World’s best golfers ready to tee off at the 2017 Scottish Open

13 Jul 2017

The world’s top golfers will head to Scotland this week for the 2017 Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open golf championship. The tournament is the largest annual golf event to take place in Scotland and is part of the European Tour. It has been held at several golf courses around the country since it began in 1972 and this year will see it move to a new home in Ayrshire, on the west coast. Players and fans will descend on the small town of Dundonald with the action taking place at nearby Dundonald Links Golf Course.

Alexander Noren was last year’s winner and the Swede will be back to try and retain his title. Rickie Fowler, the 2015 champion, will also return and is just one of the many obstacles in the path of this year’s winner. Joining these two on the course will be a host of big names, including Rory McIlroy, Henrik Stenson, Adam Scott, Matt Kuchar and Scotland’s own Russell Knox. The Scottish Open regularly boasts one of the strongest fields of any European Tour event, and the consistently impressive roster also led to the tournament becoming the only European Tour event to be shown live on US network television.

The attraction for many of these players is because Scotland is the birthplace of golf. The history of the sport in Scotland goes back as far as the 15th century, with the first official golf courses and the first written rules both originating here. To golfers and fans alike, a trip to Scotland is considered a pilgrimage, with many keen to try their hands at the game in the place where it all started. The choice of Ayrshire to host this year’s action also holds historical significance for golf aficionados. The world’s oldest golf competition, The Open Championship, was played for the first time in Ayrshire in 1860.

The Scottish Open holds an enviable place on the golf calendar, coming just one week before the start of The Open Championship. As both tournaments are played on links courses, it also acts as the perfect preparation for the major tournament the following week. Amazingly, five of the last six winners of The Open Championship have come from players who took part in the Scottish Open the week before. Most impressive amongst these was in 2013 when Phil Mickelson became the first ever player to win both tournaments in consecutive weeks.

This year fans won’t just be witness to action on the course, but will also get access to some awesome action off the course. On Friday night, Scottish sensations The Red Hot Chilli Pipers will take to the stage in the Championship Village. They’ll bring their unique and ground-breaking fusion of traditional Scottish music and rock/pop anthems to keep fans entertained long after the golf has finished. On Saturday night the music will take on a slightly different tone, as Glasgow-based Roddy Hart and the Lonesome Fire bring their atmospheric sound to the stage.

This year will also see a special kids zone being created as part of the first ever Golf Show by American Golf. The inaugural show is sure to be a real treat for fans of all ages, and it will allow them to get their hands on the very latest gear. Here they’ll also get to participate in fun interactive competitions. Visitors will also get to enjoy the best Scottish produce, with a range of food and drink on offer from local suppliers as well as live cooking exhibitions in the public catering area!

There are plenty of reasons to get down to Dundonald Links this weekend; whether it is rubbing shoulders with the world’s top golfers, getting to grips with the newest equipment or simply sampling the highest quality local Scottish produce. With tickets starting at only £30 for a full day’s access why don’t you take a trip to Ayrshire and cheer on your favourites!

Visit The Scottish Open Website