Sleepers to Watch at the 2018 Open Championship

Annette Crawford
July 19, 2018

"Shinnecock [Hills] was a fairly brutal test at the US Open, but I learnt a lot from that so I hope I can really draw on a lot of that experience for this week", Herbert said. I think it's going to pick up from now onwards.

"He brings more people, the sponsors are delighted, the public are delighted, the media are delighted".

"Paul Lawrie was down with me on Monday so we put a plan together over how I'm going to play the course".

"I feel like our team is improving, " Reed said.

Stone has come to Carnoustie fresh from a spectacular final round of 60 to win the Scottish Open at Gullane last weekend, and South Africans have previous at winning the Claret Jug in these parts.

"I'd love to win, but I can just go out there and control what I can control and just try and keep moving up the leaderboard from whatever position I'm in". But really, this is Woods' best chance to win a major this year. I had a nice par save after driving it in the bunker on six, but other than that, it was very stress-free. "I know Jordan won a year ago, but it does make it a little more special when you're coming back in that circumstance". I talked to him about the clubs, had a good chat about that.

Fox has a long wait until his 3.32pm tee time (2.32am Friday NZT), 11 minutes after Woods lets fly alongside Knox and Hideki Matsuyama.

"Brandt's obviously won several times on the PGA Tour and played in Ryder Cups, so he's been and done a lot in the game".

For Fox, staying fresh has been the key, as he played just 27 practice holes at Carnoustie.

Justin Rose, one of his playing partners, drained a long putt on the last for only his second birdie of the round and the same score, though he will enjoy his evening the better after struggling in mid round. It's been mentally pretty draining the last couple of weeks being in contention so this week's been about trying to conserve energy. "I think there was one manufacturer that was singled out a bit more than anyone else". Also: $81 Ryan Fox, $501 Mike Hendry.

Rory McIlroy, the 2014 Open victor, was 1 under par with five holes still to play, but world No. 1 Dustin Johnson was struggling at 2 over at the same juncture.

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