2019 Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open Preview
This week, the European Tour plays its last event before the Open Championship at the 37th edition of the Scottish Open. Last year, Brandon Stone defeated Eddie Pepperell by 4 shots to claim his 3rd career title, and he will need to beat an outstanding field if he wants to repeat as champion. This year’s edition features four of the top 15 players in the Official World Golf Rankings: Rickie Fowler, Matt Kuchar, Justin Thomas, and Rory McIlroy. Other notables in the field include former Open champions Padraig Harrington, Henrik Stenson, and Ernie Els, as well as 4-time EuropeanTour champion Kiradech Aphibarnrat.
The Renaissance Club :
will host this prestigious event for the first time in the tournament’s history. A beautiful seaside links course located east of Edinburgh, the golf course will serve as a great warm up for the following week’s Open Championship at Royal Portrush.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Rory McIlroy: He’s had an incredible season, having not finished outside the top-25 in any of his European Tour-sanctioned events. He hasn’t won a major in nearly five years, so he’ll be looking for all the momentum he can get heading into next week.
Rafa Cabera-Bello: A rough finish in Ireland might leave a sour taste in the Spaniard’s mouth, but he has also played some incredible golf as of late. He has another opportunity to showcase his skills in links golf, so don't be surprised to see his momentum continue.