30 July 12:05 (BST)

'Quarter-Scottish' golfer FERNANDEZ (ESP) looking forward to a gathering of the clans

GLASGOW - Spanish golfer Scott FERNANDEZ hopes to have plenty of family support when he tees off at the Glasgow 2018 European Golf Team Championships.

FERNANDEZ's home is in Spain, but he is excited about playing the legendary Gleneagles for the first time and seeing Glasgow, the city where his grandmother was born.

He regards himself as "a quarter Scottish" and expects to have cousins and other family from all over Britain arrive to watch him play in the team event.

FERNANDEZ's mother is from Kidderminster, in Worcestershire, giving him strong British roots.

"It's a good feeling," FERNANDEZ said. "Every time I get to play in Scotland it just feels like a part of home.

"I have close relatives all over the UK, and a couple of cousins might swing by for the event."

Playing on the PGA Centenary Course will also be a special experience.

As the son of a Spanish ski instructor, FERNANDEZ was expected to take up that sport, but became hooked on golf and as a youngster he endlessly played a Jack NICKLAUS (USA) instruction video.

The Centenary Course, which staged the 2014 Ryder Cup, was designed by NICKLAUS.

FERNANDEZ intends to review what footage he can find of Europe beating the USA four years ago as he prepares for what the course holds in store.

"I've heard all good things about the Centenary Course," FERNANDEZ said. "I'll be looking to recreate a few shots from the Ryder Cup. I need to check out some of the videos and see how it was done."

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