• Noren the king of Castle Stuart

    Alex Noren, 2016 Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open Champion

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Tee Times

Thursday 7th and Friday 8th July – First tee off 07:30am
Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th July – First tee off time approximately 09:15 and 09:30

Close of play and Prize Giving on Sunday 10th July will be at approximately 19:30.

Please note confirmed tee times for Round 1 will be posted on www.europeantour.com from Tuesday 5th July onwards.

Tee times for following day play will be published on www.europeantour.com shortly after completion of the round.

Gate & Public Village Opening Times

07:00 – Gates & Public Village opens Wednesday to Friday
08:00 – Gates & Public Village opens Saturday and Sunday

All public facilities (Public Bar, Exhibition area, Merchandise and Catering Outlets) will close 30 minutes after the conclusion of play each day.
Please note timings are subject to change.

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Young guns hit the front in Inverness

8th July 2016
The European Tour’s two youngest winners moved to the top of the leaderboard on day two of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open at Castle Stuart Golf Links. Italy’s Matteo Manassero, whose two wins as a 17 year old saw him break Danny Lee’s record as the youngest winner on tour, was level with the New Zealander on four under par. With overnight leaders Scott Hend and Felipe Aguilar – who both carded three under par 69s in tough conditions on Thursday – among the later starts, New Zealand’s Lee moved to four under with three birdies in his first four holes. Manassero joined him at the top of the leaderboard with three gains in an outward 33, while two-time Open Champion Padraig Harrington birdied the 13th – his fourth – to join Aguilar and Hend on three under par. The 25 year old Lee, who won the 2009 Johnnie Walker Classic as an 18 year old amateur, went ahead with a gain at the long second, only for 23 year old Manassero to join him on five under with a birdie of his own on the par five 12th. South African Branden Grace moved to three under with a gain from eight feet at the 17th, but Harrington swiftly reclaimed third place with a birdie at 16.

McDowell happy to hang on in windy Scotland

8th July 2016
Graeme McDowell used all of his guile and experience to post an opening 70 on a windy first day of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open. The Northern Irishman is a veteran of links golf having been raised playing at Rathmore Golf Club in his homeland and revealed he had got in some valuable practice last week. The Scottish Open has often served as a warm up for the Open Championship but McDowell has done things the other way around, making two trips to Royal Troon last week before teeing it up at Castle Stuart Golf Links. The 2008 champion won his title in the non-links setting of Loch Lomond Golf Club but feels he is fully prepared for the test presented both this week and next at the year’s third Major Championship. “I think the two days at Troon were a big help coming into this week,” he said. “The wind really blew hard Saturday and Sunday when I was there. I hit a lot of shots controlling my ball flight across the winds and into the wind. “A good couple of days at Troon really prepared me well and it’s nice to get a couple under and get off to a good start. “I wouldn’t be fussy, I’ll take a win any one of these two weeks. I’ll take competing any one of these two weeks. At the end of the day, every event we play is a big event. “Yes, the Majors are obviously something a little special, but the Scottish Open is a big event. It would be great for my confidence to play well here this weekend and I’m not fussy where I play well. I just want to try to stay patient. I feel like I’m playing well and just need to hang in there this weekend.” Englishman Andy Sullivan joined McDowell at two under and he was delighted to post anything in red with the high winds. “I’m just extremely happy with anything under par today. It’s a fantastic score,” he said. “I played really well again today but out there with the wind, we’re giving it sort of a couple of balls outside right and with the wind it was almost four. It’s tough out there, making a calculated decision how much the wind is going to blow.” Two-time Open Championship winner Padraig Harrington produced the pick of the afternoon rounds with his 70 as the winds got even stronger but the Irishman admitted he relished the tough conditions. “I played nicely,” he said. “It was tough. It required your attention out there. But it seemed very playable in the sense of the golf course is designed to play in it. “I’m actually playing very well. In my physical game, I’ve certainly turned a corner. My putting, I’ve turned the corner. Mentally, I still have some demons up there, but even if I was badly, I would go out there and do okay in those sort of conditions. Those are my conditions.”

Hend and Aguilar set target in the Highlands

8th July 2016
Felipe Aguilar and Scott Hend set the clubhouse target on a wild and windy day one of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open as the Inverness coast lived up to its billing. The duo were the only players to break 70 from the morning starters with high winds making scoring very difficult in the Highlands as the Scottish Open returned to Castle Stuart Golf Links for the first time since 2013. The last time the event was played here 67 players broke 70 in round one, showing just how challenging the fierce breeze was making things. Day 1 Preview – AAM Scottish Open Aguilar had been one of a few players to get to four under at one point during their round but he bogeyed the fearsome 607 yard last to drop back to three under and join Hend in a share of the lead. The Chilean missed six cuts in a row after the turn of the year as he admitted he struggled to recover from taking part in an Iron Man triathlon but a second-placed finish at the Volvo China Open represented an upturn in form. Hend, meanwhile, claimed a win at the True Thailand Classic Presented by Chang in March and has three other top tens this season. The Australian started on the tenth and turned in 35 with three birdies and two bogeys but he holed his pitch to the par five second for an eagle and then parred his way home. Day 1 Morning Update – AAM Scottish Open Aguilar birdied the second, fourth and eighth before dropping a shot on the ninth and picked up further shots on the 12th and 16th. He left himself a long way from the hole on the final hole, though, and needed three putts to sign for a closing bogey. YE Yang and Tyrrell Hatton had both been at four under at one point but the South Korean finished bogey-bogey while Hatton dropped shots on the 14th and 17th to drop into a large group at two under. Hatton’s fellow Englishmen Richard Bland, Eddie Pepperell and Andy Sullivan were also at that mark alongside Northern Irishman Graeme McDowell and Swede Alex Noren. Rafa Cabrera Bello, Luke Donald, Bradley Dredge, Mikko Ilonen, Craig Lee, Alexander Levy and Richard Sterne were then at one under with just 16 of the first wave under par. New Zealand’s Danny Lee had made the best start of the second wave, birdieing the first, third and fourth to join the leaders after seven holes.
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