Genesis Scottish Open July 7th - July 10th
Xander Schauffele is the 2022 Genesis Scottish Open Champion after shooting a level-par 70 on a thrilling final day at The Renaissance Club.
The American looked set for a victory march in North Berwick after stretching his two-shot overnight lead early on, but he was forced to dig in to post a seven-under total and clinch his first Rolex Series title.
The Olympic Champion finished one shot clear of Kurt Kitayama, with South Korea’s Joohyung Kim one shot further back, just ahead of Tommy Fleetwood and Patrick Cantlay in the first co-sanctioned event between the DP World Tour and PGA TOUR.
The 28-year-old already has two wins this season at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans (alongside Cantlay) and the Travelers Championship in his last PGA TOUR start. He also won the JP McManus Pro Am on Tuesday before arriving at The Renaissance Club.
Kitayama, Jamie Donaldson and Brandon Wu finished in the top ten to punch their tickets to next week’s Open Championship at St Andrews while Connor Syme won the Jock MacVicar Memorial Trophy awarded to the top Scot.
Xander Schauffele: “It’s special. It’s different playing over here. You’ve got to play golf differently. The fans are incredible. They pushed me long all day and this is definitely a nice win for my team and myself.
“I was trying to find something. Every time I wanted to cut it I hit it way right and every time I wanted to draw it I hit it way left. At least it was going the correct direction, but it was going, you know, miles apart.
“And it was nice to sort of hit a few better shots coming down the stretch and kind of calm the ship here. It was looking pretty bad for a bit but this one is extra special because of that.”
“It’s great to win the first event that’s co-sanctioned between the two tours. It was an incredible week. Genesis has always put on, well the tournaments I have played they have always put on incredible events and I knew this was going to be no different and what an honour to win in the Home of Golf.”
Previously at The Renaissance Club
The three previous events at The Renaissance Club have all been won via a playoff, an indication of the competitive nature of this event.
In 2021, following a tie with Thomas Detry and Matt Fitzpatrick, Australian Min Woo Lee, captured his second European Tour title and his first title on British soil. Lee birdied the first extra hole after the trio had finished tied on 18-under par.
In 2020, a final day charge from Englishman Aaron Rai saw him tie with compatriot Tommy Fleetwood on 11-under. Rai, went on to triumph on the first playoff hole.
2019 saw Bernd Wiesberger and Benjamin Hébert record the lowest score in the tournament’s history, both finishing on 22-under. It was the Austrian who was victorious after three playoff holes, a victory that secured his sixth professional win.
2022: Xander Schauffele
2021: Min Woo Lee
2020: Aaron Rai
2019: Bernd Wiesberger
2018: Brandon Stone
2017: Rafa Cabrera-Bello
2016: Alex Noren
2015: Rickie Fowler
2014: Justin Rose
2013: Phil Mickelson
2012: Jeev Milkha Singh
2011: Luke Donald
2010: Edoardo Molinari
2009: Martin Kaymer
2008: Graeme McDowell
2007: Gregory Harrvet
2006: Johan Edfors
2005: Tim Clark
2004: Thomas Levet
2003: Ernie Els
2002: Eduardio Romero
2001: Retief Goosen
2000: Ernie Els
A New Title Sponsor
This is the second event to carry the Genesis name, with The Genesis Invitational at The Riviera Country Club (February 14-20), carrying the South Korean’s luxury automotive brand.
As part of a historic Strategic Alliance the event will be co-sanctioned by the European Tour and PGA TOUR, counting on both the Race to Dubai and the FedExCup.