Scottish Open (golf)
|Established||1935, re-established 1972, 1986|
|Course(s)||Dundonald Links (2017)|
|Length||7,100 yards (6,490 m)|
|Prize fund||£3.25 million|
|Tournament record score|
|Aggregate||262 Peter O'Malley (1992)|
|To par||−20 Ian Woosnam (1987)|
The Scottish Open (known as the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open for sponsorship reasons) is a golf tournament on the European Tour. It is one of the richer events on the Tour, and traditionally takes place the week prior to the Open Championship—making it the last chance for European Tour players to qualify for the tournament (which is, itself, frequently played elsewhere in Scotland).
1935 and 1936
In 1935 Gleneagles hosted a Scottish Open Championship held on the King's course. Total prize money was £750. The R&A objected to the use of the term "Championship" being used for a tournament organised by a private enterprise. Percy Alliss won the tournament by 4 strokes from Jack Busson with an aggregate of 273. 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. In the 36-hole play-off, Adams had rounds of 68 and 69 and won by 11 strokes. 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. Penfold resumed their sponsorship with the Penfold Professional Golf League in 1938.
1972 and 1973
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. Total prize money was £10,000 with a first prize of £2,000. Sunbeam Electric had sponsored the Sunbeam Electric Tournament in 1971.
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.
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, put European Tour players at a disadvantage in the subsequent major, compared to their leading rivals from the PGA Tour, who traditionally spent 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."
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. 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. 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. While in April 2016, it was announced that the tournament would head to Ayrshire for the first time in its current guise, with Dundonald Links – host of the Ladies Scottish Open in 2015 and 2016 – the chosen venue.
In 2016 at Castle Stuart, the tournament attendance figures nosedived by more than 20,000 to 41,809 over the four tournament days.
|Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open|
|2016||Alexander Norén||Sweden||Castle Stuart Golf Links||274||−14||1 stroke||Tyrrell Hatton|
|2015||Rickie Fowler||United States||Gullane Golf Club||268||−12||1 stroke|| Raphaël Jacquelin
|2014||Justin Rose||England||Royal Aberdeen Golf Club||268||−16||2 strokes||Kristoffer Broberg|
|2013||Phil Mickelson||United States||Castle Stuart Golf Links||271||−17||Playoff||Branden Grace|
|2012||Jeev Milkha Singh||India||Castle Stuart Golf Links||271||−17||Playoff||Francesco Molinari|
|Barclays Scottish Open|
|2011||Luke Donald||England||Castle Stuart Golf Links||197^||−19||4 strokes||Fredrik Andersson Hed|
|2010||Edoardo Molinari||Italy||Loch Lomond Golf Club||272||−12||3 strokes||Darren Clarke|
|2009||Martin Kaymer||Germany||Loch Lomond Golf Club||269||−15||2 strokes|| Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño
|2008||Graeme McDowell||Northern Ireland||Loch Lomond Golf Club||271||−13||2 strokes||James Kingston|
|2007||Grégory Havret||France||Loch Lomond Golf Club||272||−14||Playoff||Phil Mickelson|
|2006||Johan Edfors||Sweden||Loch Lomond Golf Club||271||−13||2 strokes|| Luke Donald
|2005||Tim Clark||South Africa||Loch Lomond Golf Club||265||−19||2 strokes|| Darren Clarke
|2004||Thomas Levet||France||Loch Lomond Golf Club||269||−15||1 stroke||Michael Campbell|
|2003||Ernie Els (2)||South Africa||Loch Lomond Golf Club||267||−17||5 strokes|| Darren Clarke
