American ace Rickie Fowler is the latest golfing big gun to commit to the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open at Gullane.
The Californian finished joint-eighth behind Justin Rose at Royal Aberdeen last summer on his debut in the event.
And he’s heading for East Lothian as one of the game’s biggest draws since winning the Players’ Championship at Sawgrass earlier this month.
“I’ve really enjoyed travelling to Europe and the Middle East over the past year, and I will also be joining Rory [McIlroy] in Ireland this week,” said the world No.9. I had a great couple of weeks playing links golf at Royal Aberdeen and Hoylake last year, and there is no question that my experience of adapting my game to links conditions in Aberdeen contributed to my runner-up finish in The Open the following week.
“It should be a blast to play Gullane in the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open before heading up the coast to St Andrews the following week.”
Fowler joins McIlroy, Rose, Phil Mickelson and Matt Kuchar in adding his name to the field in East Lothian.
Taking place there this week are both the Tartan Tour’s P&H Championship and the U.S. Kids Golf European Championships. The former is already underway, with Largs pro Paul Robinson storming home in 29 for a seven-under 65 to lead by three after the opening round.
Paul Wardell, who is now attached to North Berwick, fired a 69, as did Paul McKechnie of Braid Hills Golf Centre.