||503||4|
|6||Hogan's Alley ^||580||5||15||Lucky Slap||472||4|
^ the 6th hole was named Long until 2003
Lengths of the course for previous Opens:
- 1. The Open Champions aged 60 or under on 22 July 2018
Mark Calcavecchia, Stewart Cink (2), Darren Clarke (2), David Duval, Ernie Els (2), Todd Hamilton, Pádraig Harrington (2), Zach Johnson (2), Tom Lehman, Sandy Lyle, Rory McIlroy (2,3,4,5,10), Phil Mickelson (2,4,15), Louis Oosthuizen (2,4,15), Jordan Spieth (2,3,4,8,9,12,15), Henrik Stenson (2,4,5), Tiger Woods
- Eligible but did not enter: Ian Baker-Finch, Ben Curtis, Justin Leonard
- Paul Lawrie and John Daly withdrew before the tournament.
- 2. The Open Champions for 2008–2017
- 3. Top 10 finishers and ties in the 2017 Open Championship
- 4. Top 50 players in the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) for Week 21, 2018
Kiradech Aphibarnrat (5), Daniel Berger (12,15), Patrick Cantlay (12), Paul Casey (12), Kevin Chappell (12,15), Jason Day (10,11,12,15), Bryson DeChambeau, Tony Finau (12), Ross Fisher (5), Matthew Fitzpatrick (5), Tommy Fleetwood (5), Rickie Fowler (12,15), Sergio García (5,9,12), Adam Hadwin (12,15), Brian Harman (12), Tyrrell Hatton (5), Charley Hoffman (12,15), Dustin Johnson (8,12,15), Kim Si-woo (11,15), Kevin Kisner (12,15), Satoshi Kodaira (20), Alexander Lévy (5), Hideki Matsuyama (12,15), Francesco Molinari (5,6), Pat Perez (12), Ian Poulter, Jon Rahm (5,12), Patrick Reed (9,12,15), Justin Rose (5,12), Xander Schauffele (12), Charl Schwartzel (5,15), Webb Simpson (11,12), Cameron Smith, Kyle Stanley (12), Brendan Steele, Justin Thomas (10,12,15), Bubba Watson (9), Gary Woodland (12)
- 6. Last three BMW PGA Championship winners
- 7. Top 5 players, not already exempt, within the top 20 of the 2018 Race to Dubai through the BMW International Open
- 8. Last five U.S. Open winners
- 9. Last five Masters Tournament winners
- 10. Last five PGA Championship winners
- 11. Last three Players Championship winners
- 13. Top 5 players, not already exempt, within the top 20 of the 2018 FedEx Cup points list through the Travelers Championship
- 14. Winner of the 2017 Open de Argentina
- 19. Winner of the 2017 Japan Open
- 21. Top 2, not already exempt, on the 2018 Japan Golf Tour Official Money List through the Japan Golf Tour Championship
- 22. Winner of the 2017 Senior Open Championship
- 23. Winner of the 2018 Amateur Championship
Jovan Rebula (a)
- 24. Winner of the 2017 U.S. Amateur
- 25. Winner of the 2018 European Amateur
Nicolai Højgård (a)
- 26. Recipient of the 2017 Mark H. McCormack Medal
- Joaquín Niemann forfeited his exemption by turning professional in April 2018.
- 27. Winner of the 2017 Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship
Lin Yuxin (a)
- Open Qualifying Series
The Open Qualifying Series (OQS) consists of 11 events from the six major tours and the Korean Tour. Places are available to the leading players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top n and ties. In the event of ties, positions go to players ranked highest according to that week's OWGR.
- Final Qualifying
The Final Qualifying events were played on 3 July at four courses covering Scotland and the North-West, Central and South-coast regions of England. Three qualifying places were available at each location.
- Notts (Hollinwell) – Rhys Enoch, Ashton Turner, Oliver Wilson
- Prince's – Retief Goosen, Tom Lewis, Haraldur Magnús
- St Annes Old Links – Marcus Armitage, James Robinson, Jack Senior
- Renaissance Club – Thomas Curtis, Grant Forrest, Sam Locke (a)
To make up the full field of 156, additional places are allocated in ranking order from the Official World Golf Ranking at the time that these places are made available by the Championship Committee.
