Matthew ‘already looking forward’ to 2018 Scottish Open at Gullane

Catriona Matthew pictured near her home in North Berwick. Pic: Greg Macvean
Catriona Matthew pictured near her home in North Berwick. Pic: Greg Macvean
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Catriona Matthew is looking forward to welcoming her fellow LPGA players to East Lothian next summer when Gullane stages its Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open double-header.

As reported exclusively in the Evening News yesterday, the men’s and women’s events will be staged at the same venue on Scotland’s Golf Coast over a three-week period, replicating the ground-breaking arrangement at Dundonald Links in Ayrshire next month.

The men’s event, which is returning for a second time after Rickie Fowler proved a popular winner in 2015, will be played on July 12-15, with the same composite course then being used for the women’s tournament on July 26-29.

The events will precede the respective Open Championships, with Carnoustie staging the men’s event next year while the women’s one takes place at Royal Lytham, where Matthew claimed a major in 2009.

The North Berwick woman said on Twitter that she felt “proud” that Gullane is staging the £1.2 million event and also told the Evening News how much she is looking forward to playing in a Scottish Open at the venue where she won the last of her three Scottish Women’s titles in 1994.

“I’m looking forward to 2018 already,” said Matthew. “I’ve obviously got some good memories from winning a Scottish Amateur at Gullane just before I turned pro and it will be special to play in a joint-sanctioned event at one of my home clubs.

“It will be a fabulous venue with a top-class field playing a great course. It will be a special two weeks for me, first playing a Scottish Open at Gullane then going on to Royal Lytham, which, of course, holds very special memories for me, for the Ricoh Women’s British Open.”