147th Open Championship: Preview, Leaderboard, Aussie Tee Times & More

EIGHT Aussie golfers will carry the nation’s hopes this week when the 147th Open Championship tees off at what is generally agreed to be the toughest layout on the championship rota.

Carnoustie Golf Links is particularly long and narrow links course situated on an exposed stretch of coastland and with strategic bunkering to well test the mettle of the world’s best.

Australia has never had a winner at the Scottish course but maybe with the recently departed five-time Open champion Peter Thomson looking down this might just be the time.

We’ve gone close in recent times – notably Adam Scott at Royal Lytham in 2012 and Marc Leishman at St Andrews in 2015 – but not quite close enough. Our last winner was Greg Norman way back in 1993 at Royal St George’s (following his 1986 Turnberry win).

Scott and Leishman will again be flying the flag, along with our highest ranked player in Jason Day, Matt Jones, Brett Rumford, current Australian Open champion Cameron Davis, Cameron Smith,  and Lucas Herbert, playing his second major after making his debut at the U.S. Open last month. 

It should be another fascinating edition of golf’s oldest major, with leading contenders including defending champion Jordan Spieth, world number one Dustin Johnson, 2014 champion Rory McIlroy, 2016 winner Henrik Stenson, the seemingly perennially in form Justin Rose, Rickie Fowler, who has got to win a major sometime soon you’d think … and of course three-time winner Tiger Woods, back at the Open for the first time in three years.

Carnoustie Course Video Preview

Australasian tee times (local time & AEST):

Round 1

  • 11:36am 8:36pm – Brandt Snedeker (USA), Sam Locke (SCO), Cameron Davis
  • 12:20pm 9:20pm – Michael Hendry, Kelly Kraft (USA), Lee Westwood (ENG)
  • 12:53pm 9:53pm – Rory McIlroy (NIR), Marc Leishman,Thorbjorn Olesen (DEN)
  • 1:15pm 10:15pm – Zach Johnson (USA), Adam Scott, Brendan Steele (USA) 
  • 1:37pm 10:37pm – Jason Day, Shota Akiyoshi (JPN). Haotong Li (CHN)
  • 2:37pm 11:37pm – Lucas Herbert, Min Chel Choi (KOR), Jason Kokrak (USA)
  • 2:59pm 11:59pm – Ian Poulter (ENG), Cameron Smith, Brooks Koepka (USA)
  • 3:32pm 12:32am – Jason Dufner (USA), Ryan Fox, Keegan Bradley (USA)
  • 4:05pm 1:05am – Brett Rumford, Masanori Kabayashi (JPN), Jack Senior (ENG) 
  • 4:16pm 1:16am – Matt Jones, Thomas Curtis (ENG), Bronson Burgoon (USA)

Round 2

  • 6:35am 3:35pm – Brandt Snedeker (USA), Sam Locke (SCO), Cameron Davis
  • 7:19am 4:19pm – Michael Hendry, Kelly Kraft (USA), Lee Westwood (ENG)
  • 7:52am 4:52pm – Rory McIlroy (NIR), Marc Leishman,Thorbjorn Olesen (DEN)
  • 8:14am 5:14pm – Zach Johnson (USA), Adam Scott, Brendan Steele (USA) 
  • 8:36am 5:36pm – Jason Day, Shota Akiyoshi (JPN). Haotong Li (CHN)
  • 9:36am 6:36pm – Lucas Herbert, Min Chel Choi (KOR), Jason Kokrak (USA) 
  • 9:58am 6:58pm – Ian Poulter (ENG), Cameron Smith, Brooks Koepka (USA)
  • 10:31am 7:31pm – Jason Dufner (USA), Ryan Fox, Keegan Bradley (USA)
  • 11:04am 8:04pm – Brett Rumford, Masanori Kabayashi (JPN), Jack Senior (ENG)
  • 11:15am 8:15pm – Matt Jones, Thomas Curtis (ENG), Bronson Burgoon (USA)

Form guide of Aussie golfers at Carnoustie:

Jason Day
World ranking: 9

Number of tournaments played this year: 10 (PGA TOUR)

Best finish this year: 1st – Farmers Insurance Open & Wells Fargo Championship 

Last victory: 6 May 2018 – Wells Fargo Championship (PGA TOUR)

How he got in the field: Being ranked in the first 50 players on the Official World Golf Ranking at week 21, 2018.

