Bagpipes and Birdies for Europeans


The European Tour travels from the old castles of Ireland to the wailing sounds of bagpipes in Scotland for the Gleneagles Scottish PGA Championships.
In just its fourth year of play, the Scottish PGA will welcome back England's Paul Casey to defend his title. Last year's one-shot victory was his first win on tour, in what many believe will be a long, successful golfing career.
Currently ranked 101st in the world, Casey got off to a horrendous start at last week's PGA Championship, shooting an 85 on the first day, and failed to make the cut. A return to the site of his biggest triumph might cure what ails him.
This week's field will once again be depleted of many of the European's top stars. The WGC-NEC Invitational, also this week, will be hosting the members of both the current Ryder Cup teams and the Presidents Cup teams, as well as having a lucrative $5,000,000 purse.
So just as Adam Mednick took advantage of last week's weaker field at the North West of Ireland Open, the carrot is again dangling in front of hungry players looking to climb up the Order of Merit (money list).
Andrew Coltart of Scotland, who finished tied for 11th the last two years, will look to get the host country its first win in the event. Before Casey's win last year, England's Warren Bennett won the inaugural event in 1999 and Pierre Fulke of Sweden won in 2000.
The tournament is played on the 7,060-yard par-72 PGA Centenary Course
at the Gleneagles Hotel in Perthshire, Scotland.
Statistical Preview of the Gleneagles Scottish PGA Championship