Scottish Open retains traditional July slot before The Open

The European Tour has finally announced that the Scottish Open will retain its customary position on the golf calendar for another year.

The tournament’s future was cast in a shadow of doubt following the withdrawal of main sponsor Barclay’s.

This year’s tournament was moved to Castle Stuart after being held at Loch Lomond from 1996 and the links course near Inverness will be the 2012 venue.

The European Tour also guaranteed that prize money for the event will remain at the same level for next year’s event.

“While the Tour is still in discussion with sponsors, we can also assure the total prize money will be the same as this year, and that is £3m,” said chief operating officer Keith Waters.

After Barclays’s surprise withdrawal, a number of other tournament administrators were keen to secure the event’s place on the calendar but Waters confirmed the Highland course will host the tournament from July 12-15, a week before the biggest Major in world golf, which this year is being held at Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club.

An expected 250,000 spectators will heading for the Lancashire coast for the duration of the 2012 Championship.


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