Scottish Open (golf)

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Scottish Open
Tournament information
Location Scotland Scotland
Established 1935, re-established 1972, 1986
Course(s) Gullane Golf Club
Par 70
Length 7,133 yards (6,522 m)
Tour(s) European Tour
Format Stroke play
Prize fund £3.25 million
Month played July
Tournament record score
Aggregate 262 Peter O'Malley (1992)
To par −20 Ian Woosnam (1987)
Current champion
United States Rickie Fowler
Gullane is located in Scotland
Location in Scotland

The Scottish Open is one of the richer golf tournaments on the PGA European Tour. The 2015 championship was played at Gullane Golf Club near Edinburgh. The tournament, a last chance for European Tour players to earn a spot in The Open Championship, traditionally takes place the week before The Open, which is itself frequently played elsewhere in Scotland.


1935 and 1936[edit]

In 1935 Gleneagles hosted a Scottish Open Championship held on the King's course. Total prize money was £750.[1] The R&A objected to use of the term "Championship" being used for a tournament organised by a private enterprise.[2] Percy Alliss won the tournament by 4 strokes from Jack Busson with an aggregate of 273.[3] 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.[4] In the 36-hole play-off, Adams had rounds of 68 and 69 and won by 11 strokes.[5] It was intended to hold the 1937 Penfold Scottish Open at Carnoustie just before the 1937 Open Championship which was to be played there. The R&A objected to the arrangement and the event was cancelled.[6] Penfold resumed their sponsorship with the Penfold Professional Golf League in 1938.

1972 and 1973[edit]

The first Sunbeam Electric Scottish Open was held in 1972 at Downfield Golf Club near Dundee. Neil Coles beat Brian Huggett at the second hole of a sudden-death play-off, holing a 12-foot putt.[7] 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.[8] Total prize money was increased to £15,000 with a first prize of £2,500.[9]

Both 1972 and 1973 tournaments were broadcast extensively on ITV.[10][9]

1986 revival[edit]

The event returned to the European Tour calendar in 1986, replacing the Glasgow Open which had been held from 1983 to 1985. The tournament was held at Haggs Castle Golf Club in its first year back, before moving to Gleneagles until 1994. It was then hosted at Carnoustie for two years, but it was to disappear from the calendar again following the 1996 season.

Its place on the European Tour schedule from 1997 was taken by the Loch Lomond World Invitational, which had been first held the previous year. From 2001, it was decided that the Loch Lomond event would be known as the Scottish Open, and all prior editions would be granted Scottish Open status which resulted in the anomaly of having two champions in 1996.[11]

From 2001 until 2010, the Scottish Open was played at Loch Lomond Golf Club. Some concern was expressed that the host course, which is very different from the links courses on which the Open Championship is played, puts European Tour players at a disadvantage in the subsequent major, compared to their leading rivals from the PGA Tour, who traditionally spend a week practising for the Open on links courses in Ireland.

There was a possibility that the event would move to the Dundonald links course in Ayrshire, but in 2006 the company's chief executive Keith Williams commented, "From our point of view, we would also perhaps regard Dundonald as being three years away from hosting a championship of this calibre."[12]

On 24 January 2011, it was announced that the 2011 Barclays Scottish Open would be held at Castle Stuart Golf Links, near Inverness, due to the financial difficulty being suffered by Loch Lomond. Play was reduced to 54 holes (three rounds) in the 2011 tournament due to heavy rain causing flooding and landslides at Castle Stuart.[13] The European Tour announced in September 2012 that the Scottish Open, now sponsored by Aberdeen Asset Management, would be played at Castle Stuart in 2013 and move to Royal Aberdeen Golf Club in 2014.[14] In July 2014 the Tour confirmed that the tournament would be played at Gullane Golf Club in 2015 and at Castle Stuart Golf Links in 2016.[15]

The prize fund was £10,000 in 1972, and by 2008 it had increased to £3 million, making it the largest in a European Tour event that is not co-sanctioned by the PGA Tour.[12]


