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Wednesday, September 30, 2020

How Different Will the Scottish Open Be?

The Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open has been rescheduled this year, from July (the week before THE OPEN) to this week in September. I can't help but wonder how different it will be.

Defending champion Bernd Wiesberger

North Berwick, Scotland usually provides some wet and slightly chilly weather for the event. We're all used to that. But I've been looking at the forecast for this week and I'm seeing temperatures predicted in the mid to low 50s F (11-13° C)  -- roughly ten to twelve degrees F lower than July.

And they're still expecting the rain. This is definitely sounding like links weather!

Defending champion Bernd Wiesberger will be there, of course, and the highest ranking player in the field will be Tommy Fleetwood, who currently sits 17 in the OWGR. There are a fair number of highly ranked players teeing it up this week so we should see a good competition regardless of the weather.

Personally, I'm interested to see how Lee Westwood fares. The field won't be used to seeing the Renaissance Club course this way and, with his experience, he could have a distinct advantage. He could really improve his position in the Race to Dubai, where he currently sits 4th.

GC's live coverage begins Thursday morning at 6:30am ET and lasts for six hours. SIX HOURS, folks! This is the first of the Rolex Series events to be played since the restart, and what a great event to get things going again!

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