Scottish Senior Open comes back to Royal Aberdeen Golf Club for the first time in 26 years

Royal Aberdeen Golf Club has been selected to host the 2021 Scottish Senior Open.

The Senior Open is run on the Legends Tour and includes greats of the game such as Colin Montgomerie, Tom Watson and Sam Torrence.

The tournament will be held between the 10th and 12th of September.

Paul Lawrie will be hosting the event which was one of the main reasons why the Scottish Open has returned to Royal Aberdeen for the first time in 26 years.

Royal Aberdeen has held the tournament on three previous occasions between 1993 and 1995 and also played host to the 2011 Walker Cup and 2014 Scottish Open proper.

“Royal Aberdeen is a club steeped in history and a true gem in a country that is inundated with outstanding courses.”

1999 Open Champion and two time Ryder Cup player Lawrie, who was born in Aberdeen and started his professional career at Banchory Golf Club with a handicap of 5, was delighted at the choice of venue.

Lawrie said: “It’s brilliant. We’ll be looking forward to a week of great golf on a fabulous golf course.

“We won’t know until entries open how strong the field’s going to be, but the venue will attract some players.

“Hopefully we’ll get the best of the European players in the field.”

Royal Aberdeen hasn’t hosted the Scottish Senior Open since 1995

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Captain of Royal Aberdeen Richard Noble said he was “delighted” to be welcoming the event to the club.

Mark Aspland, head of the Legends Tour, could barely contain his delight at the decision to host the venue in the North-east describing Aberdeen as a gem in a crown of courses found in Scotland.

Aspland said: “We are incredibly excited to be returning to Royal Aberdeen for the first time in 26 years.

“We thought it was important to take this event to somewhere that means something to Paul as tournament host.

“Royal Aberdeen is a club steeped in history and a true gem in a country that is inundated with outstanding courses.”

It is hoped that come September spectators will be allowed to the event.

On spectators hopefully being part of the event, Lawrie said: “You would hope that by September people will be able to come along and enjoy the golf.

“The Legends Tour is brilliant for that because you can get up and close to the action.”

Royal Aberdeen Golf Club has been a fixture in Aberdeen since 1780

A gaggle of Scots battling it out on the European Tour

Richie Ramsey and David Law will continue their European Tour campaigns at the beginning of March in the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters.

For Law, whose career was hugely aided by the Paul Lawrie Foundation, this is the young Scot’s third year on the tour.

He made his first cut of the season at the last tournament, the Saudi International won by world number one Dustin Johnson.

Robert MacIntyre is the only player to be representing Scotland this week in the WGC Workday Championship, Bradenton, Florida.

MacIntyre is tied 53rd 2 over with USA’s Webb Simpson and England’s Matthew Fitzpatrick leading the way at 6 under.

A notable score of the first round was world number one Johnson’s 5 over which makes him tied 64th.

The second round starts this evening local time.

Considered one down from the Majors, there are four WGC events played each year which combine players from the European and US Tours making a field of the very best golfers on the planet.

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