Star-Studded Field Set to Showcase Royal Aberdeen

The secret’s out: the best way to prepare yourself to win a British Open is to test your mettle in the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open the week before. It’s a tried-and-true path that Darren Clarke, Ernie Els, and Phil Mickelson have all followed to victory in the past three years, and the game’s best players have taken notice.

This week’s field at Royal Aberdeen boasts big names such as McIlroy, Rose, Donald, Fowler, and Mickelson. Indeed, nearly half of the world’s top 60 players will be in the field to take on the underrated Scottish gem. Other past Open champions, such as Nick Faldo and local favorite Paul Lawrie, will also have their eyes on the coveted trophy that 2013 champ Mickelson memorably dropped at last year’s presentation ceremony. Lawrie, who had several strong finishes earlier in the year, could make a popular trip to the winner’s circle: the Scotsman grew up in Aberdeen and resides just 20 minutes from the course.

Royal Aberdeen’s difficult 4th hole is ready to take on the world’s top players.

No matter the outcome, the real winner will be Scotland’s northeastern coast, which has become a top golfing destination that boasts world-class links such as Royal Aberdeen, Trump International and Cruden Bay, as well as lesser-known treats like Murcar and Fraserburgh. The area’s crown jewel will be on full display, as third round and final round coverage can be seen on NBC.