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Record purse on offer at Scottish Open

A record prize fund of £2.4 million will be on offer for The Barclays Scottish Open, which takes place at Loch Lomond Golf Club from July 7-10, 2005. The figure represents an increase of £200,000 with the first prize of £400,000 being £33,340 more than Frenchman Thomas Levet pocketed after his memorable win in 2004.

The Championship Committee has also confirmed that Levet will be defending his title this year and will be joined by World Number Three and two-time winner at Loch Lomond, Ernie Els of South Africa, and Northern Ireland's Darren Clarke, who is currently ranked 16 th in the Official World Golf Ranking.

Bob Diamond, Head of Barclays Capital, Barclays Global Investors and Barclays Private Clients, said: "We're delighted to be announcing an increase in prize fund and very pleased to have three great names set to compete. When players of this calibre return to compete again it means a great deal and is a true reflection of the importance of The Barclays Scottish Open on the world golf circuit."

George O'Grady, Executive Director of The European Tour, said: "We are grateful to Barclays Capital for working with us to achieve the shared global vision of making The Barclays Scottish Open one of the finest events in international golf.  Today's announcement by the Championship Committee reinforces that commitment and allows us to offer a significant purse in what is a very special week on The European Tour."

Loch Lomond's Chief Executive, Keith Williams, said: "We have been very fortunate to develop an impressive showcase for golf in Scotland and crown eight outstanding champions here at Loch Lomond.   This increase in prize fund adds to what has already been achieved, and ultimately furthers our objective of making this Championship one of the great international sporting events with a worldwide field that enjoys worldwide exposure."

On confirming his defence of the title, Levet said: "I have been looking forward to defending my Barclays Scottish Open title at Loch Lomond since the moment I won here last year. Loch Lomond is one of the most picturesque venues on The European Tour and a favourite course with many of the players.  Scotland is a special place for me personally as I have had some great results here in recent times and the local fans are a true group of golfing enthusiasts."

Els said: "I am very much looking forward to returning to Loch Lomond Golf Club in July to play in the 2005 Barclays Scottish Open.  It is a great tournament and as a past champion it holds special memories for me.   It is always a thoroughly enjoyable week for me and my family."

Clarke said: "The Barclays Scottish Open is one of the best on The European Tour schedule for several reasons.  It attracts one of the strongest fields of the year, is played on one of the best-conditioned courses and has one of the greatest sponsors.   Barclays have turned the Scottish Open into a world-class event and it is one I look forward to every year.  There is always a special atmosphere at Loch Lomond particularly because of its position in the calendar as the last event before The Open."

The Barclays Scottish Open, which is co-promoted by The European Tour and Loch Lomond Golf Club, will be televised by BBC Television on all four days of the Championship with a potential worldwide audience reach of 400 million homes and more than 500 hours of broadcasting.

Savings of up to 40% are available for tickets booked in advance.  In line with the policy embraced by The European Tour, the Royal and Ancient Golf Club and The Golf Foundation, of making the game more accessible to the younger generation, The Barclays Scottish Open is also pleased to offer free entry to accompanied juniors under the age of 16.

Full details of all daily admission and season ticket prices are available on the website www.barclaysscottishopen.co.uk or  by calling the Ticket Hotline on 0141 887 2992 or by sending an email to : tournament@barclaysscottishopen.co.uk

 

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