The Open Championship: Tips, tee-times, Carnoustie information and more

Jean van de Velde in the burn in 1999
Jean van de Velde in the burn in 1999

Get our unmissable previews, tee-times, a Carnoustie course guide and much more ahead of The Open Championship.

Outright betting preview

Sporting Life Open Championship tips: Ben Coley is backing experience at Carnoustie
Click on the image for Ben Coley's Open tips

Sergio Garcia was runner-up when last The Open was played at Carnoustie, but golf expert Ben Coley is backing him to go one place better this time.

Also in our outright staking plan are two former Open champions from the United States, two South Africans, and a Swede who won just three weeks ago.

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Specials betting preview

Matthew Southgate
Click on the image for Ben Coley's best specials bets

Matthew Southgate was the leading Englishman at last year's Open Championship and gets the vote to repeat the trick, while there are also selections at 200/1, 250/1 and 350/1 as our expert scours the specials markets.

Open Championship podcast

Listen to our Open podcast
Listen to our Open podcast by clicking on the image

Ben Coley plays presenter as regular pundits Kit Alexander and Paul Higham talk all things Open in our feature-length podcast.

Also on the show are Craig Boath, the Championship greenkeeper at Carnoustie, and a former tour pro who qualified at Carnoustie when still a teenager back in 1999.

Click on the above links to listen to the podcast via Soundcloud, or here to head to iTunes.

First-round tee-times

Tiger Woods - could repeat tactics of 2006
Tiger Woods tees off late on Thursday - click on the image for full tee-times

Tiger Woods will have to wait to make his Open return as he tees off in the afternoon wave on Thursday.

Defending champion Jordan Spieth is among the stars of the morning along with Phil Mickelson, while Sandy Lyle is in the first group out at 0635 BST.

Carnoustie course guide

Carnoustie, home of the 2018 Open Championship
Click on the image for a full Carnoustie course guide

Carnoustie - Carnastie to some - hosts The Open for the first time since 2007, so make sure you check out our refresher which also ranks the holes by difficulty.

Will we see more drama at the iconic 18th, where Jean van de Velde famously let the Claret Jug slip back in 1999?

Key contenders

Tommy Fleetwood in action
Tommy Fleetwood is among PA Sport's key contenders - click for more

Press Association Sport looks at some of the possible contenders for one of golf's biggest prizes, The Open Championship.

Talking points

Jordan Spieth with the coveted Claret Jug
Click on the image of Jordan Spieth for this week's key talking points

Jordan Spieth and Tiger Woods both feature among this week's five key talking points courtesy of Press Association Sport.

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