By News Team
Last Updated: 29th September 2020
The European Tour really takes centre stage over the next couple of weeks with two of the four Rolex Series events back-to-back.
We head to Wentworth for the Tour’s flagship event, the BMW Championship, next week but before that it’s off to Scotland and the Renaissance Club for the Scottish Open.
Here is our look ahead to the tournament on the North Berwick coast.
Tough conditions could play into Bezuidenhout’s hands
Although the Renaissance Club is a links golf course in nature, in reality it doesn’t play quite like that. That’s an opinion formed mainly on last year’s tournament where Bernd Wiesberger held off Benjamin Hebert in a play-off after an easy set-up meant the pins were peppered and the scoring was low. The Austrian and Frenchman both finished 22-under par and although a raft of birdies is always good for the neutral, the purists much prefer it when birdies are at a premium, and that might be much the case this time around.
That’s because there is some quite frankly awful weather forecast and if the predicted wind and rain does materialise then this course is going to play significantly harder than last year. This year’s Ladies’ Scottish Open gave us an idea of such with new tees, tighter fairways and faster greens making the Scottish track considerably more challenging than the men found it in 2019. American Stacy Lewis was victorious on a score of five-under and while the winning score might be higher than that, this could be a real challenge, although Scottish weather can throw up surprises.
Tough conditions shouldn’t worry CHRISTIAAN BEZUIDENHOUT, though, and he gets the headline vote at 35/1. The South African put in one of the performances of the season last year when winning the Andalucía Masters by six shots. That was played at Valderrama – one of the toughest courses in the world, let alone Europe – and to do what he did there showed he’s very happy when grinding for pars, and targeting the middle of the green is what’s required. He showed further evidence of those skills at the US Open where he played two really solid rounds, and had it not been for a closing 82 he would have finished in the top 20, while he put in another solid showing at the Memorial Tournament, finishing in a tie for 22nd.
Bezuidenhout will have plenty of confidence given he won in his home country earlier this season and he also put together four under-par rounds at this tournament 12 months ago, having done the same in 2018. Both those displays show he’s a fan of this lay-out and he looks a big player this week as he hunts down his second European Tour victory.