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Scottish Open returns after 5 year break

The Scottish Open is to return to the European schedule this year for the first time since 1996, the European Tour announced on Tuesday.

The 2001 event will be played at Loch Lomond, Scotland from July 12-15, which means the European Tour's pre-Open tournament will finish on a Sunday for the first time.

Prize money for the Scottish Open will be a tournament record £2.5million -- double the amount for the 2000 Standard Life Loch Lomond won by South African Ernie Els.

The return of the Scottish Open impacts strongly on the completion of the field for the 130th Open Championship, to be played this year at Royal Lytham and St Annes.

Ernie Els the winner in 2000. Allsport.

No fewer than 15 exempt places for the Open will be on offer at Loch Lomond, eight direct from the tournament and seven from a table of European Tour events starting at the Volvo PGA Championship and finishing at the Scottish Open.

The eight leading players in the Western Open at Lemont, Illinois between July 2-8 not otherwise exempt will also qualify for the Open Championship.

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