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The Scottish Open will once again be held at Castle Stuart on its traditional July dates next year.

The Scottish Open will once again be held at Castle Stuart on its traditional July dates next year.

And that’s official.

The good news for the players was confirmed on Tuesday by the European Tour itself.

There were fears that the tournament could be moved to a new time slot after Barclays ended their 10-year sponsorship of the event, leaving several other tournament administrators eyeing its prized pre-Open Championship position.

Coming in the week prior to The Open, the Scottish event is well positioned to attract some impressive international fields, especial now that it has moved from the scenic Loch Lomond parkland course to the new links course at Castle Stuart near Inverness.

The Open is invariably played on a links course and the move to Castle Stuart has been welcomed by the players.

The European Tour has, however, put the rumours to bed and confirmed that the 2012 Scottish Open will in fact again take place at Castle Stuart near Inverness from July 12-15 next year and the prize money will remain unchanged at £3m.

The Gil Hanse-designed Castle Stewart links course staged the event for the first time this year and although it was badly interrupted by heavy rain and reduced to 54 holes before World No 1 Luke Donald came through to win it, the players in general were happy with the move.

Former Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie said: “It is very good news the Scottish Open remains locked in to the week before The Open and I’m delighted the Tour has confirmed that.

“We were all a little shocked when Barclays withdrew their sponsorship, but then the Tour have indicated they are talking to new sponsors and in this economic climate that is very comforting.”

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