17 Things You Didn’t Know About Aaron Rai

Get to know the 2020 Scottish Open champion, Aaron Rai, a little better.

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Get to know the 2020 Scottish Open champion, Aaron Rai, a little better.

17 Things You Didn’t Know About Aaron Rai

Englishman Aaron Rai had his best season to date on the European Tour in 2020, claiming his first Rolex Series event at the Scottish Open.

Rai is beginning to forge an established career in the game and will be one to look out for in years to come especially because he secured his PGA Tour card in 2021.

Here are 17 things you didn’t know about him.

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Rai defeated Tommy Fleetwood in October (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

17 Things You Didn’t Know About Aaron Rai

1. Rai was born on 3rd March 1995 in Wolverhampton.

2. He started his golfing journey at the Three Hammers Golf Complex and joined Patshull Park when he was only five years old.

3. The Englishman was educated at Wolverhampton Grammar School.

4. Rai has three older siblings: two sisters and one brother.

5. Before the age of eight, he wanted to be a racing driver and would often wear Ferrari T-shirts and jumpers in junior golf competitions.

6. Rai got into golf by accident. Hurting himself with a hockey stick as a toddler, Rai’s mother went out to buy plastic sticks to make things safer. She returned with plastic golf clubs instead, and Rai was hooked.

7. After being given a Lee Westwood putting aid at 15, Rai holed 207 consecutive putts of 10 feet, setting a World Record in the process.

8. The Englishman turned professional in 2012; competing first on the EuroPro, and then the Challenge Tour.

Aaron Rai Headcovers

Rai's Headcovers. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

9. Rai uses iron head covers. This stems from his father, who taught him to respect and look after his equipment.

10. In 2017, Rai won three times on the Challenge Tour. The third win automatically qualified him for the European Tour.

11. When Rai won the Kenya Open in 2017, it was a special victory in more ways than one: Rai’s mother is of Kenyan-Indian descent and had not visited the the country in 47 years.

12. He is one of the few professionals to wear two gloves. He has done this since the age of eight.

13. Although he did not win in his debut year on the European Tour, Rai claimed victory at the Hong Kong Open; the first event of the 2019 European Tour season.

14. The Englishman has a full TaylorMade bag, except his Titleist Vokey wedges.

Related: Aaron Rai What's In The Bag? (opens in new tab)

Aaron Rai Hong Kong

Rai Beat Matthew Fitzpatrick In His First European Tour Win. (Photo by Luke Walker/Getty Images,)

15. Despite being a prominent name on the European Tour, Rai does not have any social media accounts.

16. Rai is coached by duo Piers Ward and Andy Proudman from ‘Me and My Golf’.

17. The Englishman defeated Tommy Fleetwood (opens in new tab) in a playoff at the 2020 Scottish Open, his biggest win to date.

Matt Cradock
Staff Writer

Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.

Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.

Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?

Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°

Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°

Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°

Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x