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Scottish Open
Tournament information
Location Scotland Scotland
Established 1972
Course(s) Loch Lomond Golf Club
Par 71
Yardage 7,149
Tour(s) European Tour
Format Stroke play
Purse £ 3,000,000
Month played July
Tournament record score
Aggregate 262 Peter O'Malley (1992)
To-par -20 Ian Woosnam (1987)
Current champion
Germany Martin Kaymer

The Scottish Open, which has been sponsored by Barclays Capital since 2002, is one of the richer golf tournaments on the European Tour. It is currently played at Loch Lomond Golf Club in Argyll and Bute to the North of Glasgow.

The tournament takes place the week before The Open Championship, and some concern has been expressed that the host course, which is very different from the links courses on which the Open is played, puts European Tour players at a disadvantage in the subsequent major, compared to their leading rivals from the PGA Tour, who traditionally spend a week practising for the Open on links courses in Ireland. There is a possibility that the event will move to the Dundonald links course in Ayrshire in the future, which is owned by the same company as Loch Lomond, but in 2006 the company's chief executive Keith Williams commented, "From our point of view, we would also perhaps regard Dundonald as being three years away from hosting a championship of this calibre."[1]

The Scottish Open was first held in 1972 at Downfield Golf Club near Dundee, but after the second event at St Andrews in 1973 there was a twelve year hiatus before its return to the European Tour calendar in 1986, replacing the Glasgow Open. The tournament was held at Haggs Castle Golf Club in its first year back, before moving to Gleneagles until 1994. It was then hosted at Carnoustie for two years, but it was to disappear from the calendar again following the 1996 season.

Its place on the European Tour schedule from 1997 was taken by the Loch Lomond World Invitational, which had been first held the previous year. From 2001, it was decided that the Loch Lomond event would be known as the Scottish Open, and all prior editions would be granted Scottish Open status which resulted in the anomaly of having two champions in 1996.[2]

In 1972 the prize fund was £10,000, and by 2008 it had increased to £3 million, making it the largest in a European Tour event that is not co-sanctioned by the PGA Tour.[1]

Winners

Year Winner Score
Barclays Scottish Open
2009 Germany Martin Kaymer 269 (-15)
2008 Northern Ireland Graeme McDowell 271 (-13)
2007 France Grégory Havret 270 (-14)PO
2006 Sweden Johan Edfors 271 (-13)
2005 South Africa Tim Clark 265 (-19)
2004 France Thomas Levet 269 (-15)
2003 South Africa Ernie Els 267 (-17)
2002 Argentina Eduardo Romero 273 (-11)PO
The Scottish Open at Loch Lomond
2001 South Africa Retief Goosen 268 (-16)
Standard Life Loch Lomond
2000 South Africa Ernie Els 273 (-11)
1999 Scotland Colin Montgomerie 268 (-16)
1998 England Lee Westwood 276 (-8)
Gulfstream Loch Lomond World Invitational
1997 United States Tom Lehman 265 (-19)
Loch Lomond World Invitational
1996* Denmark Thomas Bjørn 277 (-7)
Scottish Open
1996* Wales Ian Woosnam 289 (+1)
1995 Australia Wayne Riley 276 (-12)
Bell's Scottish Open
1994 England Carl Mason 265 (-15)
1993 Sweden Jesper Parnevik 271 (-9)
1992 Australia Peter O'Malley 262 (-18)
1991 Australia Craig Parry 268 (-12)
1990 Wales Ian Woosnam 269 (-15)
1989 United States Michael Allen 272 (-8)
1988 England Barry Lane 271 (-13)
1987 Wales Ian Woosnam 264 (-20)
1986 Northern Ireland David Feherty 270 (-14)PO
Sunbeam Electric Scottish Open
1973 Australia Graham Marsh 286 (-2)
1972 England Neil Coles 283

* - Two events held in 1996

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