Scottish Open (golf)

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Scottish Open
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Tournament information
LocationScotland Scotland
Established1972
Course(s)In 2019 - Renaissance Club
Par71
Length7,136 yards (6,530 m)
Tour(s)European Tour
FormatStroke play
Prize fund$7 million
Month playedJuly
Tournament record score
Aggregate260 Brandon Stone (2018)
To par−22 Benjamin Hébert (2019)
Bernd Wiesberger (2019)
Current champion
Austria Bernd Wiesberger
Scottish Open (golf) is located in Scotland
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The Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open is a professional golf tournament in Scotland, and is one of eight tournaments that are part of the Rolex Series, which identifies it as one of the European Tour's premier events. It has been played on various courses, but in recent years it has been played on a links course, appealing to players who wish to gain experience before the Open, which takes place in the following week.

Since 1987 it has, together with John Deere Classic, been the last chance to qualify for The Open. It has been part of the Open Qualifying Series since that series started in 2014. The leading 3 players (4 in 2016) not already qualified, have received an entry to the Open. Before 2014 there was generally an exemption category so that the leading player or players, not already qualified, could play in the Open.

The Scottish Open became a Rolex Series event in 2017 (when the series was inaugurated), which meant the prize fund was increased to $7 million.

History[edit]

1972 and 1973[edit]

The first Sunbeam Electric Scottish Open was part of the 1972 European Tour and was held at Downfield Golf Club near Dundee. Neil Coles beat Brian Huggett at the second hole of a sudden-death playoff, holing a 12-foot putt.[1] Total prize money was £10,000 with a first prize of £2,000. Sunbeam Electric had sponsored the Sunbeam Electric Tournament in 1971.

In 1973 the event was played on the Old Course at St Andrews. Graham Marsh won by 6 strokes from Peter Oosterhuis.[2] Total prize money was increased to £15,000 with a first prize of £2,500.[3]

Both 1972 and 1973 tournaments were broadcast extensively on ITV.[4][3]

1986 revival[edit]

The event returned to the European Tour calendar in 1986, replacing the Glasgow Open which had been held at Haggs Castle Golf Club from 1983 to 1985. The tournament, sponsored by Bell's, was held in August at Haggs Castle in its first year back. The following year it moved to Gleneagles and was played the week before the Open Championship. It remained at Gleneagles until Bell's withdrew their sponsorship in 1994 following the switch of TV coverage from BBC to SKY that year. In 1995 and 1996 it was held, without a sponsor, at Carnoustie.

The 1986 event had prize money of £130,000 with a first prize of £21,660.[5] This rose to £200,000 with a first prize of £33,330 for the 1987 event at Gleneagles.[6] This had risen to £600,000 and a first prize of £100,000 for the 1992 tournament. Despite the loss of Bell's sponsorship the prize money increased to £650,000 in 1995 but, with the event losing money, this was reduced to £480,000 in 1996.[7]

Loch Lomond[edit]

From 1997 the Scottish Open's pre-Open place on the European Tour schedule was taken by the Loch Lomond World Invitational, which had been first held at Loch Lomond Golf Club in September 1996. The top-60 in the World Rankings were invited but few non-Europeans entered.[8] The event was broadcast by the BBC. From 1997 to 2000 the Loch Lomond event was played the week before the Open Championship. These events did not use the Scottish Open name, the rights to which were owned by ISM. From 2001, it was decided that the Loch Lomond event would be known as the Scottish Open and all prior editions, including the September 1996 event, would be granted Scottish Open status. This resulted in the anomaly of there being two "Scottish Opens" in 1996.[9] The September 1996 event had a first prize of £125,000, rising to £133,330 in 1997 and £183,330 by 2000.

The 2001 Scottish Open was run without a main sponsor but from 2002 it was known as the Barclays Scottish Open, and was played at Loch Lomond until 2010. Some concern was expressed that the course, which is very different from the links courses on which the Open Championship is played, put European Tour players at a disadvantage compared to their leading rivals from the PGA Tour, who traditionally spent a week practising for the Open on links courses in Ireland.

