Padraig Harrington (Getty Images)
Padraig Harrington will bring his formidable links golfing presence to bear upon the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open and Castle Stuart Golf Links from July 11-14.
The popular Irishman knows a thing or two about the links game having won back-to-back Open Championships in 2007 and 2008, and he has identified the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open as the perfect way to prepare for the season’s third Major, which will be staged at Muirfield the week after Castle Stuart.
“There is no substitute for competitive play on a links course to prepare for The Open,” said Harrington. “You can practise all day long, but you cannot replicate the same conditions on the range as you can on a links course, especially with a scorecard in your pocket and a hugely important title on the line.
“The Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open ticks all of those boxes. We have a great venue at Castle Stuart which provides a good test of links golf that demands all of the shots you need to compete at any Open Championship venue. We will also have a very strong field so the level of competition is extremely high. If you can get into contention on Sunday at the Scottish Open then you are going to take a lot of confidence into the next week.”
Harrington has played in the last two editions of the tournament at Castle Stuart, finishing in a tie for 14th place in 2011 and then tied 16th last year.
A season ticket to see Harrington, Phil Mickelson and many of The European Tour’s biggest stars at the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open can be bought for £70 in advance of the tournament, a saving of £10 on admission at the gate. Adult day tickets are currently priced at £30, rising to £35 on the gate.
Concessions (60 and over) start at £50 for a season ticket and £20 for any one day tickets if purchased in advance. Under-16s accompanied by an adult are admitted free of charge and all car parking is also free. Entrance to the Pro-Am on Wednesday is £12 in advance and £15 on the day.
Reserved grandstand seating can also be purchased immediately for the Saturday (£10) and the Sunday (£15) of the event. Hospitality packages are also available.
Full ticket information can be found at: www.aamscottishopen.com or www.europeantour.com/tickets or telephone Ticket Hotline: +440800 023 2557. Postal enquiries should be sent to: European Tour Tickets, Mirren Court Three, 123 Renfrew Court Three, Paisley, PA3 4EA.