World Number Seven Rickie Fowler will return to the scene of his 2015 victory when he tees it up in the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open, a Rolex Series event, at Gullane Golf Club on July 12-15, 2018.
The American star recorded a memorable win the last time Gullane hosted the event, birdieing the 18th hole on Sunday to deny compatriot Matt Kuchar, who is also part of the world class field gathering on Scotland’s Golf Coast this summer.
Kuchar had set the clubhouse target on 11 under par after a closing 68, but after bogeying the 14th, Fowler responded in thrilling style with birdies at the 15th, 16th and 18th to snatch victory from his Ryder Cup team mate by a single shot.
It was a second brilliant finish of an impressive season for Fowler, who had earlier claimed victory in the Players Championship in the United States, playing the last six holes in six under par to finish birdie-eagle-birdie-birdie.
Paul Bush, Director of Events, VisitScotland said, “We are delighted that Rickie Fowler will be making a welcome return to play in the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open. He is a fan favourite around the world and it will be a real treat for the Scottish crowds to see him return to site of his victory in 2015. Rickie adds his name to what is turning out to be one of the strongest fields to ever assemble in The Scottish Open’s history. This only reinforces the appeal that playing in Scotland, the Home of Golf has for the world’s top players.”
This year the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open is once again part of the Rolex Series – the premium category of tournaments on the European Tour’s Race to Dubai, each with a minimum prize fund of US$7million.
Fowler joins a stellar field that includes defending champion Rafa Cabrera Bello, another former winner in World Number Three Justin Rose, and 2016 Open Champion Henrik Stenson, as the tournament once again takes its traditional slot in the week before The 147th Open Championship at Carnoustie Golf Links.
The 29 year old has recorded three second-place finishes in Major Championships, most recently at the Masters Tournament earlier this year, and he is well aware of the importance of preparation on the links, with six out of the last eight players to lift the Claret Jug having played in the Scottish Open the previous week.
Fowler said: “Gullane is a special place for me and I can’t wait to get back there for the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open this summer.
“I love links golf – the golf course can play so differently each day and its always such an interesting challenge. Gullane was a very good test back in 2015. I had played the last four holes well all week, so I knew that I had some birdies in me after dropping a shot at the 14th on Sunday, and it turned out to be a perfect finish.
“The Scottish Open is a great week, and the Scottish fans are always so knowledgeable and appreciative, but it’s also good preparation for The Open. You often see guys who have played in the Scottish Open doing well the following week, so I’m looking forward to two good weeks on the links in July.”
With entertainment, children’s activities and food and drink outlets showcasing local produce, all complementing the world-class golfing action on Scotland’s Golf Coast the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open is a perfect day out for all the family.
Fans can buy tickets from just £15 to see some of the world’s best golfers – including official Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open hospitality packages, at www.asiscottishopen.com