Links courses[edit]

In 2011 it was held at Castle Stuart Golf Links, near Inverness, due to the financial difficulties being suffered by Loch Lomond. Play was reduced to 54 holes (three rounds) in the tournament due to heavy rain, which caused flooding and landslides.[10] Aberdeen Asset Management took over sponsorship in 2012, but the event remained at Castle Stuart in 2012 and 2013 before moving to Royal Aberdeen Golf Club in 2014.[11] It was played at Gullane Golf Club in 2015 and at Castle Stuart Golf Links in 2016.[12] In 2016, the attendance figures at Castle Stuart were disappointing, with a reduction of more than 20,000 to 41,809 over the four tournament days.[13] In 2017 it was held in Ayrshire, for the first time in its current guise, at Dundonald Links.[14] It was played at Gullane again in 2018 and will be played at the nearby Renaissance Club in 2019 and 2020.

Disability Event[edit]

From 2019, a 36-hole EDGA (European Disabled Golf Association) Scottish Open event of ten players takes place on the same course on the Saturday and Sunday morning of the main event.[15]

Winners[edit]

European Tour (Rolex Series) 2017 onwards
European Tour (Regular) 1972–1973; 1986–2016
# Year Date
(Rd4)
Winner Country Venue Score To par Margin
of victory
Runner(s)-up Purse Winner's
share
Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open US$
37th 2019 14 Jul Bernd Wiesberger  Austria Renaissance 262 −22 Playoff France Benjamin Hébert 7,000,000 1,166,669
36th 2018 15 Jul Brandon Stone  South Africa Gullane 260 −20 4 strokes England Eddie Pepperell 7,000,000 1,166,669
Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open US$
35th 2017 16 Jul Rafael Cabrera-Bello  Spain Dundonald 275 −13 Playoff England Callum Shinkwin 7,000,000 1,166,669
Before 2017 the prize fund was always stated, and paid, in pound sterling (£) GBP£
34th 2016 10 Jul Alexander Norén  Sweden Castle Stuart 274 −14 1 stroke England Tyrrell Hatton 3,250,000 541,668
33rd 2015 12 Jul Rickie Fowler  United States Gullane 268 −12 1 stroke France Raphaël Jacquelin
United States Matt Kuchar
3,250,000 541,668
32nd 2014 13 Jul Justin Rose  England Royal Aberdeen 268 −16 2 strokes Sweden Kristoffer Broberg 3,000,000 500,000
31st 2013 14 Jul Phil Mickelson  United States Castle Stuart 271 −17 Playoff South Africa Branden Grace 3,000,000 500,000
30th 2012 15 Jul Jeev Milkha Singh  India Castle Stuart 271 −17 Playoff Italy Francesco Molinari 2,500,000 416,668
Barclays Scottish Open GBP£
29th 2011 10 Jul Luke Donald  England Castle Stuart 197[a] −19 4 strokes Sweden Fredrik Andersson Hed 3,000,000 500,000
28th 2010 11 Jul Edoardo Molinari  Italy Loch Lomond 272 −12 3 strokes Northern Ireland Darren Clarke 3,000,000 500,000
27th 2009 12 Jul Martin Kaymer  Germany Loch Lomond 269 −15 2 strokes Spain Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño
France Raphaël Jacquelin
3,000,000 500,000
26th 2008 13 Jul Graeme McDowell  Northern Ireland Loch Lomond 271 −13 2 strokes South Africa James Kingston 3,000,000 500,000
25th 2007 15 Jul Grégory Havret  France Loch Lomond 272 −14 Playoff United States Phil Mickelson 3,000,000 500,000
24th 2006 16 Jul Johan Edfors  Sweden Loch Lomond 271 −13 2 strokes England Luke Donald
Argentina Andrés Romero
South Africa Charl Schwartzel
2,400,000 400,000
