Genesis Scottish Open: A new era begins for the DP World Tour and the PGA Tour in a jointly sanctioned event | golf news

A new era for the Strategic Alliance between the PGA Tour and the DP World Tour begins this week at the Genesis Scottish Open, where 14 of the 15 best in the world participate; Watch all week live on Sky Sports Golf

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

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

Scotland is brimming with history and when you find out that the Genesis Scottish Open is on the horizon, perhaps your first thought is: which eternal classic will it take place? Surely one dating from the 1820s? Or maybe the 1850s? But it has to be before 1900, okay?

No. It’s The Renaissance Club, and it went online in 2008. You’re understandably puzzled, maybe even dismayed, but you shouldn’t be. Hit the stop sign and get comfortable. The Renaissance is in tune with all of Scotland’s golf.

Ignore the date on The Renaissance Club’s birth certificate because master designer Tom Doak, backed with great zeal and commitment by American Jerry Sarvadi and his family, did a masterful job of combining these 300 acres into a former section of Scotland and make it look like its been there for 200 years.

The Genesis Scottish Open will be staged there for the fourth year in a row and in a land where the word ‘links’ is treated with such reverence that you don’t receive elite status around the world without being true to your heritage.

Xander Schauffele, who topped a healthy list of Americans who played Renaissance last summer, felt he definitely passed the test. He said, “(Maybe) it’s more of an American-style course with greens that are very dramatic in undulation and slope. But I think the course is amazing. I think it’s fun.”

It’s been especially fun in each of the last three years for rising Australian standout Min Woo Lee (2021), England’s Aaron Rai (2020) and Austria’s Bernd Wiesberger (2019), winners of the Scottish Open at The Renaissance Club. Although no style of golf is meant to be played on items like links.

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 review the final round of the 2020 contest at the Renaissance Club, where Aaron Rai celebrated victory

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

“Links golf is designed for wind and some kind of weather,” Scotsman Robert McIntyre said. “If you get that then all the links will be brought back and that’s what you need. When it’s all calm and smooth, you see some of those tournaments and the guys are going to hit the bullseye no matter what club they’re at.”

If understanding that the weather is such a crucial part of the links kept Americans away for years, the 40th anniversary of this year’s Scottish Open is significant in two ways: One, more and more Americans are saying “yes” to the challenge Scottish and, two, one of the most faithful sponsors of the PGA Tour, Genesis, wants to be part of this historic Scottish Open.

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We say “historic” because while it only dates back to 1972, the Scottish Open is now part of the alliance between the PGA Tour and the DP World Tour. It paves the way for elite players from both the US and Europe to more easily compete in the same tournaments and the Genesis Scottish Open is gaining a lot of buzz.

The desire to acclimate to links in preparation for The Open Championship has been building for over 10-15 years and there is no need to aim anywhere else for 2013 for Test A. That year Phil Mickelson decided to commit to The Scottish Open could help him cure the Open Championship’s woes, having finished in the top 10 just twice in his first 17 starts.

Phil Mickelson is not on the course at the Genesis Scottish Open, but he is set to compete at The 150th Open next week.

Phil Mickelson is not on the course at the Genesis Scottish Open, but he is set to compete at The 150th Open next week.

It was clearly worth it because not only did he win the Scottish Open at Castle Stuart, but in a thrilling performance at Muirfield, right next to Renaissance, he prevailed to claim the Claret Jug. So yes, playing back-to-back-week links is a great summer experience that elite pros are embracing.

“I enjoyed the week at the Renaissance last year and I’m really looking forward to going back,” said world number one Scottie Scheffler, who finished tied for 12th behind Min Woo Lee last year.

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A year ago, Scheffler was just 24 years old, yet another in a long line of great young talent. Since then, Scheffler has won four PGA Tour tournaments, one of them The Masters, and has rocketed to No. 1 in the world and the FedExCup.

That only adds to his desire to join Morikawa, McIntyre, Jon Rahm, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Min Woo Lee and Matthew Fitzpatrick among the headliners at this year’s gathering at The Renaissance Club.

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

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

“A lot has happened to me since (last year) and I hope to keep that good feeling going (at the Genesis Scottish Open),” Scheffler added.

If Scheffler has a burning desire to build on the momentum, he’s not alone. The Genesis Scottish Open and The Renaissance Club feel similar. The difference is that Scheffler is young, and minus the rich history that surrounds this tournament, this club and this mystical passion for links.

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