2013 British Open: Meet the amateurs
17 Jul 2013
by Benjamin Larsen of amateurgolf.com

see also: British Open Championship, Royal Birkdale Golf Club

The highly-anticipated British Open Championship tees off Thursday from Muirfield.

The usual suspects are in the hunt with Tiger Woods the heavy odds-on favorite and Phil Mickelson coming off a big links win this past weekend.

But what about the amateurs in the field? Here's a look at the seven amateurs that reached the field and hope to contend well into the weekend:

Ben Stow, England: Stow recently finished his freshman year at the University of Kentucky. He was the runner-up at the English Golf Union's Champion of Champions event and won the European Challenge Trophy in 2012. He qualified for the Open with rounds of 72-68 at Gullane No. 1.

Garrick Porteous, England: Last month, Porteous won the British Amateur. Before that, he won the Scottish Stroke Play. A recent graduate from the University of Tennessee, Porteous may be the hottest amateur in the field and enters as the Golfweek/amateurgolf.com Players Rankings World No. 1.

Jimmy Mullen, England: Qualified for the 2013 Open with a birdie on his final hole, which gave him a 6-under total at the North Berwick qualifier. Mullen, just 19, was the medalist in a field that included Colin Montgomerie. Mullen also has a T3 at the British Men's Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship.

Grant Forrest, Scotland: Just 20, Forrest is the Scottish Amateur Champion. He played his way into the Open, shooting 67- 65 at Dunbar local qualifying. A member of the team at San Diego University, Forrest was selected to represent his country at the European Team Championship.

Rhys Pugh, Wales: A 2011 Walker Cupper, Pugh came from four shots back to win the 2012 European Amateur. The 38th- ranked player in the world, Pugh has also been part of the Welsh European Team Championship and Eisenhower Trophy teams.

Matthew Fitzpatrick, England: Played his way into the British Open with rounds of 68-72 at Gullane No. 1 and enters as the 2012 Boys Amateur Championship winner thanks to a record 10- and-8 performance in the final match.

Steven Fox, United States: Fox, a recent graduate from Tennessee- Chatanooga, enters the field via exemption after winning the 2012 U.S. Amateur Championship. Fox is ranked No. 14 in the Golfweek/amateurgolf.com World Player Rankings.
ABOUT THE British Open

The most coveted trophy in the game and one of the most iconic in all of sport: more commonly referred to as the Claret Jug. Within minutes of winning the British Open, the "Champion Golfer of the World" gets his name engraved on that cup, and a place in golfing history.

Amateurs have played an important role in the tournament over the years, with players like Sergio Garcia, Justin Rose, and more recently Tom Lewis stepping into the international limelight with their golfing performances.

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