Fowler expects low scores

Rickie Fowler believes the Old Course at St Andrews is there for the taking this week, particularly during the opening rounds.

If the wind plays along and does not become too much of a factor, last week’s Scottish Open champion reckons there are plenty of players capable of going seriously low.

Fowler went as far as to say as the lowest ever round in major championship history – a 63, recorded several times – could be beaten.

“I wouldn’t put it past anyone,” Fowler said. “These are the best players in the world. I played this morning and the golf course is in great shape. If the wind is down, it’s definitely scoreable.

“Outside of that, it looks like you may be trying to just hold on to that score after the first day because it looks like it could be tough come this weekend.”

Fowler is flying higher than most heading into the 144th Open Championship. Not only did he prove his ability on links courses with a memorable 68 at Royal St George’s in miserable conditions back in 2011, he also finished runner-up at last year’s Open at Royal Liverpool and won the Scottish Open at Gullane on Sunday.

“I’ve always enjoyed playing links golf, from the first times that I played,” added Fowler, who also won the Players Championship at Sawgrass in May.

Speaking about his 68 at Royal St George’s before going on to finish joint fifth that year, Fowler added: “I think the biggest thing for me was going out and trying to make it as fun as possible and kind of embracing the challenge.

“Looking back to St George’s, the Saturday we had there, it was nasty. Probably one of the best rounds I’ve played. But the thing that helped me a little bit was Joe, my caddie, saw Tom Watson go out and it looked like he was out there having fun and kind of soaking it in and trying to make the best of it, because there’s probably some guys in the field that may look down on it and may think it’s going to be harder than it should be.

“I try to just go out and have fun with it. It may not be the warmest weather, the driest weather, but you’ve got a tee time, go tee it up and make the best of it.”