PHIL Mickelson has confirmed he will return to Castle Stuart to complete in the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open from 11-14 July.
The four-time major winner has become something of an adopted Scot over the past decade, playing in eight of the last ten editions of Scotland’s national open. His return to Inverness in the summer will see the 42-year-old complete a hat-trick of appearances at Castle Stuart before the tournament moves to Royal Aberdeen Golf Club next year.
One of the most popular players of the modern era, Mickelson’s crowd-drawing presence at the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open will carry even more significance this year, following the announcement that the tournament will become the first regular European Tour event outside the majors and World Golf Championships to be shown live on a major United States TV broadcast network.
The ground-breaking agreement with NBC will complement the existing coverage of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open on the Golf Channel as Mickelson, who missed the cut at Sawgrass at the weekend, looks to win for the first time on British soil.
“It’s always a real pleasure for me to add the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open to my schedule,” said Mickelson, who came within a sudden-death play-off of victory in the event in 2007.
“Playing Castle Stuart gives me a great opportunity to be competitive against a world class field on a links course the week before the Open.”