DETROIT – After skipping the US Open last month and the Masters earlier this year, Ricky Fowler doesn’t have to worry about qualifying for the British Open – he is exempt from his top 10 finish at the 148th Open at Royal Portrush. in 2019.
But he has other concerns about the season finals, especially after playing the first round of the Rocket Mortgage Classic against Hideki Matsuyama, who withdrew from Friday. after a positive test result for COVID-19…
“I’m vaccinated, or whatever you like,” he said. “Unfortunately, I know I’m going there, whether you’re vaccinated or not.”
R&A informed players last week that the championship “will be held under the strict supervision of the UK government.”
The rules prohibit players from going to bars, restaurants and grocery stores during tournament week, and they must stay either in approved hotels or in private residences that can be shared with four of their teammates, but not with other players.
“Yes, there are definitely some concerns,” Fowler said. “The guys talked to me or talked to other guys, called or sent texts back and forth with some of the people at Open just with any questions or concerns we have, because there are a lot of things that still arise. as if there are a couple of people on the plane who test positive, when you get there, you know what’s going on with that?
“Obviously, we are all going into our little bubbles, we cannot be around other players. It looks like we, as players, are going through some obstacles and dodging bullets, and they have 32,000 fans a day in the tournament, so I don’t know. I can’t answer questions clearly because of all this. “
Fowler, who shot 4-6 on Saturday under 68 and held a stake in the third round of the Rocket Mortgage Classic in no time, finished in the T-5 at the 2011 British Open when he last played at the Royal. Saint George in England. He was in a rivalry until he shot in the final round of 72 when Darren Clarke took the Claret Pitcher.
“I remember that well,” he said. “I remember that it was my second Open. I did go through St Andrews (in 2010) and then the first rounds and a half without hitting the bunker. I was lying in a 6-iron bunker at Royal St. George’s, this was the first bunker I was in during the open championship, so let’s see if we can stay away from them. As you know, this is an important thing about lynx golf.
“But I think a lot of the things that I kind of focused on this week, set up and made sure my grip is in a good place so I can get through it and release it properly, a lot of that will be kind of some preparation. moving forward thinking about the punches that I will also deliver at the Open. “