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Born: 3 March 1995
Birthplace: Wolverhampton, England.
Resides: Wolverhampton, England.
Major Wins: 0
Euro or PGA Tour Wins: 2
Other wins: 3
Grass Preference: Unknown
Significant Life Events: No
GBC Wind Performance Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
GBC Pressure Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
It feels like Aaron Rai has been about for a lot longer but he only turned 25 in 2020. In that year he won his second European Tour event at the Scottish Open, defeating Tommy Fleetwood in a playoff. The win took him into the world's top 100 for the first time.
Previously, he won the Hong Kong Open at the end of 2018 which was followed by a disappointing 2019 where he didn't record a top 10. Before he joined the European Tour in 2018, he won three events on the Challenge Tour in 2017.
Aaron is one of the most accurate players on tour and is best suited to tight fiddly golf courses. He is also extremely capable in bad weather.
SG: OFF THE TEE
SG: AROUND THE GREEN
Pressure Performance Analysis
Began final round of Scottish Championship 3 shots behind Adrian Otaegui and shot 66 to finish 3rd, 6 shots shy of Otaegui who shot a remarkable 63.
Began final round of Scottish Open 5 shots behind Robert Rock. Shot 64 to tie the lead with Tommy Fleetwood who shot 67. Won the playoff.
Began final round of Irish Open 1 shot ahead of Maverick Antcliff. Shot 70 to lose to John Catlin by 2 shots, shooting 66.
Led by 6 shots after three rounds and won by 1 shot with a 69. Was lucky to hang on in the end with Fitzpatrick bogeying the last.
We have set his GBC Pressure Performance Rating to 4 stars following his performances in Scotland in 2020. He is probably still suited to off the pace though.
Aaron is comfortable in the wind, as shown in 2020 with a win and 3rd place in Scotland and a 2nd in Ireland.
A sequence of 2-1-MC-3 in 2020 shows Aaron can be dangerous once he gets some confidence.
Major and WGC Analysis
Only played one major in 2017, missing the cut at the US Open. He has massively improved since but he may be too short for most venues. Best chance to win a Major will be The Open, as he is an extremely capable links/wind player.
Best finish of 12th at WGC FedEx Invitational in 2020 and 18th at 2021 WGC Workday Championship. A great top 20 bet for future WGC's.
Defeated Tommy Fleetwood to win the 2020 Scottish Open with a par on the 1st extra hole.
"At first it’s great just to feel comfortable in the environment, and it’s great now to feel comfortable that I can compete at the top of the leaderboard."