Darren Clarke and Lee Westwood are the latest players to confirm their participation in the 2014 Scottish Open.
Former Open champion Clarke and ex world No.1 Westwood join defending champion Phil Mickelson, two-time major-winner Rory McIlroy, and PGA Tour break-out star Jimmy Walker in signing-up to play in the home of golf’s flagship professional tournament as it makes its debut at Royal Aberdeen.
Two of the most decorated players in European golf, Clarke and Westwood are also close friends and have formed one of most formidable Ryder Cup partnerships of recent times, winning six points out of a possible eight when paired together in golf’s greatest team event.
Clarke, in particular, will be hoping his return to the Scottish Open will conjure memories of one of the greatest moments of his career, when he claimed his first major at the 2011 Open Championship, a week after playing in Scotland’s national open
“It is no secret that I love links golf,” said the Northern Irishman, a winner of 14 European Tour events. “So to have a new links course on the European Tour’s International Schedule is very exciting for me, and especially at an event with which I feel I have a real affinity.
“I am really looking forward to returning to the Scottish Open." - Lee Westwood
“The Scottish golf fans are some of the most knowledgeable in the world so it is always a pleasure to return to this event and I hope that I can give them something to shout about.”
Westwood, a winner of the Scottish Open in 1998, will play in the event for the first time in three years and shares Clarke’s excitement about teeing it up in the North East.
“I am really looking forward to returning to the Scottish Open,” said the Englishman. “It is a course I have never played in competition so it is going to be a new challenge, and I have heard great things about it.
“I think it will also be the perfect place to prepare for the Open Championship and that is one of the reasons why I have made the decision to return this year. Of course, being a former winner of this event makes it extra special for me and hopefully I can feed off the positivity that brings and challenge for the title.”
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