Will Zalatoris: “Here it’s completely different”

Will Zalatoris is relishing the challenge of a fortnight of links golf as he makes his professional debut on European soil at the 2021 abrdn Scottish Open.

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“It’s kind of similar to actually how we play in the winter time back home. Texas is very dry and so we get a lot of wind, fog. Gets a little firm. Got to keep it on the ground, keep it underneath the wind. So I’ve kind of grown up on it… it’s not exactly links golf. The few amount of links courses we have in the States, I know how to play them.  It’s completely different. Week-in, week-out on the PGA Tour we try to hit it as high as we can and out here we’re trying to keep it as low as we can. I had a little bit of a rough month with my game so I’m kind of trying to kick everything back into gear.  Absolutely prepping for next week, just to get back on links because it’s so different from what we play week-in, week-out back home. On top of that, too, playing against the best players in the world – if that doesn’t get you excited, I don’t know what does.”

Rory McIlroy is hoping to see the hard work pay off as he goes in search of a first Rolex Series victory at the 2021 abrdn Scottish Open.

“I’m looking forward to getting back on the golf course. I was pretty rusty last week in Ireland. I didn’t really do any practice the week after the U.S. Open and it sort of showed in my game. So it’s been nice to link back up with Pete who is here and worked on some stuff the last couple of days. The great thing about Pete is he doesn’t sugarcoat it. He’ll tell me when it’s not great so that when he does give me a compliment, I know that it’s real. It’s been great. It’s probably stuff I’ve worked on before but said in a slightly different way, slightly different thoughts. Good thing about Pete is he’s been doing it such a long time and with so many great players, is he knows what works and he knows what doesn’t.  I’ve really enjoyed it. I really have. I’ve enjoyed learning from him. He’s got such a great knowledge about not just the golf swing but the game of golf in general and it’s been a good few months”.

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