The European Tour rose to the challenging situation that they (and the wider world of golf) found themselves in during 2020. A lot of work was done very quickly to start a host of new tournaments including the Scottish Championship. The new tournament was originally planned as a one-off but it was a success and the European Tour have decided to stick with it giving Scottish golf fans another chance to see some of the best in the business strut their stuff.
The Torrance Course at Fairmont St Andrews is an excellent test of links golf which is sure to provide a compelling and challenging test for as long as the European Tour remains committed to the Hero Open, even though a tournament of the same name was held In Birmingham in 2020.
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2020: Adrian Otaegui
The European Tour had returned from its enforced break for a few months before the inaugural edition of the Scottish Championship but there was still a real appetite among some big names to get their teeth stuck into some links golf. The Torrance Course at Fairmont St Andrews was the stage on which a field including the likes of Matt Wallace, Lee Westwood and Padraig Harrington did battle but it was Adrian Otaegui who reigned supreme.
Otaegui had already won two European Tour events but this was a first as both of his previous wins at this level came in matchplay events. The consistency required to win a stroke play tournament over four rounds is a very different challenge and the Spaniard was delighted with his performance that saw him finish four shots clear of Wallace in second place.
“Stroke plays is my favourite way of golf, I think it is the proper way,” said Otaegui after his win. Many would add that links golf is “proper” golf in that it reflects the way that golf was originally played and that made Otaegui’s win even more special.