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Top Americans to tee up at Scottish Open

Jeff Maggert, who finished third in the recent US Open Championship at Bethpage State Park, has confirmed his place in the £2.2 million Barclays Scottish Open which takes place from 11-14 July at Loch Lomond Golf Club.

Nick Faldo, who was joint fifth alongside Billy Mayfair and Scott Hoch in the US Open, has also announced that he will be back at Loch Lomond in two weeks time. Joining Maggert and Faldo is an impressive South American contingent including Angel Cabrera, José Coceres, Ricardo Gonzalez and Eduardo Romero.

Maggert, who is currently 48th in the US PGA Money List, will be playing Loch Lomond for the first time in his established career. A Ryder Cup team member in 1995, 1997 and 1999, Maggert will be joined by fellow Americans Stewart Cink, John Daly, Brad Faxon, Fred Funk, Matt Kuchar and Tom Lehman.

Faldo, who is currently ranked ninth in the Volvo Order of Merit, is the most successful Ryder Cup player in history and has 39 professional victories worldwide to his name, including six Major Championships. He is looking forward to returning to the course he describes as: "... by far and away the best golf course in Great Britain by miles. It's a pleasure to play on it....I would like every golf course in Europe to match the conditions here."

Currently ranked 11th in the Volvo Order of Merit and 17th in the World Ranking, Cabrera finished tied for tenth place alongside Colin Montgomerie in last year's Scottish Open. The Argentinian, who has played in all but one of the previous Loch Lomond tournaments, enjoyed his first European Tour victory in 2001 winning the Open de Argentina and followed that with victory in the Benson and Hedges International Open last month.

Coceres, who is currently ranked 37th in the World Ranking, finished sixth in the 2001 Scottish Open. Last year also saw Coceres' first two victories on the US PGA Tour, winning the Worldcom Classic at Hilton Head and the National Car Rental Classic at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.

Gonzalez, winner of the 2001 Omega European Masters, tied for ninth place alongside Anders Hansen and José Maria Olazábal at Loch Lomond last year. The 33 year old Argentinian is currently ranked 24th in the Volvo Order of Merit.

Concluding the South American contingent is Romero. Currently ranked 14th in the Volvo Order of Merit and 71st in the World Ranking, Romero's best finish at Loch Lomond came in 1999 when he shot a ten under par total of 274 to tie for fourth place alongside Michael Campbell and Bob May.

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