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1st hole through sandy waste area - par 4

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Scottish Open as preparation for 2012 Open at Royal Lytham & St Annes

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15Aug12

Including winner Ernie Els, four of the top eight finishers at the 2012 Open Championship held at Royal Lytham & St Annes played in the prior week’s Scottish Open at Castle Stuart.  Six of the sub-par rounds in the Open’s Sunday play in windy conditions also competed in Sunday’s winds in the final round of Castle Stuart’s Scottish Open.  A number of the competitors at Royal Lytham & St Annes called the prior week’s play over the links at Castle Stuart a perfect preparation for getting their links shot-making in order.  Castle Stuart’s welcome letter in the Scottish Open Tournament Programme set the tone for its role by concluding, “Our goal for the course has always been that it not be difficult for the sake of being difficult, but rather that it be interesting and engaging; and in this particular event, that it offer an opportunity for each competitor to find his ‘links groove’ for the following week’s Open Championship at Royal Lytham & St Annes. We expect to see birdies, eagles, fascinating turns of fortune, and an exciting finish to the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open.  We will applaud a champion whose score goes low because the best players in the world are that good”