July 14, 2010
Ross McGowan's next chance to build his growing professional golf resume begins Thursday at the famed Old Course in St. Andrews, Scotland, site of the 139th Open Championship.
McGowan, who starred for Tennessee from 2002-05, is coming off a 40th-place finish at the U.S. Open Championship at Pebble Beach. It was McGowan's second straight appearance at the U.S. Open and helped lift the England native's official golf ranking to 85th in the world.
Thursday, McGowan begins his first Open experience playing alongside 2001 Open champion David Duval and 2008 Masters champion Trevor Immelman. The group tees off at 7:47 a.m. local Scotland time Thursday and 12:58 p.m. Friday.
McGowan is battling a wrist injury this season but still has managed to earn 252,741 Euros (approximately $321,913) on the European PGA Tour money list, good for 69th. His best finishes this season are a tie for eighth at the Volvo China Open in April and a tie for 17th at the WCG Accenture Match Play Championship in Tucson, Ariz., back in February.
In 2009, McGowan captured the Madrid Masters and had four other top-10 finishes: Dubai World Championship (2nd), Johnny Walker Classic (2nd), Omega European Masters (3rd) and Alfred Dunhill Links Championship (6th). He placed 12th on the 2009 European Tour's Race to Dubai list, winning more than 1.56 million Euros (nearly $2 milion).