Phil Mickelson in Scottish Open warning

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• Phil Mickelson has doubts over his future at Scottish Open
• Has no interest in learning new links layouts every year
• Heads back to Castle Stuart this week, where he won in 2013


Phil Mickelson has cast huge doubt over whether he will continue to commit to the Scottish Open due to the event now changing venue every year.

The 46-year-old, who won the Scottish Open at Castle Stuart in 2013 before going on to win the Open at Muirfield a week later, returns to the Highlands layout this week for his seventh consecutive Scottish Open start.

But he revealed to Golf Channel’s Will Gray after his final round at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational that he may stop coming over a week prior to the Open Championship, saying he doesn’t have any interest learning a new links layout every year.

This could be considered a hint that Phil Mickelson will not be at Dundonald Links next year, which hosts the Scottish Open for the first time, and places a problem for event organisers the European Tour and Aberdeen Asset Management, who have seen it their aim to take the tournament to each corner of the country.

Upon announcing Dundonald Links as the 2017 Scottish Open venue in April, Martin Gilbert, Aberdeen Asset Management chief executive, said: “Since becoming title sponsors of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open in 2012, it has been our ambition to complete the geographical spread of the tournament by taking it to Scotland’s west coast following successful events at Castle Stuart, Royal Aberdeen and Gullane.”

While European Tour chief Keith Pelley added: “Following this year’s tournament at Castle Stuart in the north, this will ensure that Scotland’s national Open is showcased as widely as possible across the country.”

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