2017 AAM Scottish Open

Dundonald Links, in Ayrshire, Scotland, will host the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open for the first time in 2017.

Located near the town of Irvine, Dundonald Links will follow on from Castle Stuart Golf Links, the host venue for the 35th edition of Scotland’s national Open from July 12-16, 2017.


Harrington and Kaymer aim to be kings of the Castle

22nd June 2016
Padraig Harrington and Martin Kaymer have taken the number of Major Champions appearing in the 2016 Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open to eight after confirming their places at Castle Stuart Golf Links from July 7-10. Harrington, who was recently named as one of Darren Clarke’s vice captains for The 2016 Ryder Cup, and Kaymer, the 2009 Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open winner, will be joined in the Highlands by their fellow Major Champions Darren Clarke, Paul Lawrie, Sandy Lyle, Graeme McDowell, Phil Mickelson and YE Yang. Between them, the octet have claimed 16 of the game’s most prestigious titles, with Harrington claiming two Open Championships (2007 and 2008) and one US PGA Championship (2008), and Kaymer winning the 2010 US PGA Championship and the 2014 US Open. Tickets to see the ‘Major Men’ in action are available now through the official tournament website here. Kaymer, who secured victory for Europe the last time The Ryder Cup was held on American soil, has not played in the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open since 2012 – three years after he won the tournament. Having triumphed in the Open de France the week before, Kaymer arrived at Loch Lomond full of confidence, and promptly took the title by two shots. Kaymer has not won a regular European Tour event for five years, but the German has shown definite signs of a return to form recently. After achieving top six finishes in both the Real Club Valderrama Open de España and the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, the former World Number One secured his third successive top ten in the recent BMW PGA Championship. “The courses are fantastic, the fans are very knowledgeable and respectful, and there’s always a special atmosphere. Winning the Scottish Open in 2009 was definitely one of the highlights of my career, and I’d love to get my hands on the trophy again.” Harrington will be making his sixth consecutive appearance in the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open. His maiden visit to Castle Stuart yielded a top 15 finish in 2011, when Luke Donald claimed victory, and the Irishman followed that up with a tied 16th finish at the same venue the following year. He said: “I’ve always enjoyed my visits to Castle Stuart – it’s in a lovely spot and the course is a very fair test. I’ve had some fairly decent results there without getting myself right into contention, but hopefully I can change that this year. “Naturally, The Open Championship is at the back of a lot of players’ minds that week, but the Scottish Open is a very prestigious tournament in its own right and one I’d definitely love to win.”

CLIC Sargent named Official Charity of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open

7th June 2016
CLIC Sargent, the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people, has been named the Official Charity of the 2016 Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open. CLIC Sargent provides clinical, practical, financial and emotional support to those who have been affected by cancer. From diagnosis onwards, the charity’s aim is to help the whole family deal with the impact of cancer and its treatment, life after treatment and, in some cases, bereavement. The appointment as Official Charity to the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open is aimed at raising the profile of the Scottish branch of CLIC Sargent – whose Northern Irish equivalent was also the Official Charity of the Irish Open in 2012 – as well as raising funds for the charity. The partnership will incorporate the ‘Birdies for Good’ initiative, meaning every birdie, eagle, albatross and hole in one made by the professionals over the four tournament days will generate donations to CLIC Sargent Scotland, thanks to the support of Aberdeen Asset Management and other subsidiary sponsors. Peter Adams, Championship Director of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open, said: “On behalf of the European Tour, we are delighted to welcome CLIC Sargent on board as the Official Charity of the 2016 Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open. “We are very keen to raise awareness of the great work this charity carries out locally in offering support to young people with cancer, and their families. Rachel Kirby-Rider, Director of Fundraising for CLIC Sargent, said: “We are delighted to have been chosen as the Official Charity of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open. When a child or young person is diagnosed with cancer it has a devastating impact on the whole family, and that’s why CLIC Sargent’s vital emotional, practical and financial support is so important. “CLIC’s Sargent’s support includes frontline services, such as nurses and social care workers, and ‘Homes from Home’ located close to hospitals where young cancer patients receive treatment. We’re there from diagnosis onwards, but currently CLIC Sargent can only support two out of three young people diagnosed with cancer in the UK. “The vital funds generated by this fantastic partnership will go towards our frontline services and Homes from Home service, including in Scotland where in 2015 we opened a new Home from Home in Glasgow, Marion’s House. We are also currently raising funds so that we can invest a further £1m in the coming years on a new Home from Home in Edinburgh, responding to the fact that the specialist cancer treatment hospitals for children in both cities are relocating.” Lynda Affleck, Head of Charitable Giving at Aberdeen Asset Management, added: “It is with great delight that we are able to announce our support of CLIC Sargent for this year’s Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open. We hope our support of ‘Birdies for Good’, as well as other initiatives associated with the event, will have a significant bearing on the lives of young people who are affected by cancer, and we are very pleased to be able

