European Golf Tour
PGA European - Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open Preview
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DATES: Thursday, July 11th through Sunday, July 14th
SITE: Castle Stuart Golf Links, Inverness, Scotland
COURSE ARCHITECT: Mark Parsinen and Gil Hanse (2009)
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 7,193
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 439 Yds10 - Par 4 363 Yds
2 - Par 5 554 Yds11 - Par 3 168 Yds
3 - Par 4 306 Yds12 - Par 5 599 Yds
4 - Par 3 201 Yds13 - Par 4 444 Yds
5 - Par 4 452 Yds14 - Par 4 386 Yds
6 - Par 5 568 Yds15 - Par 4 458 Yds
7 - Par 4 464 Yds16 - Par 4 337 Yds
8 - Par 3 218 Yds17 - Par 3 226 Yds
9 - Par 4 403 Yds18 - Par 5 607 Yds
36 3,605 Yds36 3,588 Yds
Annual:  31st
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Friday -- 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (et),
  - Saturday/Sunday -- 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (et)
Defending Champion:  Jeev Milkha Singh
Runner-Up:  Francesco Molinari
Tournament Record:  262 (Peter O'Malley, 1992)
54-Hole Record:  196 (Ian Woosnam, 1987; Bernhard Langer, 1992;
  Peter Mitchell, 1994)
36-Hole Record:  128 (Mark Brooks, Paul Curry, 1992)
18-Hole Record:  60 (Paul Curry, 1992 - Gleneagles)
9-Hole Record:  28 (Peter O'Malley, Colin Montgomerie, 1992)
Course Record:  62 (Fredrik Andersson Hed, 2011; Francesco Molinari, 2012)
Total Purse:  $4,582,897 (3,000,000 pounds)
Shares:  1st Place - $792,772; 2nd Place - $528,575; 3rd Place - $297,801
2012 Finish
Jeev Milkha Singh *271Thomas Levet273
Francesco Molinari271Matthew Baldwin273
Marc Warren272Phillip Price274
Alexander Noren272Henrik Stenson274
Soren Kjeldsen273Peter Whiteford274

* - Won in Playoff

Past Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2012*Jeev Milkha Singh (271) -- Francesco Molinari
2011#Luke Donald (197) -- Fredrik Andersson Hed
2010Edoardo Molinari (272) -- Darren Clarke
2009Martin Kaymer (269) -- Gonzalo-Fernandez-Castano, Raphael Jacquelin
2008Graeme McDowell (271) -- James Kingston
2007*Gregory Havret (270) -- Phil Mickelson
2006Johan Edfors (271) -- Luke Donald, Andres Romero, Charl Schwartzel
2005Tim Clark (265) -- Darren Clarke, Maarten Lafeber
2004Thomas Levet (269) -- Michael Campbell
2003Ernie Els (267) -- Phillip Price, Darren Clarke
2002*Eduardo Romero (273) -- Fredrik Jacobson
2001Retief Goosen (268) -- Thomas Bjorn
2000Ernie Els (273) -- Tom Lehman
1999Colin Montgomerie (268) -- Michael Jonzon, Sergio Garcia, Mats Lanner
1998Lee Westwood (276) -- Ian Woosnam, Eduardo Romero, Robert Allenby,
David Howell, Dennis Edlund
1997Tom Lehman (265) -- Ernie Els
1996Thomas Bjorn (277) -- Jean Van de Velde
1996Ian Woosnam (289) -- Andrew Coltart
1995Wayne Riley (276) -- Nick Faldo
1994Carl Mason (265) -- Peter Mitchell
1993Jesper Parnevik (271) -- Payne Stewart
1992Peter O'Malley (262) -- Colin Montgomerie
1991Craig Parry (268) -- Mark McNulty
1990Ian Woosnam (269) -- Mark McNulty
1989Michael Allen (272) -- Ian Woosnam, Jose Maria Olazabal
1988Barry Lane (271) -- Sandy Lyle, Jose Rivero
1987Ian Woosnam (264) -- Peter Senior
1986*David Feherty (270) -- Ian Baker-Finch, Christy O'Connor Jr
1985Not Held
1984Not Held
1983Not Held
1982Not Held
1981Not Held
1980Not Held
1979Not Held
1978Not Held
1977Not Held
1976Not Held
1975Not Held
1974Not Held
1973Graham Marsh (286) -- Peter Oosterhuis
1972*Neil Coles (283) -- Brian Huggett

* - Won in Playoff

# - Weather-Shortened

Note:Formerly called Sunbeam Electric Scottish Open (1972-73), Bell's
Scottish Open (1986-94), Scottish Open (1995-96), Gulfstream Loch Lomond World Invitational (1997), Standard Life Loch Lomond (1998-2000), The Scottish Open at Loch Lomond (2001), The Barclays Scottish Open (2002-11)

