The Scottish Open will return to Castle Stuart Golf Links near Inverness in the week prior to The Open Championship next year. The confirmation of the date and venue will be part of The European Tour’s announcement of the second portion of the 2012 International Schedule which will be made in Dubai next month.
While the Tour is actively seeking a new title sponsor of the Scottish Open to replace Barclays, who withdrew their backing earlier this year, the resounding success of the 2011 tournament at its most northerly venue has ensured the event will return there from July 12-15, 2012.
Luke Donald of England captured the title last year to consolidate his status as World Number One in a glittering season which also saw him capture the BMW PGA Championship, establish a commanding lead in The Race to Dubai and top of the US PGA Tour money list.
European Tour Chief Operating Officer, Keith Waters, today confirmed that Castle Stuart would host the 2012 edition. He said: “Despite the inclement weather on the Saturday, we had a superb tournament over a course which received great praise from the players.
“Phil Mickelson has already indicated that he would wish to return to play in Scotland and we are hopeful that Luke Donald will also return to defend his title.”