Tiger Woods ‘should play Scottish Open’

Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods would be well-advised to add the Scottish Open to his schedule next season. That’s the opinion of Ronnie Macaskill, secretary of the host club, Royal Aberdeen.

Woods hasn’t played in the tournament since 1996, when he teed it up at Carnoustie as an amateur. That’s despite repeated attempts to get him to play at Loch Lomond and then more recently at Castle Stuart.

As yet, there has been no word from the world No.1’s camp as to what his schedule for next year will be. However, with many of the game’s top players committing to play in the Scottish Open at Royal Aberdeen next year – Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson are ‘definites’, with Graeme McDowell and Justin Rose also expected to appear – there is a genuine hope that Tiger Woods might join them in the North East.

Macaskill is coy on the chances of luring the 14-time major winner to his club but reckons that he would be doing himself a massive favour if he did turn up.

“It would be fantastic if Tiger Woods played here. It would be a surprise, but fantastic all the same,” said Macaskill.

“If you look at the facts, the last three Open champions have all warmed-up at the Scottish Open the week before: Darren Clarke did it 2011, Ernie Els in 2012, and of course Phil Mickelson won at Castle Stuart this year before winning at Muirfield the following week. So, you can’t deny that a competitive links tune-up does the trick.

“If Tiger Woods was looking at it purely from a golfing point of view, I think he’d find a reason to play here.”

“If I was Tiger, and if was desperately trying to get back to winning ways in the majors, I’d be looking at that and thinking seriously about it.

“Plus, from here, the players will go to Hoylake, where Tiger Woods won the last time the Open was played there in 2006. Our Balgownie Links is quite similar in a lot of ways to Hoylake, so it would be the perfect place to prepare. I think it would be the best thing he could do.

“Don’t get me wrong, I know players these days have their own agendas and different priorities. But if Tiger Woods was looking at it purely from a golfing point of view, I think he’d find a reason to play here.”

The 2014 Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open at Royal Aberdeen will be the first-ever European Tour event to be held in the Granite City and will take place from July 10-13.


Tiger Woods & the Scottish Open

Tiger Woods has only ever played in the Scottish Open – both times before he turned professional. He made his debut at Carnoustie in 1995, posting rounds of 69, 71, 75 and 78 to finish in a tie for 47th. He then returned to the Angus links a year later but missed the cut after rounds of 81 and 75. A month later, he turned professional. His only subsequent competitive appearances in Scotland have come in the Open Championship (ten times) and the Alfred Dunhill Cup (in 1998).

Michael McEwan

Michael McEwan

Assistant Editor at bunkered golf magazine
Michael McEwan is the assistant editor of bunkered and its sister publications Scottish Club Golfer and English Club Golfer. He is also a frequent contributor to www.bunkered.co.uk.
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  1. MarkMyGolfBall

    October 17, 2013 at 11:24 am

    if he plays I’m going. ….

    • Avatar of ScottSanderson


      November 7, 2013 at 6:22 pm

      How much will they pay as appearance money?? £2m?

  2. MarkMyGolfBall

    October 17, 2013 at 11:24 am

    if he plays I’m going. ….

  3. Steven Mcfarlane

    October 17, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    Shock that the royal Aberdeen secretary thinks tiger should play! I’m sure all at castle stewart thought he should play too!

  4. Steven Mcfarlane

    October 17, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    Shock that the royal Aberdeen secretary thinks tiger should play! I’m sure all at castle stewart thought he should play too!

    • Arturo

      October 21, 2013 at 4:44 pm

      I do not think the Royal Aberdeen secretary was being offensive to the magnificent Castle Stuart golf course , I think he was meaning if Tiger wants to win another Open , he needs to spend some time on a links course the week before , Royal Aberdeen was here long before Tiger , and it will still be here long after he has gone , although it would be nice to see him play in the Scottish Open , as this is the home of golf , and it would be nice to see him acknowledge the fact .

  5. Old Tom Morris

    October 17, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    “: Tiger Woods ‘should play Scottish Open’ – http://t.co/iDwV3fHkK9 http://t.co/g7xIhY9yf8” – of course he should.

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    vince palmer

    October 27, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    I certainly don’t think we should be tripping over to get Tiger Woods to play in our Open. We have a certain duty to our younger golfers to set a good example and I think we should therefore ensure firstly that Mickelson returns.

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    The Bishop

    November 5, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    He doesn’t have to play..would be good if he did tho…..but you might need to pay him. Hope he comes.

  8. Avatar of Chuckie


    November 7, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    I couldn’t give a toss if Tiger plays or not. Not a fan & never have been.

    • Avatar of jim5050


      November 8, 2013 at 10:05 am

      You don’t give a toss about Tiger? Odd.

    • Avatar of The Bishop

      The Bishop

      November 8, 2013 at 4:36 pm

      Just out of interest…why the hate?

      • Avatar of Chuckie


        November 8, 2013 at 6:44 pm

        I never said I hate him, I said I’m not a fan!! He is a disgrace to the game and treats the fans with total core,pt everywhere he goes. If you want to talk about hate maybe talk about how he seems to hate the people who have made him so rich!!!!

  9. Our Golf Network

    November 8, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    he should, but he won’t.

  10. Murrayshall

    November 8, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    depends the appearance fee.z

  11. andy doig

    November 8, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    listen its THE SCOTTISH OPEN who needs tiger woods we are bigger than him our game is global if he canny funtion unless weather is perfecto then he be wasting his time any way no matter what he does he never hold a candle to Tom watson or the one and only Jack nicklaus both top yanks and if you put woods and seve on any course in scotland i know who id be following round the man in the blue slazenger pullover

  12. Hamish

    November 15, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    He may be a great player but does not interact with the fans. I
    could not care less if he comes to Scotland again.

  13. Graeme Stewart

    November 20, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    Tiger will play for only 2 reasons. 1 If he wants to, 2nd if the event pay him his $3 million appearance so until that we wont make him.

  14. Kenneth Fowler

    November 20, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    He’s never bothered about it before , as Graeme says if he wants to be paid just to come then he can stay away , the Scottish open is a great tournament without him and will continue to be

  15. Tony Marino

    November 28, 2013 at 11:49 pm

    Of course Woods should play however I for one would be appalled at the likely sight of the obsequious wee Eck slavering all over him and insisting on hacking his way round with him in the pro-am.

  16. Corey Mouton

    May 29, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    People didnt make him rich his skills in golf made him rich! With out one endorsement deal he would be 100 million strong I’ve had the pleasure to see him play a few times and I distitively watched him interact with fans and saw nothing bad in fact I saw him arguing with his publicist because he wanted him to stop signing autographs and leave and he said “no I’m gonna stay out here longer” in closing I’ll say this,I once went to the Medallist and got word that was coming out to practice so at the far end of the tee box,Tiger set up and starting hitting wedges,by the time he finished hitting wedges there were at least 100 people crowded around, how would you like it if every single thing u do is watched and talked about and ripped apart (think about it) the dude coughs too hard and everybody’s like “he’s done……sound like hate to me

  17. Carl fulton

    April 26, 2016 at 6:48 am

    The Scottish people would welcome tiger with open arms to watch one of golf greats whether or not you are a lover or hater of Tiger. Tiger needs golf and golf needs Tiger!

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