By Ryan Crombie
The British Masters tees off at the Close House golf club this week and after a successful European tour event in Portugal for Scottish golf in general, the eight Scottish participants will be eyeing up a top spot in Newcastle over the coming days.
Scottish golf official and spokesperson, Ed Hodge says it is fantastic to see so many Scots represented in the tournament that welcomes the likes of Rory McIlroy and Masters champion Sergio Garcia to the fold:
“There’s eight Scottish guys in there and it’s been pretty much the same for representation for Scottish golf throughout the year, although there is no doubt we could do with a couple more young guys on the tour, but I think it sometimes gets forgotten just how challenging and competitive the tour has become, so it’s good to see a large Scottish contingent in there.” He said.
“I think we get a pretty raw deal from the media in terms of the size of country we are because if you look at Ireland, who we are usually compared to on the representation front, they only have a couple of guys there. Scotland is a country where we are quite hard on ourselves but the names we have got going are pretty strong. We have Russell Knox playing who had a solid week in Portugal last week.”
With the likes of Paul Lawrie, Russell Knox, Marc Warren and Stephen Gallagher all set to take to the course in Newcastle, Ed Hodge believes it could be an exciting week for Marc Warren who is showing signs of staking a real challenge.
Hodge added: “I think I would have to pick out Warren as a stand out for a chance. Although he’s had his injury troubles this year, he finished second in Portugal and has moved 73 places up the rankings. I wouldn’t be surprised if Marc goes out and wins this week because it looks like he has got his mojo back.”
By Ryan Crombie