My colleague at The St. Andrews Magazine, Matt Hooper reminded me during last week’s Tuesday Tee-Time hangout on Google+ that not only does Great Britain provide a fortnight of tennis at Wimbledon every summer, but a fortnight of professional golf as well. Who can forget the 2013 lead-up to the Open Championship? It’s time to do it again!
The fortnight begins on Thursday with Phil Mickelson coming into the Royal Aberdeen Golf course to defend his 2013 title, and Stacy Lewis invading Royal Birkdale to defend her 2013 Ricoh Women’s British Open. Add Jordan Spieth defending his first, and only win on the PGA Tour at Deere Run, and you have the perfect storm for golf fans.
To put it mildly, it’s all hands on deck this week for everyone who is anyone in professional golf. The European stars will mostly be preparing for the Open Championship at The Aberdeen Assets Management Scottish Open, and the PGA guys will be in Moline for the John Deere Classic. The Women will be playing for gold at their fourth major of the season.
Joining the Euros at Aberdeen from the American side of the pond is of course, the defending champion, Phil Mickelson, Rickie Fowler, and Kevin Stadler. Stadler suffered a heart-breaking loss last week at The Alstom Open de France where he let a four-shot lead get away on Sunday and lost to defending champ, Graeme McDowell.
The remainder of the Americans who are not taking the week off to rest up for the Open Championship will be at Deere Run where 2013 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year, Jordan Spieth will defend his playoff win over home-boy Zack Johnson last year.
The ladies will roll into Royal Birkdale where the number one Rolex Ranked player, Stacy Lewis will defend her dramatic win at the Old Course in St Andrews last year. Lewis also leads the LPGA in Race To CME Globe points for the 2014 season.
Lewis ended Inbee Park’s bid in 2013 to win four consecutive majors when she won the Women’s British Open. She put Inbee Park in a bit of a tail-spin that the South Korean still hasn’t totally recovered from.
It will all culminate next week with Tiger Woods returning to a major championship competition in a place where he won a Claret Jug in 2006, and five time major champion, Phil Mickelson made history last year by being the first to win the Scottish Open, and the Open Championship in the same year.
So set your alarms early, get your Laz-Y-Boys prepared for a Fortnight of what should be, some of the greatest golf of the year. And be sure to check in with Pro Golf Now for the latest news and happenings!