‘No place like home’ for our Open hopes

Connor Syme and Calum Hill teed off at this week’s Scottish Open on Thursday pleased to be back on home soil once again.

Neither have been able to compete in their own country for over a year following the moving of this year’s Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open from the summer to Autumn and the cancelling of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

This week’s event is being played on the same course as 2019, The Renaissance Club, with Connor saying before his tee off time there, “Really is no place like home.”

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He’ll be keen to make his presence felt on home soil in North Berwick, aiming to build on a terrific couple of months which saw his UK Swing form rewarded by a place at the US Open.

Connor moved swiftly from the States onto last week’s Irish Open where he sadly failed to make the cut.

Calum has also started his campaign at the Renaissance Club - a course which holds fond memories.

Last season, while still competing on the Challenge Tour, Calum made the most of his opportunity to step onto the main circuit, finishing joint top Scot on -15.

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But Calum and Connor are not the only locals involved this week.

Caddy Mike Thomson, from Lundin Links, has taken over Bob MacIntyre’s bag.

Thomson was on Brooks Koepka’s bag when the American played on the Challenge Tour before becoming a multiple major winner.

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