It’s set to be a sizzling summer of golf in Scotland as a major line up of golf superstars has been announced for this year’s Aberdeen Asset Management Men’s and Ladies Scottish Opens at Dundonald Links in July.
Major names already confirmed for the men’s event include 2013 Masters Champion Adam Scott and reigning Open Champion Henrik Stenson, who will make a return to the Ayrshire coastline for the first time since his stunning victory at Royal Troon last year.
While the ladies event will see no shortage of world-renowned stars with world No1 Lydia Ko being joined by the likes of world No.3 Ariya Jutanugarn and major champions Michelle Wie, Suzann Pettersen and Catriona Matthew among others.
With the men’s Scottish Open taking place from July 13-16 and the ladies from July 27-30, this will be the first time the two events have been staged at the same venue.
Paul Bush OBE, Director of Events, said: “I’m delighted to see so many top names already signed up to play in both the Aberdeen Asset Management Men’s and Ladies Scottish Opens. The high calibre of fields underlines the stature of both events and highlights the appeal that playing in Scotland, the Home of Golf has for even the world’s top players.”
The Scottish Open is the fourth event in The European Tour’s new Rolex Series, a premium category of tournaments each with a minimum prize fund of US$7million. Taking place a week before The Open, it is viewed as ideal preparation with four of the last five Open champions having played in the Scottish Open the week before.
Joining world No1 Ko at the Ladies Scottish Open will also be 2016 Ladies European Tour No. 1, Beth Allen, English sensation, Charley Hull, and of course 2016 champion, Isabelle Boineau, looking to defend her crown.
In a ground-breaking co-sanctioned agreement between the Ladies European Tour and the LPGA, the Championship now has the highest prize fund on the LET outside the Majors with the 156-strong player field contesting for US$1.5m.
Bush added: “We are delighted to have been able to work alongside the Ladies European Tour and Aberdeen Asset Management in delivering this newly co-sanctioned event with the LPGA. It will be a thrill to welcome the world’s finest female golfers to Scotland, the Home of Golf for a two-week period of world-class ladies golf. It will be an historic moment for the LET when the women tee it up on the same stage as the men at Dundonald Links and underlines Scotland’s commitments to women’s golf as we look forward to The 2019 Solheim Cup.”
Taking place the week before the Ricoh Women’s British Open at Kingsbarns in 2017, the Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open will kick off a superb two weeks of links golf in Scotland. The back-to-back stretch of events echoes the successful strategy employed by the Men’s Scottish Open taking place the week before The Open – an approach proven to be a competitive advantage for those players competing in both Championships. The Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open is also a key element of Scotland’s commitments to the staging of The 2019 Solheim Cup at Gleneagles.
For ticket information for both events please go to www.aamscottishopen.com and www.ladiesscottishopen.com.