Rory McIlroy is set to make a return to Scotland, the Home of Golf adding The Aberdeen Asset Scottish Open to his schedule.
He will join a stellar line up including Open Champion Henrik Stenson, 2013 Masters Champion Adam Scott and defending champion Alex Noren when they tee it up at Dundonald Links from July 13th – 16th.
McIlroy’s season has been seriously hampered by a rib injury but as he prepares to make his second return from the sidelines this season at the US Open, the World Number Two revealed he has added the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open to his summer schedule.
The Northern Irishman had success at the 2014 Scottish Open at Royal Aberdeen finishing tied 14th going on the following week to win his first Open Championship at Royal Liverpool. The Scottish Open is viewed as ideal preparation with four of the last five Open champions having played in the Scottish Open the week before.
McIlroy said, “I'm going to play Scottish, so I'm going to play Irish, Scottish and The Open,” said the 28 year old. “That’s a great run of three weeks of links golf and will be a great way to get ready for the Open. I’m excited about that run and to be able to play a lot of links golf in that short time frame.
“Having had such stop-start season with the injury means I need to, and really want to play golf. One thing you realise when you are injured is how much you want to play and miss playing and I need to play in events to get some momentum and hopefully knock off a couple of really big wins over the summer.”
Paul Bush OBE, Director of Events, VisitScotland said, “We are delighted that Rory McIlroy will be making a welcome return to play in the Aberdeen Asset Scottish Open. He is a fan favourite around the world and it will be a real treat for the Scottish crowds to see him tee it up at Dundonald. He adds his name to an already first class field which only reinforces the appeal that playing in Scotland, the Home of Golf has for even the world’s top players.”
This Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open will be the fourth event in the European Tour’s new Rolex Series, a premium category of tournaments on the Race to Dubai with minimum prize funds of US$7million.
For ticket information please go to www.aamscottishopen.com