The weekend was dominated by American’s on both the PGA and European Tours. With just a few days to go until both tours venture up to Scotland for the British Open at the prestigious St Andrews, the Top American seeds are certainly showing some decent form going into the third major of the year.
Rickie Fowler kept himself in contention at the Scottish Open throughout the week and made his move at exactly the right time as the World Number 9 carded three birdies in his last four holes. This is the American’s second win of the year after winning the Players back in May and has since missed a few cuts including a missed cut at the US Open at Chambers Bay.
“This is a big win. I had a couple of missed cuts after winning the Players, which was disappointing, so it feels good to get back on form.”
Fowler dominated the top positions in all four majors last year, with a second place in the British Open and the US Open, a third place finish in the PGA Championship and finally a fifth place in the Masters. This year however hasn’t quite panned out the same. As aforementioned the American Missed the cut at Chambers Bay after an opening round of 81 and a tied 12th finish at the Masters. Fowler’s form however is definitely on his side and a player winning both the Scottish Open and the British Open in the same year is not unheard of, with Phil Mickelson doing just that two years ago.
Jordan Speith’s victory was more of struggle but at the same time there was only going to be one outcome. Speith is on the form of his life after winning the first two majors of the year and has reached World Number 2 for the first time in his career. The young American put himself in a great position going into the final day after finishing his third round with a birdie, eagle, birdie finish. This gave him a two shot lead on the final day but could not capitalise early on as he bogeyed two of the first three holes and struggled to revive his lead. Three shots off the lead, Speith showed his class and birdied four of the last five to set up a play-off with 46-year-old Tom Gillis.
Both players parred the first play-off hole but the difference in quality sound showed on the next hole as Gillis drove into the rough and then fired his second into the water. This meant all Speith had to do was finish the hole and that he did.
Preparations for the British Open could not be better for the two Americans and both will be up near the top on Sunday without a doubt.