Mickelson, McDowell and Stenson Confirm Scottish Open Plans
Phil Mickelson, Graeme McDowell and Henrik Stenson have all confirmed their participation in this year’s Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open, which will traditionally take its place in the schedule a week prior to the British Open 2016 golf tournament at Castle Stuart in early July.
Mickelson has a long term affinity with the Scottish Open having triumphed in the Highlands three years ago. The three-time US Masters champion went on to win the British Open Championship just seven days later at Muirfield that year and he will be aiming for another hot streak in the picturesque Scottish surroundings this Summer.
“It’s always one of the highlights of my year when I compete in Scotland,” said Mickelson. “I’m always excited about returning to Scotland, and particularly to Castle Stuart. I believe winning there in 2013 was key to my success the next week at the Open Championship.”
World number five Stenson, who finished third in the Scottish Open in 2013 and was runner up to Mickelson at the Open Championship a week later, will also be teeing up at Inverness. The 39-year-old Swede skipped the event in 2014 and 2015 but will return to Castle Stuart this year.
Stenson said: “It didn’t quite work out for me on the final day in 2013. I had a great chance but Phil recovered well from a bad start and deserved to win. But, even though I didn’t quite manage to get the job done, it was still the start of a great run for me.”
Former US Open champion McDowell won the event at Loch Lomond in 2008 and has decided to line up again this year. Meanwhile, Rory McIlroy has announced that he won’t be making the trip to Scotland and defending champion Rickie Fowler has yet to confirm his participation. The 2016 Scottish Open will play out between 7-10 July.