We head to Muirfield for this year’s Open Championship (a.k.a the British Open). Muirfield – The Honourable Company of Edinburgh. That’s in Scotland, folks. You know what else is in Scotland? Last week’s Scottish Open winner, Phil Mickelson.
The Open Championship was last played here in 2002, where Ernie Els won the event. Ernie Els also won the 2012 Open Championship and he also won the French Open a few weeks ago. Could we get our first back-to-back Open Champion since Padraig Harrington in ’07 and ’08? I doubt it, but you never know … and really, 2008 wasn’t that long ago.
There are lots of story lines this week. Some of these include Rory getting back on track, Phil’s win last week, Tiger’s practice round with Lindsey Vonn and mostly Ernie coming back as defending champion in two different ways.
Check out some highlighted players below for one of the greatest sports traditions on this planet.
We’ve got a major, so we have a major field. Notables this week include:
- The whole damn field
Here are some past Open Champions who are in the field this week:
- Ernie Els (2012)
- Darren Clarke (2011)
- Louis Oosthuizen (2010)
- Stewart Cink (2009)
- Padraig Harrington (2008, 2007)
This is Event 4/4 in Month 7, Event 8/16 in our Second Half and Event 29 Overall.
For a refresher on the rules, hit the link — Contest Guidelines and leave your Fantasy Four below (don’t forget your ONE Nike Athlete).
Cut at first two majors this year and didn’t play here last year. Last two starts were 30th at Greenbrier and 34th at AT&T National.
Made the cut at all 5 Open appearances. 60th in ’12, 25th in ’11, 3rd in ’10.
Last 4 starts: CUT at Irish Open (June 27th), 41st at US Open, 57th Memorial, CUT at BMW PGA.
39th at ’12 Open and 13th in ’09. Made his last 3 cuts (42nd at Scottish Open, 18th at French Open, 32nd at Irish Open).
9th at ’12 Open. Coming off of 67th at Scottish Open. Cut at US Open this year and 6th at Masters this year.
Cut at ’12 Open, 16th in ’11, 14th in ’10.
Last 4 starts: 14th at US Open, 8th at Memorial, CUT at Colonial, 3rd at Byron Nelson.
23rd in ’12 Open and 7th in ’10.
Last 4 starts: 27th John Deere, 23rd Greenbrier, 61st AT&T National and CUT at US Open.
3rd in ’12 Open and most recently won in ’06 and ’05.
Last 4 starts: 32nd US Open, 65th Memorial, 1st Players, 4th Masters.
Other Nike athletes in the field; Scott Brown, Scott Jamieson, Kyle Stanley, Carl Pettersson, Oliver Fisher, David Duval
recent finishes – 1st John Deere, 23rd Greenbrier, 6th AT&T
CUT in ’13 US Open and 21st in ’12 US Open.
recent finishes – 1st Scottish Open, 2nd US Open, 2nd St. Jude, CUT Greenbrier
Cut at the 2012 Open, but 2nd in the 2011 Open.
recent finishes – 9th Greenbrier, 1st AT&T, 4th Memorial, CUT US Open
19th in ’12 Open and 57th in ’11 Open.
recent finishes – 13th Sega Sammy Cup, 4th Mizuno Open, 13th Shishido Hills, 6th Diamond Hills
This will be his 3rd British Open. CUT at ’06 and 34th in ’03.
Coming off a Win
Phil Mickelson (Scottish Open)
Jordan Spieth (John Deere)
Graeme McDowell (French Open)
finishes at this event – 1st in ’12, 1st in ’02 (same course), Top 10’s in ’09, ’07, ’06 and ’04
Last 4 starts: CUT at Scottish Open, 1st BMW International, 4th US Open, 37th Memorial
finishes at this event – 9th in ’12, 2nd in ’11, 14th in ’10
Last 4 starts: 18th BMW International Open, 55th US Open, 10th St. Jude, CUT Memorial
Miguel Angel Jimenez
finishes at this event – 9th in ’12, 25th in ’11, 27th in ’10, 13th in ’09
Last 4 starts: CUT Scottish Open, 58th French Open, 26th BMW International 19th Lyoness
finishes at this event – 9th in ’12, 16th in ’16, made 6 straight Open cuts
Coming off of a playoff loss to Jordan Spieth at the John Deere
Defending Champion – Ernie Els
Alan :: Tiger Woods, Lee Westwood, Phil Mickelson, Graeme McDowell
Bob :: Phil Mickelson, Justin Rose, Adam Scott, Tiger Woods
Damian :: Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler, Nicolas Colsaerts and Tiger Woods
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