SA Major winners heading for Scotland

Reigning Major champions Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel have both said yes to this year’s Scottish Open.

South African Major champions Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel will both tee off in this year’s Barclays Scottish Open, it was announced by the organisers on Monday.

This year’s event will be played at the Castle Stuart Golf Links in Inverness from July 7-10, the week before Oosthuizen is sceduled to defend his 2010 Open Championship title.

Schwartzel will tee off in the Scottish event as this year’s winner of the 2011 Masters at Augusta National in April.

The South African 20-somethings will join current US Open champion and 2008 Scottish Open winner Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland, three-time major winner Padraig Harrington of Ireland, American multi major winner Phil Mickelson and Italy’s defending Scottish Open champion Edoardo Molinari in teeing off in the event.

For Oosthuizen, the tournament’s move from the lush, parkland course at Loch Lomond to the new links of Castle Stuart will provide the perfect setting in which to prepare for his defence of The Open on the Royal St George’s links course in the following week.

The 28-year-old said: “The fact that the Barclays Scottish Open is being played over a links course this year is really good news for me.

“Playing on a links course will help me be better prepared to defend The Open as I will be able to work on a lot of the shots I’ll require to do well at Royal St George’s.

“Obviously the perfect preparation would be to win at Castle Stuart – whoever wins the Barclays Scottish Open this year will have to be considered a big favourite for The Open because their links game will be in great shape.”