But not necessarily at the British Open. Nearly anyone in the field can win it, and no one - not even the best players in the world - is immune to flaming out. Spieth is still seven shots behind leader Kevin Kisner. They have a pact that if any one of them wins the Claret Jug, he will foot the bill for the private jet back to America.
Matsuyama recovered brilliantly from an opening-round 74 and needed a par at the last hole to head into the weekend in a tie for 40th after playing his first 17 holes at 3-under par - but a heartbreaking triple-bogey at the 18th spoiled his tournament.
Hang on tight for a wild weekend at Carnoustie.
Tiger Woods played out of the rough on the 2nd hole during the second round of the British Open Golf Championship in Carnoustie, Scotland, today.
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Woods answered with a pair of birdies, and it was give-and-take the rest of the way.
Dustin Johnson became the first world number one to miss the cut at The Open since Luke Donald in 2011. And no wonder. Having hit more than 70 percent of the fairways and two out of every three greens, the 14-time major champion clearly knew he had left a few shots out there on a softer - but still no soft touch - Carnoustie links stacking up its first rainfall in nearly a month. His low ball flight, grinding nature and good putting give him the right ingredients. "I doubt he's been called "Zach" that many times".
"Most of the good scores yesterday were in the morning, and they had no wind, and they have very little wind this afternoon with a softer golf course", Woods said.
Tiger went one-under on the back nine to get back to even par. He missed and made birdie.
Sergio still hasn't quite gotten over his Masters hangover, and his two rounds of 75 and 71 resulted in Garcia missing his fourth straight cut at a major, stretching back to the 2017 PGA Championship.
Lyle was accorded the honour by the R&A of hitting the opening tee shot on Thursday, in line with the recent trend which saw Mark O'Meara a year ago and Colin Montgomerie at Troon in 2016 do the same, and he found the fairway for the first of three pars before he followed up with birdies at the 4th and 6th, either side of a bogey, to get his name on the leaderboard once again. Thomas was 8-over in his next 25 holes, including a stretch of three consecutive double-bogeys on Friday.