- Chez Reavie (ranked 53, week 25)
- An Byeong-hun (56)
- Charles Howell III (60)
- Kevin Na (63)
- Beau Hossler (64)
- Ryan Moore (67; replaced Paul Lawrie)
- Andrew Landry (ranked 68, week 27; replaced Bernd Wiesberger)
- Keegan Bradley (75; replaced John Daly)
Nationalities in the fieldEdit
|North America (56)||South America (3)||Europe (52)||Oceania (10)||Asia (23)||Africa (12)|
|Canada (1)||Argentina (1)||England (22)||Australia (8)||China (2)||South Africa (12)|
|Mexico (1)||Paraguay (1)||Northern Ireland (2)||New Zealand (2)||India (2)|
|United States (54)||Venezuela (1)||Scotland (5)||Japan (10)|
|Wales (1)||Malaysia (1)|
|Ireland (3)||South Korea (5)|
|Belgium (2)||Thailand (3)|
Past champions in the fieldEdit
Made the cutEdit
|Player||Country||Year(s) won||R1||R2||R3||R4||Total||To par||Finish|
|Rory McIlroy||Northern Ireland||2014||69||69||70||70||278||−6||T2|
|Tiger Woods||United States||2000, 2005, 2006||71||71||66||71||279||−5||T6|
|Jordan Spieth||United States||2017||72||67||65||76||280||−4||T9|
|Zach Johnson||United States||2015||69||67||72||74||282||−2||T17|
|Phil Mickelson||United States||2013||73||69||70||71||283||−1||T24|
|Stewart Cink||United States||2009||72||70||71||70||283||−1||T24|
|Louis Oosthuizen||South Africa||2010||72||70||69||73||284||E||T28|
Missed the cutEdit
|Player||Country||Year(s) won||R1||R2||Total||To par|
|Tom Lehman||United States||1996||75||71||146||+4|
|Ernie Els||South Africa||2002, 2012||73||76||149||+7|
|Mark Calcavecchia||United States||1989||73||76||149||+7|
|Pádraig Harrington||Ireland||2007, 2008||76||74||150||+8|
|Todd Hamilton||United States||2004||75||76||151||+9|
|Darren Clarke||Northern Ireland||2011||82||83||165||+23|
|David Duval||United States||2001||80||WD|
Thursday, 19 July 2018
Kevin Kisner opened with 66 (−5) for a one-shot lead over Tony Finau, Zander Lombard, and Erik van Rooyen. Kisner was one-over after his first five holes before making a 40-foot eagle putt at the 6th. He made another 35-footer for birdie at the following hole, and added three straight birdies on the back-nine.
Finau made eight birdies in his round to join Van Rooyen and Lombard in second place. Defending champion Jordan Spieth was 3-under before playing his final four holes in 4-over, including a double bogey at the 15th. He finished with 72 (+1). Three-time champion Tiger Woods, playing at the Open for the first time since 2015, had two early birdies but made three bogeys on the back-nine to finish even-par.
Friday, 20 July 2018
Zach Johnson, the 2015 champion, holed a 30-foot putt at the 18th to post a round of 67 (−4) and tie first round leader Kevin Kisner. Kisner held a two-shot lead playing the 18th, but hit his approach in the burn guarding the green and made double bogey.
Pat Perez, Tommy Fleetwood and Xander Schauffele were a shot behind at five-under. Perez was tied for the lead playing the 18th, but hit into a bunker and made bogey. Fleetwood, runner-up at the U.S. Open after shooting 63 in the final round, shot a bogey-free 65 (−6); Fleetwood owns the course record of 63 at Carnoustie, made at the 2017 Dunhill Links Championship.
Rory McIlroy, the 2014 champion, shot 69 (−2) for a second straight day to join a group two shots out of the lead. Jordan Spieth, one-over after the first round, rebounded with a 4-under 67 to get within three of the lead, while Tiger Woods shot another even-par round.
|T1||Zach Johnson||United States||69-67=136||−6|
|Kevin Kisner||United States||66-70=136|
|Pat Perez||United States||69-68=137|
|Xander Schauffele||United States||71-66=137|
|T6||Tony Finau||United States||67-71=138||−4|
|Matt Kuchar||United States||70-68=138|
|Zander Lombard||South Africa||67-71=138|
|Rory McIlroy||Northern Ireland||69-69=138|
|Erik van Rooyen||South Africa||67-71=138|
Saturday, 21 July 2018
Defending champion Jordan Spieth shot a six-under 65 to tie Kevin Kisner and Xander Schauffele for the 54-hole lead. Spieth, beginning the third round three off the lead, drove the green on the par-four 1st and made eagle, and then added a birdie on the 4th to tie. At the 10th, he hit his tee shot into the rough but managed to escape with a birdie, and then made another at 11. He birdied the par-5 14th, and then holed a long birdie putt at the par-3 16th.
