Husband and wife team working together for British Open glory

Alex Wrigley as well as Johanna Gustavsson put their new marriage to the test.

Oh, the newlyweds are in love, it’s obvious.

It’s simple UK Open Wrigley, who qualified, had a fiancee on Thursday, and this combination doesn’t always work.

For example, when Wrigley took his fiancee to Women’s European TourWell, it didn’t go so smoothly.

“It was hard for me to have Alex on the bench,” said Gustafsson, 29, a Swede who has placed second three times this year and four more times in the top ten. – It’s too close for me. And being my coach, it’s hard for me to make decisions and all that. But I’m clearly not Alex’s coach, so I think it works a little better.”

It was a tough first round for the couple. Englishman Wrigley, who qualified for the Open for the first time, had two double scarecrows on each side and finished with a score of 82 over 10 par.

Asked what memories of his debut will stay with him, he laughingly replied: “The first tee shot, of course, and get away quickly from the 18th.”

In truth, he will enjoy more than that.

“Walking down the 18th fairway is really cool, it’s really special,” said Wrigley, 32, who has tried to qualify for the championship almost every year since he was 18. Tiger [Woods] there, when we climb the 15th, and the Tiger on the fifth green. Just looking there was really cool.”

Gustavsson added: “Considering the bill, it was not great. But there is nowhere else in the world where we want to be right now.”

Alex Wrigley and Johanna Gustavsson walk through the Old Field in St. Louis.  Andrews during the practice round of the British Open.

Alex Wrigley and Johanna Gustavsson walk through the Old Field in St. Louis. Andrews during the practice round of the British Open.

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On Thursday, Wrigley was reminded that in a major championship – his first – there are no respite or easy holes. There is very little chance to pause and regain your balance if you need to collect yourself.

“Left golf is very punishable,” he said. “You have to be precise, but you also have to enjoy the green. Today I didn’t have either. I was not accurate and I was not lucky. This is my first major, when you see it on TV, you just can’t appreciate how brutal they are and you need to constantly take high-quality pictures. Quality drives and you need a bit of luck to stay on the fairway because it’s a bit drier than other big tournaments.

“It’s hole after hole after hole where the steam is good, the steam is good, the steam is great. You have to hit four quality shots to get par. That’s what leaders do.”

Sometimes they sounded like a couple in a car and one of them was holding a card.

“She gave me useful information, told me where to go,” Wrigley said. “And I didn’t.”

Joanna Gustavsson carries her husband Alex Wrigley's clubs at the British Open.

Joanna Gustavsson carries her husband Alex Wrigley’s clubs at the British Open.

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The couple not only creates memories, but perhaps history. They are considered the first husband and wife to play in their own Open Championship – Gustavsson will play in the AIG Women’s Open at Muirfield in August.

“We have been asked a lot about this, and we do not know for sure [if another couple has achieved that]Wrigley said. “I don’t think anyone has found him yet.

He said there was “no chance” he would have a cameo as his wife’s caddy.

They met in 2015 when they were in the same group at a PGA event in Spain.

“It was just a coincidence that we met and talked, and I would say that at first we became friends,” Gustavsson said. “We only met again six months later.”

So Wrigley immediately fell into the friend zone?

“Oh, big time,” he said.

Perhaps this gives him a glimmer of hope for the Open.

How things start doesn’t always end that way.