Cape City – Rafa Cabrera Bello is wanting ahead to a different heat Scottish welcome at Gullane Golf Membership as he defends his Scottish Open title from Thursday.
The Spaniard shot a shocking course document 64 within the last spherical to drive a play-off towards Callum Shinkwin at Dundonald Hyperlinks final yr, the place he prevailed to win his third European Tour title and his first on the Rolex Sequence.
“I’ve by no means defended a title. It is acquired to be an excellent feeling. It is going to be a special feeling as a result of I am not on the identical course that I used to be final yr, so I can’t draw off these reminiscences significantly on the course, however I’ll draw off the ambiance and on the group that was very supportive final time – effectively, truly, each single yr. So hopefully that may get me in my greatest efficiency,” mentioned Cabrera Bello.
“Clearly final yr was incredible. That Sunday was very particular, taking pictures 64, course document, getting myself into the playoff after which hitting that nice shot in for the eagle probability.”
The present world No 25 adopted up that well-known victory – his first title for greater than 5 years – with a tied fourth place end within the Open Championship, and he’s aiming for an additional optimistic fortnight on the hyperlinks as he heads to Carnoustie straight from his title defence on Scotland’s Golf Coast this week.
“I really like taking part in hyperlinks golf. Clearly Scottish Open and The Open, they’re an awesome hyperlinks check. It is exhausting to plan the schedule in order that you already know when you are going to peak, however clearly final yr, I used to be very, more than happy that I peaked proper about this time, and this yr, I am hoping the identical factor occurs,” mentioned Cabrera Bello.
“In fact, I drank out of the trophy. Yeah, I truly had whisky. I did not drink an excessive amount of as a result of I’ve only a small event arising the next week, so I could not let myself go, however I did rejoice properly. I drank whisky the next week after the Open. I feel I Tweeted about it, celebrating The Scottish Open the fitting means.”
In the meantime, homegrown expertise Connor Syme is making his first skilled look each on the Scottish Open and at Gullane.
The 23-year-old is having fun with his first season on the European Tour and is aiming to construct on a second place end on the Shot Clock Masters in Austria final month as he makes his third Rolex Sequence look in a row following the Open de France and Irish Open.
A stellar discipline is teeing it up this week for the 36th version of Scotland’s nationwide open, together with world No three and 2014 winner Justin Rose, five-time Main winner Phil Mickelson and his fellow Individuals in Masters winner Patrick Reed and Rickie Fowler, who claimed the Scottish Open title the final time Gullane hosted the occasion in 2015.