Scotland, the Home of Golf will welcome the sport’s biggest stars this summer as a succession of world class events are set to take place across the country.
World Number five Justin Rose will return to the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open, a Rolex Series event, at Gullane Golf Club. Sir Nick Faldo has confirmed he will return to the Old Course at St Andrews, the site of one of his most famous victories, for the 2018 Senior Open Presented by Rolex. Major champion Michelle Wie is set to headline the 2018 Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open and three time champion golfer Tiger Woods has confirmed his entry to play in the 147th Open at Carnoustie.
Paul Bush OBE, Director of Events said: “I’m delighted to see so many top names already signed up to play in these world-class tournaments this summer. The high calibre of these fields underlines the stature of all of the events and highlights the appeal that playing in Scotland, the Home of Golf has for even the world’s top players.”
Justin Rose will tee it up at The Scottish Open for the first time since 2015 – the last time Scotland’s National Open was hosted at the East Lothian venue.
The ten-time European Tour winner and reigning Olympic Champion produced a flawless final round to win the Scottish Open at Royal Aberdeen four years ago.
Rose said: “The Scottish Open win in 2014 was definitely a memorable one. It was the first time I had gone two in a row, after winning in America the previous week. I really got to love the golf course and had a very special week.
“The last time I played at Gullane in 2015 I followed up with a sixth place finish in The Open, so I’m looking forward to teeing it up there again, and to two good weeks of links golf.
“The Scottish Open is a fantastic tournament and I’m glad to be back and vying to lift the trophy again. There’s definitely something special about playing golf in Scotland – the crowds are so knowledgeable and appreciate good play which always makes for a good atmosphere.”
Six-time Major Champion, Sir Nick Faldo, is one of just a handful of golfers in the modern era to have lifted the coveted Claret Jug on the Old Course’s 18th green, and the 60 year old is relishing the opportunity to return to one of world golf’s most famous links for The 2018 Senior Open.
“If you’re going to win The Open, St Andrews is the course that many would choose to do it,” said Faldo. “The more you play the course, the more you understand the different positions, the dangers and how to work the greens.
“The history of the place is amazing. I love the town, there’s a real atmosphere in the air. I have taken people who don’t play golf there and they really feel the buzz. You put all of that together and it’s a really special spot.”
Michelle Wie will be joined alongside defending champion, Mi Hyang Lee, Solheim Cup Captain Catriona Matthew and British No. 1 Charley Hull, at Gullane Golf Club from the 26 – 29 July.
The championship will return to the same venue as the Men’s Scottish Open, which will be hosted two weeks earlier and will be co-sanctioned by the Ladies European Tour and the LPGA for a second year running, with a prize fund of $1.5 million.
Commenting on her return to Scotland, Michelle Wie said, “I love coming over to play golf in Scotland, the fans are always amazing and it’s the ‘Home of Golf’ after all, so you always feel a sense of excitement being here. Last year was very testing conditions and I managed to learn a lot about my game having to hit a variety of different shots. The tournament proved to be the perfect preparation for me heading in to the Ricoh Women’s British Open where I had my best ever finish. Hopefully I can continue to learn more this year.”
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