Barclays end Scottish sponsorship
The European Tour are seeking a new sponsor for the Scottish Open after Barclays ended their association with the event.
The European Tour are seeking a new sponsor for the Scottish Open after Barclays ended their 10-year association with the tournament.
Barclays took on the sponsorship of the tournament in 2002 until this year, when world number one Luke Donald claimed the title thanks to a closing 63 at the competition’s new home at Castle Stuart, near Inverness.
The tournament will celebrate its 30th anniversary in July next year with the organisers hoping to have a new sponsor on board by then.
European Tour chief executive George O’Grady said in a statement on Monday: “We thank Barclays for their vision and leadership.
“We respect and understand that their decision was based on market factors following a hugely successful partnership that has lasted almost a decade.
“The combination of a world-class title, a prime date in the week immediately before the Open Championship and stunning locations in Scotland – the Home of Golf – make this a particularly attractive proposition and we look forward to securing the future of the Scottish Open with a new sponsor.”
Tim Peat, managing director of Barclays Capital, added: “Barclays has been proud to be the title sponsor of the Scottish Open for the last decade.
“We made our decision reluctantly based on current market factors.”
Argentina’s Eduardo Romero won the first Barclays Scottish Open in 2002 at Loch Lomond and subsequent winners have included Ernie Els, Martin Kaymer and Graeme McDowell.
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