2018 Open Championship

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2018 Open Championship
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Tournament information
Dates19–22 July 2018
LocationAngus, Scotland
Course(s)Carnoustie Golf Links
Championship Course
Organized byThe R&A
Tour(s)
Statistics
Par71
Length7,402 yards (6,768 m)
Field156 players, 79 after cut
Cut145 (+3)
Prize fund$10,500,000[1]
Winner's share$1,890,000
€1,625,387
Champion
Italy Francesco Molinari
276 (−8)
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Carnoustie is located in Scotland
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Location in Scotland
Carnoustie is located in Angus
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Location in Angus, Scotland

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.

Playing conditions were unusual as a result of the heatwave in Scotland which had produced brown, dry and sun-baked fairways and brown rough.[2] The fairways played quickly, enabling several players to hit drives that covered over 400 yards.[3]

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.

Media[edit]

The 2018 Open Championship was the third to be televised domestically by Sky Sports on dedicated channel Sky Sports The Open.[4] In the United States, it was the third Open Championship to be televised by NBC (Golf Channel's parent network).[5]

Venue[edit]

The 2018 event was the eighth Open Championship played at the Carnoustie Golf Links. The most recent was in 2007, with Pádraig Harrington winning the first of his two consecutive Open titles.[6]

Course layout[edit]

Championship Course[7]

Hole Name Yards Par Hole Name Yards Par
1 Cup 396 4 10 South America 465 4
2 Gulley 461 4 11 Dyke 382 4
3 Jockie's Burn 350 4 12 Southward Ho 503 4
4 Hillocks 415 4 13 Whins 175 3
5 Brae 412 4 14 Spectacles 513 5
6 Hogan's Alley ^ 580 5 15 Lucky Slap 472 4
7 Plantation 410 4 16 Barry Burn 248 3
8 Short 187 3 17 Island 460 4
9 Railway 474 4 18 Home 499 4
Out 3,685 36 In 3,717 35
Total 7,402 71

^ the 6th hole was named Long until 2003

Lengths of the course for previous Opens:[8]

Field[edit]

Each player is classified according to the first category in which he qualified, but other categories are shown in parentheses.[9][10]

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

2. The Open Champions for 2008–2017
3. Top 10 finishers and ties in the 2017 Open Championship

Rafa Cabrera-Bello (4,5), Branden Grace (4,5,15), Brooks Koepka (4,8,12,15), Matt Kuchar (4,12,15), Marc Leishman (4,12,15), Li Haotong (4,5), Alex Norén (4,5,6), Matthew Southgate

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)

5. Top 30 on the 2017 Race to Dubai

Nicolas Colsaerts, Paul Dunne, Dylan Frittelli, Scott Jamieson, Shane Lowry, Thorbjørn Olesen, Thomas Pieters, Jordan Smith, Hideto Tanihara, Peter Uihlein, Lee Westwood, Fabrizio Zanotti

6. Last three BMW PGA Championship winners

Chris Wood

7. Top 5 players, not already exempt, within the top 20 of the 2018 Race to Dubai through the BMW International Open

Alexander Björk, Jorge Campillo, Matt Wallace

8. Last five U.S. Open winners

Martin Kaymer

9. Last five Masters Tournament winners

Danny Willett

10. Last five PGA Championship winners

Jason Dufner (12), Jimmy Walker

11. Last three Players Championship winners
12. The 30 qualifiers for the 2017 Tour Championship

Russell Henley, Jhonattan Vegas (15)

13. Top 5 players, not already exempt, within the top 20 of the 2018 FedEx Cup points list through the Travelers Championship

Chesson Hadley, Patton Kizzire, Luke List

14. Winner of the 2017 Open de Argentina

Brady Schnell

15. Playing members of the 2017 Presidents Cup teams

Emiliano Grillo, Anirban Lahiri, Adam Scott

16. Winner of the 2017 Asian Tour Order of Merit

Gavin Green

17. Winner of the 2017 PGA Tour of Australasia Order of Merit

Brett Rumford

18. Winner of the 2017–18 Sunshine Tour Order of Merit

George Coetzee

19. Winner of the 2017 Japan Open

Yuta Ikeda

20. Top 2 on the 2017 Japan Golf Tour Official Money List

Yūsaku Miyazato

21. Top 2, not already exempt, on the 2018 Japan Golf Tour Official Money List through the Japan Golf Tour Championship

Kodai Ichihara, Ryuko Tokimatsu

22. Winner of the 2017 Senior Open Championship

Bernhard Langer

23. Winner of the 2018 Amateur Championship

Jovan Rebula (a)

