5th July 2016
Tournament Preview Russell Knox has revealed that arriving back to his hometown of Inverness and Castle Stuart Links Golf Club for this week’s Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open is a lifelong dream come true, as he attempts to become the first home winner of the event since 1999. The 31 year old learned to play the game just 12 miles away from this week’s host venue at Nairn Dunbar Golf Club and, having played with Rory McIlroy in the final round of the Ulsterman’s Dubai Duty Free Irish Open victory in May, Knox is hoping the home support will produce a similar result in the Highlands this week. The World Number 27 is also dreaming of being part of Darren Clarke’s Ryder Cup team for the September showpiece at Hazeltine, and victory this week would go a long way towards securing a debut appaearance. Luke Donald, who won at Castle Stuart in 2011, shares those same dreams with Knox and, ahead of his return this week, the Englishman spoke of how his experience in the golf’s greatest team event could boost his chances. Russell Knox Luke Donald Did you know? • The co-designer of Castle Stuart Golf Links, Gil Hanse, is also the architect for the golf course to be used for the Rio Olympic Games. • When Castle Stuart first staged the tournament in 2011, the Inverness venue became the most northerly course in the UK to host a European Tour event, a record which still stands. • The field for the 2016 Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open contains seven Major Champions, two World Number Ones, seven European Tour Number Ones, eight WGC winners, 96 European Tour winners, 24 Ryder Cup players, 16 winners from the 2016 European Tour season and ten former Scottish Open champions.