Xander Schauffele is the 2022 Genesis Scottish Open Champion after shooting a level-par 70 on a thrilling final day at The Renaissance Club.
The American looked set for a victory march in North Berwick after stretching his two-shot overnight lead early on, but he was forced to dig in to post a seven-under total and clinch his first Rolex Series title.
The Olympic Champion finished one shot clear of Kurt Kitayama, with South Korea’s Joohyung Kim one shot further back, just ahead of Tommy Fleetwood and Patrick Cantlay in the first co-sanctioned event between the DP World Tour and PGA TOUR.
The 28-year-old already has two wins this season at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans (alongside Cantlay) and the Travelers Championship in his last PGA TOUR start. He also won the JP McManus Pro Am on Tuesday before arriving at The Renaissance Club.
Kitayama, Jamie Donaldson and Brandon Wu finished in the top ten to punch their tickets to next week’s Open Championship at St Andrews while Connor Syme won the Jock MacVicar Memorial Trophy awarded to the top Scot.
Xander Schauffele: “It’s special. It’s different playing over here. You’ve got to play golf differently. The fans are incredible. They pushed me long all day and this is definitely a nice win for my team and myself.
“I was trying to find something. Every time I wanted to cut it I hit it way right and every time I wanted to draw it I hit it way left. At least it was going the correct direction, but it was going, you know, miles apart.
“And it was nice to sort of hit a few better shots coming down the stretch and kind of calm the ship here. It was looking pretty bad for a bit but this one is extra special because of that.”
“It’s great to win the first event that’s co-sanctioned between the two tours. It was an incredible week. Genesis has always put on, well the tournaments I have played they have always put on incredible events and I knew this was going to be no different and what an honour to win in the Home of Golf.”