Adam Scott has been looking forward to the Open Championship all year for obvious reasons, of course. With added confidence and a tougher mentality, Scott is gunning to avenge his collapse coming down the stretch last year at Royal Lytham.
Tiger Woods will play with 2010 U.S. Open winner Graeme McDowell, who won the French Open a few weeks ago, and 2010 British Open champ Louis Oosthuizen, who has been recovering from an injury, in the first two rounds of the Open. The threesome won’t hit their opening tee shots at Muirfield until 2:45pm BST (9:45 EST).
Fresh off his thrilling Scottish Open victory, Phil Mickelson is paired with the world no. 2 Rory McIlroy, who has been struggling as of late, and Japanese rising star Hideki Matsuyama. They’re set to start at 9:44am BST (4:44am ET). Better set those alarms! And some of you troopers on the West Coast might still be up or will try to stay awake.
At this week’s Greenbrier Classic, U.S. Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson announced he had named longtime friend and two-time U.S. Open champion Andy North as his first assistant for the 2014 biennial matches at Gleneagles.
The U.S. Ryder Cup team will have a strong, passionate leader at the head of the table at Gleneagles in Scotland during the 2014 matches. On Thursday morning the PGA of America president Ted Bishop officially named Tom Watson as the next boss of the American squad.
Watson was the captain at the ’93 matches at Belfry, which was the last time the U.S. team won on foreign ground. The Americans have only clinched the Cup twice since then, losing seven of the past nine biennial matches against the Europeans. Yikes.
Who better to break the America’s dismal losing streak in 2014 than the five-time Open Champion Golfer of the Year? I can’t think of one. Not when the venue is in Scotland. It’s important to note that Gleneagles is not a links course, but it doesn’t matter — it’s still Scotland, a magical place filled with remarkable memories for the 63-year-old Watson.
Ed. note: I started writing this post before Rosaforte’s article with the breaking news was published.
If you woke up this morning and thought David Toms or Larry Nelson or anyone else not named Tom Watson were the favorites to be tapped as the 2014 U.S. Ryder Cup captain, you may have changed your mind by now.
While the PGA of America won’t make an official announcement until Thursday at 8:30am EST on The Today Show (under the radar, per usual), industry insiders are putting their money on five-time Open Champ Tom Watson, who captained the last American team to win on foreign soil in ’93. Phrases like the PGA is “thinking outside the box” or “shaking it up” have been tossed around by respected journalists.
David Toms is one of the most successful American golfers of his generation. He’s collected 13 PGA Tour victories, including the 2001 PGA Championship; played on three Ryder Cup teams; and, over a career spanning nearly 25 years, amassed a little under $40million in prize money.
And yet, if he’s named on Thursday as Davis Love’s successor to the Ryder Cup captaincy, there remains a sense the decision will have owed more to his inoffensiveness and political good fortune than golfing pedigree.
Golfweek’s Alex Miceli, currently in China for the WGC-HSBC Champions, has filed an interesting report on the growing resistance among exponents of anchored putting techniques to the idea of an equipment ban.
Some tour players, sensing their livelihoods at risk, are apparently willing to consider legal action in the event of a rules change.
Tom Watson is a man of his word. At first, it seemed peculiar that the 61-year-old Watson was entered to play in The Greenbrier rather than the US Senior Open.
Watson, the pro emeritus at Greenbrier, couldn’t play in the inaugural PGA Tour event at the West Virginia resort because he was already committed to competing at the Senior Open. But he promised Greenbrier owner Jim Justice that he would play this year.
As expected, high winds and heavy rain have battered Royal St. George’s, along with fans, players and the several members of the media. Not surprisingly, the few players who have finished shot over par.
Gary Woodland was off to a fantastic start, but conditions worsened as his round progressed. Woodland was playing some mighty impressive golf until he reached the 14th, where the cross wind was so strong that he aimed roughly 50 yards left of the fairway, but a bad swing put him out of bounds.