Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open 2020: Form guide for this week's Rolex Series event

The Renaissance Club hosts the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open
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"As many as 27 golfers broke 270 in 2019 when it was played in good golfing weather. However, the reasonably generous fairways will become a lot tougher to manage if the wind blows hard this weekend, and the heavily contoured greens will almost certainly provide a tricky test."

It's a big week on the European Tour, with the first Rolex Series event for almost nine months taking place in Scotland.

The strongest field, since the end of lockdown, will assemble in North Berwick for the lucrative Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open, which tees off this Thursday.

With a total prize fund of $7m, the purse will be between six and 10 times greater than for the majority of events staged since the European Tour re-opened for business in early July.

It will also be the largest purse of any tournament so far held on European soil during the current calendar year.

And the good news for golf fans is that the prestigious Scottish Open will be followed by another Rolex Series event next week, when the players head for Surrey and the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.

As for this week, the tournament is being staged at The Renaissance Club on the East Lothian coast, for a second straight year.

Change of date

The big difference this time is its position within the calendar. Last year it was played in early July, the week before The Open at Royal Portrush.

It was due to occupy the same slot in 2020, but the emergence of Covid-19 meant the entire schedule had to be ripped up and compiled again.

This week's defending champion, Bernd Wiesberger, made the most of benign conditions to post a winning 72-hole total of 262 (22 under par).

As many as 27 golfers broke 270 in 2019 when it was played in pretty good golfing weather.

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However, with its new October date, autumnal conditions might pose a few more problems for the golfers over the coming few days.

The reasonably generous fairways will become a lot tougher to manage if the wind blows hard this weekend, and the heavily contoured greens will almost certainly provide a tricky test.

Rich golfing heritage

The Renaissance Club is laid out close to a number of great Scottish golfing gems, and located approximately 20 miles east of Edinburgh.

Opened in April 2008, the course overlooks the south bank of the Firth of Forth, and is just a handful of miles from iconic links such as Muirfield, Gullane and Archerfield.

It had been hoped that this week's tournament would allow a limited number of spectators through the gates.

But due to the sudden rise in the number of people contracting Coronavirus, the tournament will have to be staged behind closed doors.

Prior to hosting last year's Scottish Open, the course had been used for a 36-hole pre-qualifying tournament ahead of the 2018 Open Championship at Carnoustie.

Who's teeing-up

In terms of ranking, Englishmen Tommy Fleetwood and Matthew Fitzpatrick lead the way and both should be among the favoured runners this week.

Although Fleetwood's post-lockdown form has been below the level now expected of the world No 17, his performances at UK coastal venues in recent seasons have been solid.

As for Fitzpatrick, his form this summer has been good, highlighted by a trio of top-six finishes in prestigious PGA Tour events.

Defending champ Wiesberger has all the tools to contend once again, while those seeking a longer-priced each-way selection might fancy Paul Waring who has enjoyed some decent results by the coast.

These include a podium finish at St Andrews last October, a tie-for-seventh in the Irish Open at Lahinch in July 2019, plus tied-sixth at Hillside two months earlier.

The South African contingent should pose a threat in tough conditions, with Erik Van Rooyen, George Coetzee and Christiaan Bezuidenhout their leading trio in Scotland.

