Scotland’s 2018 European Tour season, as we detailed a year ago at this time, was pretty much a disaster narrowly avoided.
Almost a year ago to the day he won the Hero Indian Open, the fourth European Tour title of his career, Stephen Gallacher was in a very different environment.
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.
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.
The fat $5 million prizefund at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship has often been the saviour for many a Scots player with his European Tour rights in peril, although that’s an unfamiliar situation for Richie Ramsay.
Stephen Gallacher pulled into the closing straight of the final round of the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open suddenly in a race for something, but a packed field ahead of him.
Stephen Gallacher is back for the weekend at Wentworth after two days that could hardly have been more different.
Richie Ramsay’s best finish at Wentworth in the BMW PGA Championship is just a tie for ninth in 2013, but his enthusiasm for the West Course – the remodelled version – is unbounded.
Survival of the fittest and bravest was the order of a brutal day for the opening rounds of the Scottish Boys’ and Girls’ Open Strokeplay Championships with wintry rain and sleet lashing the Angus coast for both venues.
Few European Tour players will have undergone the transformation that Marc Warren has in just three weeks – from facing a trip to Tour School, to instead probably heading for the money-spinning Race to Dubai finale.