Scottish Open (golf)

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Scottish Open
Scottish Open (golf) 2nd logo.png
Tournament information
LocationScotland Scotland
Established1935, re-established 1972, 1986
Course(s)In 2018 - Gullane Golf Club
Length7,133 yards (6,520 m)
Tour(s)European Tour
FormatStroke play
Prize fund$7 million
Month playedJuly
Tournament record score
Aggregate260 Brandon Stone (2018)
To par−20 Ian Woosnam (1987)
Brandon Stone (2018)
Current champion
South Africa Brandon Stone
Gullane Golf Club is located in Scotland
Gullane Golf Club
Gullane Golf Club
Location in Scotland
Gullane Golf Club is located in East Lothian
Gullane Golf Club
Gullane Golf Club
Location in East Lothian, Scotland

The Scottish Open (currently known as the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open) is a golf tournament on the European Tour.

Since 1987 it has been played the week before the Open Championship and 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 is one of the European Tour Rolex Series events. The Rolex Series started in 2017, with each tournament in the series having a minimum prize fund of $7 million.


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 the 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 playoff, Adams had rounds of 68 and 69 and won by 11 strokes.[5] 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.[6] Penfold resumed their golf sponsorship with the Penfold Professional Golf League in 1938.

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.[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 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.[11] This rose to £200,000 with a first prize of £33,330 for the 1987 event at Gleneagles.[12] 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.[13]

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.[14] 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.[15] 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.[16] 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.[17] It was played at Gullane Golf Club in 2015 and at Castle Stuart Golf Links in 2016.[18] 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.[19] In 2017 it was held in Ayrshire, for the first time in its current guise, at Dundonald Links.[20] It was played at Gullane again in 2018 and will be played at the nearby Renaissance Club in 2019.


Year Winner Country Venue Score To par Margin
of victory
Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open
2018 Brandon Stone  South Africa Gullane Golf Club 260 −20 4 strokes England Eddie Pepperell
Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open
2017 Rafael Cabrera-Bello  Spain Dundonald Links 275 −13 Playoff England Callum Shinkwin
2016 Alexander Norén  Sweden Castle Stuart Golf Links 274 −14 1 stroke England Tyrrell Hatton
2015 Rickie Fowler  United States Gullane Golf Club 268 −12 1 stroke France Raphaël Jacquelin
United States Matt Kuchar
2014 Justin Rose  England Royal Aberdeen Golf Club 268 −16 2 strokes Sweden Kristoffer Broberg
2013 Phil Mickelson  United States Castle Stuart Golf Links 271 −17 Playoff South Africa Branden Grace
2012 Jeev Milkha Singh  India Castle Stuart Golf Links 271 −17 Playoff Italy Francesco Molinari
Barclays Scottish Open
2011 Luke Donald  England Castle Stuart Golf Links 197^ −19 4 strokes Sweden Fredrik Andersson Hed
2010 Edoardo Molinari  Italy Loch Lomond Golf Club 272 −12 3 strokes Northern Ireland Darren Clarke
2009 Martin Kaymer  Germany Loch Lomond Golf Club 269 −15 2 strokes Spain Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño
France Raphaël Jacquelin
2008 Graeme McDowell  Northern Ireland Loch Lomond Golf Club 271 −13 2 strokes South Africa James Kingston
2007 Grégory Havret  France Loch Lomond Golf Club 272 −14 Playoff United States Phil Mickelson
2006 Johan Edfors  Sweden Loch Lomond Golf Club 271 −13 2 strokes England Luke Donald
Argentina Andrés Romero
South Africa Charl Schwartzel
2005 Tim Clark  South Africa Loch Lomond Golf Club 265 −19 2 strokes Northern Ireland Darren Clarke
Netherlands Maarten Lafeber
2004 Thomas Levet  France Loch Lomond Golf Club 269 −15 1 stroke New Zealand Michael Campbell
2003 Ernie Els (2)  South Africa Loch Lomond Golf Club 267 −17 5 strokes Northern Ireland Darren Clarke
Wales Phillip Price
2002 Eduardo Romero  Argentina Loch Lomond Golf Club 273 −11 Playoff Sweden Fredrik Jacobson
Scottish Open at Loch Lomond
2001 Retief Goosen  South Africa Loch Lomond Golf Club 268 −16 3 strokes Denmark Thomas Bjørn
Standard Life Loch Lomond
2000 Ernie Els  South Africa Loch Lomond Golf Club 273 −11 1 stroke United States Tom Lehman
1999 Colin Montgomerie  Scotland Loch Lomond Golf Club 268 −16 3 strokes Spain Sergio García
Sweden Michael Jonzon
Sweden Mats Lanner
Standard Life World Invitational
1998 Lee Westwood  England Loch Lomond Golf Club 276 −8 4 strokes Australia Robert Allenby
Sweden Dennis Edlund
England David Howell
Argentina Eduardo Romero
Wales Ian Woosnam
Gulfstream Loch Lomond World Invitational
1997 Tom Lehman  United States Loch Lomond Golf Club 265 −19 5 strokes South Africa Ernie Els
Loch Lomond World Invitational
1996* Thomas Bjørn  Denmark Loch Lomond Golf Club 277 −7 1 stroke France Jean van de Velde
Scottish Open
1996* Ian Woosnam (3)  Wales Carnoustie 289 +1 4 strokes Scotland Andrew Coltart
1995 Wayne Riley  Australia Carnoustie 276 −12 2 strokes England Nick Faldo
Bell's Scottish Open
1994 Carl Mason  England King's Course, Gleneagles 265 −15 1 stroke England Peter Mitchell
1993 Jesper Parnevik  Sweden King's Course, Gleneagles 271 −9 5 strokes United States Payne Stewart
1992 Peter O'Malley  Australia King's Course, Gleneagles 262 −18 2 strokes Scotland Colin Montgomerie
1991 Craig Parry  Australia King's Course, Gleneagles 268 −12 1 stroke Zimbabwe Mark McNulty
1990 Ian Woosnam (2)  Wales King's Course, Gleneagles 269 −15 4 strokes Zimbabwe Mark McNulty
1989 Michael Allen  United States King's Course, Gleneagles 272 −8 2 strokes Spain José María Olazábal
Wales Ian Woosnam
1988 Barry Lane  England King's Course, Gleneagles 271 −13 3 strokes Scotland Sandy Lyle
Spain José Rivero
1987 Ian Woosnam  Wales King's Course, Gleneagles 264 −20 7 strokes Australia Peter Senior
1986 David Feherty  Northern Ireland Haggs Castle 270 −14 Playoff Australia Ian Baker-Finch
Republic of Ireland Christy O'Connor Jnr
1974–85: No tournament
Sunbeam Electric Scottish Open
1973 Graham Marsh  Australia Old Course at St Andrews 286 −2 6 strokes England Peter Oosterhuis
1972 Neil Coles  England Downfield, Dundee 283 −5 Playoff Wales Brian Huggett
1937–71: No tournament
Penfold Scottish Open
1936 Jimmy Adams  Scotland Belleisle Golf Club, Ayr 287 n/a Playoff England Tom Collinge
Scottish Open Championship
1935 Percy Alliss  England Gleneagles Hotel 273 n/a 4 strokes England Jack Busson

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

Future venues[edit]


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  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.
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  20. ^ McEwan, Michael (25 April 2016). "Dundonald Links to host 2017 Scottish Open". bunkered.

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Coordinates: 56°01′58″N 2°50′05″W / 56.0329°N 2.8346°W / 56.0329; -2.8346