Twitter: Andy Swales@GolfStatsAlive

MC* - Missed Additional 54-Hole Cut

Note: List Contains Leading Reserves

Last 10 Weeks / Course Form

Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player W39 W38 W37 W36 W35 W34 W33 W32 W31 W30
Tommy Fleetwood MC 3 44 59 29 35 MC
Matthew Fitzpatrick MC 6 MC MC 6
Bernd Wiesberger 43 31 5 43 74 26
Lee Westwood 13 10 17 34 70
Danny Willett MC MC MC MC 69
Erik Van Rooyen 23 MC 51 20 MC
Matt Wallace 43 19 MC 77 59
Christiaan Bezuidenhout 55 37 MC 20
Victor Perez MC 31 MC 22 65
Graeme McDowell MC MC MC MC MC 35
Ian Poulter MC 39 22 69
Jazz Janewattananond 3 MC MC 59
Rasmus Hojgaard MC 31 1 3 6 2
Thomas Pieters 23 15 3
Lucas Herbert 7 31 MC 49
George Coetzee 48 3 1 1 2 MC
Thomas Detry 33 49 31 2 56 2 MC
Sam Horsfield 44 1 MC 1 10
Mike Lorenzo-Vera MC 43
Shaun Norris MC MC 75
Robert MacIntyre 56 24 59 66 59
Martin Kaymer MC 2 3 MC MC
Romain Langasque 34 17 MC 1 26 57 53
Jorge Campillo 8 17 7 8 MC MC
Andy Sullivan MC MC 9 47 1 41 4
Sami Valimaki MC 10 2 6 MC
Paul Waring MC 32 52 19
Benjamin Hebert MC MC 3 MC 34
Hao Tong Li MC Wd 31 8 17 75
Justin Harding 11 MC Wd 3 44 47 53 MC 3
Garrick Higgo MC 1 7 47
Marcus Kinhult MC MC MC 13 15 MC 38
Joost Luiten 11 MC 52 MC 51 MC
Eddie Pepperell MC Wd MC Wd 47
John Catlin 1 8 1 25 MC 6 51
Min Woo Lee MC 11 MC 72 6 MC MC
Adri Arnaus 23 MC 47 60
Renato Paratore 31 MC 27 MC 34 28 1
Guido Migliozzi 36 6 MC 57 MC MC 60
Andrea Pavan MC MC MC Wd MC 34 MC 38
Gavin Green MC 8 11 MC
Francesco Laporta MC 50 68 MC 57 MC MC
Ryan Fox MC MC 32 28 15 57 19 15 8
Matthew Jordan 14 52 19 3 47 MC MC 17
Wade Ormsby MC MC MC 31 25
Sebastian Soderberg Wd 27 MC 5 10 77
Jason Scrivener 25 8 MC 8 14 14 47 29
Mikko Korhonen MC Wd 6 29
Calum Hill 28 MC MC 9 8 39 MC 26
Andrew Johnston 37 3 19 Wd
Jack Senior 28 14 28 63 22 44 MC 21
Antoine Rozner 28 36 3 MC MC 26 10 60
Dean Burmester 22 31 21 47 6 MC MC
Jordan Smith 7 36 Wd MC 27 22 14 MC 35
Pablo Larrazabal 58 24 MC 70 65 51 21
Sebastian Heisele MC 15 14
Brandon Stone 14 MC 27 MC 6 MC 68
Lucas Bjerregaard 51 27 58 MC MC
Ross Fisher MC 39 MC 27 MC 22 MC
Connor Syme MC MC 8 8 3 19 68 MC
Joakim Lagergren 5 3 24 MC Re
Masahiro Kawamura 14 5 8 47 37 MC MC MC MC
Maverick Antcliff 3 9 MC MC MC 31 MC 67 MC
Matthew Southgate 33 64 24 MC 73 27 61 22 35
Scott Jamieson 54 MC 9 10 47
Adrian Otaegui MC 17 37 14 2 MC 35
Kalle Samooja MC MC MC 65 34 MC
Alexander Bjork 24 57 MC 27 3 47
Nicolas Colsaerts MC 47 53 63 9 MC
Chris Paisley MC MC 27 MC 19 3 MC
Steven Brown 39 64 10 MC 31 5 65 MC
Sebastian Rodriguez Garcia MC 6 66 MC 27 Dq MC 10 MC
Darius Van Driel 60 MC MC 11 44 MC 51 MC
Adrian Meronk 10 36 MC 68 6 34 MC 21
Aaron Rai 2 15 44 31 44 10 21
Joachim B Hansen 28 17 25 MC 53 28 47
Justin Walters MC MC 2 MC 39 MC MC MC
Jeff Winther MC 31 47 MC MC 14
Oliver Farr 39 MC MC 39 MC 3 MC
Richie Ramsay 33 31 44 MC 34 22 38
Robin Roussel MC MC 62 MC 26 MC 21
Thorbjorn Olesen 58 48 17 66 34 MC
Joel Stalter 68 MC MC MC 28
Richard Bland 14 27 62 19 MC 56 22 38
Sean Crocker 39 Wd 37 22 9 15 60
Lorenzo Gagli MC 10 MC 14 34
Matthieu Pavon MC MC 64 MC 6 26
Callum Shinkwin MC MC 8 11 71 28 MC
Ashun Wu MC MC MC 31
Marc Warren MC 39 39 34 MC MC
Cormac Sharvin MC MC MC 63 31 19 47 MC
Scott Hend 11 MC MC 39 44 MC MC
Nino Bertasio 50 MC Wd
David Drysdale MC 70 Ret 56 MC MC
Grant Forrest 14 66 MC 69 34 65
Robert Rock 25 MC MC 37 15 4
Shubhankar Sharma 64 44 MC MC MC 63 MC MC
Jeung-Hun Wang 26 3 9 7
Ricardo Santos 24 50 68 44 57 MC
