And The 150th Open?
He continued, “Just angles – playing the course how it is meant to be played instead of taking some of the more generous things it gives you and trying to stay disciplined. So hitting it where you have to and hitting the right shots, largely off the tee to give you those birdie looks. I’m sure there are going to be a lot of birdies this week and you’ve got to be hitting it in the right spots.
“The Open was basically the first time I had played the Old. It was playing pretty different last summer, firmer and faster. It was a little warmer as well! It looks a little different without the stands up but when the crowds come in this weekend I’m sure we’ll see the same kind of visuals. It was great playing it in tournament conditions then and I’ve looked forward to playing the Old Course again since.”
So far in 2023, the member of England’s national team has earned All‑America honours in his senior season at Stanford University, finished tied-fourth in the NCAA Division One Individual Championship and competed in the US Open at Los Angeles Country Club. Placed 26th on the World Amateur Ranking® (WAGR®), he is a player very much in from.
In 2022, he was also a member of the winning GB&I team in the St Andrews Trophy against the Continent of Europe. With home advantage often an asset in the Walker Cup, can he achieve more amateur dramatics over the famous Fife Links?
“I don’t know if we’ll necessary draw on past results, but we believe in the team we have and everyone’s abilities and how we will come together as a team,” added Brown. “We will take the confidence from our games and believe in what we can do.
“They (United States of America) have a great team, they are great players, but it’s nothing that anyone on our team is incapable of. They are really solid golfers, they hit the ball well, chip well, play well – all things that we can do. We believe in the abilities of our team. We know it’s a tough test but I don’t think we want it any other way and we are so looking forward to the challenge.”
If there is another area GB&I can draw on, it is their familiarity with foursomes golf – the format played in the sessions on Saturday and Sunday morning. Brown has been playing alternate shot since representing England in under-16s matches.
“I’m sure they (the USA) will have done their preparation, it’s golf at the end of the day,” said Brown. “But I guess it’s nice that we are comfortable in that format and for the most part we’ve all grown up playing the same tournaments together and know each other pretty well. We’re confident in how the team is bonding.”