Scottish Open could lose pre-British Open date


With Barclays out as the title sponsor of the Scottish Open after 10 years, the European Tour’s chief executive warned the tournament could lose its spot as the lead-in to the Open Championship.

According to the Scotsman, George O’Grady said the Scottish Open has until the end of the year to obtain a new title sponsor, before the 2012 schedule comes out, or risk losing its coveted date. Torrential rains shortened this year’s edition at Castle Stuart to 54 holes, which Luke Donald won for his third European Tour win of the season.

Barclays withdrew sponsorship of the event, citing “market factors.” The Scottish paper suggests Verizon may be interested in the 3 million GBP sponsorship, as well as a car manufacturer.

Verizon ended its sponsorship of the PGA Tour’s Heritage tournament in Hilton Head Island, S.C., after 2010.

The 2012 Scottish Open will mark the 30th anniversary of the tournament. It has held the schedule slot ahead of the Open Championship since 1987. Other events, including the French Open, have expressed interest in taking the date if it becomes available.