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As mentioned, the venue for the latest instalment was Cruden Bay, a gem of a layout and undoubtedly one of the best golf courses in Scotland. Dunes and elevation changes feature prominently from start to finish, while burns, bunkers and classic links turf throw up further surprises and ensure every element of a golfer's game is tested.
The widely admired Championship Course is more than just a traditional links with a strong heritage. In 1894, the Great North of Scotland Railway Company commissioned the building of a course at Cruden Bay to accompany its hotel that was being constructed concurrently. The course, designed by Old Tom Morris and Archie Simpson, and the hotel, were opened in 1899.
In its current guise, it now measures a little over 6,600 yards and plays as a par 70. Rick and Nick begin their four-hole match on the 196-yard par-3 4th hole, facing a howling wind, before playing the 5th, 6th and adding a little surprise at the end.
Shiels lost his last match against a pro when he took on Fleetwood over nine holes at JCB Golf Course, starting with a 10-shot lead. Will he fare any better against Sir Nick Faldo? Watch the video above to find out!
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 M1 (15°)
Driving iron: Titleist U500 (17°)
Irons: Callaway Apex Pro '19 (4-PW)
Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM9 (50°, 54° and 58°)
Putter: Titleist Scotty Cameron Newport 2.5
Ball: Titleist Pro V1
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