A recently opened golf course in the Scottish highlands will be the venue for the 2011 Barclays Scottish Open in July.
European Tour officials were forced to look for alternative venues after regular venue Loch Lomond ran into financial difficulties. The event will now be staged at the new Castle Stuart golf course near Inverness.
European Tour chief executive George O’Grady said:
“It is always exciting to break new ground and everyone at the Tour is delighted to be staging one of our most prestigious events at a new venue which has been so widely acclaimed.”
The 2010 Barclays Scottish Open was won by Italian Edoardo Molinari, and he will defend his title over the course in an event that has also confirmed two current major winners among the lineup in Phil Mickelson, Graeme McDowell and a past major winner in Padraig Harrington.
The event will remain in its scheduled spot on the European Tour – the week before the British Open, and the prize fund will also remain at £3 million, with a winner’s prize of £500,000.
The event is scheduled to be played between July 7th -10th.
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