The British Masters, won in typically native weather by the admirable Eddie Pepperell at beautiful Walton Heath at the weekend, is a microcosm of the present state of the European Tour.
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The Alfred Dunhill Links Championship has been the late-arriving cavalry for Scottish European Tour professionals so often in the past, but only Stephen Gallacher left St Andrews with safety secured on Sunday night.
Richie Ramsay has been here before, and hasn’t lost faith – exactly the opposite in fact.
Let’s be optimistic and get the encouraging bit about Scottish professional golf in 2018 out of the way first. You know I’ll go into the dark eventually, but bear with me.
It could be a whole new way of playing tournament golf – just over 12 minutes of concentration required per round and spent the rest with your head in the proverbial clouds.
Football might not be coming home but the English are invading golf’s home and leaving their St George cross flags all over the furniture.
Halfway through his debut European Tour season, Connor Syme is in sight of his main goal, but this week offers a real opportunity to press on beyond it.
Henrik Stenson and Tommy Fleetwood have pulled out of the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open at Gullane to protect their chances of success in the Open Championship at Carnoustie next week.
Drumoig’s Connor Syme drained monster a 50 foot birdie putt on the final green at the Shot Clock Masters in Austria to secure his best finish so far in his rookie European Tour season and leap 100 more than places in the rankings.
Bradley Neil at least put a gloss on a tough weekend by finally getting the two birdies everyone thinks they should get off Wentworth’s final two holes, but it only added up to a second 74 and four shots gone over the last two rounds in his BMW PGA Championship debut.