Phil Mickelson wants to add Gullane glory to his Muirfield memories when the American ace heads back to East Lothian this summer.
The 44-year-old has confirmed he’ll be among the stars lining up in the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open when Gullane stages it for the first time on July 9-12.
The trip will have special resonance for Mickelson as it will take him within hailing distance of Muirfield, where he was crowned as Open champion in 2013.
“I’m happy to be coming back for the Scottish Open again this year and looking forward to playing Gullane,” said the Californian as he joined defending champion Justin Rose, Luke Donald and Matt Kuchar among the players confirmed in the line-up.
“I’ve heard a lot about the course; saw it when I was practising at Muirfield before The Open a couple of years ago, and am really looking forward to playing it.”
Mickelson’s Muirfield success came a week after he’d won the Scottish Open as well at Castle Stuart.
Now his sights are set on repeating the feat as Gullane provides another perfect links warm up for this year’s Open at St Andrews.
“Winning the Scottish Open was a breakthrough that really helped me the next week at the Open Championship,” he admitted.
“But I have many great memories of playing the Scottish over the last ten years or so and I’m sure I’ll add to those in these two weeks in July.”
Mickelson’s participation was confirmed as the host club revealed the fine details of the composite course being used for the event.
It will incorporate 16 holes from the No. 1 Course and two from the neighbouring No. 2 layout. Three of the holes – the 15th and 18th on No. 1, and the eighth on No. 2 – will feature recently-built tees.
“The Scottish Open represents a new and exciting chapter in our club’s history,” said club captain Robert Dick.
“The Championship Course will showcase the quality of golf on offer on Gullane Hill. This is special golfing land and we look forward to welcoming the best players in the world to experience it. It should be a great week.”
Concurring, club secretary David Morgan added: “We are fortunate at Gullane to have over 600 acres of stunning links land on which to create a unique championship course.
“The course created for the Scottish Open has been specifically designed with today’s players in mind while retaining all the character of a traditional links layout.
“With an army of volunteers from Gullane and neighbouring clubs to help run the event, we are extremely excited about this very special tournament.”
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