Moray Golf Club to stage Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open Qualifier

3rd June 2016
Following the huge success of the inaugural tournament in East Lothian last year, another Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open Qualifier will take in the Highlands this summer, with Moray Golf Club in Lossiemouth taking over hosting duties from July 2-3. The 36-hole qualifier will carry a prize fund of approximately £50,000 and will offer five places in the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open, which takes place at Castle Stuart Golf Links from July 7-10. The event, which is staged in association with Visit Scotland, The European Tour and the PGA, was introduced to offer more Scottish players the chance to play in their national Open. The first chapter at North Berwick produced a golfing fairy-tale, as local amateur Calum Hill claimed one of the places on offer in the main event at nearby Gullane Golf Club. “The inaugural Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open qualifier was a great success last year, and we are looking forward to building on that when the event is held this year at Moray Golf Club,” said PGA in Scotland secretary Shona Malcolm. “We are fortunate to be staging the event once again at one of Scotland’s top links courses, and will continue to do so.” After securing his spot in the event at Gullane, Hill played a practice round with Rickie Fowler, who went on to claim the coveted title. It was a great opportunity,” said Hill. “I learned a lot about myself playing in the qualifier. It was very well run and it was great being on the West Links at North Berwick. “To qualify for the Scottish Open was an amazing experience. To finish strongly down the stretch in the qualifier was a great feeling, and the Scottish Open itself was something I will never forget.” Craig Sutherland, who was born in Orkney but is now based in Kent, won the North Berwick event, beating West Linton PGA professional Gareth Wright in a play-off after they had tied on 130 (12 under par). The remaining spots were also claimed by two Tartan Tour players, Greig Hutcheon (Paul Lawrie Golf Centre) and Graham Fox (Clydeway Golf). “With some of our top players qualifying along with an English-based Scot and, of course, a local amateur, it worked well last year,” added Malcolm. PGA Cup player Wright said: “To get to play in the Scottish Open was a fantastic opportunity and, with the tournament now being played on links courses, you are getting most of the top players playing to get ready for The Open. “What Aberdeen Asset Management have done with the qualifying event is brilliant in itself, as it a great event with fantastic prize money. “For me to have to have secured one of the five spots for Gullane was just great, and I am looking forward to this year’s event and hope for a repeat of last year’s success.” The criteria will be the exactly same as last year, with a field of 144 being made up of exempt PGA players plus

