Donald set to defend in Scotland

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World No 1 Luke Donald has confirmed that he will return to Castle Stuart Golf Links in July to defend his Scottish Open title.

World No 1 Luke Donald has confirmed that he will return to Castle Stuart Golf Links in July to defend his Scottish Open title.

Donald, who enjoyed his best season ever in golf in 2011 after topping the money lists on both sides of the Atlantic and taking the top spot in the world rankings, acknowledged that his victory in Scotland in July played a big part in his overall success.

The 34-year-old carded an immaculate final-round 63 to take a four-shot win over Sweden’s Fredrik Andersson Hed to pick up his first Scottish Open title and set himself up for what would eventually become his first Race to Dubai title.

“Of course, I’m over the moon to know that the Scottish Open is going back to Castle Stuart, a course I very much enjoyed,” he said.

“I had a great time there a few months ago and picking up the trophy was a huge step in my career. The Scottish Open is one of the favoured tournaments on The European Tour and I can’t wait to get back there. Staging the event on a links encouraged a better field and to have some preparation on this type of course the week before The Open is what everyone is looking for.

“It’s a huge event on the Tour schedule and having already won the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth it gave me a significant lead in The Race to Dubai. Every little helps – and winning the Scottish Open was a massive help.”

News of Donald’s return has prompted tournament organisers to extend the winter discounted ticket offer until Friday, January 20, 2012 to ensure golf fans attending the event can purchase the best priced tickets to see the world’s best in action.

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