We are hours away from Carnasty and the 147th Open Championship. Sam has outlined the course for us, and also given us some fantastic DK plays for us true degenerates. Below are our teams predictions for the future winner, as well as 4 guys we think are good bets to crack the top 10 this week. Enjoy!
Dustin Johnson – We haven’t seen Dustin since the U.S. Open and his “disappointing” 3rd place finish (putter went cold on the weekend) but his stats and finishes this year indicate he’s still in fantastic form. Before the US Open he won the FedEx St. Jude on a walk-off eagle (classic DJ) and an 8th before that at the Memorial. He’s the best in the field in Ball Striking, 3rd in SG: T2G, 5th in Bogey Avoidance and he’s also one of the top wind players in the world. Since 2009, no winner finished better than T30 at this event the year before their win. DJ’s finish last year? 54th. DJ gets his 2nd major this week.
Top 10 locks: DJ, Reed, Tiger, Stenson
Jordan Spieth – Go ahead, spit out whatever is in your mouth – not because you are surprised, more because you think I am an idiot, but I will not be intimidated by the H8r’s! As of 2:30 PM Wednesday, he has the better draw due to wind with the AM/PM tee times (bound to switch 3 more times). He is freaking 22/1. He is the freaking defending champion. And you know what else? He is freaking Jordan Spieth. The same Jordan Spieth that is winless since The Open last year, and is 0 for 23 in that span. Time for a new streak to start. Irons will be dialed in as they have been for a vast majority of the year, he’s proven he can play in the wind and the links style, and that putter gets hot at the right time. Drake made a song about this: Back to Back.
Top 10 locks: Spieth, Rose, Reed, Garcia
Adam Scott – Yes you read this correctly. I’m defying conventional thinking and pulling out the Aussie this week. Adam has been at Carnoustie for three weeks in preparation for this Open and he has made it loud and clear that he feels he has unfinished business at this event after what happened in 2012. I expect vintage Scotty ball striking throughout the week, and Adam will roll in just enough putts to claim the JUG he’s dreamed of hoisting for years.
Top 10 locks: Scott, Fowler, Rose, Rahm
Rory McIlroy – 5, 4, 1. That is his last 3 British Open Championship finishes. I could care less about him not playing great at the Irish or Scottish Open’s that means absolutely nothing to me. in 2014 when he won The British Open at Royal Liverpool he MC’d at the Irish Open, so none of that nonsense means anything. This is a guy who has been streaky his entire career and when he is on there is nobody that can stop him. We hear about Dustin, JT, Rickie whoever none of them are even close to this man’s resume and we tend to forget that. Rory will win this week he will get his 5th major championship and like he said he considers this the second act of his career and I believe he is chasing 10 majors. He is not Tiger or Jack but he wants 8-10 to go down in history as one of the all-time great and I think he knows this week is as important of a tournament as any in his career.
Top 10 locks: Rory, Spieth, Rose, Woods
Dustin Johnson – DJ is the pick to click this week. Though the odds on favorite, Dustin has been quietly flying under the radar amongst experts and media, it feels like. A huge key this week is driving accuracy. With Johnson being the longest player on tour, coupled with his accuracy, he should be able to keep his driver out of the bag and have a lot of good looks. Look for him at the top of the leader board come Sunday.
Top 10 locks: Dustin, Rory, Hatton, Molinari
Jordan Spieth: Open conditions make Jordan play a game that isn’t so straight forward. He thinks less and plays more, and he’s dangerous when that’s the case. Pressures off this year so he will be playing with nothing to lose and is dying to be in contention. That, along with the fact that he doesn’t have to hit wayward drivers and can rely on his irons? Dial it up.
Top 10 locks: Spieth, Brooks, Woods, Rickie
Tommy Fleetwoord – Tommy is one of those “when not if” guys when it comes to majors, and maybe it’s still too early in his career but I think the 2018 Open is when he gets his first major victory. He’s always looked strong in recent majors once he makes it to the weekend, and I think this Open he puts it all together and charges to a victory.
Top 10 locks: Fleetwood, Rose, Woods, Fowler
See you all at the ass crack of dawn! Cheers.