Scottish Open 2021: Form guide for this week's Rolex Series event

The 13-year-old Renaissance Club hosts the Scottish Open for a third time
The Renaissance Club overlooks the Firth of Forth

For the third year in a row Scotland's national open takes place at The Renaissance Club on the East Lothian coast. Course and current form stats compiled by Andy Swales...

"Being a coastal location, which means frequently changeable weather conditions, an ability to scramble successfully is usually important."

Week two of the 'British Isles Swing' takes the players to the coastal town of North Berwick, for the lucrative Scottish Open.

Sponsored by abrdn, which is merely a rebranding of Standard Life Aberdeen, the tournament returns to The Renaissance Club for a third straight year.

This week's tournament will be the second of four Rolex Series events to be contested on the European Tour this season.

It will also be the final opportunity to taste good old British coastal conditions before the action heads for Kent, and next week's Open Championship at Royal St George's.

But, for the next few days, the focus is on East Lothian and a 300-acre site which overlooks the south bank of the Firth of Forth.

The Renaissance Club was opened in April 2008, although its routing has changed since then after additional land was acquired nearby.

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

In addition to being in close proximity to the iconic links of Gullane, North Berwick and Archerfield, it is also barely two miles north-east of Open venue Muirfield.

On the tee

Not surprisingly the tournament has attracted an excellent field, possibly the best on Tour so far this year - outside of those staged in the United States.

Four of the world's top five, as well as 11 of the leading 30, will be fine-tuning their games ahead of next week's final major championship of 2021.

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Newly-crowned US Open champion Jon Rahm leads the way, along with a number of leading Americans who include Justin Thomas, Collin Morikawa and Xander Schauffele.

There are also a handful of highly-ranked Brits such as world No 11 Rory McIlroy, who will be joined on the tee by Tyrrell Hatton, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Lee Westwood and Tommy Fleetwood.

With the exception of Thomas, most of the top-ranked players have enjoyed a sprinkling of T10s over the past few months, although the world No 3 did finish tied-9th on his only previous trip to The Renaissance Course two years ago.

Of this elite group of golfers arriving from the United States, the accurate Morikawa should be able to get to grips with the course as well as any of them.

Being a coastal location, which means frequently changeable weather conditions, an ability to scramble successfully is usually important.

With this in mind, Ian Poulter could be a strong e/w shout. The 45-year-old has enjoyed a consistent run of performances this year, highlighted by a podium finish at Colonial Country Club in Texas.

His two previous starts at The Renaissance Club have yielded finishes of T6 and T14.

The course

The Renaissance Club is a links course with a little more vegetation than normal, and a scarcity of dunes, while water will not be an issue this week - unless it happens to rain heavily.

Scoring in each of the two previous instalments has differed greatly. In 2019, when the tournament was first staged here in mid-July, the eventual champion Bernd Wiesberger was 22-under-par (262) for 72 holes. The 36-hole cut was 137, as 27 players shot lower than 270.

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One year later, when the tournament was delayed until the first week of October because of the pandemic, winner Aaron Rai fired 273 (11 under par), with one-under securing a spot for the weekend.

The course had been toughened up in-between tournaments, although most of this sizeable difference was down to a change of dates - from summer to early autumn.

The venue's main defence is its heavily contoured putting surfaces.

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

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MC* - Missed Additional 54-Hole Cut

Note: List Contains Leading Reserves

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Last 10 Weeks / Renaissance Club (2019-20)

Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player W27 W26 W25 W24 W23 W22 W21 W20 W19 W18
Jon Rahm 1 Wd 8 34 MC
Justin Thomas 19 42 40 MC 26 13
Collin Morikawa 4 2 14 8
Xander Schauffele 7 11 MC 14
Rory McIlroy 59 7 18 49 1
Tyrrell Hatton MC 2 38
Scottie Scheffler 47 7 3 MC 8 47 29
Matthew Fitzpatrick 55 10 MC 23 MC
Billy Horschel MC 67 40 23
Lee Westwood 46 MC 71 21
Will Zalatoris 77 MC 59 8 17 MC
Tommy Fleetwood 17 50 35 MC 14
Sam Burns 13 MC 50 Wd 2 1
Ryan Palmer MC 32 MC 47 63
Corey Conners MC 53 20 17 43 21
Victor Perez MC MC MC
Garrick Higgo 41 MC MC 1 64 1 8
Christiaan Bezuidenhout 23 31 37 30
Robert MacIntyre 35 37 49 8
Ian Poulter 36 40 25 3 30 MC 21
Lucas Herbert 1 19 18 71 MC
Bernd Wiesberger 5 MC 40 1 MC 34
Matt Wallace MC MC 56 55 6
Branden Grace 7 4 Wd 38 54
Guido Migliozzi 13 4 2 2 MC 33
Daniel Van Tonder MC 12 MC 44 MC 57
Martin Kaymer 41 2 26 MC MC MC
Andy Sullivan 12 5 40 MC 6
Antoine Rozner 33 55 18 MC MC MC
John Catlin 41 MC MC MC 5
Sam Horsfield Wd 5 25 49 21 MC
Brandon Stone MC MC 40 MC MC MC
Dean Burmester MC 70 59 6 4 1
Thomas Detry MC MC 2 59 MC 43
Jason Scrivener 9 7 55 3 23 MC
George Coetzee MC MC 14
Danny Willett 67 26 64 11 MC
Aaron Rai 12 42 MC MC MC
Thomas Pieters 12 29 MC MC
Richard Bland 4 50 3 1 27 MC
Kurt Kitayama 69 MC 25 8 MC MC
Rasmus Hojgaard 41 17 55 MC 79 MC MC
Sami Valimaki MC MC MC MC 21 27 22
Kalle Samooja MC 52 18 MC 9 3
Matthias Schwab 29 45 8 11 33
Marcus Armitage 41 MC 1 8 MC MC
Justin Harding 23 5 45 MC 19 38 12
Francesco Molinari MC 13 MC
Laurie Canter MC 29 8 30 40 48
Jazz Janewattananond MC 37 MC MC 11
Wilco Nienaber MC 68 14 MC 57 1 22
Adri Arnaus 56 MC MC 52 43 4 8
Calum Hill MC 17 29 40 8 12 MC
Padraig Harrington MC MC MC MC 4 MC
Joachim B Hansen MC MC 6 MC MC 57 22
Adrian Otaegui 12 29 2 58 37 40 34 60
Henrik Stenson MC 33 MC MC 64 63
Graeme McDowell 56 MC MC
Ryan Fox MC 14 14 11 MC
Jorge Campillo MC 3 25 40 MC 61 MC
Jamie Donaldson MC MC 67 57 12
Joost Luiten MC 46 11 15 Wd
Renato Paratore MC MC MC 11 71 11 Wd MC
Callum Shinkwin MC Wd 59 MC 63
Marcus Kinhult MC
Masahiro Kawamura MC 29 7 29 17 MC 23 28
Romain Langasque MC MC 65 MC 66 MC
Adrian Meronk MC MC 45 31 3 MC 3
Wade Ormsby MC 55 40 MC 19 MC
Marc Warren 28 76 MC MC
Mikko Korhonen MC 7 MC 3 56
Maximilian Kieffer 39 MC 45 MC MC MC
Connor Syme 41 MC 18 MC MC 12 MC
Mike Lorenzo-Vera MC 29 52 34 51 MC
Jordan Smith 41 MC 11 3 17 33
Jonathan Caldwell MC MC 1 MC 31 65 MC 42
Matthew Southgate MC 25 2 MC 34 20 MC
Maverick Antcliff 28 60 MC 11 MC MC 2 42
Sean Crocker 9 29 MC 11 MC MC MC 18
Benjamin Hebert 59 MC 7 MC MC MC
Johannes Veerman 3 MC MC 58 MC 70 45 MC
Eddie Pepperell MC MC 37 11 12 33
Andrew Johnston 9 14 MC 17 4 42
Chris Paisley 33 Wd 52 52 MC
Victor Dubuisson 4 Wd 61 MC
Min Woo Lee 17 42 MC 52 21
Alexander Bjork 51 MC 7 29 6 30 12
Jeff Winther 28 55 Wd 65 Wd MC
