European Golf Tour
PGA European - The Barclays Scottish Open Preview
From The Sports Network

DATES: Thursday, July 7th through Sunday, July 10th
SITE: Castle Stuart Golf Links, Inverness, Scotland
COURSE ARCHITECT: Mark Parsinen and Gil Hanse (2009)
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 7,050
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 439 Yds10 - Par 4 363 Yds
2 - Par 5 554 Yds11 - Par 3 168 Yds
3 - Par 4 306 Yds12 - Par 5 530 Yds
4 - Par 3 201 Yds13 - Par 4 444 Yds
5 - Par 4 452 Yds14 - Par 4 386 Yds
6 - Par 5 568 Yds15 - Par 4 423 Yds
7 - Par 4 464 Yds16 - Par 4 337 Yds
8 - Par 3 218 Yds17 - Par 3 226 Yds
9 - Par 4 364 Yds18 - Par 5 607 Yds
36 3,566 Yds36 3,484 Yds
Annual:  29th
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Friday -- 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (et),
  - Saturday -- 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (et),
  - Sunday -- 1-3 p.m. (et)
Defending Champion:  Edoardo Molinari
Runner-Up:  Darren Clarke
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)
Total Purse:  $4,816,843 (3,000,000 pounds)
Shares:  1st Place - $792,772; 2nd Place - $528,575; 3rd Place - $297,801
2010 Finish
Edoardo Molinari272Francesco Molinari277
Darren Clarke275Shane Lowry278
Raphael Jacquelin276Rory Sabbatini279
Stephen Gallacher277Johan Edfors279
Peter Hedblom277Ross Fisher279
Past Barclays Scottish Open Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
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

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
Edoardo Molinari---------------T-54---mc---Won
Darren Clarke7thT-25T-2mcT-2T-5T-19mcT-412nd
Raphael JacquelinT-41T-41T-20mcT-68T-9T-32mcT-23rd
Stephen GallachermcmcT-66T-23T-55T-24mcT-6mcT-4
Ross Fisher---------------mcT-19T-25T-8T-8
Johan Edfors---------mc---WonmcT-44mcT-8
Graeme McDowell------T-69T-27---mcT-11WonT-41T-21
Martin Laird------------------------10thT-26
Soren HansenT-14T-25T-29mc---T-14T-19mcT-25T-41
Richard GreenmcmcT-66mc------mcT-3T-35T-41
Gregory HavretmcmcT-50T-10mcT-54WonT-25T-41T-41
Anthony WallT-28mcwdT-27T-18mcmcT-19T-25T-45
James Kingston---------T-39mcmc---2ndT-58T-49
Alej. Canizares------------------T-19T-44T-58T-61
Retief GoosenWonT-14wd---T-44T-14mc---T-6mc
Ernie Els---T-50WonT-311thT-93rdT-9T-13mc
Colin MontgomerieT-28T-14T-50T-34T-18T-24mcmcT-46mc
Phil Mickelson------T-35mcT-44---2ndT-38---mc
Lee WestwoodmcmcT-14T-10T-25T-30T-19T-19T-8---
Luke Donald------------T-5T-2T-4---------
Justin RoseT-375thmcmcmc---------------
Matt Kuchar---mc------------------------
Brandt Snedeker------------------------------
Gary Woodland------------------------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Lee Westwood
Darkhorse - Brendan Steele
Last Week's Pick to Win (Peter Hanson) - Missed the cut
Last Week's Darkhorse (Joost Luiten) - Missed the cut
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 Royal St. George's. Five of the top-nine players in the latest world rankings are scheduled to compete, led by world No. 1 Luke Donald, who is playing for the first time since finishing tied for 45th at the U.S. Open three weeks ago. That was the first time Donald did not finish inside the top-10 of a tournament since February. Donald is joined in the field by world No. 2 Lee Westwood, Americans Phil Mickelson (6) and Matt Kuchar (8) and Graeme McDowell (9). No player has ever won this event and then captured the British Open in the same season.

This is the first year that The Barclays Scottish Open is being held at Castle Stuart Golf Links in Inverness. The course was designed by Mark Parsinen and Gil Hanse and opened in 2009. Castle Stuart was voted as Best New Course for 2009 by Golf Magazine. Loch Lomond Golf Club had hosted the last 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, Edoardo Molinari held on for the win despite shooting a final-round 74. Molinari fired rounds of 66-69-63-74 to finish at 12-under-par 272 for a three-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 fire 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 won 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).

In 2007, Frenchman Gregory Havret parred the first playoff hole to stun Mickelson and win. 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. He finished at 13-under-par 271 and won the title by two shots over Donald, Andres Romero and Charl Schwartzel at Loch Lomond.

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. Not only is Woosnam a three-time champ (1987, 90, 96), but he also finished second twice (1989, 98).

Since 1989, there have been 18 holes-in-one, including two in 2008. Pelle Edberg aced the 17th hole in the first round 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 140th Open Championship at Royal St. George's in England, as South African Louis Oosthuizen will defend his first major championship.

07/05 16:59:24 ET

As of July 5, 2011, at 04:59 PM ET