UK men's golfer Ben Stow preps for British Open with Faldo, Donald

July 16, 2013 

British Open Golf

Luke Donald of England, left, shook hands Tuesday with University of Kentucky golfer Ben Stow after their practice round ahead of the British Open Golf Championship at Muirfield, Scotland.


University of Kentucky men's golfer Ben Stow, a native of England who will be a senior this fall, will be playing on one of golf's biggest stages this weekend when he competes in the British Open in Scotland.

Stow, who got into the field by winning a qualifying tournament in Scotland in early July, played a practice round with Nick Faldo on Monday and Luke Donald on Tuesday.

"I played in the Faldo Series a couple of times and when I got into the Open, his assistant emailed me and asked if I'd like to have a (practice) round with him," Stow told the Wiltshire Times. "Apart from it being Nick Faldo, he's won the Open there twice, so I wasn't going to turn that opportunity down.

"I don't want to get too overwhelmed, so I'm trying my best to treat it like any other competition. But obviously, it's not any other competition — it's the Open."

Stow told the newspaper that he's looking forward to the tournament.

"I know that if I play my game, then I can do something there," he said. "It's called the Open for a reason. Every year, there's someone that comes out of the woodwork to do well and hopefully that can be me.

"Those four days can change your life, so who knows what's going to happen."

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