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Narrow Minded?

Last week’s European Tour winner, Graeme McDowell, has ruffled some featheries with his comments about this week’s Scottish Open host, Castle Stuart, widely regarded as one of the best new links courses and No. 69 on the LINKS100 World list. “The Scottish Open has lost its identity and its prestige,” he said. “Castle Stuart probably has not been a strong enough golf course. Let’s see them get the Scottish Open on a phenomenal links golf course with a great purse and get a world-class field back. We need to be capitalizing a little harder on the week before and after the Open. I feel bad singling out the Scottish Open, because I used to love it at Loch Lomond. It was a phenomenal tournament. Taking it to Castle Stuart was designed to get it on a links course the week before the Open and it’s a beautiful venue—but it is probably a little too wide open off the tee and a little one-dimensional. But Royal Aberdeen next year is a venue which attracts me. I’ve heard great things about it and it could re-light the event.” Translation: GMac likes tight courses that favor shorter, more accurate drivers like him, but in actuality narrow fairways are one-dimensional, not wider ones with options off the tee for different playing angles. Normally, GMac is a class act so we’ll give him a pass on this one. By the way, you can judge for yourself this weekend on NBC as the Peacock will provide network coverage—a first for a European Tour event.

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