In a rain-plagued Barclays Scottish Open, played on the Castle Stuart Golf Links in Inverness, Scotland, Brendan Steele’s one-over-par 73-72 — 145 was not good enough to make the cut.
Steele’s two weeks in Europe were highlighted by a fine 7th place performance in the French Open in Paris at Le Golf National, which some consider to be the most difficult course on the European Tour. The native Idyllwilder favorably impressed players, fans and press during that event. Reports are that he has been invited back for next year and that he’ll likely make the trip.
This week — British Open week — Steele flies home for a needed rest. Next week, he’ll be off to Vancouver, British Columbia, for the $5.2 million RBC Canadian Open played at the Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club.
Editor’s note: Golfers use “gorse” to describe very thick, gnarly high rough, often more akin to shrubbery than grass, that often lines the British courses. It’s also often prickly, and always very difficult to play out of.