The Open 2018: Molinari, Rahm and the in-form contenders at Carnoustie

18 July 2018 10:00

The locals of Carnoustie will flock in their droves to watch the likes of defending champion Jordan Spieth, Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy fight it out for The Open this weekend.

For the 147th time, the Claret Jug will be awarded on Sunday and the big guns are sure to attract the masses on the course and lower odds from the bookmakers.

But, as ever, The Open promises to be one of the most wide-open events of the year and plenty of players may have flown under your radar ahead of Thursday’s tee off.

Below, we take a look at five in-form contenders that could add an Open Championship to their CV.


Francesco Molinari is arguably the most in-form player in the world right now. The Italian started a dream three-month period with a brilliant victory at the BMW PGA Championship and also triumphed at the Quicken Loans National on the PGA Tour. He finished second at his home Italian Open, and was runner-up at the John Deere Classic last weekend. On this form, Molinari is a definite contender and a shoe-in for the Ryder Cup.


The locals at Carnoustie will be fully behind home favourite Russell Knox. The Scot heads to Carnoustie in good nick having followed a second place in the Open de France with a victory at the Irish Open. Knox was in contention to take home the Scottish Open over the weekend as well, before a final-round five over saw him slip away.


One of the most consistent performers on the globe, world number three Justin Rose is a regular contender in majors but has just a solitary U.S. Open to his name from golf’s big four prizes. But his fine showings this season, which include seven top-10 finishes, should put him in the right frame of mind to contend at Carnoustie. A solid showing at the Scottish Open, where he finished ninth, was his fourth consecutive placing inside the top 10.

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