Rafa Cabrera-Bello yesterday (16 July 2017) became the first Spanish winner of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open. The Scottish crowds flocked to the Ayrshire coast to watch the strongest field on the European Tour so far this season battle it out on the links of Dundonald. The Spaniard, a Ryder Cup debutant in 2016, shot a brilliant final round 64, setting a new course record and eventually triumphing over England’s Callum Shinkwin in a nail biting play-off on the first extra hole.
More than 50,000 fans passed through the gates during the week to enjoy another world-class golf event in Scotland, the Home of Golf whilst TV viewers around the globe, including on NBC Sports in the United States, tuned in to watch the action unfold on the Kyle Phillip’s designed Dundonald Links, as it successfully hosted its first European Tour event.
Paul Bush OBE, Director of Events, said: “Scotland is proudly home to some of the most iconic golf courses in the world, and I’m sure Dundonald Links will now be added to the golf itinerary of many a visiting golfer. Once again, the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open has produced a worthy winner in Rafa Cabrera Bello, who battled through the best and the worst of the Scottish weather, to thrillingly claim a well-deserved victory and hopefully, along with many others in the field last week, set himself up for a great week at the 146th Open Championship.”
Dundonald Links' time in the spotlight, however, is not yet over as the venue now waits to welcome the world’s best on the Ladies European Tour (LET) and Ladies Professional Golfing Association (LPGA) to Ayrshire next week (July 27 – 30) with the staging of the newly co-sanctioned Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open. This is the first time both of Scotland’s national Open’s will have been hosted at the same venue.