23rd 2005 10 Jul Tim Clark  South Africa Loch Lomond 265 −19 2 strokes Northern Ireland Darren Clarke
Netherlands Maarten Lafeber
2,400,000 400,000
22rd 2004 11 Jul Thomas Levet  France Loch Lomond 269 −15 1 stroke New Zealand Michael Campbell 2,200,000 366,660
21st 2003 13 Jul Ernie Els (2)  South Africa Loch Lomond 267 −17 5 strokes Northern Ireland Darren Clarke
Wales Phillip Price
2,200,000 366,660
20th 2002 14 Jul Eduardo Romero  Argentina Loch Lomond 273 −11 Playoff Sweden Fredrik Jacobson 2,200,000 366,660
Scottish Open at Loch Lomond GBP£
19th 2001 15 Jul Retief Goosen  South Africa Loch Lomond 268 −16 3 strokes Denmark Thomas Bjørn 2,200,000 366,660
Standard Life Loch Lomond GBP£
18th 2000 15 Jul Ernie Els  South Africa Loch Lomond 273 −11 1 stroke United States Tom Lehman 1,100,000 183,330
17th 1999 10 Jul Colin Montgomerie  Scotland Loch Lomond 268 −16 3 strokes Spain Sergio García
Sweden Michael Jonzon
Sweden Mats Lanner
1,000,000 166,660
Standard Life World Invitational GBP£
16th 1998 11 Jul Lee Westwood  England Loch Lomond 276 −8 4 strokes Australia Robert Allenby
Sweden Dennis Edlund
England David Howell
Argentina Eduardo Romero
Wales Ian Woosnam
850,000 141,660
Gulfstream Loch Lomond World Invitational GBP£
15th 1997 12 Jul Tom Lehman  United States Loch Lomond 265 −19 5 strokes South Africa Ernie Els 800,000 133,330
Loch Lomond World Invitational GBP£
14th 1996[b] 22 Sep Thomas Bjørn  Denmark Loch Lomond 277 −7 1 stroke France Jean van de Velde 750,000 125,000
Scottish Open GBP£
13th 1996[b] 13 Jul Ian Woosnam (3)  Wales Carnoustie 289 +1 4 strokes Scotland Andrew Coltart 480,000 80,000
12th 1995 15 Jul Wayne Riley  Australia Carnoustie 276 −12 2 strokes England Nick Faldo 650,000 108,330
Bell's Scottish Open GBP£
11th 1994 9 Jul Carl Mason  England Gleneagles (King's) 265 −15 1 stroke England Peter Mitchell 600,000 100,000
10th 1993 10 Jul Jesper Parnevik  Sweden Gleneagles (King's) 271 −9 5 strokes United States Payne Stewart 600,000 100,000
9th 1992 11 Jul Peter O'Malley  Australia Gleneagles (King's) 262 −18 2 strokes Scotland Colin Montgomerie 600,000 100,000
8th 1991 13 Jul Craig Parry  Australia Gleneagles (King's) 268 −12 1 stroke Zimbabwe Mark McNulty 500,000 83,330
7th 1990 14 Jul Ian Woosnam (2)  Wales Gleneagles (King's) 269 −15 4 strokes Zimbabwe Mark McNulty 400,000 66,660
6th 1989 15 Jul Michael Allen  United States Gleneagles (King's) 272 −8 2 strokes Spain José María Olazábal
Wales Ian Woosnam
300,000 50,000
5th 1988 9 Jul Barry Lane  England Gleneagles (King's) 271 −13 3 strokes Scotland Sandy Lyle
Spain José Rivero
250,000 41,660
4th 1987 11 Jul Ian Woosnam  Wales Gleneagles (King's) 264 −20 7 strokes Australia Peter Senior 200,000 33,330
3rd 1986 24 Aug David Feherty  Northern Ireland Haggs Castle 270 −14 Playoff Australia Ian Baker-Finch
Republic of Ireland Christy O'Connor Jnr
130,000 21,660
1974–85: No tournament
Sunbeam Electric Scottish Open GBP£
2nd 1973 30 Jun Graham Marsh  Australia St Andrews 286 −2 6 strokes England Peter Oosterhuis 15,000 2,500
1st 1972 1 Jul Neil Coles  England Downfield 283 −5 Playoff Wales Brian Huggett 10,000 2,000
  1. ^ 2011 event shortened to 54 holes.
  2. ^ a b Two events in 1996 after Loch Lomond World Invitational retrospectively recognised as an edition of the Scottish Open

Previous event of same name[edit]