Year Venue Winner Country Score Runner(s)-up
Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open
2015 Gullane Golf Club Rickie Fowler  United States 268 (−12) France Raphaël Jacquelin, United States Matt Kuchar
2014 Royal Aberdeen Golf Club Justin Rose  England 268 (−16) Sweden Kristoffer Broberg
2013 Castle Stuart Golf Links Phil Mickelson  United States 271 (−17) South Africa Branden Grace
2012 Castle Stuart Golf Links Jeev Milkha Singh  India 271 (−17) Italy Francesco Molinari
Barclays Scottish Open
 2011^ Castle Stuart Golf Links Luke Donald  England 197 (−19) Sweden Fredrik Andersson Hed
2010 Loch Lomond Golf Club Edoardo Molinari  Italy 272 (−12) Northern Ireland Darren Clarke
2009 Loch Lomond Golf Club Martin Kaymer  Germany 269 (−15) Spain Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño, France Raphaël Jacquelin
2008 Loch Lomond Golf Club Graeme McDowell  Northern Ireland 271 (−13) South Africa James Kingston
2007 Loch Lomond Golf Club Grégory Havret  France 272 (−14) United States Phil Mickelson
2006 Loch Lomond Golf Club Johan Edfors  Sweden 271 (−13) England Luke Donald, Argentina Andrés Romero,
South Africa Charl Schwartzel
2005 Loch Lomond Golf Club Tim Clark  South Africa 265 (−19) Northern Ireland Darren Clarke, Netherlands Maarten Lafeber
2004 Loch Lomond Golf Club Thomas Levet  France 269 (−15) New Zealand Michael Campbell
2003 Loch Lomond Golf Club Ernie Els (2)  South Africa 267 (−17) Northern Ireland Darren Clarke, Wales Phillip Price
2002 Loch Lomond Golf Club Eduardo Romero  Argentina 273 (−11) Sweden Fredrik Jacobson
The Scottish Open at Loch Lomond
2001 Loch Lomond Golf Club Retief Goosen  South Africa 268 (−16) Denmark Thomas Bjørn
Standard Life Loch Lomond
2000 Loch Lomond Golf Club Ernie Els  South Africa 273 (−11) United States Tom Lehman
1999 Loch Lomond Golf Club Colin Montgomerie  Scotland 268 (−16) Spain Sergio García, Sweden Michael Jonzon,
Sweden Mats Lanner
The Standard Life Loch Lomond
1998 Loch Lomond Golf Club Lee Westwood  England 276 (−8) Australia Robert Allenby, Sweden Dennis Edlund,
England David Howell, Argentina Eduardo Romero,
Wales Ian Woosnam
Gulfstream Loch Lomond World Invitational
1997 Loch Lomond Golf Club Tom Lehman  United States 265 (−19) South Africa Ernie Els
Loch Lomond World Invitational
 1996* Loch Lomond Golf Club Thomas Bjørn  Denmark 277 (−7) France Jean van de Velde
Scottish Open
 1996* Carnoustie Ian Woosnam (3)  Wales 289 (+1) Scotland Andrew Coltart
1995 Carnoustie Wayne Riley  Australia 276 (−12) England Nick Faldo
Bell's Scottish Open
1994 King's Course, Gleneagles Carl Mason  England 265 (−15) England Peter Mitchell
1993 King's Course, Gleneagles Jesper Parnevik  Sweden 271 (−9) United States Payne Stewart
1992 King's Course, Gleneagles Peter O'Malley  Australia 262 (−18) Scotland Colin Montgomerie
1991 King's Course, Gleneagles Craig Parry  Australia 268 (−12) Zimbabwe Mark McNulty
1990 King's Course, Gleneagles Ian Woosnam (2)  Wales 269 (−15) Zimbabwe Mark McNulty
1989 King's Course, Gleneagles Michael Allen  United States 272 (−8) Spain José María Olazábal, Wales Ian Woosnam
1988 King's Course, Gleneagles Barry Lane  England 271 (−13) Scotland Sandy Lyle, Spain José Rivero
1987 King's Course, Gleneagles Ian Woosnam  Wales 264 (−20) Australia Peter Senior
1986 Haggs Castle David Feherty  Northern Ireland 270 (−14) Australia Ian Baker-Finch, Republic of Ireland Christy O'Connor Jnr
1974–85: No tournament
Sunbeam Electric Scottish Open
1973 St. Andrews, Old Course Graham Marsh  Australia 286 (−2) England Peter Oosterhuis
1972 Downfield, Dundee Neil Coles  England 283 (−5) Wales Brian Huggett
1937–71: No tournament
Penfold Scottish Open
1936 Belleisle Golf Club, Ayr Jimmy Adams  Scotland 287 England Tom Collinge
Scottish Open Championship
1935 Gleneagles Hotel Percy Alliss  England 273 England Jack Busson

* – Two events held in 1996
^ – Shortened to 54 holes due to weather


  1. ^ "The Scottish "Open" – Practice play at Gleneagles". The Glasgow Herald. 17 June 1935. p. 20. 
  2. ^ "Golf – Scottish "Open" qualifiers – Callum and Alliss lead". The Glasgow Herald. 19 June 1935. p. 12. 
  3. ^ "Great finish by Alliss – Final round of 66 at Gleneagles – Record aggregate in Scots Open championship". The Glasgow Herald. 20 June 1935. p. 20. 
  4. ^ "Collinge-Adams replay – Tie in the Penfold tournament". The Glasgow Herald. 18 June 1936. p. 20. 
  5. ^ "Record-breaking win – Adams's rounds of 68 and 69". The Glasgow Herald. 19 June 1936. p. 4. 
  6. ^ "Scottish tournament cancelled – Result of R. and A. Club objection". The Glasgow Herald. 2 January 1937. p. 15. 
  7. ^ "Golf – Coles wins title putting like a demon". The Times. 3 July 1972. p. 11. 
  8. ^ "Marsh in line for Open win". The Glasgow Herald. 2 July 1963. p. 5. 
  9. ^ a b "Golf –Scottish Open moves to the Old course". The Times. 12 January 1973. p. 7. 
  10. ^ "Golf – Rich plum beyond reach of sponsors". The Times. 12 July 1972. p. I. 
  11. ^ "Scottish Open: Historic yet new". BBC Sport. July 13, 2001. Retrieved 2008-10-10. 
  12. ^ a b "Scottish Open will become one of Tour's richest tournaments". The Scotsman. July 17, 2006. Retrieved 2008-10-10. 
  13. ^ "Bad weather suspends golf's Scottish Open". BBC News (BBC). 9 July 2011. Retrieved 9 July 2011. 
  14. ^ "Scottish Open to moves to Royal Aberdeen in 2014". BBC Sport (BBC). 19 September 2012. Retrieved 20 September 2012. 
  15. ^ "Scottish Open: Gullane and Castle Stuart host next two tournaments". BBC Sport. 13 July 2014. Retrieved 23 April 2015. 

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Coordinates: 56°01′59″N 2°50′17″W / 56.033°N 2.838°W / 56.033; -2.838