Highlands & Islands

Aberdeen Asset Management to sponsor Scottish Open

Barclays Scottish Open winner Luke Donald
Image caption Dark skies behind 2011 Scottish Open winner Luke Donald

Financial company Aberdeen Asset Management is to take over as the new sponsors of golf's Scottish Open for the next three years.

The event has been without sponsor since last year when Barclays withdrew its backing. It had sponsored the tournament for 10 years.

The new sponsors were confirmed at a ceremony in Edinburgh attended by First Minister Alex Salmond.

Castle Stuart, near Inverness, hosts the Open.

Last year's championship at the Highlands links course was cut from 72 to 54 holes following torrential downpours.

A report later released by Highlands and Islands Enterprise suggested the event still managed to contribute more than £5m to the Scottish economy despite being cut short.

About 43,000 people attended the event over the three days when play took place.

It was won by world number one player Luke Donald.

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