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World-class field at Dundonald Links

Strong home line-up for AAM Scottish Open

Russell Knox

Russell Knox (Getty Images)

This year’s Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open will boast one of its strongest home line-ups as a world-class field battles it out for golfing glory at Dundonald Links.

The European Tour has confirmed that world No. 21 Russell Knox, Scotland’s highest ranked player, will be joined by 1999 Open champion Paul Lawrie, Stephen Gallacher, Marc Warren, Richie Ramsay and David Drysdale for the tournament the week before the Open Championship at Royal Birkdale in July.

The Scots will all tee it up at the biggest Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open yet – the third event in the Tour’s new Rolex Series, a premium category of events each with a minimum prize fund of $7million.

With the significant prize fund increase and greater Race to Dubai points on offer, it promises to be a tournament to remember with the world’s best golfers descending on the North Ayrshire coast from July 13-16.

“It’s great for the tournament that it comes the week before The Open. It’s nice to have the big names, it adds some extra hype to the tournament,” said US-based Knox, who became the first Scottish golfer to win a World Golf Championship when he triumphed at the WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai in 2015.

“I can’t wait – the Scottish Open is the No. 1 tournament on my schedule every year. I love going home to play in front of the Scottish fans.”

Former European Ryder Cup-winning captain Colin Montgomerie is the only Scot to have won the the event, when he triumphed in 1999 at Loch Lomond.

It is the first time Dundonald Links has staged the tournament, which was won last year by Sweden’s Alexander Noren at Castle Stuart on the banks of the Moray Firth.

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