Rory McIlroy wants to channel the youthful, carefree attitude that saw him shine on his Open debut at Carnoustie when the course hosts the Championship this weekend.

Many a top golfer has been haunted by the demons of Carnoustie but Tom Watson can still vividly remember seeing marquees being brought down as he lived the dream on the Angus coast.

The locals of Carnoustie will flock in their droves to watch the likes of defending champion Jordan Spieth, Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy fight it out for The Open this weekend.

For the 147th time, the

With the 147th edition of golf's oldest major sparkling like the promised land on the horizon, Tuesday's practice day provided plenty of talking points.

Dustin Johnson is not a fan of thinking, insisting the work he puts in affords him the luxury of playing on auto-pilot.

Brooks Koepka plans to keep channelling a perceived underdog status and playing with a chip on his shoulder in a bid to continue pushing himself to new heights.

Justin Rose is hoping he can end the 26-year wait for an English winner at The Open this weekend - and become world number one in the process.

Tiger Woods broke into a beaming smile when he reflected on his first experience of links golf at Carnoustie.

Justin Thomas says he and his close friends on the PGA Tour "want to beat each other's brains in", such is the rivalry among them.

Tiger Woods believes links golf's tendency to level the playing field means The Open may represent his best chance of winning another major tournament.

"It possibly makes golf harder," said Padraig Harrington when reflecting on the counter-intuitive notion of the potential downsides of winning a major.

They say you should always be aware of the wounded animal.

Tom Watson would not be surprised to see either Dustin Johnson or Tiger Woods continue the American major dominance by winning The Open at Carnoustie.

For the first time in 11 years, The Open has returned to Carnoustie as the world's best fight it out be named Champion Golfer for 2018. 

Tommy Fleetwood says his course record at Carnoustie will count for little at The Open this weekend.

Fleetwood signed for a nine-under-par 63 in round two of last year's Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. 

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