July 17, 2013
GULLANE, Scotland -- A pair of golfers with Northwestern ties -- the past and future of the NU golf program -- tee it up tomorrow, Thursday, July 18, at Muirfield for the 142nd playing of the British Open.
2001 Northwestern graduate, 1999 NCAA champion and former World No. 1 Luke Donald goes off at 8:12 a.m. CT coming off a top-10 finish at the U.S. Open. Prior to that, at 6:50 a.m. CT, incoming freshman and the No. 9 ranked amateur in the World Amateur Golf Ranking Matt Fitzpatrick will tee off as the third active Wildcat to play in one of golf's four Major Championships since 2006.
Fitzpatrick, a native of Sheffield, England, earned his berth in The Open Championship on July 2 via Local Final Qualifying at Gullane No. 1, where he finished in a second-place tie that was good enough for one of three slots in The Open available at the site.
Northwestern head coach and director of golf Pat Goss, who remains Donald's swing coach to this day, was in Scotland last week to help him prepare and posted several photos on his Facebook page.
Fitzpatrick joins Dillon Dougherty
and Eric Chun
as active Wildcats to play Majors in the last eight years. In 2006, then-senior Dougherty played in the Masters after finishing as runner-up at the 2005 U.S. Amateur. In 2011, then-junior Chun finished just one stroke off the cut at the British Open at St. Andrews after earning a berth through International Final Qualifying in Malaysia.
Coverage of the British Open begins live on ESPN at 3 a.m. CT tomorrow morning. For more information on the Championship, visit TheOpen.com.
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