Top Contenders in the Field
Jeev Milkha Singh---------mcT-43T-9mcT-49T-42Won
Francesco Molinari------T-14mcmcT-6T-35T-4---2nd
Thomas LevetmcWonT-50---T-39mcT-32mc---T-5
Raphael JacquelinT-20mcT-68T-9T-32mcT-23rdT-49T-16
Phil MickelsonT-35mcT-44---2ndT-38---mcT-58T-16
Martin Laird------------------10thT-26T-62T-16
Richard GreenT-66mc------mcT-3T-35T-41T-66T-24
F. Andersson HedT-40mcmc------T-19---T-342ndT-29
Nicolas ColsaertsT-40T-34---67th---------mcT-3T-36
Matteo Manassero------------------mc------T-36
Ernie ElsWonT-311thT-93rdT-9T-13mcT-25T-52
Ross Fisher---------mcT-19T-25T-8T-8T-42T-68
Paul Lawrie---T-47T-58T-24T-57T-9T-25mcT-25mc
Johan Edfors---mc---WonmcT-44mcT-8T-58mc
Gregory HavretT-50T-10mcT-54WonT-25T-41T-41mcmc
Edoardo Molinari---------T-54---mc---WonT-49---
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Phil Mickelson
Darkhorse - Robert Rock
Last Week's Pick to Win (Bernd Wiesberger) - Finished tied for 13th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Alexander Noren) - Missed the cut
NOTES:This event will serve as the final tune-up for next week's British Open
at Muirfield. No player has ever won this event and then captured the British Open in the same season. Jeev Milkha Singh tied for 69th at the British Open after winning here last year. World No. 8, American Phil Mickelson heads a stellar field this week for the 31st annual Scottish Open. In addition, seven major winners, 21 Ryder Cup players and 18 of the 29 European Tour champions from the 2013 season are in attendance this week, including 2012 British Open champion Ernie Els.

This is the third straight year that the Scottish Open is being held at Castle Stuart Golf Links in Inverness. The course was designed by Mark Parsinen and Gil Hanse and opened in 2009. Castle Stuart was voted as Best New Course for 2009 by Golf Magazine. Loch Lomond Golf Club had hosted the previous 15 years (1996-2010). Carnoustie played host for two years (1995-96), Gleneagles' Kings Course was the venue from 1987-94, while Haggs Castle, St. Andrews and Downfield Golf Club hosted for one year each.

Last year, Singh birdied the first playoff hole to beat Francesco Molinari. Singh fired rounds of 66-70-68-67 to finish at 17-under-par 271 with Molinari. As an added bonus, Singh claimed one of the final spots in the field for the British Open thanks to his fourth European Tour title. The playoff was the fifth in event history and the first since 2007. Singh will attempt history, as he tries to become the first player to successfully defend the Scottish Open.

In 2011, Luke Donald flew past a crowded leaderboard with a European Tour career-best 9-under 63 to win the rain-shortened event by four strokes over Fredrik Andersson Hed. Donald finished 54 holes at 19-under 197. Castle Stuart Golf Links was plagued all week by rain and thunderstorms, rendering the course unplayable on Saturday. The second round was completed early Sunday before the reduced field played the third round in split-tee threesomes.

Edoardo Molinari held on for the win in 2010 despite shooting a final-round 74. Molinari fired rounds of 66-69-63-74 to finish at 12-under-par 272 for a 3-stroke win over Darren Clarke. It was the first European Tour victory for the 2005 U.S. Amateur champion, who joined his brother Francesco as a winner on the European Tour.

In 2009, Martin Kaymer was the only player in the field to card four rounds in the 60s, as he won by two strokes over Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano and Raphael Jacquelin. Kaymer finished the tournament at 15-under-par 269 for his second straight win, as he titled the week before at the Open de France. Kaymer became the youngest winner of this event at 24 years and 196 days old. He became the eighth player to record four rounds in the 60s and win, joining David Feherty (1986), Ian Woosnam (1987), Craig Parry (1991), Carl Mason (1994), Tom Lehman (1997), Els (2000) and Tim Clark (2005).

Frenchman Gregory Havret parred the first playoff hole in 2007 to stun Mickelson and win. Mickelson bogeyed the final hole in regulation before losing in the playoff.

In 2003, Els joined three-time champion Woosnam as the only multiple winners of this event, as he also titled here in 2000. Els also finished third in 2004 and 2007 and ninth in 2006 and 2008. Not only is Woosnam a three-time champ (1987, 90, 96), but he also finished second twice (1989, 98).

The 2000 event marked the last time on the European Tour International Schedule that two players had successive holes-in-one at the same hole. Jarmo Sandelin, playing in the final group in round three achieved an ace at the 17th, followed by fellow Swede Mathias Gronberg playing in the first group out in the final round.

When Colin Montgomerie titled here in 1999, he became the first and only Scottish winner of this event.

The winner of this tournament will gain a spot in next week's British Open if not otherwise exempt.

The European Tour's best are joined next week by the lads from America for the 142nd Open Championship at Muirfield, as Els will defend his title.

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As of July 10, 2013, at 03:49 PM ET