Macon native Russell Henley’s strong rookie season continues this week in Scotland as he makes his first appearance in the British Open, the third major of the golf season.
Henley will be grouped with Jordan Spieth and English amateur Matthew Fitzpatrick in the first two rounds. They will tee off at 7:50 a.m. on Thursday and 2:49 a.m. on Friday. Spieth became the first teenager to win on the PGA Tour since 1931 by winning in a playoff Sunday in the John Deere Classic.
The British Open will be played at Muirfield for the first time since 2002. Ernie Els won the tournament that year, beating Thomas Levet, Stuart Appleby and Steve Elkington in a playoff.
Henley, a PGA Tour rookie, won his first tournament as a member of the tour in January at the Sony Open. He earned his spot in the British Open by placing in the top 20 (16th) in the FedEx Cup points standings. He is also 56th in the world rankings. He has played in 18 PGA Tour events this season and has made the cut 13 times with four top-10 finishes and six top-25 finishes.
Henley missed the cut in his first appearance in the Masters in April and then also missed the cut in the U.S. Open last month, his third time playing in that major. At the Masters, Henley shot an even-par 72 before an 81 in the second round, while he shot 77-80 in the U.S. Open.