Bernd Wiesberger became the latest European Tour star to be crowned a Rolex Series champion when he claimed a dramatic victory at the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open.
It took three play-off holes in the twilight to separate the Austrian and Benjamin Hebert but that was not the only drama at The Renaissance Club.
Open Championship qualification, a glut of holes-in-one and some incredible disabled golfers also lit up the East Lothian coast and here is your recap of the best of the action.
Wiesberger victorious again
Wiesberger's stint doing TV work last season must have seemed like a long time ago when he holed from four feet to claim his second European Tour title of the season. The 33-year-old missed seven months with a wrist injury in 2018 and admitted there were some dark moments on the road to recovery. "Being in places where you have no control over what is going to happen next all of last year makes it just a lot sweeter and you appreciate it a lot more," he said after his victory. Entering the day with a two shot lead, he was behind after Hebert carded a stunning 62 and while he edged ahead on the 16th, a bogey on the 17th meant extra holes would be required. Hebert let Wiesberger off the hook on the first two trips back up the last and when the Frenchman three putted at the third time of asking, Wiesberger had a sixth European Tour title.
EDGA stars tame Renaissance
Brendan Lawlor made a lot of friends at the Belgian Knockout when he won the G-Golf Knockout and he and disabled golf took another great stride forward with the European Tour this week. The Irishman has Ellis-Van Creveld syndrome, a disability characterised by a shorter stature and shorter limbs, but that does not stop him playing off scratch and on Sunday he fired a level par 71 to win the inaugural EDGA Scottish Open. Playing off the same tees as the European Tour field, ten male players from the World Rankings for Golfers with Disability wowed the fans and pros alike in East Lothian and they will do it again at the DGA Dubai Finale as part of the season ending DP World Tour Championship, Dubai at Jumeirah Golf Estates in November. "To play in such a fantastic event, it's an amazing achievement for EDGA to get us in and for the European Tour to accept that disability golfers are talented is fantastic as well," said Lawlor. "Inclusion is everything in the world and it's fantastic to be accepted."
Emotional Johnston heading for Portrush
Andrew 'Beef' Johnston has established himself as a fan favourite in the golfing world with his outgoing personality and trademark look but in his recent European Tour Player Blog presented by Enterprise Rent-A-Car, he revealed that fame can come at a price. In his blog he opened up about his recent mental health issues and the way they were affecting his life both on and off the course. Now working with psychologist Ben Davies, engaged to partner Jodie and with a baby on the way, Johnston is on the road to recovery and it seemed everybody in the golfing world was delighted when he carded a closing 62 to finish as one of the top three players in the top ten not already exempt and secure a spot at The Open Championship. "It's a nice feeling," he said fighting back the tears. "I guess it's been a hard year so I'm happy. The reaction I've had has been amazing and I can't thank everyone enough for that." Hebert and Nino Bertasio are also heading to Royal Portrush Golf Club for the season's final Major Championship.
It's not every week we get a hole-in-one on the European Tour and to get two is a pretty rare feat. When we got three at the Hero Indian Open, the chances of that being surpassed this season were very slim indeed but over the first two days at Renaissance we had four. Kalle Samooja got the ball rolling at the 15th on Thursday and Trevor Immelman aced the same hole later in the day - prompting the Green Jacket winner to get the beers in.
Bradley Dredge then aced the 17th on Saturday to win a himself a BMW G07 X7 xDrive40i M Sport and fellow Welshman Stuart Manley made the third ace of the week on the 15th later in the day. With two days yet to play and five par threes on the layout, it looked like we might pass the total of five from the 2015 BMW PGA Championship but no more holes-in-one were forthcoming. Which is pretty understandable - golf is hard.
These guys are good
The scoring at Renaissance was simply incredible with Wiesberger and Hebert's 22 under total matching the lowest ever in a Rolex Series event and setting a new record for the Scottish Open. The five under par cut matched the lowest of the season and we had every score in the 60s barring 60 itself. The most remarkable scoring achievement of the week may go to Henrik Stenson, who only dropped shots on one of his 72 holes. The Swede may be a Major Champion, Race to Dubai Champion and Ryder Cup great but he had never done that before.