Jordan Spieth of the United States, left, and Justin Thomas of the United States walk towards the 18th green during a practice round for the 147th Open golf Championship at Carnoustie golf club, Scotland, Tuesday, July 17th 2018. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

The Latest: Thomas hopeful holding claret jug won't jinx him

July 17, 2018 - 9:53 am

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland (AP) — The Latest from the British Open (all times local):

2:40 p.m.

Justin Thomas is one of those players who doesn't want to hold a major championship trophy until he's won it.

He made an exception with the claret jug.

Thomas was staying in a house with Zach Johnson two years ago at Troon, right before Johnson had to return it from his British Open victory in 2015 at St. Andrews. Thomas not only held it, he drank wine from it.

But he has reason to believe there won't be a jinx. He also held the Wanamaker Trophy before winning the PGA Championship.

Thomas recalls being about 9 years old when he held the trophy belonging to 2001 PGA champion David Toms. Thomas' father was on the PGA of America board, and Thomas says he saw the trophy at a function. He asked Toms for a picture, an autograph and then says Toms let him hold it.

Thomas won the PGA Championship last year at Quail Hollow for his first major.


1:45 p.m.

Justin Rose's best finish at a British Open remains his tie for fourth at Royal Birkdale in 1998, when he was an amateur. He doesn't understand why.

Rose says "I'm kind of comfortable with how bad my record's been here ... and I don't feel like there's a reason for it either."

The thing is, Rose feels comfortable playing links golf. He won the Scottish Open in 2014 on a links course at Royal Aberdeen and has done well at the Dunhill Links Championship, played at St. Andrews, Kingsbarns and Carnoustie every year on the European Tour.

Rose, the Olympic champion and 2013 U.S. Open winner, is ranked No. 3 and can get to No. 1 for the first time if he wins at Carnoustie this week.

He says "I've really said that I want to get to world No. 1 by winning golf tournaments. There could be opportunities in the next six months — I could get there by finishing seventh somewhere because there's always permutations — but I want to get to world No. 1 by winning."


12:55 p.m.

Tiger Woods doesn't feel as old at the oldest championship in golf.

Woods is back at the British Open for the first time in three years, and he believes his confidence and his chances of winning are getting better as the year goes on. He missed the last two Opens while recovering from multiple back surgeries.

The three-time champion has missed links golf.

Woods says the British Open offers him his best chance to win because it's the next one on the calendar. Over time, he also believes it's his best major because links golf requires as much thinking as raw power possessed by players nearly half his age.

He points to Tom Watson and Greg Norman playing in the final group while in their 50s.