Knox dares to dream of Homecoming Victory at the Scottish Open

3rd June 2016
There could be no more perfect a homecoming for Russell Knox than to lift the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open trophy in his home town of Inverness this coming summer. Discounted tickets, available now until December 31, to see Knox compete for one of The European Tour’s most prestigious titles are now available after the proud Scot confirmed his appearance at Castle Stuart Golf Links from July 7-10 next year. Knox, an Aberdeen Asset Management Golf Ambassador, secured a fantastic breakthrough victory at the recent WGC–HSBC Champions in China to burst into the top 50 of the Official World Golf Ranking and secure a debut spot in the 2016 Masters Tournament. And, while the 30 year old cannot wait to set foot on the hallowed turf of Augusta National, he admits a victory on his home soil of Castle Stuart is just as exciting a prospect as driving down Magnolia Lane in April. “It’s a dream come true to play the Scottish Open at Castle Stuart to be honest,” said Knox, who finished in a tie for tenth place at this year’s Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open at Gullane Golf Club. “I can’t wait to go to the Masters this year. That is the tournament I think we all dream about playing, but for me, going home to play the Scottish Open at Castle Stuart is giving me a similar feeling. It’s going to be a blast – I just hope I can play well and it will just be a superb week to play in front of old friends and family.   “The Scottish Open is always an amazing week for me. I feel like playing full time in the States and then getting to come home and play the Scottish Open makes it feels like a vacation in many ways. Don’t get me wrong, I am there to do everything I can to win, but there is this cool sense of being able to go there and relax and enjoy the tournament which is so refreshing in the middle of the year. “I had a small chance to win at Gullane, and the ultimate goal would be to have a chance to win on the Sunday at Castle Stuart. It’s been a while since a Scotsman put his name on that trophy and what a story that would be if I could win it in my hometown.” The Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open returns to Castle Stuart in 2016 after a two year absence. Staged at Castle Stuart from 2011-2013, England’s Luke Donald, India’s Jeev Milkha Singh and American Phil Mickelson all lifted the famous Scottish Open trophy at the superb Inverness venue. Knox, now a European Tour Member as he bids to make a first Ryder Cup appearance for Europe in 2016, will be looking to become the first Scot to secure a home victory in the event since Colin Montgomerie won at Loch Lomond in 1999.

Dundonald Links to host the 2017 Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open

24th April 2016
Dundonald Links, in North Ayrshire, Scotland, will host the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open for the first time in 2017. Located near the town of Irvine, Dundonald Links – which is undergoing major renovation works – will follow on from Castle Stuart Golf Links, the host venue for the 34th edition of Scotland’s national Open from July 7-10, 2016. The stunning 7,100-yard, par 72 layout was designed by the highly-acclaimed golf course architect Kyle Phillips, whose creations also include Kingsbarns, one of the three venues for the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, and The Grove, which will host the British Masters supported by Sky Sports for the first time this year. Since being acquired by Loch Lomond Golf Club in February 2003, Dundonald Links has played host to numerous professional and amateur tournaments, including the European Tour Qualifying School First Stage, a qualifier for the Senior Open Championship presented by Rolex and, most recently, the Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open, which returns to Dundonald Links this year. After hosting the 2015 Ladies Scottish Open, which featured World Number One Lydia Ko and Solheim Cup player Suzann Pettersen, the club’s owners devised plans for a structural overhaul which included the construction of a new clubhouse, scheduled for completion at the end of 2016. On the course itself, under the guidance of Kyle Phillips, several of the greens have been increased in size and three of the putting surfaces have been levelled in selected areas to soften their contours, thereby providing organisers with more options when setting up for tournament play. Keith Pelley, Chief Executive of the European Tour, said: “We are delighted to announce that the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open will be staged at Dundonald Links in 2017. Following this year’s tournament at Castle Stuart in the north, this will ensure that Scotland’s national Open is showcased as widely as possible across the country. “Special thanks goes to our two partners in the Scottish Open – the title sponsors Aberdeen Asset Management, and the Scottish Government – whose joint vision and commitment to improve and expand this great tournament has enabled us to make this announcement today. “We also extend our gratitude to everyone at Dundonald Links for the work they have done at the golf club, and the work that they continue to do. I know all our Members will look forward to the challenge the course will present to them next July.” Martin Gilbert, Chief Executive of Aberdeen Asset Management, said: “Since becoming title sponsors of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open in 2012, it has been our ambition to complete the geographical spread of the tournament by taking it to Scotland’s west coast following successful events at Castle Stuart, Royal Aberdeen and Gullane. We are therefore delighted with today’s announcement confirming the stunning Dundonald Links as the host venue in 2017.” Malcolm Roughead, Chief Executive of VisitScotland, which manages the Scottish Government’s investment in the event, said: “Scotland is the Home of Golf, and as such is