Scheffler And Spieth Play Lahinch in 150th Open Tune-Up

As some huge tournaments get underway over the next fortnight, golf's biggest stars are already over in the UK and Ireland preparing

Scheffler hits a tee shot, Spieth hits a shot with a goat behind him
(Image credit: Twitter: @BallybunionGN @flushingitgolf)

Over the next few weeks, golf fans in the UK and Ireland will get to see the World's top players play on their shores as the JP McManus Pro-Am, Scottish Open and Open Championship get underway.

With such a bumper-filled procession of golf lined-up, a number of the game's stars have already hot-footed it over the pond to prepare for the challenges that lie ahead, with Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Scottie Scheffler, Sam Burns, Rickie Fowler and Adam Scott just some of the names pictured and video'd playing golf in Ireland.

Playing at Lahinch, three-time Major winner, Spieth, was recorded playing a shot whilst a goat casually chomps at the grass behind him, whilst one Twitter user, Andrew Horgan, actually saw Spieth, World No.1 Scheffler and World No. 9 Burns playing a round at the links course.

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As well as the American trio, Adam Scott was also spotted at Lahinch, with the former Masters winner getting some practice in ahead of the busy two week stretch.

After the buzz on Saturday, there were yet more sightings of the World's elite on Sunday, with close friends, Spieth, Thomas and Fowler playing Tralee on a rather chilly-looking Sunday morning. What's more, all three were spotted sampling some local beverages, with the golfers enjoying a pint of Guinness following their round.

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On Monday, all will be featuring at the JP McManus Pro-Am, which has announced a stacked line-up that also includes Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy. From there, they head to the Genesis Scottish Open, with 14 of the World's top 15 featuring at The Renaissance Club, making it the strongest field in DP World Tour history.

The final event of the two-week stretch is then none other than the 150th Open Championship at the Home of Golf, St Andrews, where the World's best will be vying for the iconic Claret Jug.

Matt Cradock
Staff Writer

Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.

Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.

Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?

Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°

Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°

Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°

Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x