The Scottish Open, to be held at Loch Lomond from 9-12th July inclusive has attracted some strong competition hoping to wrestle the crown from defending champion, Graeme McDowell.
In addition to McDowell, the line up will feature no less than eleven major winners including the current US Masters champion, Angel Cabrera, along with former major championship winners Ernie Els, Retief Goosen and Trevor Immelman.
The Scottish Open has traditionally been seen by many as a pipe-opener to the Open championship, with many using the event to acclimatise to playing in the UK, and while it has always drawn a strong field to the event, the 2009 renewal is shaping up to be one of the strongest on record.
Other names to appear among the field for the Loch Lomond spectacular include Open veteran, Sir Nick Faldo along with Sandy Lyle, Jose Maria Olazabal, Ian Poulter, Camilo Villegas, Adam Scott and Boo Weekley. Colin Montgomerie, the European captain for the 2010 Ryder Cup match at the Celtic Manor, Wales will also line up.
The home nation is well represented at Loch Lomond and there are no less than twelve Scots among the field, and includes Scottish amateur champion Callum MacAulay, who is competing in his first year on the tour as a professional.
There will, however, be no Phil Mickelson, who having been a regular to the Loch Lomond course in previous years has suspended his schedule due to his wife Amy’s illness and is unlikely to feature at the Open championship at Turnberry in addition to missing the Scottish Open.