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Best ever field assemble for Scottish Open

Record crowds are expected to head to Loch Lomond this week to watch Eduardo Romero defend his title in The £2.2 million Barclays Scottish Open. This year's event has attracted one of the strongest fields in Europe, outside of The 132nd Open Golf Championship, including Darren Clarke, Fred Couples, John Daly, Ernie Els, Retief Goosen, Phil Mickelson, Colin Montgomerie and José Maria Olazábal.

The field also features several of the winners from this year's European Tour International Schedule and the US PGA Tour, including Paul Casey, Ben Crane, Ignacio Garrido, Philip Golding, Mathias Grönberg, Trevor Immelman, Søren Kjeldsen, Ian Poulter and Philip Price. They will be joined by the young amateur stars Ricky Barnes, Andrew McArthur and Stuart Wilson.

Couples, who will make his debut at Loch Lomond this week, is expected to attract a strong following. The American, who has never previously played the course, said: "I have heard so many great things about Loch Lomond and about the tournament, that I am really looking forward to experiencing the magic for myself."

Keith Willams, Loch Lomond Golf Club Vice President, said: "We are looking forward to a great week of golf at Loch Lomond. As well as all the top European players and several of the big name Americans, including John Daly and Phil Mickelson, we are delighted to be welcoming Fred Couples to Loch Lomond for the first time. He has had a great year so far and is certainly a favourite with the Scottish golfing public.

"Advanced ticket sales are well ahead of last year, so we are expecting record crowds at this year's tournament. Anyone who has not yet purchased tickets will be able to do so at the gate, and for the first time in the event's history we are delighted to be giving spectators free parking."


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