All the talking is done now and it’s time to get on with the action as the Scottish Open Golf Championship gets under way at Castle Stuart today. As the UK and even the Highlands enjoy a heatwave what better time to host the championship and the several thousand spectators expected to visit in the next few days.
Reigning Open champion Ernie Els has said he was surprised not to see more of golf’s top stars taking the Highland route in pursuit of success at Muirfield next week. Els, bidding to add a third Claret Jug to his collection at the venue where he won his first back in 2002, makes his 18th Scottish Open appearance today. And he’s baffled by the fact that only two of the world’s top 24 players have pitched up at Castle Stuart, just outside Inverness.
Graeme McDowell has apologised to organisers and sponsors of the event after saying the course was too easy but no doubt this will spur on event organisers to ensure the championship runs without a hitch. And who knows what conditions the players may have to contend with over the next few days in an area known for its ‘changeable’ weather!
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Lets hope all the players, caddies, supporters and sponsers have booked their hotel accommodation in Inverness by now since the town is fit to bursting. Great effort has gone into extending opening times in restaurants, hotels and bars to accommodate golfers and specators needs. For a traditional Highland welcome visitors will be treated to the Bunkers Festival – an assortment of musicians, performers, mascots, pipers, dancers and mischief! – which will take place in the city centre at 7pm each evening.
So following Andy Murray and the British Lions tremendous success this week lets hope we have a bit more sporting magic from the British players.
Details on tournament information and how to get tickets is available at Castle Stuart