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New era for golf’s strategic alliance: What to expect from Scottish Open

A brand new period for the Strategic Alliance between the PGA Tour and DP World Tour begins this week on the Genesis Scottish Open, the place 14 of the world’s prime 15 characteristic; Watch all through the week dwell on Sky Sports activities Golf

By By Jim McCabe, PGA Tour

Final Up to date: 06/07/22 11:54am

Matt Fitzpatrick says he received a congratulatory phone call from Jack Nicklaus after winning the US Open at Brookline.

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Matt Fitzpatrick says he obtained a congratulatory cellphone name from Jack Nicklaus after profitable the US Open at Brookline.

Matt Fitzpatrick says he obtained a congratulatory cellphone name from Jack Nicklaus after profitable the US Open at Brookline.

Scotland oozes with historical past and once you uncover that the Genesis Scottish Open is on the horizon, maybe your first thought is: At which ageless basic is it being held? Certainly one which dates to the 1820s? Or maybe the 1850s? Nevertheless it needs to be pre-1900, sure?

No. It is The Renaissance Membership, and it got here on-line in 2008. Understandably, you is likely to be perplexed, possibly even dismayed, however you should not be. Hit the cease signal and take consolation. The Renaissance is in line with all of Scotland golf.

Ignore the date on The Renaissance Membership’s start certificates as a result of grasp designer Tom Doak, backed with nice zeal and dedication by American Jerry Sarvadi and his household, did a masterful job in mixing these 300 acres into an historic part of Scotland and making it appear to be it has been there for 200 years.

The Genesis Scottish Open will likely be contested there for a fourth straight yr and in a land the place the phrase “hyperlinks” is handled with such reverence, you do not obtain elite standing throughout the globe with out being true to your heritage.

Xander Schauffele, who led a wholesome checklist of Individuals who performed Renaissance final summer time, felt it undoubtedly handed the take a look at. He mentioned: “(Perhaps) it is extra an American links-style course with greens which are very dramatic in undulation and slope. However I believe the course is superior. I believe it is enjoyable.”

It has been particularly enjoyable in every of the final three years for rising Aussie standout Min Woo Lee (2021), England’s Aaron Rai (2020) and Austrian Bernd Wiesberger (2019) – winners of the Scottish Open at The Renaissance Membership, though no model of golf is supposed to be performed within the parts fairly like hyperlinks.

Nick Dougherty and Wayne Riley review the final round of the 2020 contest at the Renaissance Club, where Aaron Rai celebrated victory

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Nick Dougherty and Wayne Riley evaluation the ultimate spherical of the 2020 contest on the Renaissance Membership, the place Aaron Rai celebrated victory

Nick Dougherty and Wayne Riley evaluation the ultimate spherical of the 2020 contest on the Renaissance Membership, the place Aaron Rai celebrated victory

“Hyperlinks golf is designed for the wind and a few form of climate,” mentioned Scotsman Robert McIntyre. “In case you get that, then each hyperlinks will chunk again and that is what you want. When it is flat calm and tender, you watch a few of these tournaments and guys are simply going to take useless intention it doesn’t matter what membership they’ve in.”

If understanding that climate is such a vital a part of hyperlinks stored Individuals away for years, this yr’s fortieth anniversary of the Scottish Open is important in two methods: One, an increasing number of Individuals are saying “sure” to the Scottish problem and, two, one of many PGA Tour’s most loyal sponsors, Genesis, desires to be a part of this historic Scottish Open.

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We are saying “historic” as a result of whereas it dates to solely 1972, the Scottish Open is now a part of the alliance between the PGA Tour and the DP World Tour. It opens up the crossroads so elite gamers from each the USA and Europe can compete in the identical tournaments extra simply and the Genesis Scottish Open is gaining necessary hype.

The will to acclimatise themselves to hyperlinks in preparation of The Open Championship has been constructing for greater than 10-15 years now and one needn’t level wherever else by the yr 2013 for Exhibit A. That yr, Phil Mickelson determined a dedication to the Scottish Open would possibly assist him treatment the Open Championship woes, having completed within the top-10 simply twice in his first 17 begins.

Phil Mickelson isn't in the field at the Genesis Scottish Open, but is set to compete in The 150th Open next week Phil Mickelson isn't in the field at the Genesis Scottish Open, but is set to compete in The 150th Open next week

Phil Mickelson is not within the area on the Genesis Scottish Open, however is about to compete in The a hundred and fiftieth Open subsequent week

It clearly paid off as a result of he not solely received the Scottish Open at Fortress Stuart, however in an exciting efficiency at Muirfield – proper subsequent door to Renaissance – he prevailed to say the Claret Jug. So, sure, {playing} back-to-back weeks of hyperlinks is a good summer time expertise that elite professionals are embracing.

“I loved the week on the Renaissance final yr and I am trying ahead to getting again,” mentioned world No 1 Scottie Scheffler, who completed tied-Twelfth behind Min Woo Lee final yr.

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A yr in the past, Scheffler was simply 24, one other in an extended line of nice younger abilities. Since then, Scheffler has received 4 PGA Tour tournaments, one in every of them being The Masters, and he is rocketed to world No 1 and FedExCup.

That solely will increase his need to affix Morikawa, McIntyre, Jon Rahm, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Min Woo Lee, and Matthew Fitzpatrick among the many headliners on this yr’s gathering at The Renaissance Membership.

Matt Fitzpatrick says he received a congratulatory phone call from Jack Nicklaus after winning the US Open at Brookline.

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Matt Fitzpatrick says he obtained a congratulatory cellphone name from Jack Nicklaus after profitable the US Open at Brookline.

Matt Fitzpatrick says he obtained a congratulatory cellphone name from Jack Nicklaus after profitable the US Open at Brookline.

“Rather a lot has occurred for me since (final yr) and I am hoping to maintain that good feeling going (into the Genesis Scottish Open),” Scheffler added.

If Scheffler has a burning need to grab the momentum, he isn’t alone. The Genesis Scottish Open and The Renaissance Membership really feel equally. The distinction is Scheffler is younger and, minus the wealthy historical past, that envelopes this match, this membership, and this mystical ardour for hyperlinks.

Watch the Genesis Scottish Open all through the week dwell on Sky Sports activities. Featured Group protection begins on Thursday from 8am on Sky Sports activities Golf and Sky Sports activities Fundamental Occasion, forward of full protection from 12:30pm.

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