July is an exciting time for sports. Novak Djokovic just won Wimbledon wearing a Seiko Astron Djokovic Limited Edition while Serena Williams won her fourth consecutive Grand Slam title wearing her Audemars Piguet Royal Oak. Next up in major sporting events is the British Open hosted at the world-renowned St. Andrews course in Scotland. This past weekend in golf, we watched Jordan Spieth win the John Deere Classic in Illinois, just two weeks before turning 22 and just a few days before taking on St. Andrews. Rickie Fowler also had some positive vibes before playing the British Open by making an amazing birdie to with the Scottish Open. These two wins make for an exciting next week on the course at St. Andrews.
Top Golfers To Watch
World Ranked number one, Rory McIlroy stepped down from playing the British Open. Sponsored by Omega, the top golfer has been suffering from an ankle injury and after consulting with Tiger Woods, he decided to rest and heal his ankle. McIlroy began working with Omega in late 2013 and you can spot him wearing an Omega Seamater Aqua Terra. His absence from the British Open opens the door for players like Spieth and Fowler to take home the title and slip into the coveted top spot in golf.
Omega won’t be missing from the British Open. World Ranked number 10, Sergio Garcia, also rocks an Omega watch and has been a brand ambassador since 2003. He has been seen wearing the Seamaster Planet Ocean Ceragold after his victories at the 2014 Qatar Masters and 2014 Ryder Cup. He also wears an Aqua Terra Chronometer in steel and rose gold. The co-axial escapement in the watch provides greater precision, stability and durability while he plays. Previously, he has worn a special edition Omega Constellation Double Eagle Chronograph, also in rose gold. The Spanish golfer has reached the runner-up position at the British Open twice in his professional career, most recently in 2014 when he tied as second just two strokes behind Rory McIlroy.
World Ranked number 3, Bubba Watson, will be cheered on by Richard Mille. He is a rare left handed player who can be found wearing his watch while playing. Watson has worn the RM 038 and RM 055 while winning different titles. He also wears the RM 38-01, another specific tourbillon designed specifically for him. This watch combines a G-sensor with tourbillon providing even more insights into the game, the G-Sensor is able to record the force of his swing. Watson is known to hit a ball at more than 192 mph (310 kph). His eight victories, two Grand slam and 6 PGA tours, helped inspire the collaboration with Richard Mille to develop a collection of watches dedicated to golf and accuracy.
Justin Rose, who first established his golf career in 1998 at the British Open, is currently ranked world number 8 and is a brand ambassador for Hublot. He can be spotted wearing a Hublot Big Bang Unico. He was announced as an ambassador just this year, but was previously known to be a supporter and fan of Hublot watches. He most recently finished in a tie for second behind Jordan Spieth at the 2015 Masters Tournament. He also hosted the Costa Smeralda Invitational, a golf tournament for celebrities, in collaboration with Hublot as they further continue their role in the sporting and golf world.
Rolex is a long supporter of sports and especially golf. While being the official time keeper of The Open, they also sponsor many of the top players. Some of the biggest players in golf were associated with Rolex, including Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player.
While not ranked in the top 10 players, Phil Mickelson is still a force to be reckoned with in the golf world. He won the Open Championship in 2013 and is one of 16 to win at least three of the four majors. He has yet to reach the US Open ans has been a runner up six times. After winning the Open in 2013, Mickelson was spotted wearing his trademark Rolex Cellini. While the Cellini is a dressier watch, that doesn’t stop him from wearing it on the course. He wears a manual wind Cellini rather than automatic to prevent any shocks from interfering with the movement.
After coming off of a big win at the Scottish Open, Rickie Fowler is ready to advance his World Rank number 5 position with another win at St. Andrews. Last year, Fowler tied with Sergio Garcia just two strokes behind world ranked number one, Rory McIlroy. Fowler has an extensive wardrobe and an even more exciting Rolex collection including a Datejust, three Milgausses, two Submariner, one Deep Sea and one Daytona. At just 26 years old, he was previously ranked number one in amateur golf for 36 weeks. He started playing golf on a driving range and is almost entirely self-taught on the course.
Another huge name in golf who is a brand ambassador for Rolex is Tiger Woods. While he has been up-and-down on the course due to recent injuries, he is prepared to play his best and hopefully take home his fourth Open Championship win. Woods typically wears an 18k white gold 41mm Oyster Perpetual Day-Date II with fluted bezel. He also has been spotted wearing the Rolex Deepsea Sea-Dweller, and wore it while he celebrated the Players Championship in 2013. Tiger Woods is still one of the most popular players in golf and his pairing with Rolex, the official time keeper of the Open, only seems natural.
Currently world ranked number 2, Jordan Spieth is yet another top contender in the golf world who sports a Rolex on his wrist. Spieth is the youngest player to win the US Open since 1923 and the youngest to win both the Masters and US Open. Just two weeks shy of turning 22, he is setting his eyes on a big win at St. Andrews. This win would move him into the World Ranked Number One spot since McIlroy is not playing due to injury. He sports a Rolex Oyster Perpetual Explorer II when off the course.
While there are many other golfers and athletes wearing luxury watches, these seven players are just a handful of the best golfers playing at the Open this year. Watch brands have had a long standing association with top athletes and being official timekeepers of the events. Golf is a timeless, traditional sport found all over the world so the pairing with luxury watch brands is natural. Not all professional golfers wear watches while they play, but those who do have perfected their swings and will always be seen wearing their favorite watches both on and off the course. Keep an eye out this week for all the top golfers while they take on the Old Course at St. Andrews and cheer on your favorite watch brands as we get closer to the final matches.