Cape Town - American star Matt Kuchar will make his third consecutive
appearance in the Scottish Open when he tees it
up at The Renaissance Club in North Berwick on July 11-14, 2019.
The four-time Ryder Cup player is the current
rankings leader on the PGA Tour following two victories and a further four
top tens, and the Rolex Series event once again plays a key role in his
schedule as it takes its traditional slot in the week before the Open.
The 40-year-old has three top tens in his eight
previous Scottish Open appearances,
including a second-place finish just a few miles
along Scotland's Golf Coast at Gullane Golf Club in 2015.
His tied fourth place in 2017
preceded his best ever showing in The Open at Royal Birkdale the following week
- where he finished as runner-up to compatriot Jordan Spieth - and he went on
to finish ninth at Carnoustie Golf Links last season after once again playing
in Scotland's national open the previous week.
Six out of the last nine winners of The Open have
taken part in the Scottish Open before lifting the Claret Jug and
Kuchar believes teeing it up in Scotland, the Home of Golf, is the perfect
preparation as he aims to capture his maiden Major Championship title.
"I've really enjoyed playing in the Scottish Open over the past few years. I've had a
good couple of runs at the title and always enjoy the great competition. I view
the tournament not just as great preparation for The Open, but also as a
challenge in its own right," said Kuchar.
"It's always a pleasure to play in front of the
Scottish fans. They are always so knowledgeable and welcoming, and I look forward
to getting back over there this summer."
Kuchar will be part of a world-class field, which
also includes the 2016 Open Champion Henrik Stenson, defending Scottish Open champion Brandon Stone of
South Africa, and his fellow Rolex Series winners - local favourite Russell
Knox and former world No 1 Lee Westwood, with further star names to be
This year the tournament will be played for the first time at The
Renaissance Club when it takes its place as the third event in
the 2019 Rolex Series, the premium category of tournaments on the Race to
Dubai, each with a minimum prize fund of $7million.
It will once again be followed by the Ladies Scottish Open, which will be played over the same course,
from August 8-11.