Nicolas Colsaerts 51 62
Scott Jamieson 67 MC 18 MC MC 22
Joakim Lagergren MC MC MC 25 MC MC 18
Paul Waring MC Wd MC 28
Sebastian Rodriguez Garcia MC 62 37 MC 19 43 MC 8
Steven Brown 41 42 37 MC 40 MC
Fabrizio Zanotti 33 MC 27 MC
Sebastian Heisele Wd 29 MC MC 9 MC
Ross Fisher MC MC MC 8 43 56
Scott Hend MC 26 4 MC MC MC 51 8
Matthew Jordan 12 17 65 MC MC 66 56
Pablo Larrazabal 33 17 MC 19 MC 12
Gavin Green MC MC MC MC MC 65 MC
Francesco Laporta 4 MC 69 MC MC MC 27 33
Robert Rock MC 46 MC MC
Dave Horsey MC 52 MC 25 31 MC MC MC
Darius Van Driel 17 68 MC 2 MC 57 MC 63
Justin Walters 41 17 MC 40 MC 51 48
Jimmy Walker 71 70 6 MC 64 MC 72 29
Sebastian Soderberg MC MC MC Wd 40 43 56 56
Jack Senior 61 MC 70 18 MC 52 34 MC
Edoardo Molinari MC MC 35 2 MC 8 45 28
James Morrison 17 42 4 MC MC 21 48
Hao Tong Li MC MC MC MC
Nino Bertasio MC MC Wd 25 51 22
Gaganjeet Bhullar 66 MC MC 38 MC
Matthieu Pavon MC MC 25 21 27 63
Grant Forrest 4 55 MC 23 33
David Drysdale MC MC 10 45 MC MC Wd
Ross McGowan MC MC MC MC MC
Alexander Levy 65 MC MC 71 34 MC 42
Adrien Saddier MC 17 MC MC MC MC
Tapio Pulkkanen MC MC 18 19 52 3 72
Thorbjorn Olesen MC 62 40 31 57 12
Richie Ramsay 4 57 25 MC 43 23 22
Shubhankar Sharma 56 MC MC 8 34 69 MC
Oliver Farr 23 MC 61 MC 68 MC MC
Robin Sciot-Siegrist MC MC MC MC MC 62 12 22
Joel Stalter MC MC MC MC 67 61 MC
Zander Lombard 33 42 37 MC MC 20 42
Julien Guerrier 51 42 MC 15 30 40 MC
Andrea Pavan MC Dq MC MC MC MC
Lorenzo Gagli MC 62 52 MC 59 MC MC
Kiradech Aphibarnrat 39 MC MC MC MC
Aaron Cockerill 28 MC 46 MC MC 40 34 48
Soren Kjeldsen MC 76 40 40 19
Stephen Gallacher MC MC 60 25 MC
Garrick Porteous 61 29 MC MC 59 62 40 MC
Ashley Chesters MC MC 25 18 MC 43 MC
Cormac Sharvin 33 63 MC 43 MC MC
SSP Chawrasia MC 61 MC
Julian Suri MC MC MC MC 21 27 60
Robin Roussel MC 29 MC MC MC MC MC MC
Alejandro Canizares MC 42 MC MC MC 40 MC 28
Oliver Fisher MC MC MC Wd 12 MC
Haydn Porteous MC Wd 10 Wd 40 Wd MC 63
Nacho Elvira MC 55 MC MC MC 73 MC MC
Richard McEvoy MC MC MC MC MC MC MC
Oliver Wilson MC 18 MC 72 75 75
Lucas Bjerregaard MC MC MC 55 40 MC MC
Chris Wood MC MC MC 11 MC
David Law 41 62 7 52 MC MC
Gregory Havret 51 MC MC MC MC MC
Benjamin Poke MC 52 MC 29 MC MC MC MC
Alvaro Quiros MC 72 Wd MC 61 MC
Ricardo Santos MC MC MC MC 43 40 MC
Carlos Pigem MC 70 61 MC MC MC 75 MC
Graeme Storm MC MC MC MC MC
Raphael Jacquelin 68 MC MC 21 MC 63
David Howell 17 74 MC MC MC MC
Thomas Bjorn MC 31 67
Thomas Aiken MC MC MC
Peter Hanson MC MC MC MC MC MC
Paul O`Hara
Player 2020 2019
Jon Rahm
Justin Thomas 9
Collin Morikawa
Xander Schauffele
Rory McIlroy 34
Tyrrell Hatton 14
Scottie Scheffler
Matthew Fitzpatrick 42 14
Billy Horschel
Lee Westwood 19 55
Will Zalatoris
Tommy Fleetwood 2
Sam Burns
Ryan Palmer
Corey Conners
Victor Perez 14 28
Garrick Higgo 26
Christiaan Bezuidenhout MC 34
