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Three-time Major winner Jordan Spieth will make his first appearance at the Genesis Scottish Open this year. The Texan will join World No. 2 Collin Morikawa, defending champion Min Woo Lee and leading Scot Robert MacIntyre in the field for the third Rolex Series event of the 2022 season.
As part of a historic strategic alliance, this year’s Scottish Open will be co-sanctioned by the DP World Tour and PGA Tour, boasting a new sponsor in Genesis. 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 Scottish Open debut in the week before The 150th Open at St Andrews. Already an Open winner in 2017, Spieth will be hoping to add a fourth Major title to his roll of honour.
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 No. 1 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.”
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A lifelong golf fan, Andy graduated in 2019 with a degree in Sports Journalism and got his first role in the industry as the Instruction Editor for National Club Golfer. From there, he went on to enjoy a spell freelancing for Stats Perform producing football reports, and then for RacingNews365 covering Formula 1. However, he couldn't turn down the opportunity to get back into the sport he grew up watching and playing and now covers a mixture of equipment, instruction and news for Golf Monthly's website and print title.
Andy took up the game at the age of seven and even harboured ambitions of a career in the professional ranks for a spell. That didn’t pan out, but he still enjoys his weekend golf at Royal Troon and holds a scratch handicap. As a side note, he's made five holes-in-one and could quite possibly be Retief Goosen’s biggest fan.
As well as the above, some of Andy's work has featured on websites such as goal.com, dailyrecord.co.uk, and theopen.com.
What's in Andy's bag?
Driver: Callaway Mavrik Sub-Zero (9°)
3-wood: TaylorMade Stealth 2 Plus (15°)
Driving iron: Titleist U500 (17°)
Irons: Callaway Apex Pro '19 (4-PW)
Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM9 (50°, 54° and 58°)
Putter: TaylorMade Spider X
Ball: TaylorMade TP5x
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