Marc Warren visits Gullane to launch Mindroom as Official Charity for 2015 Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open

Mindroom is an Official Charity for the 2015 Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open
Mindroom is an Official Charity for the 2015 Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open

Scotland’s Marc Warren, a three-time winner on The European Tour, today visited Gullane Golf Club to help announce the appointment of Mindroom as Official Charity for the 2015 Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open, to be played over the unique Championship Course at Gullane from July 9-12.

Marc Warren, currently ranked 53rd in the world, joined representatives from Mindroom, Aberdeen Asset Management, VisitScotland, The European Tour and the host club to launch a set of initiatives which will raise substantial funds for the charity.

Mindroom, established at the start of the new millennium, works with the parents and carers of children and young people with learning difficulties throughout Scotland and offers independent support to enable them to reduce family stress and bring about better outcomes for the child.  It is an independent Scottish charity committed to raising awareness of all types of learning difficulties. With at least five children in every class having some kind of learning difficulty, experts believe that if not properly identified and accommodated, learning difficulties will become the next big public health problem of our time. Mindroom guides the parents and carers through a maze of issues and helps them access essential services from Health, Social Care, Education and Voluntary Agencies.

Meanwhile, The Tour Players Foundation (TPF) – the charitable arm of The European Tour and Aberdeen Asset Management who both endorsed Mindroom as the 2015 Official Charity – have joined forces once again developing a series of charitable initiatives to be launched in conjunction with this year’s campaign which should ensure that a substantial sum is raised and leave a strong legacy from the golf tournament’s visit to East Lothian.

Scotland’s Marc Warren, a three-time winner on The European Tour, today visited Gullane Golf Club to help announce the appointment of Mindroom as Official Charity for the 2015 Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open
Scotland’s Marc Warren visited Gullane Golf Club to help announce Mindroom as Official Charity for the 2015 Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open

A recent addition to Aberdeen Asset Management’s team of golfing Ambassadors, Warren, who came agonisingly close to winning the Scottish Open title in 2012 and finished third last year, commented:

“This is a tournament very close to my heart for obvious reasons, and it’s great that Mindroom should be appointed as the Official Charity of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open.

“With the event coming to Gullane for the first time just two months from now, it is rewarding to know that we are able to raise valuable funds and also increase the awareness of Mindroom’s outstanding charitable work throughout Scotland thanks to a series of exciting fundraising initiatives during the event week.”

This year will see the continuation of the Championship’s charity Birdie Pledge, which sees a set amount pledged by the TPF and the title sponsor, Aberdeen Asset Management, and which will take place during the four rounds of the championship.

Spectators can also play their part by supporting Mindroom by buying tickets in the Championship Grand Prize Draw, a donation of £1 per ticket will give the chance of winning a number of fantastic prizes, such as tee times for four golfers at Scottish Open venues past and present.  100% of donations will go directly to Mindroom.

Peter Adams, Championship Director of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open, said:

“On behalf of the European Tour and the Tour Players Foundation, I would like to thank Marc for his generous support to the Official Charity Launch at Gullane Golf Club today.

“Marc’s presence here underlines the importance of the Championship embracing a very deserving Scottish charity. We are all looking forward to a highly successful partnership between Mindroom and a tournament which ranks among the very best on The European Tour as can be seen by the quality of this year’s field, which brings together Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose, Phil Mickelson and Scotland’s very own Ryder Cup winners, Paul Lawrie and Stephen Gallacher, in this spectacular golfing enclave in East Lothian in July.”

Stephen Docherty, Head of Global Equities at Aberdeen Asset Management, added: “It is with great delight that we are able to announce our support of Mindroom for this year’s Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open. A big thank you must go to Marc for showing his support today to what is such a worthy cause, and we look forward to helping Mindroom raise funds in an exciting Scottish summer of golf.”

Paul Bush, Director of Events at VisitScotland, said:

“The Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open is well known for undertaking some very innovative charitable initiatives with great backing from the players as Marc has illustrated today. I am delighted that Mindroom, an organisation which does great work in the Lothians and across Scotland, will benefit from the 2015 tournament at Gullane in Scotland, the Home of Golf.”

Sophie Dow, Founder of Mindroom, commented:

“We are so grateful for this opportunity to highlight the needs of children and young people with learning difficulties and raise funds to enable Mindroom to help them get the best support possible.  Unless you have close connections with a child who has ‘additional support needs’ it may be very difficult to understand the reality of day to day life where spending a half day at school is an achievement and over-worked and under-resourced services struggle to help everyone.

“Parents feel guilt, frustration and helplessness and need someone who can stand alongside them to find a way forward. Thanks to this wonderful opportunity presented to us by Aberdeen Asset Management and The European Tour, Mindroom will now be able to help so many more children and their families in desperate need of our support. Thank you!”

A season ticket for the 2015 Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open can be purchased for £70 in advance of the tournament, a saving of £10 on admission at the gate. Adult day tickets are currently priced at £30, rising to £35 on the gate.

Concessions (60 and over) start at £50 for a season ticket and £20 for any one day tickets, if

purchased in advance. Under-16s accompanied by an adult are admitted free of charge, and all car parking is also free. Entry to the Pro-Am on Wednesday is £12 in advance, and £15 on the day.

To book tickets, visit or call 0800 023 2557. Corporate Hospitality Packages are also available, please contact Robert Gordon on 01344 840538 or email to request a brochure.

