Nick Dougherty – Open Championship Golfers

Nick Dougherty is yet another young Englishman who is on the way up the Official World Golf Ranking and if his professional career follows a similar route to his amateur playing days then we can expect him to bag the Claret Jug someday soon.
Dougherty has been carefully mentored by one of the most prodigious of all English golfers, the indefatigable Nick Faldo, and if he can emulate Faldo in the future, then grand slam titles will surely be the reward – in his heyday Faldo won the Open Championship and the US Masters three times!
The Liverpudlian turned pro in 2001 and promptly joined the European Tour and a year later his playing prowess was recognised by the Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year Award. It took Dougherty some time to find his feet on the tour though, claiming his maiden title four years on, but the one defining moment in his career was his 2007 US Open campaign.
Dougherty stunned both supporters and detractors alike when he carded a 68 in the first round of the US Open at Oakmont, leading a pack that included the eventual champion, Angel Cabrera and Jose Maria Olazabal from Spain. Only Paul Casey, who shot a 66 in the second round and Anthony Kim, who scored 67 in the final round, came anywhere close.
The youngster lost his way a bit in the next couple of rounds but managed to finish tied 7th together with Scott Verplank and Jerry Kelly – two very accomplished American players.
Dougherty went on to win the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, a victory that must surely bode well for his future Open Championship campaigns – traditionally the Open is held on Links courses throughout England, Scotland and Wales!
Dougherty was hotly tipped as one of Nick Faldo’s wild cards for the 2008 Ryder Cup in Kentucky but the captain obviously thought differently and put his faith in Paul Casey and Ian Poulter instead. It was probably a very wise move as the young gun will now have time to polish his extraordinary talent in time to take on the Americans in two years time!

Nick’s notable finishes in 2008

  • Qatar Masters – T7
  • Italian Open – T10
  • The Celtic Manor Wales Open – T4
  • SAS Masters – T2
  • Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles – T7