PGA European - The Barclays Scottish Open Preview
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DATES: Thursday, July 9th through Sunday, July 12th
SITE: Loch Lomond Golf Club, Glasgow, Scotland
COURSE ARCHITECT: Tom Weiskopf and Jay Morrish (1994)
PAR: 71
YARDAGE: 7,149
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 425 Yds10 - Par 4 455 Yds
2 - Par 4 455 Yds11 - Par 3 235 Yds
3 - Par 5 518 Yds12 - Par 4 415 Yds
4 - Par 4 385 Yds13 - Par 5 560 Yds
5 - Par 3 190 Yds14 - Par 4 371 Yds
6 - Par 5 625 Yds15 - Par 4 415 Yds
7 - Par 4 440 Yds16 - Par 4 490 Yds
8 - Par 3 160 Yds17 - Par 3 215 Yds
9 - Par 4 340 Yds18 - Par 4 455 Yds
36 3,538 Yds35 3,611 Yds
Annual:  27th
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Friday -- 10 a.m.-1 p.m. (et),
  Saturday -- 9:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. (et),
  Sunday -- 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (et),
Defending Champion:  Graeme McDowell
Runner-Up:  James Kingston
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 (Retief Goosen, 1997, 2001; Sergio Garcia, 1999)
Total Purse:  $4,885,499 (3,000,000 pounds)
Shares:  1st Place - $810,041; 2nd Place - $540,020; 3rd Place - $304,251
2008 Finish
Graeme McDowell271Stephen Gallacher276
James Kingston273Francesco Molinari276
Richard Green274Robert Dinwiddie276
Miguel Angel Jimenez274Five players at277
Simon Khan275
Past Barclays Scottish Open Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
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

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).

Top Contenders in the Field
Graeme McDowell---------T-69T-27---mcT-11Won
James Kingston------------T-39mcmc---2nd
Miguel A. JimenezmcT-41T-63T-60T-10T-8---mcT-3
Richard GreenT-22mcmcT-66mc------mcT-3
Simon Khan---------T-40mcT-22T-35T-325th
Ernie ElsWon---T-50WonT-311thT-93rdT-9
Lee Westwood---mcmcT-14T-10T-25T-30T-19T-19
Anthony WallT-65T-28mcwdT-27T-18mcmcT-19
Rory McIlroy---------------mc------T-19
Gregory Havret---mcmcT-50T-10mcT-54WonT-25
Ian PoultermcT-21mcT-5T-104thT-14T-8T-25
Ross Fisher------------------mcT-19T-25
Adam Scott12thT-3mcmc---T-12------T-25
Pelle Edberg---------------mc---T-4T-33
Angel CabreraT-29T-28mcmcT-34T-5T-14T-19T-38
David HowellT-41T-59T-32T-14T-3---T-35mcT-38
Thomas BjornT-192ndmcT-29T-16---T-5T-49T-44
Johan Edfors------------mc---WonmcT-44
Andres Romero------------------T-265thT-49
Maarten LafeberT-38mcT-21T-35T-39T-2T-39mcT-49
Paul McGinley---T-3T-14T-20mc---T-47T-49T-51
Richard Sterne---------mcmcT-30mcT-4mc
Louis Oosthuizen------------mcT-68mcT-4mc
Darren Clarke---7thT-25T-2mcT-2T-5T-19mc
Soren HansenmcT-14T-25T-29mc---T-14T-19mc
Thomas LevetT-41T-50T-63mcWonT-50---T-39mc
Charl Schwartzel---------T-10mcmcT-2mcmc
Benn Barham---------T-24------T-5mcmc
Colin Montgomerie3rdT-28T-14T-50T-34T-18T-24mcmc
Stephen Dodd------T-41T-50T-63mcmcmcmc
Jose Manuel Lara---------T-29T-47mcT-54T-19wd
Boo Weekley---------------------T-30---
Retief GoosenT-4WonT-14wd---T-44T-14mc---
Martin Kaymer---------------------mc---
Tim Clark------T-3T-24T-5WonT-5------
John Daly---T-3---wd---------------
Geoff OgilvyT-41T-14---------------------
Brian Gay---------------------------
Camilo Villegas---------------------------
Nick Watney---------------------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Soren Hansen
Darkhorse - Richard Green
Last Week's Pick to Win (Soren Kjeldsen) - Finished tied for 13th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Danny Willett) - Finished tied for 10th
It comes as no surprise that the field for this week is quite outstanding, as this event will serve as the final tune-up for next week's British Open at Turnberry. Ten of the top-30 players in the latest world rankings are scheduled to compete this week. Geoff Ogilvy is the highest-ranked player in the field at No. 6 in the world. No player has ever won this event and then captured the British Open in the same season.

Last year, Graeme McDowell shot a three-under 68 in the final round to win the Scottish Open by two shots over James Kingston. McDowell battled for the lead with Simon Khan, Richard Green and Kingston -- at one point late in the round, they were all tied -- before he made three consecutive birdies to move ahead for good. McDowell finished the event at 13-under-par 271.

In 2007, Frenchman Gregory Havret parred the first playoff hole to stun Phil Mickelson and win the Scottish Open at Loch Lomond. Mickelson bogeyed the 72nd hole in regulation before losing in the playoff. The 2007 playoff was the fourth in event history and the first since 2002. In 1972, Neil Coles defeated Brian Huggett to capture the inaugural event. When David Feherty won in 1986, he defeated Ian Baker-Finch and Christy O'Connor, Jr. for the title, and when Eduardo Romero titled in 2002 he edged Fredrik Jacobson.

In 2006, Sweden's Johan Edfors claimed his third European Tour title of the season, as he fired the lowest round of the tournament in the final round. The Swede posted a nine-under 63 to come from behind and win the Scottish Open. He finished at 13-under-par 271 and won the title by two shots over Luke Donald, Andres Romero and Charl Schwartzel at Loch Lomond.

When Tim Clark won in 2005, he posted a four-under 67 in the final round to capture the Barclays Scottish Open. He finished at 19-under-par 265 and won by two over Darren Clarke and Maarten Lafeber at Loch Lomond Golf Club. Clark recorded all four rounds in the 60s, becoming the seventh player to accomplish that feat and win. The other players who have won this event and recorded all four rounds in the 60s are: Feherty (1986), Ian Woosnam (1987), Craig Parry (1991), Carl Mason (1994), Tom Lehman (1997) and Ernie Els (2000).

In 2003, Els joined three-time champion Ian 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. He is 102-under-par in his last 36 rounds at Loch Lomond with a scoring average of 68.27. Thirty-three of his last 36 rounds have been under par, with 27 in the 60s. Not only is Woosnam a three-time champ (1987, '90, '96), but he also finished second twice (1989, '98).

Loch Lomond Golf Club has hosted this event the past 14 years. 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.

Since 1989, there have been 18 holes-in-one, including two in 2008. Pelle Edberg aced the 17th hole in the first round last year and Mickelson holed out on the fifth hole in the second round. 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.

The European Tour's best are joined next week by the lads from America for the 138th Open Championship at Turnberry in Scotland, as Padraig Harrington will try to win his third straight British Open title.

07/07 15:14:13 ET

As of July 7, 2009, at 03:14 PM ET

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