The Open 2018 tips: Rickie Fowler, Sergio Garcia, Patrick Reed and the two outsiders who could upset the odds at Carnoustie

SunSport golf expert DAVID FACEY takes you through his five to keep an eye on at Carnoustie over the next four days…

RICKIE FOWLER

The American has looked a certain Claret Jug winner since he shot 68 in awful conditions at Royal St George’s, Sandwich, back in 2011.

Runner-up four years ago and could easily go one better this week.

SERGIO GARCIA

Deserves compensation for his play-off defeat to Padraig Harington the last time Carnoustie hosted The Open.


The Spaniard loves this tournament and has nine other top ten finishes, three of them in the last four years.

Has the ‘Major’ monkey off his back after success in the Masters in 2017.

THORBJORN OLESEN

Enjoyed the best win of his career with a Sicilian Open victory and was second at the BMW International.

Eye-catching display when finishing sixth at the Irish Open after a poor start.

Good outside bet with bookies should you fancy a flutter.

PATRICK REED

Needs to step up on previous form at The Open but the Masters champion is a real force in the Majors these days.

Shot a first round 66 when he finished 12th at Troon two years ago.

The pantomime villain of the US golf circuit deserves respect – he usually has the last laugh.

MATTHEW SOUTHGATE

Could be a good bet to finish top Englishman and played better golf than anyone over the weekend at Birkdale last year – rounds of 67-65 saw him storm into a share of sixth.

What price he goes one better than his namesake Gareth and makes it into the top three?


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