24. Winner of the 2017 U.S. Amateur
  • Doc Redman forfeited his exemption by turning professional in May 2018.[16]
25. Winner of the 2018 European Amateur

Nicolai Højgård (a)

26. Recipient of the 2017 Mark H. McCormack Medal
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.

Location Tournament Date Spots Top Qualifiers
Australia Emirates Australian Open 26 Nov 3 10 Jonas Blixt, Cameron Davis, Matt Jones
Africa Joburg Open 11 Dec 3 10 Shaun Norris, Shubhankar Sharma, Erik van Rooyen
Singapore SMBC Singapore Open 21 Jan 4 12 Danthai Boonma, Sean Crocker, Lucas Herbert, Jazz Janewattananond
Japan Mizuno Open 27 May 4 12 Shota Akiyoshi, Michael Hendry, Masahiro Kawamura, Masanori Kobayashi
Korea Kolon Korea Open 24 Jun 2 8 Choi Min-chel, Park Sang-hyun
France HNA Open de France 1 Jul 3 10 Marcus Kinhult, Russell Knox, Julian Suri
United States Quicken Loans National 1 Jul 4 12 Abraham Ancer, Ryan Armour, Bronson Burgoon, Kang Sung-hoon
Ireland Dubai Duty Free Irish Open 8 Jul 3 10 Ryan Fox, Zander Lombard, Andy Sullivan
United States A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier 8 Jul 4 12 Austin Cook, Jason Kokrak, Kelly Kraft, Brandt Snedeker
Scotland Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open 15 Jul 3 10 Jens Dantorp, Eddie Pepperell, Brandon Stone
United States John Deere Classic 15 Jul 1 5 Michael Kim
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'sRetief Goosen, Tom Lewis, Haraldur Magnús
St Annes Old LinksMarcus Armitage, James Robinson, Jack Senior
The Renaissance ClubThomas Curtis, Grant Forrest, Sam Locke (a)
Alternates

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.

  1. Chez Reavie (ranked 53, week 25)[17]
  2. An Byeong-hun (56)[17]
  3. Charles Howell III (60)[17]
  4. Kevin Na (63)[17]
  5. Beau Hossler (64)[17]
  6. Ryan Moore (67; replaced Paul Lawrie)[18]
  7. Andrew Landry (ranked 68, week 27; replaced Bernd Wiesberger)[15]
  8. Keegan Bradley (75; replaced John Daly)[14]

Nationalities in the field[edit]

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)
 Denmark (2)
 France (1)
 Germany (2)
 Iceland (1)
 Italy (1)
 Spain (4)
 Sweden (6)

Past champions in the field[edit]

Made the cut[edit]

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
Henrik Stenson  Sweden 2016 70 75 71 69 285 +1 T35

Source:[19]

Missed the cut[edit]

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
Sandy Lyle  Scotland 1985 75 76 151 +9
Darren Clarke  Northern Ireland 2011 82 83 165 +23
David Duval  United States 2001 80 WD

Source:[19]

Round summaries[edit]

First round[edit]

Thursday, 19 July 2018

Kevin Kisner opened with 66 (−5) for a one-shot lead over Tony Finau, Zander Lombard, and Erik van Rooyen.[20] 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.[21]

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).[22] 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.[23]

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Kevin Kisner  United States 66 −5
T2 Tony Finau  United States 67 −4
Zander Lombard  South Africa
Erik van Rooyen  South Africa
T5 Ryan Moore  United States 68 −3
Brendan Steele  United States
Brandon Stone  South Africa
T8 Russell Henley  United States 69 −2
Zach Johnson  United States
Kang Sung-hoon  South Korea
Rory McIlroy  Northern Ireland
Pat Perez  United States
Jon Rahm  Spain
Chez Reavie  United States
Matthew Southgate  England
Justin Thomas  United States
Danny Willett  England

