The European tour has confirmed the venue for the next two Scottish Open tournaments with Royal Aberdeen hosting in 2014.
The prestigious competition has been staged at Castle Stuart for the last two years but after the 2013 event it will be moved to Royal Aberdeen for the first time.
From next year, the Scottish Open will also have an increased prize fund of £3m. The previous prize pot was £2.5m and the winner of next years event will collect a cheque for £500,000.
When it stages to competition in 2014, Royal Aberdeen will be the eighth different venue to host the Scottish open since 1972. It was successfully hosted the Senior Open Championship and the Walker Cup in the past at Balgownie links.
Founded in 1780, it is the world’s sixth oldest golf club, originally designed by the Simpson brothers, Archie and Robert of Carnoustie, and re-bunkered and lengthened by James Braid.
George O’Grady, Chief Executive of The European Tour, said: “We are delighted to announce details of the outstanding venues for the next two editions of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open and to confirm a 20 per cent rise in the prize fund to £3 million for 2013 and 2014.
“It was a straightforward decision to take up our option to return to Castle Stuart for the third year of our agreement. The venue has been popular with the players and public alike and we are pleased to return there in July before moving to Royal Aberdeen.
"I had the privilege of watching the 2005 Senior Open and the Walker Cup in 2011 at Royal Aberdeen, a classic and challenging links course, which will continue in the tradition of great Scottish Open venues.”
Ronnie MacAskill, Secretary, Royal Aberdeen Golf Club said: “We are delighted to have been invited by The European Tour to host the 2014 Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open. Since its earliest beginnings in 1780, the club has fostered the game of golf in the area and, over the past century, staged many national and international events at Balgownie.
"However, this is the first leading Tour event to be staged on our historic links and in 2014 we will see some of the world’s greatest players test their skills on what is considered by many to be one of the finest stretches of natural classic links land anywhere in the world. Our members and the Aberdeenshire public will be treated to a golfing bonanza and I am certain that everyone in the area will give their 100 per cent support to this superb event.”
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