WHO WILL WIN IT?
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.
Rob Jerram SENIORPRODUCTIONED
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.
John Huggan CONTRIBUTOR
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.
Stuart Hood CONTRIBUTOR
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.