Scottish Open
Tournament information
LocationScotland Scotland
Established1935
FormatStroke play
Final year1936
Final champion
Scotland Jimmy Adams

In 1935 Gleneagles hosted a Scottish Open Championship held on the King's course. Total prize money was £750.[16] The R&A objected to the use of the term "Championship" being used for a tournament organised by a private enterprise.[17] Percy Alliss won the tournament by 4 strokes from Jack Busson with an aggregate of 273.[18] The 1936 tournament was sponsored by Penfold and known as the Penfold Scottish Open. Penfold had sponsored tournaments in Wales and England from 1932 to 1934. The tournament was played at Ayr Belleisle Golf Club. Total prize money was again £750. After 72 holes Jimmy Adams and Tom Collinge tied on 287.[19] In the 36-hole playoff, Adams had rounds of 68 and 69 and won by 11 strokes.[20] It was intended to hold the 1937 Penfold Scottish Open in the Carnoustie area, just before the 1937 Open Championship which was to be played there. The R&A objected to the arrangement and the event was cancelled.[21] Penfold resumed their golf sponsorship with the Penfold Professional Golf League in 1938.

# Year Date
(Rd4)
Player Country Location Score To par Margin
of victory
Runner(s)-up
Penfold Scottish Open
2nd 1936 19 Jun Jimmy Adams  Scotland Belleisle 287 n/a Playoff England Tom Collinge
Scottish Open Championship
1st 1935 17 Jun Percy Alliss  England Gleneagles (King's) 273 n/a 4 strokes England Jack Busson

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Golf – Coles wins title putting like a demon". The Times. 3 July 1972. p. 11.
  2. ^ "Marsh in line for Open win". The Glasgow Herald. 2 July 1963. p. 5.
  3. ^ a b "Golf –Scottish Open moves to the Old course". The Times. 12 January 1973. p. 7.
  4. ^ "Golf – Rich plum beyond reach of sponsors". The Times. 12 July 1972. p. I.
  5. ^ "Prize increase". The Times. 9 August 1986. p. 34.
  6. ^ "Woosnam tips himself for double win in Scotland". The Times. 13 July 1987. p. 34.
  7. ^ "Rights to Scottish Open sold to IMG". The Times. 10 July 1996. p. 45.
  8. ^ "Leading American immune to Loch Lomond's charms". The Times. 19 September 1996. p. 42.
  9. ^ "Scottish Open: Historic yet new". BBC Sport. 13 July 2001. Retrieved 12 July 2018.
  10. ^ "Bad weather suspends golf's Scottish Open". BBC News. BBC. 9 July 2011. Retrieved 9 July 2011.
  11. ^ "Scottish Open to moves to Royal Aberdeen in 2014". BBC Sport. BBC. 19 September 2012. Retrieved 20 September 2012.
  12. ^ "Scottish Open: Gullane and Castle Stuart host next two tournaments". BBC Sport. 13 July 2014. Retrieved 23 April 2015.
  13. ^ Inglis, Martin (10 July 2016). "Scottish Open attendance 'disappointing'". bunkered.
  14. ^ McEwan, Michael (25 April 2016). "Dundonald Links to host 2017 Scottish Open". bunkered.
  15. ^ Dempster, Martin (9 May 2019). "Disability Scottish Open at The Renaissance". Edinburgh Evening News. Retrieved 7 July 2019.
  16. ^ "The Scottish "Open" – Practice play at Gleneagles". The Glasgow Herald. 17 June 1935. p. 20.
  17. ^ "Golf – Scottish "Open" qualifiers – Callum and Alliss lead". The Glasgow Herald. 19 June 1935. p. 12.
  18. ^ "Great finish by Alliss – Final round of 66 at Gleneagles – Record aggregate in Scots Open championship". The Glasgow Herald. 20 June 1935. p. 20.
  19. ^ "Collinge-Adams replay – Tie in the Penfold tournament". The Glasgow Herald. 18 June 1936. p. 20.
  20. ^ "Record-breaking win – Adams's rounds of 68 and 69". The Glasgow Herald. 19 June 1936. p. 4.
  21. ^ "Scottish tournament cancelled – Result of R. and A. Club objection". The Glasgow Herald. 2 January 1937. p. 15.

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