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Jul 12th, 2023

Genesis Scottish Open 2023

PGA & DP World Tour players attend Renaissance Club for co-sanctioned event

As part of the PGA TOUR and DP World Tour’s Strategic Alliance first announced in November 2020, the Genesis Scottish Open is co-sanctioned by the PGA TOUR and DP World Tour for the second year. Scotland’s national open dates back to 1972 and has been a permanent fixture on the DP World Tour schedule since 1986. 

Eight of the world's top 10 - Scottie Scheffler (current world No. 1), Rory McIlroy and defending champion Xander Schauffele among them - head a stacked field.

Co-sanctioned by the PGA and DP World Tours for a second year in succession, the Scottish Open has had a notable boost the event's already strong pulling power and profile, as well as its purse - a £7m total prize purse and £1.2m for the winner is up for grabs.

The field will be comprised of; 
  • 75 PGA Tour players (73 exemptions + 2 sponsor exemptions) 
  • 75 DP World Tour players 
  • 3 KPGA players 
  • 3 unrestricted sponsor exemptions 
Despite a host of big names from the PGA tour, there are 7 players flying the flag for Scotland including; Robert MacIntyre, Richie Ramsay, Ewan Ferguson, Calum Hill, Grant Forrest, Connor Syme, David Law and Scott Jamieson.

Though history isn't exactly on their side, with Colin Montgomerie remaining the only homegrown winner after his triumph at Loch Lomond 24 years ago.

With two wins on the season World No. 1 Scottie Scheffler leads the PGA Tour with 14 top-10s this season and has finished T12 or better in each of his last 17 starts.

World No. 3 and 23-time PGA Tour winner Rory McIlroy will be making his eighth start at the Genesis Scottish Open and first since it became co-sanctioned.

Patrick Cantlay enters the week at No. 4 Official World Golf Ranking and No. 11 in the FedExCup standings, marking the highest ranked player without a win on the PGA Tour this season.

2022 champion Xander Schauffele is defending the third of his three tiles from the 2021-22 season. The seven-time PGA Tour winner has played in six tour events to date as the defending champion and has never successfully defended a title.

2015 Genesis Scottish Open winner Rickie Fowler is making his first start since earning his sixth PGA Tour title at the Rocket Mortgage Classic earlier this month. Fowler has four top-10s in his last five starts, including a win at the Rocket Mortgage Classic and a T5 at the U.S. Open. Fowler enters the week No. 8 in the FedExCup standings and No. 21 Official World Golf Ranking, his highest OWGR since January of 2020.

Justin Thomas enters the week No. 70 in the FedExCup standings, and new for the 2022-23 season, only the top 70 in the FedExCup standings through the Wyndham Championship will qualify for the FedExCup Playoffs. Thomas has finished in the top 10 in the FedExCup standings in each of the last six seasons. 

2022 - Xander Schauffele 
2021 - Min Woo Lee 
2020- Aaron Rai 
2019 - Bernd Wiesberger 
2018 - Brandon Stone 

Whatever happens, and whether a Scotsman wins the event or (probably) not, everyone will be looking ahead to the final major of the year, the 151st Open at Hoylake...

TAGS: Scottish Open, The Renaissance Club, PGA Tour, DP World Tour, 2023