European Golf Tour
PGA European - Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open Preview
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DATES: Thursday, July 10th through Sunday, July 13th
SITE: Royal Aberdeen, Aberdeen, Scotland
COURSE ARCHITECT: Archie and Robert Simpson (1780), James Braid
PAR: 71
YARDAGE: 6,867
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 409 Yds10 - Par 4 354 Yds
2 - Par 5 558 Yds11 - Par 3 165 Yds
3 - Par 3 240 Yds12 - Par 5 534 Yds
4 - Par 4 446 Yds13 - Par 4 436 Yds
5 - Par 4 347 Yds14 - Par 4 441 Yds
6 - Par 5 491 Yds15 - Par 4 374 Yds
7 - Par 4 428 Yds16 - Par 4 411 Yds
8 - Par 3 147 Yds17 - Par 3 181 Yds
9 - Par 4 465 Yds18 - Par 4 440 Yds
36 3,531 Yds35 3,336 Yds
Annual:  32nd
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday -- 5:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (et),
  - Friday -- 6 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (et),
  - Saturday/Sunday -- 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. (et)
Defending Champion:  Phil Mickelson
Runner-Up:  Branden Grace
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)
Course Record:  66 (Mark Halliday, 2010)
9-Hole Record:  28 (Peter O'Malley, Colin Montgomerie, 1992)
Total Purse:  $5,139,194 (3,000,000 pounds)
Shares:  1st Place - $854,575; 2nd Place - $569,710; 3rd Place - $320,978
2013 Finish
Phil Mickelson *271John Parry274
Branden Grace271Gareth Maybin274
Henrik Stenson273Raphael Jacquelin275
JB Hansen273Nicolas Colsaerts275
Martin Laird274Two players at277

* - Won in Playoff

Past Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2013*Phil Mickelson (271) -- Branden Grace
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
Phil MickelsonmcT-44---2ndT-38---mcT-58T-16Won
Branden Grace------------------------T-682nd
Martin Laird---------------10thT-26T-62T-16T-5
Raphael JacquelinmcT-68T-9T-32mcT-23rdT-49T-16T-8
Nicolas ColsaertsT-34---67th---------mcT-3T-36T-8
Ross Fisher------mcT-19T-25T-8T-8T-42T-68T-24
Francesco Molinari---T-14mcmcT-6T-35T-4---2ndT-42
Paul LawrieT-47T-58T-24T-57T-9T-25mcT-25mcT-49
Richard Greenmc------mcT-3T-35T-41T-66T-24T-57
Matteo Manassero---------------mc------T-36T-57
Thongchai JaideewdT-30T-12mcT-25T-53T-56wdT-2966th
Jeev Milkha Singh------mcT-43T-9mcT-49T-42Wonmc
Thomas LevetWonT-50---T-39mcT-32mc---T-5mc
Ernie ElsT-311thT-93rdT-9T-13mcT-25T-52mc
Gregory HavretT-10mcT-54WonT-25T-41T-41mcmcmc
Luke Donald---T-5T-2T-4---------WonT-16---
Jamie Donaldson---T-58T-39---mcT-17mcT-10------
Justin Rosemcmc---------------T-14------
Edoardo Molinari------T-54---mc---WonT-49------
Rory McIlroy---mc------T-19T-46------------
Kevin Stadler------mc---------------------
Jimmy Walker------------------------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Jamie Donaldson
Darkhorse - Robert Karlsson
Last Week's Pick to Win (Thongchai Jaidee) - Finished tied for 2nd
Last Week's Darkhorse (Gregory Havret) - Missed the cut
NOTES:This event will serve as the final tune-up for next week's British Open
at Royal Liverpool. World No. 6 Justin Rose heads a stellar field this week for the 32nd annual Scottish Open. Including Rose, five of the top 20 players in the world are in the field.

Rose won for the first time in 2014 two weeks ago at the Quicken Loans National on the PGA Tour. It was his first victory since winning his first major title at the U.S. Open Championship in June 2013.

World No. 8 Rory McIlroy won for the first time in nearly two years when he won the flagship event on the European Tour in May, the BMW PGA Championship. McIlroy has eight top-10 finishes worldwide in 2014.

Defending champion and world No. 13 Phil Mickelson is still looking for his first victory of 2014. His best finish of the season was also on the European Tour at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship in January, where he tied for second. Mickelson will attempt history this week, as he tries to become the first player to successfully defend this title.

This is the first time that Royal Aberdeen will host a European Tour event. Royal Aberdeen was founded in 1780 and is the world's sixth-oldest course. Castle Stuart Golf Links in Inverness hosted the previous three years (2011- 13). 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, as only he can, Mickelson produced a wild Sunday finish, eventually defeating Branden Grace with a birdie on the first playoff hole. Mickelson could have locked up the victory in regulation, but he missed a 5-foot par putt at the last and dropped into a tie with Grace at 17-under-par 271. Back at the scene of that potentially costly bogey, Mickelson dropped his third shot from the sand within inches of the cup and tapped in for a birdie 4. When Grace missed his 25-foot downhill birdie attempt, Mickelson had his first official European Tour victory. Mickelson became the first American to win this event since Tom Lehman in 1997.

Luke Donald flew past a crowded leaderboard in 2011 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), Ernie 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 3-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 3-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 143rd Open Championship at Royal Liverpool, as Mickelson will defend another title from 2013.

07/08 18:19:44 ET

As of July 8, 2014, at 06:20 PM ET