Cape Town - World No 6 Justin Thomas is set to light up Scotland, the Home of Golf
this, summer as he makes his debut in the Scottish Open on July 11-14.
26-year-old joins a stellar field at The Renaissance Club in North
Berwick for the third event in the 2019 Rolex Series, which includes
fellow Major winners Rory McIlroy and Henrik Stenson
and his American Ryder Cup team-mate Matt Kuchar, the current rankings
leader on the PGA Tour.
back to where it all began for Thomas, who made his first start as a
professional in Scotland at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in
has gone on to be one of the biggest stars in golf, last year becoming
just the 21st player to be crowned world No 1 since the Official
World Golf Ranking started in 1986.
his first Major title with a two-shot victory at the 2017 US PGA
Championship, recording a total of five victories in the 2016/17 season
on the way to topping the rankings in the United States for the first
continued that form into the following season, winning three titles,
including the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, before making his debut in
The Ryder Cup at Le Golf National in September.
"I'm excited to get back to Scotland - I definitely have fond
memories of the country after making my first start as a pro at the
Dunhill Links," said Thomas.
never played in this event before but I know that the Scottish Open always has a great field, and a lot of
Americans come over every year ahead of The
had a great experience playing on the European Tour over in France last
year in the lead up to The Ryder Cup. The crowds in Scotland are always
supportive and knowledgeable, so I'm looking
forward to a week of competitive links golf in front of great fans."
year the Scottish Open once again takes
its traditional slot in the week before The Open. Six of the last nine
winners of The Open prepared for their Major
triumph by teeing it up in Scotland's national open the previous week,
including McIlroy in 2014 and Stenson two years later.
tournament will be played for the first time at The Renaissance Club -
which was founded in 2008 - when it takes its place
as the third event in the 2019 Rolex Series, the premium category of
tournaments on the Race to Dubai, each with a minimum prize fund of $7million.
Scottish Open champion Brandon
Stone of South Africa will defend his title in July.