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THE Open Championship brought a £100 million benefit to the Scottish economy when it was held at St Andrews last year, new research has revealed.
PLANNING for the first Barclays Scottish Open at Castle Stuart will begin in earnest next Monday after a site visit by the European Tour but, according to the man who runs the Inverness venue, it has ready-made infrastructure to host the £3 million event.
PHIL Mickelson and Graeme McDowell, the Masters and US Open champion respectively, will be joined by three-time major winner Padraig Harrington when the Barclays Scottish Open is staged for the first time at Castle Stuart this summer.
EDOARDO Molinari, the new Barclays Scottish Open champion, reckons he would form a Ryder Cup 'dream team' with his younger brother, Francesco, if they both make Colin Montgomerie's side at Celtic Manor later in the year.
THE majority of the players in the field saw their hopes washed away by a morning deluge. Darren Clarke's title bid in the £3 million Barclays Scottish Open disappeared in a different watery grave at Loch Lomond.
IN producing the best performance in the Barclays Scottish Open by a home-based player since Colin Montgomerie finished third in 2000, Stephen Gallacher not only took his earnings for the last six weeks to more than £450,000 but also earned some brownie points at home.
CRAIG Lee has literally been putting bricks in place through his performances this season. Currently house-hunting, he started off looking at a one-bedroom flat, turned his attention to a two-bedroom one after picking up £18,000 in a couple of events and now, on the back of a good effort at Loch Lomond, will probably be looking at something even bigger.
DARREN Clarke carved out a three-shot lead at the halfway stage in the £3 million Barclays Scottish Open at Loch Lomond yesterday, but he is refusing to get carried away about his prospects of firstly getting into next week's Open Championship and then forcing his way into Colin Montgomerie's Ryder Cup plans.
OF THE 14 Scots who started out at Loch Lomond, only five made it to the weekend, with Stephen Gallacher retaining his place at the head of the home contingent despite a second-round 73 that dropped him back to two-under for the tournament.
COLIN Montgomerie spoke earlier this week about his intention to rescue his ambitions as a player in a year dominated by his captaincy of the European Ryder Cup team.
IT WAS difficult in what were initially abysmal conditions, but many high-profile names were looking on the bright side yesterday at Loch Lomond as their prospects of playing into the weekend dimmed.
At LAST, the Barclays Scottish Open caught a break - or a bit of a break. We're talking small mercies here, folks.
ON a day when the remaining five Scots in the Barclays Scottish Open all broke a par of 71, the two sitting in the loftiest positions both felt it had been a case of missed opportunities as they each left a handful of shots out on the Loch Lomond course.
ANDREW Oldcorn will take a two stroke lead into the final round of the Van Lanschot Senior Open after the Scot played himself into contention to become the seventh maiden winner of the 2010 European Senior Tour season.
STEPHEN GALLACHER and David Drysdale both secured places in the final two rounds of the £3 million Barclays Scottish Open but had differing views on whether they'd got lucky with the draw at Loch Lomond.
JOHN DALY overcame the loss of a ball with his very first shot of the day to maintain his challenge for the Barclays Scottish Open at a wet Loch Lomond today.
GOLF fans heading for next week's 2010 Open Championship at St Andrews are being encouraged to go by train and leave their cars at home.
RICHIE Ramsay received perfect proof that his game is progressing nicely after outscoring two playing partners with five majors between them in the opening round at Loch Lomond.