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Scottish Open moves to Castle Stuart
January 25, 2011

After 15 years at Loch Lomond, the 2011 Scottish Open will be played at the Castle Stuart links course, the European Tour announced on Monday.

Castle Stuart, located near Inverness in the Scottish Highlands, becomes the seventh course to play host to the event since it began in 1972.

“It is always exciting to break new ground and everyone at The European Tour is delighted to be staging one of our most prestigious events at a new venue which has been so widely acclaimed,” European Tour chief executive George O’Grady said in a statement.

The tournament, that takes place from July 7-10, will have a prize fund of 3 million pounds ($4.76 million), including 500,000 pounds for the winner.

Italian Edoardo Molinari will defend the title he won last year against an impressive field that includes 2008 champion Graeme McDowell, Phil Mickelson and Padraig Harrington.

The move away from Loch Lomond will hand players an opportunity to play links golf the week before The Open Championship, which this year will be held at Royal St George’s in Kent.

“I know I’m looking forward to testing my game on a strong links course the week before The Open Championship and I’m sure a number of top players from the PGA Tour will be taking advantage of the opportunity,” three-time Masters champion Mickelson said.

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