Scottish Championship: Pepperell primed to go in again – Betting.betfair


Tournament History

I’m not overly enthusiastic about everything the European Tour does, and I can’t pretend to be on tenterhooks for the Cyprus Showdown at the beginning of next month…

That one begins on November 5 and it looks more of a damp squib than a fireworks spectacular but it’s impossible to fault the Tour’s response to the pandemic and the way they’ve altered the schedule and introduced so many really good events at such short notice needs to be applauded.

Whether we’ll see another Scottish Championship I don’t know but given we’ve lost the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, getting some more autumnal links action on the schedule following the Scottish Open a fortnight ago is a real plus.

Unlike we do at the ADLC, we won’t have to endure hours of live coverage of the amateurs or ‘celebrities’ so it’s a win – win and it’s an event I’m quite looking forward to.

Venue

The Torrance Course, Fairmont St Andrews, St Andrews, Fife, Scotland

Course Details

Par 72, 7,230 yards

Designed by Denis Griffiths, with the help of Sam Torrance and the late Gene Sarazen, the Torrance Course overlooks St Andrews Bay and the historic old town. With spectacular views across to the Angus coast and Carnoustie, the Torrance Course was constructed with many principles of links golf in mind, offering risk/reward opportunities at many holes.

Built as recently as 2001, and reconfigured some seven years later, the Torrance Course was used for the Scottish Senior Open between 2009 and 2014. Winning scores (over 54 holes) ranged from -4 to -17 – showing a typical wide variation for a wind-exposed set-up – and three Englishman won four editions there, with Barry Lane winning the title back-to-back in 2010 and 2011.

Here’s what Torrance said about the venue on the last occasion that it was used.

“It’s a fantastic links golf course with holes going in all sorts of different directions. The greens are out of this world and probably some of the best you’ll get in Scotland.

“The 17th is the signature hole and by far, in my opinion, the best on the course. You have the sea and out of bounds down the right and a lot of rough down the left so the tee shot is very tough and then when you get to your second there is more nasty stuff to play over so it’s a real test but a stunning golf hole.”

For more on the course, please see the video below.