Further information can also be found at or @AAMScottishOpen.

Phil Mickelson can erase Merion pain at Muirfield

Never has the phrase “always the bridesmaid, never the bride” applied more so than to Phil Mickelson and his relationship with the US Open. Lefty made it six second place finishes in 24 appearances at his home Open this year, and not for the first time in painful circumstances.

Having opened up a one-shot lead on the rest of the field at Merion it looked like it would finally be the 43-year-old’s year.

However, it wasn’t to be and Mickelson must now go again at the Scottish Open this week in order to put himself in contention for the Open, which starts on July 18. The American hasn’t shown many signs of recovery yet, missing the cut at the Greenbier Classic for the third consecutive year last weekend.

Perhaps a change of scenery and the type of golf he needs to play will help blow the cobwebs away as far as Mickelson is concerned. Traditionally, the Open has been his weakest major, with his second-place finish at Royal St George’s in the driving rain in 2011 the best he has to show for his efforts in the UK.

Having spent years trying to transfer the kind of target golf he is use to playing on the sterilised US courses to the Open, Mickelson acknowledged a different approach was required after finishing runner-up two years ago.

The decision to play the Scottish Open shows how seriously Mickelson is taking the year’s third major, with the majority of his compatriots opting to snub the chance to play on the links course.

However, anyone who bothered to check the recent history of the Open will have noted that the last two winners of the Claret Jug – Darren Clarke and Ernie Els – had played in the Scottish Open the week before.

Mickelson claims his game on the links courses has steadily improved over the last decade and is ready to put together a challenge for the Open. Whether Mickelson can back up his confidence at Muirfield remains to be seen but he certainly looks set to be the top American on the East Lothian course, with Tiger Woods’ injury troubles only enhancing his chances of lead the US charge.

Merion is bound to be at the back of Mickelson’s mind for some time to come but a good showing at the Open could go a long way to easing the pain.

British Golfers lead the world rankings ahead of the Open

It is the first time since the official golf world rankings began in 1986 that the top 3 positions have been taken by British golfers.

Three British golfers head up the official world rankings as Germany’s former no.1, Martin Kaymer drops to fourth after failing to finish in the top eight in the BMW International Open in Munich yesterday.

Following his U.S Open victory Rory McIlroy moves up to a career best third place behind Luke Donald (first) and Lee Westwood.

This is great news ahead of the 140th British Open Championship which this year is being held at the Royal St. George’s Golf Course in Sandwich in Kent, the Garden of England on the south-east coast, in two weeks time.

Rory McIlroy will go into the British Open as one of the favourites, and it will be good to see how he copes with the pressure post that fantastic display of golf at The U.S Open when he led from round 1 and never once showed a loss of concentrate or bottle as he had on the final round of the U.S Masters in April at Augusta.

The U.S Open was Rory McIlroy’s first major win after several near misses and five years of dealing with the heavy burden of expectancy and praise from many of his contemporaries and commentators alike.  Unfortunately, I think if anything the pressure is going to be greater as everyone looks to see if Rory McIlroy can begin to pull away from the rest of the field and dominate the next few years of golf in the same way as Tiger Woods had before him.

If anymore incentive was required, it has been announced that the winner’s cheque for the British Open is now £900,000 as prize-fund money increases to £5m.

Some high profile PGA players will be missing the AT&T National in the U.S to play The Scottish Open at Castle Stuart Golf Links in Inverness as a warming up for the Open Championship.  Those PGA players making the trip across the pond include Phil Mickelson, Matt Kuchar and Brandt Snedeker, who join English golfers Luke Donald, Graeme McDowell and Justin Rose.

The Barclays Scottish Open starts on Thursday 7th July with Round 1 of The Open commencing on Thursday on 14th July.

I am really looking forward to this year’s British Open and hope the heat wave continues so the top golfers in the world can do battle with each other, rather than the conditions.

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Martin Kaymer wins Scottish Open

Martin Kaymer of Germany emerged victorious at the Scottish Open, a two under par fourth round left him fifteen under overall in what has been a fantastic couple of weeks for the player.

The 24 year old picked up the £500,000 cheque at Loch Lomond on Sunday little more than a week after pocketing a similar amount in the French Open, following his play off success against Lee Westwood in France.

The German was European Rookie of the year in 2007 and is now second to Englishman Paul Casey on the European Tours money list. Kaymer, who goes into this week’s British Open looking for a third win on the trot says;

“We are playing a major next week. And the field is going to be the best we have all year long. After last week and this week, I feel really good, my game is solid, so hopefully, I can keep it up.”

Frenchman Raphael Jacquelin finished the Scottish Open in joint second with Spain’s Gonzalo Fernandez-Castono, two shots off the lead.

Graeme McDowell wins the Scottish Open

Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell won the Scottish Open by two strokes yesterday after making three straight birdies on the back nine.

Englishman Simon Khan was ahead and looked likely to pip McDowell to the prize until he slipped up on the 12th, a double bogey that eventually lost him the title.

Despite not being fancied by the golf championship odds, Graeme McDowell played well all weekend and deserved the victory.  He finished the final round on a 3-under 68 and won the Barclays Scottish Open 2008 with a total of 13-under 271 at Loch Lomond.

James Kingston (66) came second. Richard Green and Miguel-Angel Jimenez tied for third.

Simon Khan had a 72 to finish fifth, but was happy to secure a in the the British Open that starts on Thursday at Royal Birkdale.