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Another Major winner in field

Cink lines up tilt at AAM Scottish Open

Stewart Cink

Stewart Cink: memories (Photo: Getty Images).

Stewart Cink will join a host of fellow Major winners and a stellar line-up of American stars when he returns to Ayrshire for the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open – the fourth tournament in the European Tour’s Rolex Series – at Dundonald Links from July 13-16.

Cink sealed the greatest win of his career just down the west coast when he triumphed at the 138th Open Championship at Turnberry in 2009.

On a memorable final day, Cink won a play-off against Tom Watson, who at 59 years old was bidding to become the oldest winner of a Major title.

The 44-year-old is the 11th Major winner in a Dundonald field that includes world No. 4 Rory McIlroy, Open Champion Henrik Stenson, and 2013 Masters winner Adam Scott. Cink also joins a host of his compatriots including Rickie Fowler, Matt Kuchar and Patrick Reed in Irvine in the week before the Open Championship at Royal Birkdale.

This year the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open takes its place as part of the European Tour’s new Rolex Series, a premium category of eight tournaments on the Race to Dubai, each with a minimum prize fund of US$7million.

Cink said: “I’m excited to be teeing it up at the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open this summer. The greatest moment of my career happened in Ayrshire, so I obviously have fantastic memories of the area.

“I’ve heard good things about Dundonald Links, and I’m really looking forward to playing links golf in the week before The Open Championship. It’s a fantastic field, so it will be a challenging, but no doubt enjoyable, week.”

On Tuesday evening, the return of the Hero Challenge will see some of the tournament’s top stars, including Stenson, Alex Levy and Russell Knox competing in a one-hole shoot-out.

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