Golf World (UK) - - WISH LIST FOR 2018 -

Nick Wright EDI­TOR

Jon Rahm. He doesn’t hit the ball as high off the tee as some of the other power play­ers, which will give him a sig­nif­i­cant ad­van­tage if the wind gets up, as is likely. Plus, his Ir­ish Open vic­tory last sum­mer showed that he can adapt his game to the de­mands of links cour­ses.

Kit Alexan­der SE­NIOR EDI­TOR

I can see a rel­a­tive out­sider win­ning this one, es­pe­cially if the weather isn’t great. I’d like to see an English­man win­ning north of the border too. Look out for Tyrrell Hat­ton, Ross Fisher and Tommy Fleet­wood, but I’m pick­ing Matt Fitzpatrick to lift the Claret Jug.


Rickie Fowler’s maiden ma­jor. The American loves links, loves play­ing in Scot­land and tends to thrive on tough cour­ses in tough con­di­tions. There are few tougher than Carnoustie when the wind blows. It’ll be his first ap­pear­ance here but his Open record is solid, with only one missed cut in eight.


I’ll go for Bran­den Grace, es­pe­cially if it is windy. Grace’s low ball flight will be a huge ad­van­tage on what is the Open rota’s tough­est venue. The South African’s his­toric 62 at Royal Birk­dale last July was just a pre­lude to big­ger things to come at this year’s cham­pi­onship.


A sec­ond ma­jor for Ser­gio Gar­cia. Buoyed by his new wife, new child and win in the 2017 Masters, the Spa­niard will slay the demons of Carnoustie 2007 and raise the Claret Jug for the first time.

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