The European Tour this week steals the show at the PGA Tour and in Scotland, from Thursday 8 to Sunday 11 July in North Berwick, it will be the protagonist with the Scottish Open, an event that precedes the 149th edition of The Open (15-18 July in England ). The second (of four) 2021 Rolex Series tournament, it will see many international champions competing, including five of the best ten golfers in the world. From Jon Rahm, world number 1, to Justin Thomas, third in the world ranking. From Collin Morikawa (fourth) to Xander Schauffele (fifth) to Tyrrell Hatton (tenth).
Scottish Open, Jon Rahm
Field of absolute level the one that will compete for the title and a total prize money of 8,000,000 dollars on the course of The Renaissance Club. There will also be 8 Azzurri players. Francesco Molinari returns to play on the European Tour and with him is Guido Migliozzi who, after 4 / o place at the US Open (debut in a Major) and 13 / o at Travelers Championship (PGA Tour), is aiming for success . The Vicenza player will play the first two rounds of the competition alongside Richard Bland (the Englishman who overtook him at the play-off in the British Masters) and the Irish Padraig Harrington, captain of Team Europe at the Ryder Cup in Wisconsin (USA, 24 -26 September). A real opportunity to show off for the 24 year old from Veneto, currently in 7th place on the European Point List.
With Chicco Molinari and Migliozzi for Italy here are Edoardo Molinari, Francesco Laporta (fresh from 4th place at the Irish Open), Renato Paratore, Nino Bertasio, Lorenzo Gagli and Andrea Pavan.
The top three finishers (not otherwise exempt) will receive a pass to play the Open Championship, the fourth and final Major of 2021. The British Aaron Rai will defend the title won in 2020 at the Scottish Open. There is great anticipation for Rahm who returns to the field, as number 1, after his triumph at the US Open (the first in his career in a Grand Slam event).
Jon Rahm has been named Golfer of the Month after winning his maiden Major Championship at the 121st U.S. Open at Torrey Pines.
Rahm was one of the favourites heading into the third Major of the year with seven top tens to his name In 2021 prior to arriving In San Diego, where rounds of 69-70-72-67 led to a six under par total and enough for a one shot victory over Louis Oosthuizen.
The Spaniard’s round was topped off by two emphatic birdies on the last two holes, with his closing effort similar to that of Tiger Woods’ famous putt at the 2008 U.S. Open.