Collin Morikawa credited last week’s appearance at the abrdn Scottish Open as a big factor as he matched his lowest round at a Major Championship on day two of The 2021 Open Championship.
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“Last week I wanted to win but I came out of it learning a lot more.
The style of golf is different and last week helped tremendously. I wouldn’t be here through these two rounds if I hadn’t played last week at the Scottish. I’ve played in firm conditions. I can think of places I’ve played in tighter, drier conditions but just having fescue fairways and the ball sitting a little different was huge to see last week.
I changed my irons, my nine through seven iron that I normally have blades in, I changed to the MCs (muscle cavity) strictly because I couldn’t find the centre of the face. I had no clue what any course record was. I don’t know any of those numbers.
I’m awful with that stuff knowing ahead. Now I do know. But I was just trying to make a lot of birdies. The bogey on 15 today was a little unfortunate. I hit a good second shot out of the rough, put myself in a good position, just didn’t have enough speed.
But you know, it’s going to happen. Guys are going to make birdies, you’re going to make bogeys, and I’m very pleased with today. I just need to continue that into the next couple” The Renaissance Club is nothing if not adaptable, and CEO Jerry Sarvadi is continuing to champion change in a bid to keep up with the ever-advancing technological landscape of professional golf with the hiring of player consultant Padraig Harrington.
Earlier last week, both Harrington and Sarvadi were joined on a walk around the course by his brother Paul and the European Tour’s Senior Tournament Director Mike Stewart and Senior Tournament Agronomy Consultant Eddie Adams as they discussed potential changes.
These discussions come just a year after Sarvadi unveiled a brand new challenge for players teeing up at the abrdn Scottish Open venue, which came in the form of a new layout, quicker greens, the rough untrampled and four new tees at the first, second, 15th and 16th that added a combined distance of roughly 300 yards.
The construction of the new championship tee at the first was to change the angle of play and provide a much-enhanced view of the landing area – and it’s that idea of viewing that Sarvadi put as one key motivator for change.
The layout, which saw holes 1-7 and 10-16 of the 2019 layout flipped, was to allow the course’s most striking holes along the Firth of Forth to be presented on the back nine. For Harrington, the opportunity is an exciting change to give his insight, but the Ryder Cup Europe Captain is equally keen to make sure that any change would positively impact the amateur experience, too.