Swinging into Scotland – The Genesis Scottish Open at The Renaissance Club, July 7-10
All four reigning men’s major champions are heading to The Genesis Scottish Open at The Renaissance Club, July 7-10
The first DP World Tour and PGA Tour co-sanctioned Scottish Open is set to kick-off a stellar summer of golf in Scotland – and the first event of the swing has an incredible field of major champions and the world’s best players lined-up to compete just a couple of hours north of our region.
The Genesis Scottish Open returns to The Renaissance Club July 7-10 with many of the world’s best male golfers taking to the fairways – from reigning major champions Matt Fitzpatrick, Scottie Sheffler, Justin Thomas and Collin Morikawa to past major winners Jordan Spieth, Jon Rahm, Hideki Matsuyama, Justin Rose, Francesco Molinari and Danny Willett.
Also confirmed in the field are Americans Sam Burns, Billy Horschel, Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele – along with Englishmen Tommy Fleetwood and Tyrrell Hatton.
They will be joined at The Renaissance by the leading Scot in the Official World Golf Rankings, Robert MacIntyre; and defending champion Min Woo Lee.
Rahm will go in search of a fifth Rolex Series title when he tees it up at the Scottish Open for the second time following a top-10 finish in East Lothian last season. He said: “I’m looking forward to coming back to The Renaissance and the start of an exciting two weeks in Scotland. I’ve had success in Rolex Series events in the past and adding another win would be the perfect way to go into The Open in St Andrews the following week.”
Matsuyama, who made history in 2021 when he became the first male Japanese major champion at The Masters, added: “It’s exciting to be playing in this historic event for the first time in four years and making my debut at The Renaissance.
“I know the Genesis Scottish Open has a special spot in the schedule in the week before The Open, and I’m looking forward to the summer in Scotland.”
Reigning FedEx Cup champion Cantlay will join several of his Ryder Cup teammates in Scotland for the two-week run. “I’m excited to make my Genesis Scottish Open debut,” he said. “To play back-to-back weeks in Scotland, the Home of Golf, will be awesome and hopefully I can bring my A-game for the Scottish fans.”
Justin Rose, who won the Scottish Open in 2014, added: “It was an incredible experience to lift this trophy. I love playing in front of the Scottish fans so I’m really looking forward to teeing it up at The Renaissance. It looks like this is going to be a huge occasion for everyone involved, but especially for the fans.”
Fleetwood, who came close to winning at The Renaissance in 2020 – losing out to Aaron Rai in a playoff, added: “I love playing in Scotland and the fans are always incredible, so it will be great to get back there for what is set to be a cracking week. I feel like my game is coming together nicely so hopefully I can give the crowds something to cheer about.”
Min Woo Lee secured his maiden Rolex Series title and second DP World Tour win last time out at The Renaissance – defeating Thomas Detry and Matt Fitzpatrick in a playoff.
The Australian set the clubhouse target of 18 under-par after a bogey-free final round of 64, which included six birdies in a row from the third hole. He was joined on that number by Detry and Fitzpatrick, who each carded four under-par rounds of 67 to force a three-way playoff on Scotland’s Golf Coast.
Lee hit his approach on the first extra hole inside 10ft and, after watching Detry and Fitzpatrick miss their birdie chances, made the putt to secure the title.
The group of major champions will headline a stellar field at The Renaissance Club one week before heading north to St Andrews for the 150th Open Championship.
Meanwhile, the world’s best female players will be in Scotland at the end of July for the Trust Golf Women’s Scottish Open at Dundonald Links (Jul 28-31) followed by the first AIG Women’s Open to be hosted by Muirfield (Aug 4-7).