Scottish Open History

LUSS, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 14: Detail of the shoes and trousers of Ian Poulter of England as he putts during the third round of The Barclays Scottish Open at Loch Lomond Golf Club on July 14, 2007 in Luss, Scotland. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)The first Scottish Open was played as a European Tour event in 1972, at the Downfield Golf Club in Dundee. Golfer Neil Cole won the tournament, which was sponsored by Sunbeam Electric, for the winner’s share of a £9,122 prize. The Sunbeam Electric Scottish Open was played again, at the St Andrews Old Course, in 1973. However, there followed a 12-year interval before the Scottish Open was played again.

In 1986, Bells stepped in as a sponsor. This proved to be a turning point in Scottish Open history – after 1986, the tournament continued to be played annually on the European Tour, and its prize fund continued to climb. The 1986 tournament was played at Haggs Castle in Glasgow, with David Feherty winning the tournament. From 1987 up to 1994, the Bell’s Scottish Open was played at Gleneagles. By 1994, the prize fund for the event had risen to £603,588.

In 1995, Bells withdrew its sponsorship of the tournament, but play went ahead at Carnoustie. 1996 saw two Scottish Open tournaments played – the Gulfstream Loch Lomond World Invitational (won by Denmark’s Thomas Bjørn), and another Scottish Open played at Carnoustie (won by Welshman Ian Woosnam).

In 1997, the Scottish Open settled at its current home at the Loch Lomond Golf Club, just outside Glasgow. That year saw the Scottish Open at Loch Lomond sponsored by Gulfstream, and then, between 1998 and 2000, by Standard Life. By the 2001 contest, which was won by South African Retief Goosen, the Scottish Open prize fund had dramatically increased, to €3,666,058 – or about €2.7 million!

In 2002, Barclays Capital stepped in, and it has continued to sponsor the tournament each year since. Winners of the Barclays Scottish Opens have included Eduardo Romero, Ernie Els, Thomas Levet, Tim Clark, Johan Edfors, Grégory Havret, and 2008 winner Graeme McDowell. For 2008, the total Barclays Scottish Open prize fund was at a whopping €6,310,449!

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