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.
VisitScotland and Aberdeen Asset Management have welcomed the news that the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open will be part of the newly announced Rolex Series as part of an enhanced European Tour schedule for 2017.
The European Tour revealed that the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open, taking place at Dundonald Links in Ayrshire in 2017, will benefit from an enhanced prize fund of US$7 million thanks to the agreement as well as a significantly enhanced media profile through improved television and digital production and increased coverage worldwide.
The Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open has long been a favourite event of the world’s best players, occupying an envied position the week before The Open and offering players the perfect links preparation for the world’s oldest major championship.
Five of the last six Open Champions have played in the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open the week before, including Phil Mickelson who completed a historic double winning both events back to back in 2013 at Castle Stuart and Muirfield and Henrik Stenson, who recorded a record-low score of 20-under par en route to winning at Royal Troon in 2016.
The Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open’s inclusion in the Rolex Series means the event is now likely to appeal to even more of the world’s best players, enhancing an already world-class player field looking to win the coveted Scottish Open title while at the same time seeking competitive action on a links course the week before The Open.
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