Paul Lawrie expecting a Scottish Open test at Gullane

The Scottish Open trophy toured East Lothian last week, including a stopover at the host club

The Scottish Open trophy toured East Lothian last week, including a stopover at the host club

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Just setting foot on the East Lothian venue has left Paul Lawrie licking his lips at the prospect of playing in the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open at Gullane.

“I walked round it with my son Michael and Sam Locke, another of our Foundation players, when they had a round there during the week of the Scottish Boys at Dunbar,” said the 1999 Open champion.

“I thought it was a really nice lay-out. I was impressed as there are a lot of really good holes on it. It is going to be a good venue and I’m looking forward to playing it.

“I’ll get down for a game myself before the Scottish Open to get to know the composite course.”

Another visitor to the venue has been the Scottish Open Trophy, which has been on tour in East Lothian this week.

Organised by Scotland’s Golf Coast – the brand of Golf East Lothian – the trophy was also taken along to Musselburgh Links and The Glen as well as a number of well-known tourist attractions in East Lothian such as Dirleton Castle, the Scottish Seabird Centre, Tantallon Castle and the Museum of Flight.

As the countdown continues to the exciting event, details of the new Scottish Open qualifier have been confirmed.

It will be played over 36 holes at North Berwick on July 4-5, when 144 players will be battling it out for a £50,000 prize fund as well as five spots alongside Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson and Justin Rose and Paul Lawrie in the main event which takes place on July 9-12.