Schauffele shot a four-under 67 that included six birdies, finishing his round with a long putt at the 18th from just off the back of the green. Kisner, tied for the lead coming into the round, shot a bogey-free 68 (−3).
Tiger Woods began the round six behind but made three straight birdies on holes 9–11, and then briefly tied for the lead after a birdie at 14. He made bogey on the 16th but managed to save par at the last after his tee shot narrowly missed the burn. He finished with a round of 66 (−5) and was four back.
Zach Johnson was tied with Kisner entering the round but made bogey at 11 and double bogey at the 12th, settling for a one-over round of 72 and falling four shots behind. Justin Rose had the round of the day with 64, tying for the lowest round at an Open Championship at Carnoustie.
|T1||Kevin Kisner||United States||66-70-68=204||−9|
|Xander Schauffele||United States||71-66-67=204|
|Jordan Spieth||United States||72-67-65=204|
|4||Kevin Chappell||United States||70-69-67=206||−7|
|Zach Johnson||United States||69-67-72=208|
|Matt Kuchar||United States||70-68-70=208|
|Rory McIlroy||Northern Ireland||69-69-70=208|
|Webb Simpson||United States||70-71-67=208|
|Tiger Woods||United States||71-71-66=208|
Sunday, 22 July 2018
Francesco Molinari shot a bogey-free round of 69 (−2) to become the first Italian to win a major championship. Molinari was three shots behind at the start of the round and began with 13 straight pars before a birdie at the par-5 14th. He hit his approach close to the pin at the 18th and converted another birdie to post 8-under. Molinari didn't make a bogey in his last 37 holes.
Tiger Woods, paired with Molinari, made two birdies on the front-nine to take solo possession of the lead. At the 11th, however, he hit his tee shot in the rough and his approach over the green. His chip shot came up short of the green and he failed to get up-and-down, settling for a double bogey. He made another bogey at the 12th, and despite getting a birdie at the par-5 14th after chipping from close to the 4th pin on the double green he finished three shots behind after an even-par 71.
Xander Schauffele was in a three-way tie for the lead at the start of the round but found trouble at the 5th when his approach shot buried in a greenside bunker. That led to a bogey, and he made another bogey at the 6th after hitting into a bunker once again. At the 7th Schauffele hit his tee shot into the rough and failed to get out on his second shot. His third went over the green and he made double bogey. He rebounded with a birdie at the 10th to get back into the lead, and another at the 14th. One shot back of Molinari playing the 17th, Schauffele's approach went well right of the green and he made bogey to finish two behind.
Kevin Kisner was also tied for the lead, but began his round with a double bogey at the 2nd after having to play sideways out of a fairway bunker. He made three more bogeys on the front-nine for a four-over 40. He began the second nine with a birdie at 10, joining a six-way tie for the lead at six-under. A dropped shot at the 12th, however, saw Kisner fall out of the lead and he also finished two behind Molinari.
Defending champion Jordan Spieth, tied with Kisner and Schauffele at the start of the round, failed to make a birdie on his way to a five-over 76. He made a bogey at the 5th after hitting into a fairway bunker, then had a double bogey at the 6th after taking an unplayable lie from a bush. He made two more bogeys on the back-nine to finish four shots back.
Rory McIlroy was two-over par after his first eight holes, before birdies at the 9th and 11th. At the 14th he holed a long putt for eagle to tie for the lead at 6-under. But he failed to make another birdie the rest of the round and settled into the four-way tie for second. Justin Rose, who needed a 13-foot birdie at the 18th Friday just to make the cut, eagled the 14th after his approach hit the flag, then birdied the 18th after a close approach to also finish runner-up.
|Place||Player||Country||Score||To par||Money ($)|
|T2||Kevin Kisner||United States||66-70-68-74=278||−6||694,250|
|Rory McIlroy||Northern Ireland||69-69-70-70=278|
|Xander Schauffele||United States||71-66-67-74=278|
|T6||Kevin Chappell||United States||70-69-67-73=279||−5||327,000|
|Tiger Woods||United States||71-71-66-71=279|
|T9||Tony Finau||United States||67-71-71-71=280||−4||219,000|
|Matt Kuchar||United States||70-68-70-72=280|
|Jordan Spieth||United States||72-67-65-76=280|
Amateur: Locke (+9)
Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par
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