Open Championship: 9 Favorites to Watch at Carnoustie

146th Open Championship- Final Round

Jordan Spieth lifted the Claret Jug when he won The Open last year

Jason Day plans on taking a leaf from the Tiger Woods playbook and trying to win the British Open without a driver.

"This course can be played so many ways", Woods said.

"You don't have to be long (off the tee) to play on a links-style golf course", Woods said. It certainly can be done.

"You get to places like Augusta National, where it's just a big ballpark, and the golf course outgrows you". That's just the way it goes.

Carnoustie's fairways are expected to be faster than the greens this week

Alex NorenCertainly not a household name, but Noren plays link-style golf better than nearly anyone.

"Like there were shots out there today where I was hitting a 7-iron off a par-4 and you just don't do that very often and it is one of those feel things".

Even if I get a little bit older, I can still chase some wood or long club down there and hit the ball the same distance.

"A key off the tees is how hot do you want the ball landing on the fairways as you can make the ball roll a further 60, 70 or 80-yards but the question whether it is worth it or not", he said.

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The three-time champion has missed links golf. He missed the tournament in 2008 and 2011 and again in each of the past two years due to back problems.

Tiger Woods is preparing for The Open at Carnoustie. From my first time coming here as an amateur to being back now, it's just wonderful how this course doesn't change.

TV viewers in the United Kingdom can watch all the action on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Golf as well as daily highlights on the BBC. I have never been one to hide my emotions and it was better for me to let it all out. I was actually going pretty light on entries last week because I wasn't a huge fan of the field and it seemed like more of a crapshoot rather than a contest that I could effectively handicap.

Woods said Sunday that "the fairways are faster than the greens", a testament to how firm and hard the course is due to an unusually warm and dry British summer. There were some times where I didn't think I'd ever be able to do this again, and lo and behold, here I am playing my third major of the year. "When I look back at those pictures, the more I can be like that the better". I think ownership on Spieth is going to be much lower than what we are used to seeing because of his recent form but I think he bounces back this week. "(I) just need to lay some cleaner golf, and who knows?"

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"I've put myself up there in contention a couple of times". Carnoustie is one of the oldest courses in the world and grades out as the most hard stop on The Open rota.

World No. 1 Dustin Johnson is the leading pick at 14/1 followed by home favourites Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose (both 16/1).

Had he hit a driver, he would have risked the ball rolling into the water (known as the Barry Burn) that fronts the green. He said that on Monday, he hit a 3-iron off the 18th tee that traveled 333 yards.

"For the first time we've actually seen pieces of the golf course torn up for corporate hospitality tents". He recalls that experience well. I just can't wait for the week to get started.

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He has been heavily involved in the Ryder Cup going to France for the first time in September, and in 2012 became an ambassador for Unicef, using golf to raise funds for initiatives mainly in poverty-stricken Madagascar. Are you kidding me?

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