Jon Rahm, the response in the Scottish Open

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Jon Rahm, the response in the Scottish Open

Perhaps the PGA Tour realizes this week that its alliance with the DP World Tour still has much to exploit in the Old Continent, in view of what has been achieved in the Genesis Scottish Open, a tournament that is co-sanctioned for the first time for both circuits.

The event that precedes the British Open brings together no less than 14 of the top 15 players in the ranking. So that everything fits in business, one of the partners of the American tour -Genesis- has even been introduced in its sponsorship.

It is true that the proximity in time of this tournament with the fourth 'major' of the course is ideal and that there are only two hours by car between The Renaissance Club and the Old Course of St. Andrews, but the truth is that co-sanctioned tournaments in Europe, and also in historical enclaves, may become part of a future path for the PGA and the DP.

Jon Rahm, Scottish Open

With the presence of 14 of the top 15 in the world - only McIlroy is missing - we are practically talking about the level of a 'major' We are talking about a field with Scheffler, Rahm, Morikawa, Thomas, Smith, Cantlay, Hovland, Burns, Fitzpatrick, Schauffele, Spieth, Zalatoris, Matsuyama and Horschel.

Probably, when Jon Rahm refers to the importance of being part of golf history and leaving a legacy, he goes through tournaments like the Scottish Open, where he was seventh last year. In Spain only Rafa Cabrera Bello has won it.

The last time a regular tournament managed to bring together 14 of the top 15 without being a World Cup, a playoff or The Players, was in 2007, specifically the Wachovia Championship, now known as Wells Fargo. The same, but with the 'top 15' in full, not seen since 1995.

Missing Rory McIlroy, who this week has once again snatched second place in the ranking from Rahm, and who already announced at the end of the last edition, a year ago, that it was not convenient for him to play the Scottish Open before the British Open: "The two The last few times I've played at The Renaissance, I just didn't play well, I didn't find what I was looking for.

It offers competitive rounds before the Open, but I'm leaving with more questions than answers. I don't think I'll be playing next year so I'll leave sooner to St Andrews."