Sleepers to Watch at the 2018 Open Championship

Tanya Simon
July 18, 2018

Jason Day plans on taking a leaf from the Tiger Woods playbook and trying to win the British Open without a driver. "He tees it up, sees the shot and just goes". If it's not Brooks, it's Patrick [Reed].

The 31-year-old is happy with his group, both US PGA champions Keegan Bradley (2011) and Jason Dufner (2013), and says tee times are simply a lottery with the changeable weather.

Fox experienced the "Tiger buzz" at his first Open at St Andrews three years ago (a tie for 49th), and in Dubai last year.

Woods has not won a major since the 2008 US Open and although he has the links golf experience, it would be a remarkable story were he to win. "I love playing here, this type of links golf, or a style of links golf down on the Aussie sand belt. because it is creative". "I think I saw Paddy today walking with Padraig, he's massive now".

Might this be his best shot at winning another major?

He came to Carnoustie and played a "surreal" round in 30C temperatures before last week's Scottish Open at Gullane.

But over time, he thinks it might be his best chance because of history.

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"You don't have to be long to play at a links course", said the 42-year-old, whose swing speed is still among the fastest on tour, despite his creeping age and major back surgeries. That's just the way it goes. "Distance becomes a moot point".

Already, there are numerous stories about how far the ball is rolling down fairways. The next day, his drive was a few yards short of the burn.

"I've struggled on slower greens throughout my entire career and it's one of the reasons I really like the fact this putter has grooves in".

Hitting driver makes some sense for Johnson.

For example. Players such as Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka have suggested they will hit numerous drivers in attempt to blow tee shots over troublesome bunkers and take their chances with rough that is not almost as penal as expected.

Rory McIlroy is silhouetted on the 16th green during a practice round for the British Open. "It's a challenge to find out just how far it's going to go, especially down breeze". "It's just hard to keep the ball in play. You can never hit them on the green from them". "It's going to be an interesting test to see which clubs we're going to be using off the tees, and a lot of it is dependent on which way the wind blows".

"One shot is a quarter of a shot a round so it's not that much", he said. In 2006 at Royal Liverpool, he hit driver once the entire week...and won by two. It was not only dry but extremely hot, and Reed was in rain trousers because he didn't like wearing shorts. This Open, like your local vehicle dealership before you know it, offers two options: With a driver, or without. "He just hit it so clean, so crisp". It's been mentally pretty draining the last couple of weeks being in contention so this week's been about trying to conserve energy.

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