July 17, 2013
The 142nd British Open tees off with a little added orange flavor on Thursday. Garrick Porteous, former Tennessee men's golf captain, will be competing in the storied golf tradition.
"Am I nervous? No, not really. Maybe I'm just too young," Porteous said. "I just want to get started and try to make the cut".
Porteous was able to qualify for the 2013 British Open by becoming the British Amateur champion earlier this summer. The British Amateur victory guaranteed Porteous a spot in the 2013 British Open, 2014 Masters, and the 2014 U.S. Open.
This year much has been made about the challenges of playing a links course at the 2013 British Open (Read about what a links course is). Recently, golf pro Phil Mickelson commented on the value of playing a links course in the Scottish Open just before the British Open at Muirfield. Porteous was asked if he felt this was an advantage.
"I don't think it will make any difference," said Porteous. "I don't need to prepare for links golf in that sense because I grew up playing the links at Bamburgh and I'll have two days of practice before the Open starts on Thursday.
"The sort of shots you need on a links course are second nature to me and that factor kicked in during this year's Amateur Championship, which was played on a links course at Royal Cinque Ports in Kent.
"I have played Muirfield five times, including a previous Amateur Championship".
Porteous will tee off Thursday morning at 3:22 a.m. ET with Jason Day (Australia) and Martin Kaymer (German).
The Open Championship breakdown:
- At Muirfield in Gullane, Scotland
- Purse: $7.8 million
- Par: 71
- Yardage: 7,191 yards
TV schedule (all times Eastern):
- Thursday, July 18: First round (4 a.m. - 3 p.m.), ESPN
- Friday, July 19: Second round (4 a.m. - 3 p.m.), ESPN
- Saturday, July 20: Third round (6 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.), ESPN
- Sunday, July 21: Final round (6 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.), ESPN
While at Tennessee, Porteous racked up numerous awards that would foreshadow his current success. In his senior season alone, Porteous was named to the All-SEC second team, PING Division I All-Southeast Region team, and selected as Tennessee team captain. Porteous also ended his Tennessee career fifth on the program's all-time scoring list (73.38) and ninth on the all-time career rounds of par or better list (32).