LEADING golf commentator Ewen Murray reckons the world’s top players will have to conjure up a greater variety of shots at Gullane over the next four days than any course on The Open rota.
And, as he prepared to pick up his microphone to describe the Scottish Open action for Sky Sports, the Edinburgh man predicted: “Not many people around the world may know about Gullane – but they will come Sunday night.”
Murray, whose dad Jimmy was the professional at Baberton, knows ‘Scotland’s Golf Coast’ like the back of his hand, having spent a chunk of his childhood playing golf in East Lothian.
He’s delighted to see the area hosting the Scottish Open for the first time and says Gullane, where golf has been played for around 350 years, will be a fantastic venue for the £3.25 million Aberdeen Asset Management-sponsored event.
“It is incredible to see this place being turned into a European Tour venue but, you know something, it deserves it,” said Murray. “You hear people going on about Troon, Turnberry, Carnoustie, Muirfield and St Andrews and everyone thinks that’s it.
“They are wrong because this is equal to any of them, as is Kilspindie in a different way due to the fact it’s shorter and also Longniddry, which is half links and half parkland.
“I was also a junior member at Dunbar for seven years and it’s another magnificent course, as is North Berwick.”
Heavy showers in recent days have taken the sting out of the composite Championship Course being used for an event featuring the likes of Phil Mickelson, Justin Rose and Rickie Fowler.