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Last year's U.S. Masters champion Phil Mickelson and Australia's Adam Scott are among eight of the world's top 20 players who will be competing at next month's Scottish Open, organisers announced on Tuesday.

World number four Mickelson will return to Loch Lomond for the July 7-10 event for the third year in a row while seventh-ranked Scott makes his first appearance since 2003.

The pair will join double U.S. Open champions Ernie Els and Retief Goosen and British Ryder Cup player Luke Donald, the world number 13, in a strong European Tour field.

"I always look forward to going back to Loch Lomond," left-hander Mickelson said in a statement.

"It's really an enjoyable event, provides quality competition the week before the British Open, a really fun course to play, some of the most knowledgeable fans we see all year and great accommodation."

Mickelson and company will use the tournament to prepare for the third major championship of the year, which takes place the following week at St Andrews in Scotland.

French Ryder Cup player Thomas Levet is back to defend his Scottish Open title, having come from seven strokes behind with a closing 63 to win last year by a shot.

Levet will be joined in the field by former champions Thomas Bjorn of Denmark (1996), American Tom Lehman (1997), Britons Lee Westwood (1998) and Colin Montgomerie (1999) and Argentina's Eduardo Romero (2002).

Also playing will be twice U.S. Masters winner Jose Maria Olazabal and European Ryder Cup players Darren Clarke, Paul McGinley, Ian Poulter and David Howell.


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