Source:[19]

Second round[edit]

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.[24]

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.[25] 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.[26][27]

Rory McIlroy, the 2014 champion, shot 69 (−2) for a second straight day to join a group two shots out of the lead.[28] 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.[29]

World No. 1 and 2 Dustin Johnson and Justin Thomas both missed the cut, Johnson making a double bogey at the last while Thomas made three straight double bogeys on the front-nine.[30]

Place Player Country Score To par
T1 Zach Johnson  United States 69-67=136 −6
Kevin Kisner  United States 66-70=136
T3 Tommy Fleetwood  England 72-65=137 −5
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

Source:[19]

Amateurs: Locke (+3), Højgård (+6), Lin (+12), Rebula (+16)

Third round[edit]

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.[31] 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.[32]

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).[33]

Francesco Molinari didn't make a bogey while getting six birdies to shoot 65 (−6) and move to three off of the lead.[34]

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.[35]

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.[36]

Place Player Country Score To par
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
5 Francesco Molinari  Italy 70-72-65=207 −6
T6 Tommy Fleetwood  England 72-65-71=208 −5
Zach Johnson  United States 69-67-72=208
Matt Kuchar  United States 70-68-70=208
Rory McIlroy  Northern Ireland 69-69-70=208
Alex Norén  Sweden 70-71-67=208
Webb Simpson  United States 70-71-67=208
Tiger Woods  United States 71-71-66=208

Source:[19]

Final round[edit]

Sunday, 22 July 2018

Francesco Molinari shot a bogey-free round of 69 (−2) to become the first Italian to win a major championship.[37] 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.[38]

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.[39][40]

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.[41]

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.[42]

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.[43]

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.[44] 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.[45]

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Francesco Molinari  Italy 70-72-65-69=276 −8 1,890,000
T2 Kevin Kisner  United States 66-70-68-74=278 −6 694,250
Rory McIlroy  Northern Ireland 69-69-70-70=278
Justin Rose  England 72-73-64-69=278
Xander Schauffele  United States 71-66-67-74=278
T6 Kevin Chappell  United States 70-69-67-73=279 −5 327,000
Eddie Pepperell  England 71-70-71-67=279
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

Source:[19]

Amateur: Locke (+9)

Scorecard[edit]

Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Par 4 4 4 4 4 5 4 3 4 4 4 4 3 5 4 3 4 4
Italy Molinari −6 −6 −6 −6 −6 −6 −6 −6 −6 −6 −6 −6 −6 −7 −7 −7 −7 −8
United States Kisner −9 −7 −6 −6 −6 −7 −6 −5 −5 −6 −6 −5 −5 −6 −6 −6 −6 −6
Northern Ireland McIlroy −5 −4 −4 −4 −3 −3 −3 −3 −4 −4 −5 −4 −4 −6 −6 −6 −6 −6
England Rose −4 −4 −4 −4 −3 −3 −3 −3 −3 −3 −3 −3 −3 −5 −5 −5 −5 −6
United States Schauffele −9 −9 −9 −9 −8 −7 −5 −5 −5 −6 −6 −6 −6 −7 −7 −7 −6 −6
United States Chappell −6 −6 −6 −6 −6 −5 −5 −5 −5 −6 −6 −6 −6 −6 −6 −6 −4 −5
England Pepperell −1 −1 −2 −2 −3 −4 −4 −3 −3 −3 −3 −3 −3 −4 −4 −4 −5 −5
United States Woods −5 −5 −5 −6 −6 −7 −7 −7 −7 −7 −5 −4 −4 −5 −5 −5 −5 −5
United States Spieth −9 −9 −9 −9 −8 −6 −6 −6 −6 −6 −6 −6 −6 −6 −5 −5 −4 −4

Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par

Eagle Birdie Bogey Double bogey

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External links[edit]

Preceded by
2018 U.S. Open
Major Championships Succeeded by
2018 PGA Championship

Coordinates: 56°29′49″N 2°43′01″W / 56.497°N 2.717°W / 56.497; -2.717