Paul Lawrie and Martin Laird, the highest ranked Scots on the Official World Golf Ranking, will spearhead a strong home challenge seeking to end a 13-year drought in the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open at Castle Stuart Golf Links.
A powerful domestic contingent is assembling on the shores of the Moray Firth to back up Lawrie and Laird’s bid to emulate Colin Montgomerie, who was the last Scottish winner of the championship at Loch Lomond in 1999.
Included in that group is Montgomerie, now in his 50th year but who still enjoys the cut and thrust of competition after 31 titles earned on The European Tour to complement eight successes as European Number One.
And the presence of Lawrie, Laird and Montgomerie at the highly acclaimed new links of Castle Stuart for the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open will afford the Highland golfing public an opportunity to watch a number of Scotland’s most successful established stars alongside some of the brightest emerging talents.
Those include tournament invitees James Byrne, David Law and Michael Stewart who are being backed by Aberdeen Asset Management through the transition from the amateur ranks and are just embarking on their professional careers. Invitations have also been extended to former Open and Masters Champion Sandy Lyle and two-time European Tour winner Alastair Forsyth.
Four other Scots who have tasted glory on The European Tour - Stephen Gallacher, Gary Orr, Richie Ramsay and Marc Warren – will be seeking titles on home soil. In the case of Gallacher, the 2004 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship winner and Warren, who won the 2007 Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles, they will be hoping that home comforts can again ignite the flame of inspiration.
The same may well apply to Scott Jamieson, who turned in a superb display last year by sharing the lead after two rounds and finished in a share of third place behind World Number One Luke Donald.
And following the huge success of the Irish Open on a classic links course of Royal Portrush last week which made history by being the first all ticket sell out on The European Tour, the Scottish public has an opportunity to deliver a rallying call of their own in support of the Scottish contenders to match the enthusiastic reception afforded the Irish players in Co. Antrim.
David Drysdale and Craig Lee, who finished a commendable tied seventh at Royal Portrush, will be chasing another fine week on the links.
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.
Hospitality places in the panoramic top floor of the Castle Stuart Clubhouse on Thursday, Friday and Saturday priced from £219 + VAT per person.
Full details of all Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open ticket and hospitality offers can be found at: www.europeantour.com/tickets or by calling the Ticket Hotline: +44 (0) 800 023 2557. Postal enquiries should be addresses to: European Tour Tickets; Mirren Court Three; 123 Renfrew Court Three; Paisley; PA3 4EA.
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