World Number Six Justin Thomas is set to light up Scotland, the Home of Golf, this summer as he makes his debut in the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open on July 11-14, 2019.
The 26 year old joins a stellar field at The Renaissance Club in North Berwick for the third event in the 2019 Rolex Series, which includes fellow Major winners Rory McIlroy and Henrik Stenson and his American Ryder Cup team mate Matt Kuchar, the current rankings leader on the US PGA Tour.
It’s back to where it all began for Thomas, who made his first start as a professional in Scotland at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in 2013.
He has gone on to be one of the biggest stars in golf, last year becoming just the 21st player to be crowned World Number One since the Official World Golf Ranking started in 1986. He sealed his first Major title with a two-shot victory at the 2017 US PGA Championship, recording a total of five victories in the 2016/17 season on the way to topping the rankings in the United States for the first time.
He continued that form into the following season, winning three titles, including the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, before making his debut in The Ryder Cup at Le Golf National in September.
Thomas said: “I’m excited to get back to Scotland - I definitely have fond memories of the country after making my first start as a pro at the Dunhill Links.
“I’ve never played in this event before but I know that the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open always has a great field, and a lot of Americans come over every year ahead of The Open.
“I had so much fun at The French Open last year, and how well I was treated and welcomed by all the fans. It was something I was almost even taken aback by a little bit. It's a great opportunity to have a chance, and it's a huge goal of mine is to win on different tours and different countries. To be able to win a European Tour event, a Scottish Open in one of the biggest events, would be pretty cool to add to my resume.”
This year the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open once again takes its traditional slot in the week before The Open. Six of the last nine winners of The Open prepared for their Major triumph by teeing it up in Scotland’s national open the previous week, including McIlroy in 2014 and Stenson two years later.
The tournament will be played for the first time at The Renaissance Club - which was founded in 2008 and nestles on 300 picturesque acres along the Firth of Forth - when it takes its place as the third event in the 2019 Rolex Series, the premium category of tournaments on the Race to Dubai, each with a minimum prize fund of US$7million.
It will once again be followed by the Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open, which will be played over the same course, from August 8-11, 2019.
Also teeing it up on the world-famous stretch of East Lothian coastline known as Scotland’s Golf Coast in July are defending Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open champion Brandon Stone of South Africa, and his fellow Rolex Series winners – local favourite Russell Knox and former World Number One Lee Westwood.
The Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open is the perfect day out for all the family, with fantastic food and drink outlets in the championship village as well as retail experiences and entertainment for all ages.
Fans can buy tickets to see some of the world’s best golfers – including official Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open hospitality packages – at www.asiscottishopen.com