Scottish Open (golf)
|Established||1935, re-established 1972, 1986|
|Course(s)||Dundonald Links (2017)|
|Length||7,100 yards (6,490 m)|
|Prize fund||$7 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. The 2016 event was won by Alexander Norén at Castle Stuart, northeast of Inverness.
In 2017 the Scottish Open became one of the European Tour Rolex Series events, joining the BMW PGA Championship, Open de France, Irish Open, Italian Open, Turkish Airlines Open, Nedbank Golf Challenge, and DP World Tour Championship. The Rolex Series tournaments each have a prize fund of at least $7 million.
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 championship. It has been part of the Open Qualifying Series since that series started in 2014. The leading 3 or 4 players, 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.
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 playoff, 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 golf 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 playoff, 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 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. This rose to £200,000 with a first prize of £33,330 for the 1987 event at Gleneagles. 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.
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. 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 would be granted Scottish Open status. This resulted in the anomaly of there being two events in 1996. The 1996 event had a first prize of £125,000, rising to £133,330 in 1997 and £183,330 by 2000.
The 2001 event 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.
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. Aberdeen Asset Management took over sponsorship in 2013, but the event remained at Castle Stuart in 2012 and 2013 before moving to Royal Aberdeen Golf Club in 2014. It was played at Gullane Golf Club in 2015 and at Castle Stuart Golf Links in 2016. 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. In 2017 it was held in Ayrshire, for the first time in its current guise, at Dundonald Links.
|Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open|
|2017||Rafael Cabrera-Bello||Spain||Dundonald Links||275||−13||Playoff||Callum Shinkwin|
|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|
|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
|Standard Life World Invitational|
|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
2018 Gullane Golf Club
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