The Open Championship starts on Thursday. You can watch or stream it on the Golf Channel from 1:30 pm ET until 4:00 pm. ET.
This year marks the 147th game of the championship. For the eighth time, the venue is Carnoustie, the Scottish links that were last held to win Padraig Harrington in 2007.
The Open is a special week of golf. There are few better moments for American fans of the sport than getting up late or waking up very early to see a major (and doing so from the comfort of home, while players brave conditions that are often terrible).
An evergreen statement that's true again this year: The Open should be awesome. The world's best players and biggest names are all in the field. This is probably the best shot in the calendar for a Tiger Woods Major victory, given his historic experience on Links Courses, the softer greens in Open Courses and the relatively high success rate of older players in The Open.
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Fellow Britain's Justin Rose plays brilliantly and has reached the world's highest rankings in third place. He and Fleetwood are first-tier contenders and give the UK a good chance to win the Claret Jug for the first time. Northern Ireland's Darren Clarke won at Royal St. George's in 2011. Rose or Fleetwood would be the first Englishman who took the pitcher since Nick Faldo won the last of his three open titles in 1992.
The field is wide open, but in the best players who do not have it Rickie Fowler is an interesting man to see this weekend. He played the Scottish Open last weekend and tied for sixth place while orienting himself in the country. Since making a missed cut at the Players Championship in May, he has scored five top-20 finishes. He has done well in eight open starts, all since 2010, with a few top fives and just one missed cut. The biggest failure in the idea of a Fowler victory is that he has missed many fairways this year and High Open Rough does not match well with missed fairways.
In any case, The Open will be an explosion. That's it always. Let's get started.
The first round of Thursday (all times east)
13:30 to 16:00 – Golf Channel
1.30am to 4pm – Simulcast stream of the Gulf Channel
1:30 to 16:00 – "Spotlight" coverage
4 am to 3 pm – 3-hole stream focuses on No. 8 to 10
Marquee Groups Stream  5:09 – Rickie Fowler / Jon Rahm / Chris Wood
2 to 3pm – Sirius XM PGA Tour Radio (Ch / 208)