The Genesis Scottish Open makes its debut as a jointly sanctioned event between the DP World Tour and the PGA TOUR with a field comprised of members from both tours.
Scottie Scheffler, who sits atop both the FedExCup and world rankings, leads the way, while 14 of the world’s top 15 are ready to tee off.
FIELD NOTES: There will be 75 PGA TOUR golfers on the course, 75 from the DP World Tour, three from the KPGA and three unrestricted sponsor waivers…The 75 PGA TOUR players come from those who qualified for the 2021 TOUR Championship, sponsor waivers , and the best players available from FedExCup qualifiers to the US Open… Many notables are playing in Scotland, including last season’s FedExCup champion Patrick Cantlay, recent Travelers winner and current Olympic gold medalist Xander Schauffele, PGA Championship winner Justin Thomas, Masters champion Scottie Scheffler and former world number one Jon Rahm… Matt Fitzpatrick, who lost in a playoff at the Scottish Open a year ago, will play for the first time. time since his US Open triumph… Min Woo Lee, who defeated Fitzpatrick and Thomas Detry in a three-way playoff at last year’s Scottish Open, returns to defend… Robert M acIntyre is the top-ranked Scotsman who is teeing off. He is looking to become the first local to win the Scottish Open since Colin Montgomerie in 1999.… Padraig Harrington, who served as player consultant for The Renaissance Club, is on the pitch fresh from his US Senior win Open. … Will Zalatoris sits atop the DP World Tour Rankings by virtue of his being runner-up in the last two majors. Last year, Collin Morikawa became the first American to win the DP World Tour season-long race and Billy Horschel became the first American since Arnold Palmer to win the DP World Tour’s flagship event, the BMW PGA Championship. . Zalatoris, Morikawa and Horschel, who just won the Memorial Tournament presented by Workday, are on the field at the Renaissance Club.
FEDEXCUP: The winner receives 500 FedExCup points.
GRADE: The Renaissance Club, par 71, 7,293 yards (yards subject to change). Opened in 2007 in North Berwick, The Renaissance Club has already hosted many golf championships. This year will mark the fourth edition of the Scottish Open to be contested in the Tom Doak design. The course is nestled between two iconic link layouts, North Berwick and historic Muirfield, which is still part of The Open’s rotation. The Renaissance Club has had an average win score of 17 under par, but has a reputation for being a tight driving circuit.
Each of the three previous editions of the Genesis Scottish Open played at The Renaissance Club have progressed to the playoffs.
ARGUMENTS: By field strength, the 2022 Genesis Scottish Open will be the strongest in non-major DP World Tour history… This is the first year the Genesis Scottish Open is co-sanctioned between the PGA TOUR and the DP World Tour. It is one of three events with such a distinction. The Barbasol Championship, which takes place in Kentucky this week, is one of them, along with the Barracuda Championship, which takes place next week against The Open Championship. The three jointly sanctioned events are just one example of the strengthened strategic alliance between the PGA TOUR and the DP World Tour. … The Genesis Scottish Open offers three places at The Open to the top three finishers who are not already exempt, provided they also finish in the top 10 at Renaissance.
72 HOLE RECORD: 262, Bernd Wiesberger (2019)
18 HOLE REGISTRATION: 61, Bernd Wiesberger (2nd round, 2019)
LAST TIME: Min Woo Lee defeated Matt Fitzpatrick and Thomas Detry in a birdie playoff on the first extra hole to win for the second time on the DP World Tour. Lee, who shot a sizzling 64 on Sunday, led a serious field that included Jon Rahm and Justin Thomas, who finished in the top 10. There was a 90-minute weather delay at the end of the final round, but it didn’t cancel out Lee’s. momentum, which had previously birdied six holes in a row. Last week’s DP World Tour winner Lucas Herbert (won the Irish Open) finished just one stroke away from joining the playoffs at 18-under. Lee and Detry both earned places in The Open Championship with their results along with England’s Jack Senior who finished tied for 10th place.
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