Rickie Fowler has confirmed his return to Scotland, the Home of Golf, as he bids to secure a second Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open title at The Renaissance Club on July 11-14, 2019.
Fowler is the latest American star to confirm his attendance at the third Rolex Series event on the 2019 Race to Dubai, with 2017 US PGA Champion Justin Thomas and fellow Ryder Cup player Matt Kuchar joining European Major winners Rory McIlroy and Henrik Stenson in the world-class field.
The 2015 Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open champion will be looking to reproduce the stellar form which saw him claim the title just a few miles down the East Lothian coastline at Gullane Golf Club, where he memorably birdied three of the final four holes on Sunday to see off compatriot Kuchar by a single shot.
Fowler has enjoyed a phenomenal run since his debut at the tournament in 2014, securing top ten finishes in all four of his appearances in the event.
He has already tasted victory on the US PGA Tour in 2019, capturing his ninth career win at the Waste Management Phoenix Open in March. With the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open taking its traditional spot in the week before The Open Championship he will be hoping that a strong performance at The Renaissance Club can translate into his first Major title at Royal Portrush Golf Club.
Fowler said: ‘’I'm looking forward to returning to Scotland for the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open. I have great memories from this tournament, particularly of my win at Gullane in 2015, and with fantastic courses and knowledgeable fans, I’m always excited to play.
“It’s a fun week but it gives the tournament extra edge to have The Open the following week. I know that a lot of players have won The Open after playing in Scotland so it’s good preparation as well as being a great week of competition in itself.”
The tournament will be played for the first time at The Renaissance Club - which was founded in 2008 and nestles on 300 picturesque acres along the Firth of Forth - when it takes its place as the third event in the 2019 Rolex Series, the premium category of tournaments on the Race to Dubai, each with a minimum prize fund of US$7million.
It will once again be followed by the Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open, which will be played over the same course, from August 8-11, 2019.
Also teeing it up on the world-famous stretch of East Lothian coastline known as Scotland’s Golf Coast in July are defending Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open champion Brandon Stone of South Africa, and his fellow Rolex Series winners – local favourite Russell Knox and former World Number One Lee Westwood. The field also includes American stars Kevin Kisner and Jimmy Walker, former winners Rafa Cabrera Bello and Martin Kaymer, Ryder Cup stalwart Ian Poulter and his fellow Englishman Matt Wallace and home-grown talent Stephen Gallacher and Robert MacIntyre.
The Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open is the perfect day out for all the family, with fantastic food and drink outlets in the championship village as well as retail experiences and entertainment for all ages.
Fans can buy tickets to see some of the world’s best golfers – including official Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open hospitality packages – at www.asiscottishopen.com