Despite the absence of LIV Golf players, the Scottish Open ground is full of big names

Some of the biggest names and top players in the game have been banned from playing at the Genesis Scottish Open next week at the Renaissance Club in East Lothian, Scotland, including Bryson DeChambeau, Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson, Brooks Koepka, Sergio Garcia, Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter and Patrick Reed.

The Scottish Open field is still loaded.

In fact, it’s been one of the strongest non-major areas in years.

With the tournament being co-sanctioned by the PGA Tour and the DP World Tour, players who joined LIV Golf, the rival Saudi-funded league, were suspended indefinitely, kicked out of the tournament and/or fined for violating tour policies.

But the tournament – coming the week before the 150e playing the Open Championship which takes place on the Old Course in St. Andrews – has attracted 14 of the top 15 players in the world and all four reigning champions. The only exception among the top 15? Recent RBC Canadian Open winner, world number 3 and four-time major winner Rory McIlroy.

One of the headliners is world No. 1 and Masters champion Scottie Scheffler, who has won four times this year. So does defending PGA Championship winner and No. 5 Justin Thomas, defending US Open champion and No. 10 Matt Fitzpatrick, and defending Open Championship winner and No. 4 Collin Morikawa.

Other top 15 players in the star-studded field include No. 2 and 2021 US Open champion Jon Rahm; Players Champion and No. 6 Cameron Smith; Patrick Cantlay, defending FedEx Cup champion and number 7; No. 8 Viktor Hovland; No. 9 Sam Burns; Xander Schauele, recent Travelers Championship winner and No. 11; Jordan Spieth, No. 12 and three-time major winner; No. 13 Will Zalatoris, who finished second in the last two majors; 2021 Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama; and Billy Horschel.

Other top players including Tommy Fleetwood, Max Homa, Sungjae Im, Joaquin Niemann, Tyrrell Hatton, Justin Rose and Rickie Fowler are on the pitch.

Michael C. Ford