The Genesis Scottish Open is set to take place at The Renaissance Club, designed by Tom Doak in 2006. This year will mark the fifth consecutive season that the club hosts this event. The tournament features a Par 70 layout with five par 3s and five par 5s, spanning 7,237 yards along the Firth of Forth.
Among the 156 golfers participating, the field includes Xander Schauffele, the reigning champion from 2022, as well as two other previous winners. Additionally, 19 players within the top 30 of the Official World Golf Ranking will compete for a share of the $9 million purse, with the winner claiming $1.62 million and 500 FedExCup points.
The following statistics are relevant to this week's competition, based on the current 2022-23 season.
- SG: Off the Tee (PGA TOUR)
- Top Players: Scottie Scheffler, Rory McIlroy, Kevin Yu, Patrick Cantlay, Keith Mitchell, Viktor Hovland, Cam Davis, Tyrrell Hatton, Gary Woodland, Luke List.
Navigating The Renaissance Club's challenging tee shots is crucial, as the course presents obstacles like trees, dunes, and cliffs that can distract players. In the previous year's event, the fairways ranked as the third most difficult to hit on the PGA TOUR. Keeping the ball out of the rough, which measures almost three inches, and avoiding trouble off the tee are essential.
- SG: Off the Tee (DP World Tour)
- Top Players: Adrian Meronk, Nicolai Hojgaard, Callum Shinkwin, Victor Perez, Nick Bachem, Jordan Smith, Joost Luiten, David Law, Robert MacIntyre, Sean Crocker.
Greens in Regulation (PGA TOUR)
- Top Players: Scottie Scheffler, Kevin Yu, Corey Conners, Tom Kim, Dylan Wu, Will Gordon, Patrick Cantlay, Doug Ghim, Aaron Rai, Alex Smalley.
The Renaissance Club had one of the most challenging Greens in Regulation (GIR) rankings among venues last year. Hitting GIR accurately is crucial, and players must also be adept at dealing with the challenges around the greens. The putting surfaces have a Stimpmeter speed of around 11 feet, so the focus should be on strategically missing in the right places.
Greens in Regulation (DP World Tour)
- Top Players: Jordan Smith, Adrian Meronk, Ross Fisher, Antoine Rozner, Edoardo Molinari, Alexander Bjork, Ewen Ferguson, Tom McKibbin, Nicolai Hojgaard, Yannik Paul.
Bogey Avoidance (PGA TOUR)
- Top Players: Scottie Scheffler, Patrick Cantlay, Andrew Putnam, Aaron Baddeley, Doug Ghim, Wyndham Clark, Kevin Yu, Rickie Fowler, Tom Kim, Tyrrell Hatton.
The Renaissance Club was the second most challenging non-major course last season and ranked fifth among all courses used on the PGA TOUR. While there will be opportunities for birdies and eagles along the coast and through the Scottish pines, few players will find themselves breaking par. The ever-changing weather conditions, with breezes from the Firth of Forth in the mornings, evenings, and intermittently throughout the day, will test the players' resilience in dealing with unfavorable circumstances. Therefore, achieving par will be considered an excellent score this week.
- Bogey Avoidance (DP World Tour)
- Top Players: Alexander Bjork, Adrian Otaegui, Richie Ramsay, Marcel Schneider, Matthieu Pavon, Ewen Ferguson, Antoine Rozner, Joost Luiten, Thorbjorn Olesen, Yannik Paul.
In summary, the Genesis Scottish Open at The Renaissance Club poses a formidable challenge to the players. Navigating the difficult tee shots, hitting accurate GIR, and avoiding bogeys will be key factors in achieving success on this demanding course. Additionally, the ever-changing weather conditions will further test the players' abilities to adapt and perform under challenging circumstances.