The 2010 Barclays Scottish Open was given an additional boost with the news that three further Major Champions – Retief Goosen, Vijay Singh and Y E Yang – will tee up at Loch Lomond from July 8-11.
The talented trio announced their participation as entries for the tournament closed yesterday, adding yet further lustre to an already star-studded international field for the 15th staging of the championship at Loch Lomond.
Goosen, Singh and Yang will bring the total number of Major Champions in action on the Bonnie Banks to 11, joining John Daly, Lucas Glover, Trevor Immelman, Paul Lawrie, Tom Lehman, Graeme McDowell, Phil Mickelson and Geoff Ogilvy.
Of the three latest Major Champions to enter the field, the man with unquestionably the most experience of Loch Lomond is Goosen, the highlight of the 41 year old South African’s many appearances coming in 2001 when he completed a wire to wire victory, his eventual total of 16 under par 268 being three shots better than second placed Thomas Björn.
Another highlight for the two time US Open Champion came in 1997 when a final round nine under par 62 propelled him to third place, seven shots adrift of the runaway winner Tom Lehman. The superb effort, however, gave Goosen the Loch Lomond course record which he still holds to this day.
“I am delighted to be returning to Loch Lomond to play in The 2010 Barclays Scottish Open,” said Goosen. “I always really enjoy playing the golf course and as a past champion, the week holds great memories for me.”
The 2010 Barclays Scottish Open will represent the first trip to Loch Lomond for three time Major winner Vijay Singh although the Fijian did play in the tournament when it was staged at Gleneagles in the early 1990s.
The 47 year old has 13 European Tour titles to his name alongside 43 other tournament victories around the globe in a glittering career and he will be sure to draw the crowds to the Bonnie Banks next month.
Yang has played once before in The Barclays Scottish Open, that appearance coming in 1997 when rounds of 73-68-73-72 saw him finish in a tie for 55th place. Like Singh, Yang will draw big crowds following his stunning achievement last August when he became the first Asian born player to win a Major Championship after holding off Tiger Woods to capture the US PGA Championship at Hazeltine National in Minnesota. He has also proved he is in fine form this season too with victory in the Volvo China Open on The European Tour International Schedule in April.
“I am delighted that The 2010 Barclays Scottish Open is on my playing schedule this year - I know I will have a really enjoyable week on a fantastic golf course,” said Yang. “The Scottish crowds have a great reputation as wonderful spectators and I am looking forward to playing in front of them.”
Aside from Yang and fellow 2010 European Tour winner Seung-yul Noh who captured the Maybank Malaysian Open in March, Korea will be well represented at Loch Lomond by two rising talents of the amateur game. Beyong-hun An, who captured the 2009 US Amateur Championship at Southern Hills Country Club in Oklahoma, will play, as will Jin Jeong, who won The British Amateur Championship at Muirfield earlier this month and who has accepted an invitation from tournament organisers to compete.
Golf fans keen eager to catch a glimpse of all the action in The Barclays Scottish Open at Loch Lomond can purchase discounted tickets at: www.barclaysscottishopen.co.uk