Westwood, Clarke to play in Scotland

Lee Westwood and Darren Clarke have confirmed their attendance of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open.

The tournament will be held at the Royal Aberdeen Golf Club from July 10-13. The duo are two of the most decorated European players, with 36 European Tour wins between them.

They also boast an impressive record in the Ryder Cup, winning six points out of a possible eight when paired together.

“It is no secret that I love links golf,” said Clarke, who finished second at the event in 2010.

“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.

“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.”

Meanwhile, Westwood returns to Scotland where he last won back in 1998.

“I am really looking forward to returning to the Scottish Open,” said the former world number one.

“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.”

Weswood and Clarke join a star-studded field that includes defending champion Phil Mickelson, two-time Major winner Rory McIlroy and in-form Jimmy Walker who has racked up three US PGA Tour wins this year.