Robert MacIntyre 14 MC
Ian Poulter 6 14
Lucas Herbert 4 62
Bernd Wiesberger 48 1
Matt Wallace 30 14
Branden Grace MC
Guido Migliozzi MC 28
Daniel Van Tonder
Martin Kaymer MC 20
Andy Sullivan 26 28
Antoine Rozner
John Catlin MC
Sam Horsfield MC MC
Brandon Stone 19 34
Dean Burmester MC MC*
Thomas Detry 30 43
Jason Scrivener MC MC
George Coetzee 59 9
Danny Willett MC
Aaron Rai 1 MC
Thomas Pieters MC 20
Richard Bland MC
Kurt Kitayama 43
Rasmus Hojgaard 48
Sami Valimaki 63
Kalle Samooja 9 20
Matthias Schwab MC
Marcus Armitage
Justin Harding MC MC
Francesco Molinari
Laurie Canter MC
Jazz Janewattananond MC
Wilco Nienaber
Adri Arnaus 26
Calum Hill 63 26
Padraig Harrington 9 MC
Joachim B Hansen MC MC
Adrian Otaegui 42 20
Henrik Stenson 4
Graeme McDowell MC MC
Ryan Fox MC MC
Jorge Campillo 48 MC*
Jamie Donaldson 9
Joost Luiten 19 MC
Renato Paratore MC 28
Callum Shinkwin 30
Marcus Kinhult 6 48
Masahiro Kawamura 56 55
Romain Langasque MC 3
Adrian Meronk
Wade Ormsby 19 MC
Marc Warren 4 MC
Mikko Korhonen 48 48
Maximilian Kieffer MC MC
Connor Syme 48
Mike Lorenzo-Vera 42 28
Jordan Smith 36 MC
Jonathan Caldwell
Matthew Southgate 9 MC
Maverick Antcliff 36
Sean Crocker 36 55
Benjamin Hebert 19 2
Johannes Veerman
Eddie Pepperell 9 43
Andrew Johnston Ret 4
Chris Paisley MC 34
Victor Dubuisson 9 MC
Min Woo Lee 30
Alexander Bjork 19 62
Jeff Winther 36 28
Nicolas Colsaerts 30 69
Scott Jamieson 36 26
Joakim Lagergren 63 MC
Paul Waring Wd 48
Sebastian Rodriguez Garcia
Steven Brown MC MC
Fabrizio Zanotti 48 55
Sebastian Heisele MC
Ross Fisher MC MC
Scott Hend 59 MC
Matthew Jordan
Pablo Larrazabal 59 72
Gavin Green 42 MC
Francesco Laporta 42
Robert Rock 3 MC
Dave Horsey 14 34
Darius Van Driel
Justin Walters MC MC
Jimmy Walker MC
Sebastian Soderberg MC
Jack Senior
Edoardo Molinari 56 34
James Morrison 62 MC
Hao Tong Li 14 MC
Nino Bertasio MC 4
Gaganjeet Bhullar Dq MC
Matthieu Pavon 55 MC
Grant Forrest 19 43
David Drysdale MC MC*
Ross McGowan
Alexander Levy MC MC
Adrien Saddier
Tapio Pulkkanen MC MC
Thorbjorn Olesen MC
Richie Ramsay MC 34
Shubhankar Sharma 26 34
Oliver Farr
Robin Sciot-Siegrist
Joel Stalter MC
Zander Lombard MC
Julien Guerrier MC
Andrea Pavan MC 4
Lorenzo Gagli MC 14
Kiradech Aphibarnrat MC*
Aaron Cockerill
Soren Kjeldsen MC MC
Stephen Gallacher MC MC
Garrick Porteous
Ashley Chesters MC MC*
Cormac Sharvin
SSP Chawrasia MC
Julian Suri 36 55
Robin Roussel
Alejandro Canizares
Oliver Fisher MC 48
Haydn Porteous MC 34
Nacho Elvira MC 48
Richard McEvoy MC MC
Oliver Wilson MC 69
Lucas Bjerregaard MC MC
Chris Wood 66 MC
David Law MC MC
Gregory Havret
Benjamin Poke
Alvaro Quiros MC MC
Ricardo Santos
Carlos Pigem
Graeme Storm MC
Raphael Jacquelin MC MC
David Howell 56 MC
Thomas Bjorn MC Ret
Thomas Aiken MC 55
Peter Hanson MC
Paul O`Hara MC

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