Morten Madsen Ready For Golf's Oldest Major Championship
July 18, 2012
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Former Oregon State men's golfer Morten Madsen will tee it up at 8 a.m. PT on Thursday in the opening round of The Open Championship that will be played at Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club in Lancashire, England. He will tee off at 2:39 a.m. on Friday.
Madsen will be paired both days with Troy Kelly, a University of Washington alumnus who has played 16 events on the PGA Tour this year, and Anirban Lahiri, who is one of India's rising stars as a two-time winner on the Asian Tour.
Everyone in the top 70, including ties, after 36 holes at the par-70, 7,086-yard layout will make the cut and play the final two rounds on the weekend. The television schedule is listed below (all times Pacific):
Thursday and Friday, ESPN, 1:30 a.m.-Noon
Madsen sent out this tweet following a practice round on Wednesday from his Twitter account @MMadsengolf "Course is in great shape and should provide a hard, but fair test of golf! Can´t wait to get going tomorrow @16.00! #TheOpen2012".
He qualified for the British Open by claiming medalist honors at an Open Championship Local Final Qualifying in Southport and Ainsdale, England with an 8-under 65-71--136 at the Southport & Ainsdale Golf Club earlier this month.
The Open Championship or is also called the British Open or simply The Open and is the oldest of the four major championships in golf as it was first played in 1860 at Prestwick Golf Club in Scotland. The winner takes home the Claret Jug, which has the name of every champion engraved on it but must be returned before the start of next year's Open Championship. Northern Ireland's Darren Clarke is the reigning champion after taking the title last year at Royal St George's Golf Club in Sandwich, Kent, England.
Madsen, who enjoyed a successful career with the Beavers before leaving after the fall of his senior season to play professionally, is fourth on Oregon State's career scoring average list with a 72.49 and eighth on the Beavers' single-season scoring average list after posting a 72.41 in 2008-09.
The Silkeborg, Denmark native is the second current or former Oregon State golfer to qualify for a major as rising senior Nick Sherwood played in the 2012 U.S. Open in June after advancing through local and sectional qualifiers.
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