Record at The Open
2010      T60
2011      T30
2012      DNP
2013      T32
2014      T58
2015      T4
2016      T22
2017      T27
 
Marc Leishman
World ranking: 18

Number of tournaments played this year: 16 (PGA TOUR)

Best finish this year: 2nd – AT&T Byron Nelson

Last victory: 17 September, 2017 – BMW Championship (PGA TOUR)

How he got in the field:  First 10 and anyone tying for 10th place at the 146th Open Championship (2017) at Royal Birkdale. 

Record at The Open
2010      T60
2011      DNP
2012      MC
2013      MC
2014      T5
2015      T2
2016      T53
2017      T6

Cameron Smith
World ranking: 44

Number of tournaments played this year: 15 – PGA TOUR

Best finish this year: T5 – The Masters & WGC Dell Technologies Match Play

Last victory: 3 December, 2017 – Australian PGA Championship (ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia, European Tour)

How he got in the field: Being ranked in the first 50 players on the Official World Golf Ranking at week 21, 2018.

Record at The Open:
2017      MC

Adam Scott
World ranking: 82

Number of tournaments played this year: 13 (PGA TOUR)

Best finish this year: T9 – AT&T Byron Nelson

Last victory: 6 March 2016 – WGC – Cadillac Championship

How he got in the field: Playing members of the 2017 Presidents Cup Teams.

Record at The Open
2000      MC
2001      T47
2002      MC
2003      MC
2004      T42
2005      T34
2006      T8
2007      T27
2008      T16
2009      MC
2010      T27
2011      T25
2012      2nd
2013      T3
2014      T5
2015      T10
2016      T43
2017      T22
 
Cameron Davis
World ranking: 128

Number of tournaments played this year: 13 – ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia, Web.com Tour, PGA TOUR & Asian Tour

Best finish this year: 1st – Nashville Golf Open

Last victory:  27 May 2018 – Nashville Golf Open (Web.com Tour)

How he got in the field: Emirates Australian Open 2017. Three places to the leading three players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 10 and ties

Record at The Open:
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Lucas Herbert
World ranking: 177

Number of tournaments played this year: 10 – ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia, European Tour, Asian Tour

Best finish this year: 3rd – ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth & Rocco Forte Sicilian Open

Last victory:  Yet to win a professional tournament

How he got in the field: SMBC Singapore Open 2018. Four places to the leading four players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 12 and ties

Record at The Open:
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Matthew Jones
World ranking: 277

Number of tournaments played this year: 14 – PGA TOUR

Best finish this year: T12 – John Deere Classic

Last victory: 29 November 2015 – Australian Open (ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia)

How he got in the field: Emirates Australian Open 2017. Three places to the leading three players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 10 and ties

Record at The Open: 
2014      T54
2015      T30
2016      T39
2017      DNP

Brett Rumford
World ranking: 393

Number of tournaments played this year: 14 – ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia, European Tour, Asian Tour

Best finish this year: T5 – Open de Espana

Last victory: 19 February 2017 – ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth (ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia, European Tour, Asian Tour)

How he got in the field: First and anyone tying for 1st place on the Order of Merit of the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia for 2017.

Record at The Open: 
2001      MC
2006      16
2013      MC
2014      MC
2015      T74
2017      DNP

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Brian is an award winning golf writer and is the founder and editor of Australian Senior Golfer. He is a former Sydney journalist who had little interest in golf till he hit his first ball at the age of 49 (and a half). Since then golf has just about overtaken his life. Brian founded ASG in April 2008 and has since covered every Australian Open, Presidents Cups, World Cups and numerous other big men’s and women’s tournaments, spending days inside the ropes with the likes of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Tom Watson, Fred Couples, Greg Norman, Adam Scott, Jason Day, Karrie Webb, and many others. He has also played in, and reported on, numerous amateur tournaments, particularly senior and veteran events, around the country. Brian is a member of the Australian Golf Media Association and won the award for Best News Report for 2016 - 2017

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