|2002||Eduardo Romero||Argentina||Loch Lomond Golf Club||273||−11||Playoff||Fredrik Jacobson|
|The Scottish Open at Loch Lomond|
|2001||Retief Goosen||South Africa||Loch Lomond Golf Club||268||−16||3 strokes||Thomas Bjørn|
|Standard Life Loch Lomond|
|2000||Ernie Els||South Africa||Loch Lomond Golf Club||273||−11||1 stroke||Tom Lehman|
|1999||Colin Montgomerie||Scotland||Loch Lomond Golf Club||268||−16||3 strokes|| Sergio García
|The Standard Life Loch Lomond|
|1998||Lee Westwood||England||Loch Lomond Golf Club||276||−8||4 strokes|| Robert Allenby
|Gulfstream Loch Lomond World Invitational|
|1997||Tom Lehman||United States||Loch Lomond Golf Club||265||−19||5 strokes||Ernie Els|
|Loch Lomond World Invitational|
|1996*||Thomas Bjørn||Denmark||Loch Lomond Golf Club||277||−7||1 stroke||Jean van de Velde|
|1996*||Ian Woosnam (3)||Wales||Carnoustie||289||+1||4 strokes||Andrew Coltart|
|1995||Wayne Riley||Australia||Carnoustie||276||−12||2 strokes||Nick Faldo|
|Bell's Scottish Open|
|1994||Carl Mason||England||King's Course, Gleneagles||265||−15||1 stroke||Peter Mitchell|
|1993||Jesper Parnevik||Sweden||King's Course, Gleneagles||271||−9||5 strokes||Payne Stewart|
|1992||Peter O'Malley||Australia||King's Course, Gleneagles||262||−18||2 strokes||Colin Montgomerie|
|1991||Craig Parry||Australia||King's Course, Gleneagles||268||−12||1 stroke||Mark McNulty|
|1990||Ian Woosnam (2)||Wales||King's Course, Gleneagles||269||−15||4 strokes||Mark McNulty|
|1989||Michael Allen||United States||King's Course, Gleneagles||272||−8||2 strokes|| José María Olazábal
|1988||Barry Lane||England||King's Course, Gleneagles||271||−13||3 strokes|| Sandy Lyle
|1987||Ian Woosnam||Wales||King's Course, Gleneagles||264||−20||7 strokes||Peter Senior|
|1986||David Feherty||Northern Ireland||Haggs Castle||270||−14||Playoff|| Ian Baker-Finch
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||Peter Oosterhuis|
|1972||Neil Coles||England||Downfield, Dundee||283||−5||Playoff||Brian Huggett|
|1937–71: No tournament|
|Penfold Scottish Open|
|1936||Jimmy Adams||Scotland||Belleisle Golf Club, Ayr||287||n/a||Playoff||Tom Collinge|
|Scottish Open Championship|
|1935||Percy Alliss||England||Gleneagles Hotel||273||n/a||4 strokes||Jack Busson|
* – Two events held in 1996
^ – Shortened to 54 holes due to weather
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- "Golf – Scottish "Open" qualifiers – Callum and Alliss lead". The Glasgow Herald. 19 June 1935. p. 12.
- "Great finish by Alliss – Final round of 66 at Gleneagles – Record aggregate in Scots Open championship". The Glasgow Herald. 20 June 1935. p. 20.
- "Collinge-Adams replay – Tie in the Penfold tournament". The Glasgow Herald. 18 June 1936. p. 20.
- "Record-breaking win – Adams's rounds of 68 and 69". The Glasgow Herald. 19 June 1936. p. 4.
- "Scottish tournament cancelled – Result of R. and A. Club objection". The Glasgow Herald. 2 January 1937. p. 15.
- "Golf – Coles wins title putting like a demon". The Times. 3 July 1972. p. 11.
- "Marsh in line for Open win". The Glasgow Herald. 2 July 1963. p. 5.
- "Golf –Scottish Open moves to the Old course". The Times. 12 January 1973. p. 7.
- "Golf – Rich plum beyond reach of sponsors". The Times. 12 July 1972. p. I.
- "Scottish Open: Historic yet new". BBC Sport. July 13, 2001. Retrieved 2008-10-10.
- "Scottish Open will become one of Tour's richest tournaments". The Scotsman. July 17, 2006. Retrieved 2008-10-10.
- "Bad weather suspends golf's Scottish Open". BBC News. BBC. 9 July 2011. Retrieved 9 July 2011.
- "Scottish Open to moves to Royal Aberdeen in 2014". BBC Sport. BBC. 19 September 2012. Retrieved 20 September 2012.
- "Scottish Open: Gullane and Castle Stuart host next two tournaments". BBC Sport. 13 July 2014. Retrieved 23 April 2015.
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