Star-struck Ewen Ferguson leads the house problem on the Genesis Scottish Open
Reaching the ultimate gap at The Renaissance, he checked the leaderboard to see he was on the identical rating as Jordan Spieth.
“I’d heeled an strategy shot from the tough with a rescue and was in grass as much as my knees,” he stated. “However I appeared on the board and noticed a par would get me the identical as Jordan Spieth.
Although he’s now a tour winner, and he belongs on this firm, Ewen Ferguson nonetheless will get just a little star-struck.
“So I splashed out to 10 toes and thought ‘it will be fairly cool mto make this and have the identical rating as Spieth’. So I made it.”
In finish finish Spieth fell again behind by a stroke to Ewen’s 67. It left him the perfect of the eight-strong residence contingent diminished after Richie Ramsay pulled out with sickness.
Profitable in Qatar on his first full season on tour has given Ferguson room to breathe just a little. He’d already proven in restricted begins in 2020 and 2021 – particularly final yr’s Dunhill Hyperlinks – that he may thrive.
“I performed right here in 2020 and it gave me a lot confidence,” he recalled. “It was my first Rolex occasion and truly the Covid yr helped me a bit as I acquired begins that I’ll not have gotten.
“After I received I used to be so excited figuring out I’d have the chance to play right here. It’s so good taking part in at residence. It’s cool that folks know who you might be if you end up hitting.
“You then see all the massive guys on the vary and also you see how they conduct themselves. They’re so skilled. You’ll be able to study a lot from the best way they go about it.”
He nonetheless will get a bit star-struck – even being interviewed by Nick Dougherty for Sky Sports activities.
“On a regular basis,” he laughed. “I play with Bob (MacIntyre) quite a bit. He’s carried out properly within the Masters and the Open so you realize your recreation will not be far-off.
“I performed with Joaquin Niemann as we speak who I’ve recognized since I used to be younger. How good is he? I get pleasure from all of it.”
He additionally remembers being one of many vary rats asking gamers for balls and gloves as they handed when the Scottish Open was at Loch Lomond.