Martin Laird’s presence at Castle Stuart Golf Links from July 12-15 represents a huge boost to Scotland’s chances of producing the first home winner of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open since Colin Montgomerie in 1999.
Arizona-based Laird is the highest ranked Scot in the Official World Golf Ranking at Number 31 and the 29 year old is relishing a return to Castle Stuart and an attempt to win one of the titles he covets among the most important in the game.
Laird, who has been a global golf ambassador for Aberdeen Asset Management since the beginning of the year, may play most of his golf on the US PGA Tour, where he won the 2009 Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open and the 2011 Arnold Palmer Invitational, but he is a proud Scotsman who loves nothing more than returning to his homeland to perform in front his own people.
“Playing in Scotland is something I really love coming home for,” said Laird. “The Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open is one of the most important events on my schedule so I am really looking forward to getting back to Castle Stuart in July.
“I think most Scots who live abroad and spend most of their time away from Scotland have an extra sense of patriotism and I am no different. The more time you spend out of the country the more you find yourself promoting it.
“I am the first person to tell anyone in America how great a country Scotland is and obviously what a fabulous destination it is to go and play golf so to have the chance to come home and play in the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open is a real honour for me.
“It goes without saying I would love to win it – that would be one of the highlights of my career to win the Scottish Open in front of one of the best golf crowds in the world. I think every Scotsman in the field would feel the same about winning in front of the home fans and it’s about time we produced another home winner.”
Laird played at Castle Stuart last year, producing three rounds of 70 to make the cut but finish well behind the champion, Luke Donald, in the 54-hole event.
The Scotsman is hopeful that the golfing Gods will bestow some favourable weather conditions upon Castle Stuart this year while welcoming the news of Aberdeen Asset Management taking on the title sponsorship of the Scottish Open.
“It’s very encouraging to see Aberdeen Asset Management take over the title sponsorship of the tournament and I hope they get a lot of value out of the sponsorship. I know from my own experience that Aberdeen Asset is a high quality brand and their association with the tournament this year can only be good for the event.”
Advance ticket savings are still available for the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open, with
adult one day tickets currently costing £30 – a reduction of £5 on the gate price. Adult season tickets are currently priced at £70, offering a £10 saving on the gate price.
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