Rory McIlroy’s withdrawal from this week’s British Open has made Jordan Spieth’s shot at a third major championship in 2015 all the easier. Last year’s winner, McIlroy, was a hot favorite along with the 21 year old Texan, but the ankle injury he sustained playing a friendly game of soccer means he will miss the chance to win back to back Open Championships.
After winning the John Deere Classic in his last start, Spieth will surely be the man to catch in the ultimate test of links golf at St Andrews. McIlroy’s demise may well have some people believing that Spieth is destined to become the first man to win all four major championships in a calendar year.
Rickie Fowler took out the European PGA Tour’s lead in event to The Open with victory in the Scottish Open on Sunday. With birdies on the 15th, 16th and 18th holes, Fowler added to an already impressive year having won The Players Championship in May. Regarded by many as the 5th Major, The Players Championship saw Fowler fulfill so much promise and was a deserved victory having finished strongly in all of the major championships in 2014.
With 15 Australians in the field, local hopes will again rest mostly with Adam Scott and Jason Day. Three years on from his capitulation in the 2012 Open, Scott will surely be looking for redemption with his second major, and what better place to rid himself of the demons of three years past than at ‘The Home of Golf’.Return