Scottish Open once again attracting golf’s global stars

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Scottish Open once again attracting golf’s global stars

Robert MacIntyre, Min Woo Lee, Collin Morikawa and Jordan Spieth - Getty Images

World Number Two Collin Morikawa, fellow Major winner Jordan Spieth and leading Scot Robert MacIntyre have confirmed they will join defending champion Min Woo Lee at the Genesis Scottish Open, the third Rolex Series event of the 2022 season.

Fans can buy tickets now at et.golf/GSO2022Tickets to see a stellar field compete at the start of a new era for the historic event, which is co-sanctioned by the DP World Tour and PGA TOUR for the first time and boasts a new title sponsor in Genesis, the luxury automotive brand from South Korea.

Reigning Open Champion Morikawa returns to the Renaissance Club from July 7-10 after going on to lift the Claret Jug the week after his maiden appearance at Scotland’s national open in 2021. Morikawa’s victory at Royal St George’s last July was his second Major title following the 2020 US PGA Championship. It came in a year that also included wins at the WGC-Workday Championship and DP World Tour Championship, en route to winning the season-long Race to Dubai (now known as the DP World Tour Rankings).

The 25 year old, who only turned professional in 2019, said: “I can’t wait to return to the Renaissance Club in July. Making my debut in the Scottish Open last year was huge – it was a great learning experience and it all paid off the following week.

“I hope to have two great weeks in front of the Scottish fans this July, and I would love to lift the Genesis Scottish Open trophy before going on to defend the Claret Jug.”

Spieth will be aiming to emulate his US Ryder Cup team mate this season as he makes his Genesis Scottish Open debut in the week before The 150th Open at St Andrews. Already a three-time Major winner, Spieth first claimed the Claret Jug in 2017 after triumphing in the 2015 Masters and US Open.

The 12-time PGA TOUR winner and 2015 FedExCup champion said: “I’ve heard a lot about the Genesis Scottish Open and the Renaissance Club and I’m looking forward to making my debut as part of an exciting two weeks in Scotland this summer.

“It’s a historic tournament that always has a strong field and position on the schedule. I’ve won in Australia in the past and this would be the perfect place to add another overseas victory to my resume.”

Scotland’s number one MacIntyre will be making a fourth consecutive appearance in his home open. The 25 year old burst onto the scene in 2019, picking up the Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year award after a season that included three runner-up finishes and a tie for sixth place in his Major Championship debut at The Open. He followed up on that promise by winning his first DP World Tour title the following season at the 2020 Aphrodite Hills Cyprus Showdown.

He said: “There’s nothing better than playing in front of Scottish fans, and it’s safe to say it would be a dream come true to win my home open.

“It’s shaping up to be an exciting summer of golf in Scotland and the Genesis Scottish Open is right at the heart of it. I’m looking forward to welcoming some of the best players in the world to my home country, but my main focus is getting a Scottish name back on that trophy.”

For Lee, it will be a return to the scene of his greatest victory so far, as the Australian held his nerve to collect his maiden Rolex Series title with a brilliant play-off victory over Thomas Detry and Matt Fitzpatrick at the Renaissance Club in 2021. It was his second DP World Tour victory, following his win on home soil at the ISPS Handa Vic Open the previous year.

The defending champion said: “Last year at the Renaissance Club was such an awesome experience. I was proud of my game on Sunday and how I closed out the play-off for my first Rolex Series title.

“It was a huge win and opened up even more experiences, like playing in The Open for the first time the following week. My aim is to keep my hands on that trophy this season.”

All four players are this week competing in The Genesis Invitational at The Riviera Country Club, which Genesis has titled since 2017, with Scotland’s national open becoming the second Genesis titled event on the PGA TOUR.

The Genesis Scottish Open is co-sanctioned by the DP World Tour and PGA TOUR as part of a historic Strategic Alliance, counting on both the DP World Tour Rankings and the FedExCup.

The tournament benefits from the continued commitment of the Scottish Government, managed by VisitScotland, and retains its place in golf’s global calendar the week ahead of The 150th Open (July 11-17), as part of these agreements through to 2025. The player field will be a split between members of both the DP World Tour and PGA TOUR.

Genesis Scottish Open tickets are now on sale, with options including season tickets and individual day tickets for the Wednesday Pro-Am and four tournament days. Buy now at et.golf/GSO2022Tickets

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