Victor Dubuisson
Julian Suri MC 32 50 39 MC 66 MC MC MC
Nacho Elvira 39 MC 68 44 39 MC MC 29
Dave Horsey MC 10 51 6 MC 34 14
Edoardo Molinari MC 76 MC 27 47 MC MC
Ewen Ferguson 14 MC 24 MC MC 19 MC MC
Alvaro Quiros 44 17 MC MC MC 53
Fabrizio Zanotti 7
Maximilian Kieffer MC 17 44 14 MC 6 MC
Padraig Harrington MC
Oliver Wilson MC Wd MC MC MC MC
James Morrison 60 39 5 27 MC MC MC
Oliver Fisher MC MC Wd 76 MC 26 MC 7
Tapio Pulkkanen 36 MC MC MC 63 63 MC
Ashley Chesters MC MC 68 39 MC 28 14
Stephen Gallacher 51 58 51 MC MC
Alexander Levy Wd 41 MC 47 MC
Haydn Porteous MC MC MC Wd MC MC MC 69
Soren Kjeldsen MC 41 39 62 MC 41 MC
Julien Guerrier 48 8 41 MC 56 15 MC
Gaganjeet Bhullar MC
Miguel Angel Jimenez 44 34 38
David Law 35 58 MC 37 71 MC 38
Thomas Aiken
Thomas Bjorn MC 57 31 MC MC 69 MC
Richard McEvoy 69 MC MC 63 62 57 MC
Chris Wood
Graeme Storm MC 31 MC MC MC 10
Neil Fenwick
Peter Hanson MC MC
David Howell MC MC MC MC MC 68 MC MC
Raphael Jacquelin MC 74 62 MC
Michael Campbell MC MC MC MC MC 70 MC
Kristoffer Broberg MC MC
Paul O`Hara
Paul Lawrie MC
Craig Lee
Player 2019
Tommy Fleetwood
Matthew Fitzpatrick 14
Bernd Wiesberger 1
Lee Westwood 55
Danny Willett
Erik Van Rooyen 14
Matt Wallace 14
Christiaan Bezuidenhout 34
Victor Perez 28
Graeme McDowell MC
Ian Poulter 14
Jazz Janewattananond
Rasmus Hojgaard
Thomas Pieters 20
Lucas Herbert 62
George Coetzee 9
Thomas Detry 43
Sam Horsfield MC
Mike Lorenzo-Vera 28
Shaun Norris
Robert MacIntyre MC
Martin Kaymer 20
Romain Langasque 3
Jorge Campillo MC*
Andy Sullivan 28
Sami Valimaki
Paul Waring 48
Benjamin Hebert 2
Hao Tong Li MC
Justin Harding MC
Garrick Higgo
Marcus Kinhult 48
Joost Luiten MC
Eddie Pepperell 43
John Catlin
Min Woo Lee
Adri Arnaus
Renato Paratore 28
Guido Migliozzi 28
Andrea Pavan 4
Gavin Green MC
Francesco Laporta
Ryan Fox MC
Matthew Jordan
Wade Ormsby MC
Sebastian Soderberg MC
Jason Scrivener MC
Mikko Korhonen 48
Calum Hill 26
Andrew Johnston 4
Jack Senior
Antoine Rozner
Dean Burmester MC*
Jordan Smith MC
Pablo Larrazabal 72
Sebastian Heisele
Brandon Stone 34
Lucas Bjerregaard MC
Ross Fisher MC
Connor Syme
Joakim Lagergren MC
Masahiro Kawamura 55
Maverick Antcliff
Matthew Southgate MC
Scott Jamieson 26
Adrian Otaegui 20
Kalle Samooja 20
Alexander Bjork 62
Nicolas Colsaerts 69
Chris Paisley 34
Steven Brown MC
Sebastian Rodriguez Garcia
Darius Van Driel
Adrian Meronk
Aaron Rai MC
Joachim B Hansen MC
Justin Walters MC
Jeff Winther 28
Oliver Farr
Richie Ramsay 34
Robin Roussel
Thorbjorn Olesen
Joel Stalter
Richard Bland
Sean Crocker 55
Lorenzo Gagli 14
Matthieu Pavon MC
Callum Shinkwin
Ashun Wu MC
Marc Warren MC
Cormac Sharvin
Scott Hend MC
Nino Bertasio 4
David Drysdale MC*
Grant Forrest 43
Robert Rock MC
Shubhankar Sharma 34
Jeung-Hun Wang MC
Ricardo Santos
Victor Dubuisson MC
Julian Suri 55
Nacho Elvira 48
Dave Horsey 34
Edoardo Molinari 34
Ewen Ferguson
Alvaro Quiros MC
Fabrizio Zanotti 55
Maximilian Kieffer MC
Padraig Harrington MC
Oliver Wilson 69
James Morrison MC
Oliver Fisher 48
Tapio Pulkkanen MC
Ashley Chesters MC*
Stephen Gallacher MC
Alexander Levy MC
Haydn Porteous 34
Soren Kjeldsen MC
Julien Guerrier
Gaganjeet Bhullar MC
Miguel Angel Jimenez
David Law MC
Thomas Aiken 55
Thomas Bjorn Ret
Richard McEvoy MC
Chris Wood MC
Graeme Storm
Neil Fenwick
Peter Hanson
David Howell MC
Raphael Jacquelin MC
Michael Campbell
Kristoffer Broberg
Paul O`Hara
Paul Lawrie MC
Craig Lee

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